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  • Summer at the Cornish Café

  • The Cornish Café Series, Book 1
  • By: Phillipa Ashley
  • Narrated by: Emma Spurgin Hussey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (183 ratings)
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Summer at the Cornish Café

By: Phillipa Ashley
Narrated by: Emma Spurgin Hussey
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Summary

Demi doesn't expect her summer in Cornwall to hold anything out of the ordinary. As a waitress, working all hours to make ends meet, washing dishes and serving ice creams seems to be as exciting as the holiday season is about to get.

That's until she meets Cal Penwith. An outsider like herself, Cal is persuaded to let Demi help him renovate his holiday resort, Kilhallon Park. Set above an idyllic Cornish cove, the once popular destination for tourists has now gone to rack and ruin. During the course of the Cornish summer, Demi makes new friends - and foes - as she helps the dashing and often infuriating Cal in his quest. Working side by side, the pair grow close, but Cal has complications in his past which make Demi wonder if he could ever truly be interested in her.

Demi realises that she has finally found a place she can call home. But as the summer draws to a close, and Demi's own reputation as an up and coming café owner starts to spread, she is faced with a tough decision....

A gorgeous story exploring new beginnings, new love and new opportunities, set against the stunning background of the Cornish coast.

Recommended for those who loved Summer at Shell Cottage, The Cornish House, Tremarnock and Poldark.

©2016 Phillipa Ashley (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"Warm and funny and feel-good. The best sort of holiday read." (Katie Fforde)
"Filled with warm and likeable characters. Great fun!" (Jill Mansell)
"An utterly glorious, escapist read from a one of the freshest voices to emerge in women's fiction today. I loved every gorgeous page." (Claudia Carroll)

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Struggled at first to get used to the narrator's voice but enjoyed the story

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Poldark

I hadn't realised this was a modern "twist" on the Poldark book. I liked the story, it was easy but it did just feel like a copy of someone else's writing

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Really enjoyed this book

Once I had got used to which accent was for which person I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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excellent

not the normal genre for me but it was Cornwall!, i throughly enjoyed the listen in fact i couldn't stop listening, on to the next one.

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*A Delightful Tale*

This series is situated in Cornwall and is told through the eyes of Demi and Cal.

The Protagonist is Demi, she is a young free spirited young lady who stands up to anyone. She rarely sticks to the rules and she walks out on her father after her mother passes and a replacement for her Dad’s affection comes on the scene. So off she goes to Cornwall for a fresh start. She is working as a waitress just to make ends meet with her trusty dog Mitch in tow and she is also homeless.

She feels there must be more to life until one day Cal Penwith comes on the scene. He maybe just what she needs, with much persuasion Cal lets Demi help him to renovate his dilapidated holiday resort.

Cal has been away for some time we do not know too much about it apart from he was trying make a difference in a poor country. But he keeps it tight to his chest and left behind the woman he loved who is now engaged to his best friend!!!

There are quite a few charming characters and some who will go out of their way to block Cal from making a go of the resort.

Cal is a gruff character and is used to getting his own way, is he still carrying a torch for the woman he loves?, Will Demi’s life change for the better? A great start to the series.

I read and listened to this book, the narrators voice rarely changes and it probably would have been helpful to say for example chapter one ‘Demi’ chapter two ‘Cal’

You can when you listen work it out then you get used to it, but great to read as well.

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Most enjoyable story .I wanted it to continue .

As I am now disabled it is nice to have something that takes you to somewhere else. Cornwall is such a beautiful place .I have such happy memories.

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Summer at the Cornish Cafe

Lovely story, easy to get into, books that paint a picture and make me visualise the area are always something special. Thats how I felt with this.
Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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fabulous had me glued

fabulous had me glued the whole time and looking forward to the next one x x

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Great!

This series off books would make s fab TV series! The Cornish countryside, a romance or is it?, family conflicts and life's changes and challenges!
not a complicated read it rolls along, taking you with it! The characters you instantly feel you've met before!

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A great and gripping Story

A real page turner. I thourly enjoyed the story.
Just perfect. I would definitely recommend.

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