Monday, June 3, 2019

Edie Browne’s Cottage by the Sea by Jane Linfoot

Edie Browne’s Cottage by the Sea
Those who don’t jump will never fly…

Hurtling through the sky was supposed to be Edie Browne’s flight of independence. But when she falls head over champagne bucket while celebrating her successful landing, her life is changed in an instant.

But starting over has its benefits, and as Edie relearns the basics under the watchful eye of her Aunty Josie and an entire Cornish village of new friends and neighbours, she finds love and joy she never could have imagined in the unlikeliest of places… 
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What begins as a celebration of life, and a nudge to lighten up and enjoy the good opportunities she has been given, takes a semi tragic twist. Edie Browne finds herself unable to read or write and, perhaps worse, taste! A health setback takes her on a life's journey detour.

Sent away to St. Aidan, a quaint and quiet (?) seaside village to assist her Aunt Jo, who has herself suffered a devastating loss, and is also on a new path in life, Edie is supposed to be helpful and work on her own basic life skills. Her goal is to help Aunt Jo get out of the house, and her late husband's character pyjamas, make friends and establish an income. Well, meet the locals she does - from the moment she is dropped off and Aunt Jo doesn't answer the door.

There is a sweet boy named Cam who also has some skills challenges, so this book is truly about accepting others and yourself for what you can and can not (at the moment) do, while not giving up on your dreams. Perhaps even moving in directions unexpected and creating new dreams.
Edie's challenges do not affect her looks, so she tries to hide her limitations. Not so easy in a town full of gossips and busybodies. I loved how she was welcomed and included to every event and community class.

Then there is this guy, who seems to keep an eye on HIS village and also seems to show up everywhere. Plus the guy with whom Edie has a relationship before her life change. So romance, or a facsimile thereof, is an undercurrent theme. I feel this is more about learning to love your self and your circumstances.

Extremely well written with wonderful characters, this book was joy to read.

Jane Linfoot is a best selling author, who lives in a muddy cottage, up a steep hill in Derbyshire, with her family, their pets, and an astonishing number of spiders. Although she loves seeing cow noses over the garden wall, she’s happy she can walk to a supermarket.
Jane grew up in North Yorkshire where she spent a lot of her childhood avoiding horizontal gales blowing off the sea, and wrote her first book by accident, while working as an architect, and renovating country houses. While she loves to write feelgood books that let readers escape, she’s always surprised to hear her stories make people laugh, admits to (occasionally) crying as she writes, and credits her characters for creating their own story lines.

Jane’s garden would be less brambly if she wasn’t on Facebook and Twitter so often. On days when she wants to be really scared, she rides a tandem.

Her latest books include a series of stand alone novels, based around a seaside wedding shop in Cornwall. Cupcakes and Confetti – The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea, Sequins and Snowflakes – Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop, and Bunting and Bouquets – Summer at the Little Wedding Shop, and most recently, The Little Cornish Kitchen. These are all published by Harper Impulse,  an imprint of Harper Collins.

Follow Jane on Twitter @janelinfoot, or find her on her Author Page Facebook or her Personal Page Facebook. She’s also on Instagram, and has lots of Pinterest boards relating to her novels.

1 comment:

  1. Laura, thank you so much for reading Edie's story and for writing such a lovely heartfelt review. I so appreciate the way you've told your readers about the story and tempted them to read it for themselves. And huge hugs for joining in this blog tour, and for all your generous praise and support. Sending love and hearts your way, Jane xxx


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