The Little Cornish Kitchen: A heartwarming and funny romance set in Cornwall

The Little Cornish Kitchen: A heartwarming and funny romance set in Cornwall

by Jane Linfoot

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ISBN-13: 9780008260682
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Series: The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea Series
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 877,039
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jane Linfoot writes fun, flirty fiction with feisty heroines and a bit of an edge. She lives in a mountain kingdom in Derbyshire, where her family and pets are kind enough to ignore the domestic chaos. Happily, they’re in walking distance of a supermarket. Jane loves hearts, flowers, happy endings, all things vintage, and most things French. When not on Facebook and without an excuse for shopping, she can be found walking or gardening.

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The Little Cornish Kitchen: A heartwarming and funny romance set in Cornwall 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
Clemmie Hamilton has taken a break from her stay in Paris and returned to St. Aidan, Cornwall to help out with the launch of her friend’s new skincare business and to sort out the apartment left to her by her Grandmother that she had been renting out, but now the renter has left and the place is empty. She is unsure what to do with the apartment. It needs lots of work doing to it, but when businessman, property developer, and neighbour Charlie Hobson wants to buy the place, she realises that she can’t let it go and comes up with a novel idea to pay for the repairs. The Little Cornish Kitchen was everything I’d been expecting it to be seen as it was set in Cornwall – Gorgeous scenery that you can visualise perfectly, and even more gorgeous cakes and puddings. Believe me, this book will have you salivating. I’ll admit I did find the first few chapters a bit hard going as the pace was slow and the chapters felt too long – This may have been down to the pacing. However, all that seemed to suddenly change and the pace picked up and the story became fully engaging and interesting. I was hooked. The characters all held their own in the story and I especially loved the group of friends who had been friends since they were babies, The Mermaids – Sophie Potato, Victoria Plum, Nellie Melon and of course Clemmie Orangina. Yes, they all had nicknames. The book is fun, light-hearted and the perfect summer read. It also contains some wonderful recipes at the back that you will be eager to try, well I know I am!
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: I start to take a deep breath but stop halfway. In the five years since Sophie’s wedding, my dress must have shrunk in the wardrobe. A lot. I purse my lips and stay silent. The only way to deal with Sophie in her ‘conquer the world’ mood is to go with her. Then clear up the wreckage afterwards. As for me waking up for the first time in my life with a fur ball snuggled in the crook of my knees – comfortable doesn’t start to cover it. Suddenly all the stories about crazy cat women make complete sense. I’ll always look back on that last hour we spent together as the time when the tilt of my whole world shifted –very gently, to a better place. There weren’t any thunderclaps or even any sobbing. In the end, there was nothing momentous or earth shattering about what is, after all, simply right. I start to work my way down Sophie’s final menu list. Every item has the word ‘mini’ in front, except the drinks, which say large. According to Sophie, so long as food’s small enough to fit in a child’s mouth it has zero calories. My Review: It took me a good while to warm up to the character of Clemmie as she wasn’t always likable or admirable, she was often rude, thoughtless, snappish, and prone to escape or avoid anything that required much effort – such as conversations, relationships, self-analysis, or any type of feeling. The storylines developed gradually, at the slow and leisurely pace of a tortoise. Once I realized this, I settled in for a long, amusing, and gentle read that should have come with a warning label, as it proved hazardous to my diet. Don’t report me to your diet guru but - gasp - the food! It sounded positively delectable! The lessons, food prep, the mess, the eating… all of which had me frequently venturing into my pantry while foraging for food and gasp even a frightening moment where I was actually considering dusting off the mixer to replicate their baking efforts, that soon passed... But I was highly pleased to find a few recipes in the back, in particular the one for brownies, which has only three ingredients and uses Nutella – OMG - that right there is worth purchasing the book. And I hit a treasure trove of additions for my Brit Vocab List with: throw a wobbly” (tantrum), Serviettes (table napkin), mahoosive (extremely large) skew-whiff (lopsided), Eton mess (a sweet dessert), and Bloody Nora (an expression of dismay dating back to a long-dead 17th century Duke after one of his servants, named Norah, who had a penchant for battering and killing the Duke’s other servants with odd objects such as celery sticks and tea kettles, and thus causing a bloody mess). Learning a new vernacular is such fun.
Hershey07 More than 1 year ago
There are very few books I read in which I know it’s going to be a 5 star read for me, but I knew it instantly with The Little Cornish Kitchen. It wasn’t just one thing that made this such an enjoyable book. It was the storyline itself, the characters, and the setting. All those elements blended perfectly together! When I read the section, “About the Author,” at the end of the book, it was noted that she writes romances with “feisty heroines and a bit of an edge.” That was certainly a perfect description of Clemmie. When she realizes the cottage her grandmother left her is in danger of being usurped by her neighbor and developer, Charlie, she gets very inventive and opens the Little Cornish Kitchen in the flat to use the money to save the flat. To her surprise, Charlie actually helps her learn to master the recipes her grandmother, Laura, left her. Charlie is not anything like I expected in the beginning. I thought he would do anything to get what he wanted from Clemmie, but he really surprised me and made my heart pitter patter. He really appreciated her as a unique, independent, fiesty woman she was. As the two spend more time together, they learn more about each other. Through their interactions, I learned more about them. I learned why Clemmie is so afraid of