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Summary

Escape to Cornwall with this gorgeous new series from Phillipa Ashley – perfect for fans of Nicola May and Holly Martin.

Summer is on the horizon and the people of Porthmellow are eagerly awaiting the annual food festival. At least, most of them are.... 

For Sam Lovell, organising the summer festival in her hometown is one of the highlights of her year. It’s not always smooth sailing, but she loves to see Porthmellow’s harbour packed with happy visitors and being on the committee has provided a much-needed distraction from the drama in her family life (and the distinct lack of it in her love life). When their star guest pulls out with only a few weeks to go, everyone’s delighted when a London chef who grew up locally steps in at the last minute. But Gabe Matthias is the last person Sam was expecting to see and his return to Porthmellow will change her quiet coastal life for ever. 

If you loved A Perfect Cornish Summer, don’t miss A Perfect Cornish Christmas and A Perfect Cornish Escape

©2019 Phillipa Ashley (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

 "Warm and funny and feel-good. The best sort of holiday [listen]." (Katie Fforde)

"Filled with warm and likeable characters. Great fun!"(Jill Mansell)

"A delicious festive treat with as many twists and turns as a Cornish country lane." (Jules Wake)

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Boring story made worse by narrator

At the heart of this book is a thin story padded out with too much boring banter. In fact it’s 5 different very short stories about five people who fall in love and end up happily ever after. But all of them given in little snapshots so you never really get into any. What I think made it worse is the narrator putting in pantomime thick Cornish accents so that all the men sounded like old codgers or rough yokels. Not romantic
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I really struggled to finish this and could not care less if they got together in the end or not. This is my second Philippa Ashley book which I’ve hated. Will avoid in future

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A Perfect Summer Listen

Another lovely summer feel-good book with a different angle, and excellent narration. I thoroughly enjoyed all the food festival side of the book and as always Phillipa brings her characters to life in an uncomplicated way. I liked the inevitable little twist in the plot, and although you think you know where the story is going, there is always a tiny seed of doubt sown in your mind which keeps you guessing.

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A lovely book.

Not my usual choice of book, but as a daily deal, and Audible's like a book guarantee, I went for it, with nothing to loose. Nicely written and well read. The characters are believable. It's a lovely, enjoyable and sweet story. I'll be looking gif other books by the same author, and reader too.

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really good fun.

I could picture the people in the book very easily. it took me away from the real world and so it was lovely and relaxing,thank you for that.

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Delightful

A delightful story. Set in a beautiful Harbour village in Cornwall this lovely story follows the lives of the villagers. I initially thought the story might be too long but I was sad when it ended and wanted more! I will definitely be reading the rest of the series to catch up with my favourite characters. It was wonderful to be in their world for a few hours.

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Excellent 😀😀😀

Loved this book, I really enjoyed reading about all the characters. It was such a lovely story with a nice flow, and a very nice ending. Would recommend this to anyone to read.

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Irritating

This wasn't for me.
I was told it was all about building a festival - I like books about building up a business. But it wasn't. The festival barely got a mention. It was all about romance and emotion and sobbing. Dull, dull, dull for me.

It's a typical boy meets girl, they split up, they meet later, what will happen..... Well it's obvious from the start what will happen. There is supposed to be a bit of a twist - there isn't.

This author also does 2 things that lots of authors do that I really hate. Firstly, she constantly refers to Porthmellow e.g.: you get off home to Porthmellow or I'm going home to Porthmellow. Real people don't talk like that. They say I'm going home, or you get yourself off home. It felt like the author was being paid to get the name of the town into every sentence.

Secondly she refers to the name of the lead character's pie place by name all the time - Stargazey Pie (not sure if correct spelling). EG: I am going to Stargazey. He is going to Stargazey to check on stock. I have to get back to Stargazey Pie. Nope. In real life, people say I have to get back to work, or I need to get over to the van to check out stock etc. Load of authors do this and I find it totally irritating.

If you like chick lit as they call it, then maybe this is for you. But I found it dull, totally predictable all the way along and extremely annoying.

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Loved it

Great story, with twists. All characters added to the story. Looking forward to the next book. Reader was very good took me into the story

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A Cornish Summer Festival

I always enjoy listening to stories written by Phillipa Ashley. There are always so many interesting characters telling of their lives and problems. This summer festival was a great success - I really felt that I was there! Looking forward to the winter festival!!

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As always... Amazing

I have loved every moment of this book! As always I have hated coming to the end and having to say goodbye to the characters!

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really enjoyed this book

I like the story and characters , very credible - and also narrator is really excellent

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