Cassandra Comes to Cornwall - Jenny Kane
Today, I'm delighted to be taking part in Jenny Kane's blog tour for A Cornish Wedding. Over to Jenny...
Cassandra comes to Cornwall
Many thanks to Lynne, for inviting me to come along today to talk about my Cornish romcom, A Cornish Wedding, on the first leg of my book launch #blogtour.
A Cornish Wedding (previously known as Abi’s Neighbour), is the second novel to feature former Surrey resident Abi Carter. In the first book, A Cornish Escape (which doesn’t have to be read to enjoy A Cornish Wedding), children’s picture book illustrator Abi, leaves her perfect house in Surrey- complete with perfect neighbours - perfect cars - perfect furniture - and a feeling that she would never ever be good enough to fit in.
This existence of bossy career wives and inadequacy came to an abrupt end for Abi when her husband, Luke, died suddenly of an over-exercising induced heart attack. Taking her chance, Abi leaves everything behind, and heads south in search of a childhood dream. A house in Cornwall - a house her parents had always joked should be hers because it was called Abbey’s House.
In A Cornish Wedding, happily established in a beautiful Cornish end terrace in the village of Sennen, Abi is relaxing into her new life with new friends. All is looking fantastic- until Abi discovers that the life she left behind is about to move in next door...
Perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Heidi Swain and Milly Johnson, A Cornish Wedding is the best kind of summer escape.
Abi has what she's always dreamed of: her perfect Cornish cottage, great friends and a gorgeous boyfriend. But her idyll is shattered when a new neighbour moves in next door.
Rude and obnoxious, Cassandra doesn't make a good first impression on Abi. But with the unexpected wedding of one of Abi's friends to prepare for, Abi has bigger things to worry about.
However, avoiding her new neighbour proves harder than expected and Abi and Cassandra soon realise they might have more in common than they first thought. . .
But with the wedding only weeks away, can they set aside their differences before the big day?
It is always fun writing a ‘bad guy or gal’. In this case, the baddies come in the form of Cassandra Henley-Pinkerton and her married lover, Justin Smythe. If they aren’t names to strike terror into the heart of a Stepford Wives escapee, then just one look at Cassandra’s perfect complexion, figure and clothing would do the job!
Cassandra however, has her reasons for being as sharp as a drawer of knives. For a start, she really does not want to be in Cornwall...
She’d only come to Sennen in the first place because Justin had been so excited about their new start together. Cassandra had never imagined that start would begin with her hundreds of miles away from her lover, in a clapped out house with none of the comforts and amenities she took for granted in London. Hating how lonely and out of routine she felt, Cassandra abruptly stood up and began to visit each room in the house. The sooner she pulled herself together and got this place habitable, the sooner Justin would put it up for rent, and they could plan a proper future together.
Telling herself to be realistic, and that it wasn’t that unreasonable that Justin was required to work a weekend so soon after his promotion, Cassandra started to make a list of everything that had to be bought for the house. Quickly feeling better for being productive, she soon realised it was going to be a lengthy list despite the fact there were only two tiny bedrooms, one bathroom, a lounge-diner and a kitchen. Top of the list, she wrote, bed linen.
An hour later, blindly staring at the Cornish scenery as it disappeared and reappeared between the high hedges that sporadically lined the roads the taxi travelled the long miles to Truro, Cassandra made another list. A private one for her own sanity.
1. Call Justin
2. Rent a car
3. Find a hairdresser
‘Are you sure you haven’t taken a wrong turn?’ Cassandra addressed the cabbie as she glared at her watch accusingly. ‘This journey seems to be taking forever.’
With the patience of someone used to ferrying unrealistic tourists around, the driver replied with steady practicality, ‘I’ve been driving this route for longer than you’ve been on this earth, me ’andsome. It always takes over an hour to drive to Truro. I’m sure they’d ’ave told ’ee that when ’ee booked the ride.’
‘I thought they were joking.’
‘This is Cornwall. This is how it is, me ’andsome.’
Cassandra bit her lip, refraining from sharing her own opinion about Cornwall with a man whose relaxed acceptance was more annoying than if he’d got cross with her for being impatient...
Cornwall is going to have its work cut out winning over Cassandra. But perhaps, with the help of her next door neighbour, even that miracle is possible...
Universal buy link- mybook.to/CornishWedding
Many thanks for hosting me today, Lynne.
‘I love Jenny Kane’s writing.’ Katie Fforde
From the comfort of her cafe corner in Mid Devon, award winning author, Jenny Kane, wrote the contemporary women’s fiction and romance novels, A Cornish Escape (2nd edition, HeadlineAccent, 2020), A Cornish Wedding (2nd edition, HeadlineAccent, 2020), Romancing Robin Hood (2nd edition, Littwitz Press, 2018), Another Glass of Champagne (Accent Press, 2016), and Another Cup of Coffee (Accent Press, 2013).
She has also written 3 novella length sequels to her Another Cup of.....books: Another Cup of Christmas (Accent Press, 2013), Christmas in the Cotswolds (Accent, 2014), and Christmas at the Castle (Accent, 2016).
These three seasonal specials are now available in one boxed set entitled Jenny Kane’s Christmas Collection (Accent, 2016)
Jenny is also the author of quirky children’s picture books There’s a Cow in the Flat (Hushpuppy, 2014) and Ben’s Biscuit Tin (Hushpuppy, 2015)
Under the pen name, Jennifer Ash, Jenny has also written The Folville Chronicles (The Outlaw’s Ransom, The Winter Outlaw, Edward’s Outlaw - published by Littwitz Press), The Power of Three (Spiteful Puppet, 2020) and The Meeting Place (Spiteful Puppet, 2019). She also created four audio scripts for ITV’s popular 1980’s television show, Robin of Sherwood.
The Waterford Boy, Mathilda’s Legacy, The Baron’s Daughter and The Meeting Place were released by Spiteful Puppet in 2017/2018/2019.
Jenny Kane is the writer in residence for Tiverton Costa in Devon. She also co-runs the creative writing business, Imagine. Jenny teaches a wide range of creative writing workshops including her popular ‘Novel in a Year’ course. (www.imaginecreativewriting.co.uk)
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Thanks so much for dropping in, Jenny. I look forward to reading A Cornish Wedding. Enjoy the rest of your Blog Tour.