Blog Tour – The Cornish Cream Tea Holiday by Cressida McLaughlin

Thank you to Anne @RandomTTours for my place on the tour and to @fictionpubteam for my gifted paperback. All opinions are honest and my own.


It’s going to be an unforgettable Cornish summer…

Thea Rushwood was looking forward to exploring the beautiful Cornish tourist spot of Port Karadow, but when her friend drops out at the last minute, she is forced to go solo. Arriving at her cosy holiday cottage to discover a building site next door, Thea and the annoyingly attractive, but grumpy builder, Ben, don’t get off to the best start.

Thea starts to wonder if her perfect escape wasn’t meant to be. That’s before she realizes there is more to Ben – and to the community – than she first thought. As a magical Cornish summer stretches out in front of her, Thea discovers this is one holiday that she never wants to end…

My Review

This is an absolute dream for any book lover. A librarian looking for premises to open a bookshop, numerous mentions of books (as if my tbr pile wasn’t already ridiculous!) and a hunky love interest to swoon over.

Thea had my heart from the second she said “books were an essential part of her life”. Me too Thea, me too. But when a bucket list was mentioned I did start to panic that I had got attached to someone who was about to cark it. Surely Cressida wouldn’t do that to me? Fear not folks nobody dies, phew.

It is more a holiday checklist of things that she was meant to do with her friend Esme, but with her having to stay behind due to a work emergency, Thea is flying solo. Well she would have been but this is Port Karadow , one of the friendliest communities there is. Plus there is Ben the builder next door although I preferred his nickname Mr Irascible Hash Browns.

Before long her checklist is rapidly being added to and ticked off but the one thing she really wants is proving elusive.

Thea was a character that had a lot of growth throughout the book and although this is book six it can be read as a standalone. It was lovely seeing her interactions with characters from the previous book though and it was nice for me to catch up with them too. But it is the romance and the hope for that eternally wonderful happy ever after for Thea that makes this such a special book.

Another delightfully charming and sweetly funny book in the cream tea series that is just begging to be read while eating fish and chips by the sea.

About the author

Cressy was born in South East London surrounded by books and with a cat named after Lawrence of Arabia. She studied English at the University of East Anglia and now lives in Norwich with her husband David. When she isn’t writing, Cressy spends her spare time reading, returning to London or exploring the beautiful Norfolk coastline. @cressmclaughlin

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Don’t forget to check out all the other blogger’s thoughts on the tour. Happy reading!