The Cornish Cream Tea Bookshop by Cressida McLaughlin – Ollie moves to Cornwall for a bookshop – but is she aiming too high?

The Cornish Cream Tea Bookshop by Cressida McLaughlin

At this time of year, a Christmas themed book is a good read – and this book does include Christmas scenes – but it could be read at any point with enjoyment. Those people who have been fortunate enough to read some of this author’s other novels set in the fictional Cornish village of Port
Karadow will recognise some of the places referred to in this novel, but it is definitely a standalone book. The characters make it stand out as an extremely enjoyable read, and as they reflect on the setting of beautiful views and places it is a lovely book in so many ways. The element of mysterious legends adds an extra dimensional to a tale of a newcomer trying to settle into a village where people are not always easy to read. This is a book about a young woman who has a lot going on, and has had recent struggles, so while she presents an optimistic front she is not so sure in her own mind about what she is doing. It is a lively and exciting book that I found an impressive read, and I was very pleased to have the opportunity to read and review it.

Ollie Spencer has had a rough time when this book begins. She has had an injury, found it impossible to continue with her job and her best friend is moving away. It is a time for a new start, and fortunately she has now got the means to make it. A relative of her best friend would like her to go and type up his memoirs, so accommodation could be arranged in a small Cornish village. There is a new independent bookshop opening in the village which may need an events organiser, and to top it all, a well-trained labrador dog is included to keep her company. There are many reasons to move out of London, and it seems fortunate that she has a positive place to go. This being a well written novel nothing turns out to be straightforward. Ollie finds that there are challenges to be met even in the most welcoming of villages; there are those who seem to think she has taken on too much, expects everything to fall into place, and possibly a small village is not the same when it comes to attracting celebrity writers. Certainly, Ollie is to find that she needs to get used to a lot in a place where gossip travels fast and her issues are well known in the community. Not everything goes to plan in the bookshop either, or there is always the possibility that she will not live up to her promises. She knows that despite all her efforts to embrace a new way of life she may still be alone at a significant time. There is an attractive man who seems charming, but when he seems to charm everyone he encounters, how can she hope to be special?

This is a very special book which I greatly enjoyed reading. Ollie’s problems and challenges are many and significant, yet the author writes so warmly of the place and the legends associated with it, it is so easy to be drawn in and feel that her progress is completely relatable. This is a lovely book in which handles her characters and situations with great skill, and I recommend it as a lovely book to read, especially in the festive season.

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3 thoughts on “The Cornish Cream Tea Bookshop by Cressida McLaughlin – Ollie moves to Cornwall for a bookshop – but is she aiming too high?

  1. Oh this sounds good. I read and enjoyed the first book in the series but then I think in the second one, the protagonist was so empty-headed and chaotic I just knew that this would happen, that would happen, the dog would get lost, etc. and I couldn’t engage with it (the publisher also seems to be putting these out in three-mini-volume sets for each novel which gets confusing). But this one could easily pull me back in!

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