Thursday, July 23, 2020

Book Review: Kate and Clara’s Curious Cornish Craft Shop

By Becky Gulc

‘Welcome to the glorious little Cornish town of St Felix – where romance and magic sparkle in the summer air

Kate thinks all her wishes have come true when she opens her own little craft shop in the idyllic harbour town of St Felix.

But she soon finds a mystery lingers in her new shop – a sixty-year-old love story told through beautiful paintings and intricate embroideries.

Jack, the owner of the nearby art shop, volunteers to help Kate unravel the mystery, but in doing so they realise their own lives share some uncanny similarities with Clara and Arty, their 1950s counterparts . . .

Can Kate and Jack put right a decades-old wrong, and maybe find their own happy ending on the way?’ (Synopsis courtesy of Little, Brown UK.)

I don’t know about you but I’ve found it incredibly hard to read throughout this pandemic, I’ve certainly wanted to, I’ve so wanted to escape our current reality through reading a good book, but I just haven’t managed it. However, I promised to review Ali McNamara’s latest release by the launch day so finally I have had the kick up the bum I needed to get reading again!

What a joy it was too to read this novel, an absolute tonic during these worrying times and it provided me with the escapism I was looking for. I just fell head over heels in love with the setting of St. Felix in Cornwall. I’m sure we’re all imagining trips away now, and this was just where I would love to go! It was great to hear there are two other novels set in St. Felix so I’ll definitely be adding these to my TBR list.

The central characters of Kate and Jack are fantastic, I warmed to each of them immediately and their chemistry jumped off the page. These are both strong-willed and independent characters with vulnerable sides. The challenges they’ve both gone through/face make it a very interesting ‘journey’ for the pair. In fact, all the characters were great and I’d love to see them pop up in other novels and learn more about them.

As described there is a bit of ‘magic’ at play in this story, and whilst it took me a little while to accept this element of the story, I was soon enjoying it and overall it was a really clever way of weaving the past and the present together into what turned out to be an interesting mystery for Kate and Jack to solve. I found the closing chapters really quite moving and very strong in bringing this all together and didn’t quite feel ready to say goodbye to St Felix and these characters.

Thank you, Ali, for helping me escape my reading rut through your wonderful book, I loved it!

Thanks to Little, Brown UK for the book in exchange for an honest review. Kate and Clara can be purchased here.

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1 comment:

A Soccer Mom's Book Blog said...

I too have struggled to read during all this craziness. My focus is off and I don't feel the want to read like I use to.