ABOUT THE BOOK
It’s the career move of a lifetime, and Julianne can’t believe it’s hers: a position as an event planner at a country house in Cornwall, England, beginning with the wedding of a celebrity! If her old firm’s senior planner back in the States hadn’t fallen suddenly sick with the chicken pox, Julianne would never have found herself chosen for a life in one of England’s most beautiful coastal counties, surrounded by rugged shores, quaint cottages, elegant gardens and a house to die for.
But life in Cornwall isn’t exactly as Julianne imagined it. Her first bride-to-be is a resentful, petted snob, the groom is immature and bored, and the Cornish staff of Cliffs House has a difficult time believing that an event planner from a mid-level position can handle a wedding this big. And then there’s a personal matter — the handsome, sometimes charming, sometimes standoffish gardener Matthew Rose. He and Julianne have a strangely complicated relationship somewhere between friendship and attraction. But with a secret in his past, and a scheming bridesmaid plotting to have Matthew all to herself, will Julianne find a way to untangle her feelings and the problems of planning a perfect Cornish wedding?
Guest Post With Laura
Welcome to I’m All About Books Laura, I am so happy to have you share some favorite things about writing a Wedding in Cornwall with my readers.
So it has been 3 years since I penned A Wedding in Cornwall, the first in a series of best-selling UK novellas and I am so grateful to be sharing this milestone with all of Jody’s lovely readers on I am All About Books!
I thought it might be fun to do a post sharing some of my favorite aspects of the series, the parts that made it so fun to write and kept me writing it all the way to Book 12. As longtime fans know, it was time to wrap Julianne’s adventures after featuring everything from village fetes and baking contests to royal weddings and lost gardens, and let her and Matt enjoy the rest of their happily-ever-after in everybody’s imaginations only. But it was not easy to let go of that world, and here are just a few of the reasons why I enjoyed penning it so much.
- The heroine is a plucky and tenacious American.
This isn’t just about making it easier for me to identify with the character — as a fish out of water when writing about life in another country, that is — but it certainly helps, even when the place you’re writing about is a highly-fictionalized version of itself (as Julianne’s Cornwall definitely had to be!!). When you and she know all the same things, from breakfast cereal brands to morning cartoons, it makes it easier to be inside her head also! Having the main character be a fish out of water has been a big part of a lot of my stories, however, including my very first wedding-themed novella, The Wedding Caper. It always creates great potential for storylines and character growth, as well as providing a great comic potential (and sometimes even the unintentional kind).
- The main location is grand.
It may not be Trenwith House from Poldark, but Cliffs House where Julianne works in Cornwall is a stately, noble manner that takes her breath away on first sight. With grandiose staircases and fireplaces and even a ballroom among its many elegant features, it is the sight of many fantastical events throughout the series, including a baking contest that will seem very familiar to fans of The Great British Bake Off!
- The hero is a modern Ross Poldark.
Well, sort of. I mean, he does not gallop alongside cliffs on horseback or engage in shirtless scything, but Matthew Rose, the heroin A Wedding in Cornwall is definitely modeled after television’s current Ross Poldark, both in terms of personality and physical appearance. But instead of a soldier turned my owner in the 1700s, Matt is a modern-day botanical genius in the garden, a scientist and professor whose quiet confidence and charm was broken by moments of clever humor that poor Julianne often mistook for seriousness.
- The side characters are quirky.
Among its colorful staff, Cliffs House gave readers no-nonsense chef Dinah, easygoing estate manager Geoff, and two incredibly silly maids known as Gemma and Pippa, as well as the jokingly referenced gardeners Jackson and Pollock. Fan-favorite Kitty is Julianne’s tough-as-nails assistant with a hidden soft side, and the lord and lady of the manor are the ever-cheerful William and Amanda. And then there’s the eclectic cast of villagers, including Rosie the ‘crazy cat lady’, Lorrie, the village school teacher, and Millie, the head of the village community theatre, not to mention Old Ned, a regular at the local pub known as The Fisherman’s Rest. Moreover, the list goes on….
I hope that all of this sounds right up your street! The complete series of ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’ is available in two handy digital book bundles, as well as individual novellas, and even paperbacks. In addition, for those of you, who already enjoyed Julianne’s adventures, be sure to check out my all-new Cornish romance series. It is a new story with a new character’s adventure to explore, but much of the same spark and storytelling style remains the same in A LITTLE HOTEL IN CORNWALL as what made its predecessor so entertaining for longtime fans. I hope that the new spirit of high adventure and energy will help this new series make its own mark with my longtime readers and new ones alike.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.
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1st Prize: A Demelza collectible Knitdark character doll (Open Internationally) – 1 winner
A wonderful keepsake for fans of all-things Poldark, this Demelza doll was made by Angela Blay, whose popular Knitdark creations have been featured on The Graham Norton Show. You can learn more about the Knitdarks at Angela’s Twitter page @kwerkyknits as well as her Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/kwerkyknits
2nd Prize A Kindle/Tablet case featuring cover art from the series A Wedding in Cornwall (Open Internationally) – 1 winner
A specially designed case for a Kindle or Tablet featuring cover art from the series A Wedding in Cornwall. The final product’s size, image, texture, and color will depend on the winner’s device.
3rd Prize: A Paperback Copy of A Wedding in Cornwall: Books 1-6 (Open Internationally) – 1 winner
This winning paperback (non-signed) contains the novellas A Wedding in Cornwall, A Christmas in Cornwall, A Cottage in Cornwall, A Manor in Cornwall, A Bake Off in Cornwall, and A Castle in Cornwall.
4th Prize: A Paperback Copy of A Wedding in Cornwall: Books 7-12 (Open Internationally) – 1 winner
This winning paperback (non-signed) contains the novellas A Romance in Cornwall, A Star in Cornwall, A Sewing Circle in Cornwall, A Talent Show in Cornwall, An American in Cornwall, and A Garden in Cornwall.
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