Hello readers! I’m really excited to be part the blitz for The Cornish Secret of Summer’s Promise by Laura Briggs on it’s release day. The blitz is organized by Rachel’s Random Resources. Check out excerpt and giveaway details in this post.
The Cornish Secret of Summer’s Promise by Laura Briggs
Publication Date: 15th January 2020
Standalone Fourth book of a series
Genre: Romance / chick lit
As spring slips away from the hotel Penmarrow, excitement builds for an exclusive auction hosted at the hotel, featuring priceless possessions from a Hollywood actress turned lady of the manor, including her famous diamonds. Celebrities and collectors form a crowd that is keeping Maisie and the rest of staff busy, even as Maisie faces a crossroads for her manuscript.
But when the diamonds are stolen and Sidney is accused by the authorities, Maisie’s dilemma as a writer is pushed aside out of fear that his future in Port Hewer is in jeopardy. Desperation to prove that someone else is behind the theft will lead Maisie to uncover a very different secret outside of jewel thieves and village rumors … one that could change her life and her future forever.
Can Maisie deal with the latest secrets exposed — including those that paint Sidney’s past in a questionable light? And as summer’s dawn alters her idyllic life in Cornwall, will Maisie’s feelings for Sidney change as well?
*** The fourth installment in ‘A Little Hotel in Cornwall’ series it continues the adventures of aspiring novelist Maisie, who finds inspiration working ‘across the Pond’ at a historic hotel in Cornwall. The following scene shows a brief exchange between Maisie and her would-be love interest, the handsome and enigmatic local groundskeeper Sidney Daniels. ***
Sidney and another guest were wrestling down a large red-and-white striped beach umbrella as I approached. As Sidney hopped down from the running board, he flashed me a grin.
His roguish smile does funny things to my heart, and I know he’s aware of it, though we both pretend it’s not the case. I could see that Sidney was in the mood for mischief today, from his carefree manners to his carelessly-buttoned shirt, his hair in need of a comb — not to mention his jaw in need of a shave. As the caretaker of the vicarage grounds, he didn’t feel the need to dress to the nines or adhere to a strict shaving schedule every morning, I had noticed.
“Did you surf all night with the hotel’s guests?” I asked, arms crossed as I smiled back.
“I gave them a ride here from the beach,” he said. “It’s a habit in the spring and summer, when the tourists come sweeping into Port Hewer. I think of it as a Good Samaritan’s gesture — though I generally won’t turn down a pound to cover the petrol.”
From the back seat, Kip’s head emerged, the little one-eyed terrier greeting me with a string of sharp barks until he had my attention. He wagged his tail madly.
“You’re an itinerant taxi driver, are you?” I said to Sidney.
“Just call me the chauffer,” said Sidney, sticking an old cap on his head from the driver’s seat and dusting off some stray biscuit crumbs. “Hop in,” he said, opening the front passenger door for me. “You’re going into town, aren’t you?”
“How’d you know?” I asked.
“You’ve a purse with you and a cardigan, which are hardly standard issue for maids on duty at English hotels,” said Sidney. “I’ve never been to America. Perhaps they do things differently?”
I ignored the humor in both his smile and his words. “I’m not sure I can afford the fare to the village,” I said. “What are the rates for this questionable taxi of yours?” I kicked one of its tires for show.
“For you, I’ll wave the usual pound,” he said. “Consider it a gesture of friendship.”
He closed the door for me as I climbed in, leaning against its open window momentarily with his arms crossed in its frame. This put us closer together, and I felt the strength of his arms with only a glance, and felt the spark in his eyes strike to life something deeper in me again. Amazing how quickly only a little bit of encouragement can ignite something which threatens to catch the whole place aflame.
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Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.
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Giveaway – 3 Winners to win a ‘surprise’ three-dimensional pop-up card & receive a digital copy of Book One, A Little Hotel in Cornwall. (Open INT)
Each winner will receive a ‘surprise’ three-dimensional pop-up card handcrafted by an Etsy artist and bearing a clue about the next book in Laura Briggs’ Cornish romance series. The winners will also receive a digital copy of Book One, A Little Hotel in Cornwall.
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