putting down roots and having a relationship. The secondary characters were fleshed out very well, even the dog and cat Charlie is caring for. What was amazing is the role that Laura played. She is no longer alive, but she was so important to the storyline. Because of her, major changes come to Clemmie’s life giving her the peace she craves so much. The setting was beautiful. I happen to agree with Clemmie’s friends...the village is charming and picturesque with “pastel colored cottages” and the ocean right there. However, Clemmie believed the world was much bigger than St. Aidan. As she spends more time there, Paris loses some of the luster in her eyes, and she comes to realize how very special St. Aidan really is. I loved how she ended the book with a “PS” instead of an “epilogue.” It made me feel more connected with the story, like Clemmie was writing me a letter letting me know how things were going! I just couldn’t get enough of the story, the characters, and St. Aidan. Plus, at the end of the book, readers are treated to some yummy recipes from The Little Cornish Kitchen!I highly recommend reading this book if you are looking for a “heartwarming and funny romance.”
GoodnReadybookblog More than 1 year ago
A perfect summer read .. sweet, squidgy and thoroughly enjoyable! Clemmie Hamilton grew up in St. Aiden, Cornwall where her three childhood friends still live but she has wanderlust and settling in one place is anathema to her soul. Clemmie likes to travel the world, travelling on as the spirit moves her. This is only meant to be a fleeting visit while her employer in Paris is away but sometimes places, people - and pets - get under your skin. Her friends know better than to tell her what to do, but that doesn't mean they don't know how to be subtle, and they've always got her back! This novel has the most beautiful setting - I defy anyone not to feel their heartstrings pull for the sound of the beach and a fabulous sea view! What really makes this story unmissable, though, is the superb writing and the skilfully crafted characters. Each with their own idiosyncracies, these women know each other through and through and that they still refer to each other by their childhood names is so cute and sweet! Talking of which, if you have a sweet tooth at all, this is the perfect read to satisfy it. My taste buds were salivating just reading about Clemmie's baking! On top of which, the recipes are included at the end - what's not to love? This is a polished tale with a delightful story line and I admit to having a tear in my eye and a rapid heartbeat towards the end .. that would be the totally perfect and beautiful ending. A definite five star read and one I recommend adding to your reading list! My thanks to publishers Harper Impulse for my copy via NetGalley; also to Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
whatsbetterthanbooks More than 1 year ago
Humourous, lighthearted and picturesque! The Little Cornish Kitchen is a sweet, engaging story that reminds us that sometimes it's nice to settle down, make roots, and have a place to call home. The writing is polished and vividly descriptive. The setting is the idyllic St Aidan with its rugged coastline and sandy beaches. The characters including the kindhearted, spirited Clemmie, the handsome, helpful Charlie, and the adorably cute Diesel are unique, lovable, and fun. And the plot is an uplifting, charming journey about life, loss, love, family, friendship, reconnecting with the past, self-discovery, and happiness. Overall, The Little Cornish Kitchen is an amusing, delightful tale with a splendid cast of characters, beautiful scenery, hilarious hijinks, delicious romance, and delectable treats that is undeniably the perfect choice for any sunny, summery day.
WisReader More than 1 year ago
Delectably sweet and delightful. This is a story about one woman finding her place in the world while discovering family secrets and learning to change her preconceived ideas. It is a story of unbreakable friendship and overcoming difficult situations. And love is in the air and sea breeze. Do not read this book if you are on a sugar free diet. I dare you to resist the sweet temptations. Yes, there is a happy ending but it is so much better than girl meets boy. This is a perfect summer read to enjoy in stolen moments or on long afternoons.
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Clemmie is finally back in St Aidan, her old hometown. She left Cornwall to travel and ended up living in Paris. Clemmie is a free spirit and putting down roots is something she thinks she'll never do. When her grandmother leaves her an apartment Clemmie decides to live in it for a while. However, she isn't sure she can keep the place, because she needs money for repairs and doesn't have any savings. Her neighbor Charlie is a property developer who would love to buy the apartment. Clemmie doesn't want that to happen and to save her family legacy she starts The Little Cornish Kitchen. Clemmie makes delicious deserts that she serves on organized events. With paying guests her apartment is profitable, but will she earn enough to keep Charlie away from what she's slowly starting to see as her home? Clemmie has to be inventive, but she also needs help and Charlie is incredibly charming. While he's teaching her how to cook she finds out he has a nice side as well. Clemmie isn't in St Aidan to stay, she still has a job in Paris. Will her wanderlust win it from the joy of spending time with friends and family? The Little Cornish Kitchen is a wonderful heartwarming story. I loved the idea of serving delicious food in a living room setting and could easily picture Clemmie's amazing place. She's a kind and generous person. Staying in the apartment makes her learn something about her family and it was interesting to find out more about her history. Whatever she discovers, she doesn't have to deal with anything by herself. Clemmie is never alone, she always has someone to fall back on. Clemmie's friends are there for her and I loved their bond. For me that was one of the most special parts of the story. Their connection is truly beautiful. Jane Linfoot combines fabulous friendship with gorgeous true love and that works very well. The Little Cornish Kitchen is filled with delicious descriptions of the most mouthwatering deserts. I could easily picture Clemmie's creations. Jane Linfoot effortlessly sets a perfect atmosphere. I love it when a story makes me smile and The Little Cornish Kitchen has that great sunny feelgood factor. I really liked this tasty book, it's a fantastic captivating story with a sweet romantic ending.