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A Perfect Cornish Christmas By Phillipa Ashley

A Perfect Cornish Christmas‘A Perfect Cornish Christmas’ is the latest book by Phillipa Ashley.

But after last Christmas revealed a shocking family secret, Scarlett’s hardly feeling merry and bright. All she wants this Christmas is to know who her real father is. So Scarlett heads to the little Cornish town of Porthmellow, where she believes the truth of her birth is hidden. She just didn’t bargain on being drawn into the Christmas festival preparations – or meeting Jude Penberth, whose charm threatens to complicate life further. Everything will come to a head at Porthmellow’s Christmas Festival … But can Scarlett have the perfect Christmas this year, or are there more surprises on the way?

Like her previous novels, Phillipa has delivered another Christmas story that will warm the cockles of your heart.

When Scarlett and her sister Ellie surprise her family with a family tree, she has no idea of the can of worms that she has unintentionally opened and has split the family in part. The latest book in the Porthmellow Harbour series sees Scarlett visiting her birth home and discovering about her family life, whilst making new friendships and relationships along the way.

The book is a lovely and warm charming story, typical of Phillipa’s writing. Pulling the reader into the seaside town and engaging them in the story with an enchanting storyline and fascinating characters.

Filled with relatable and charming personalities that made for the perfect festive reading that really warmed your heart. ‘A Perfect Cornish Christmas’ is the perfect escapism read to accompany the dark Autumn nights.

You can buy ‘A Perfect Cornish Christmas’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

A Perfect Cornish Summer Book Tour – Extract

A Perfect Cornish SummerToday on the book tour for Phillipa Ashley’s latest book called ‘A Perfect Cornish Summer’, sit back and enjoy an extract from the summery tale.

‘I just hope Porthmellow will be good enough for him. If not, it’s tough,’ said Sam. A raindrop ran down her nose. Time was racing by and she had to finish the posters and get to work in Stargazey Pie. ‘There’s no rest for the wicked, eh?’

Chloe nodded. ‘Then I must have been very wicked indeed.’ She tugged her hood forward as the rain came down harder. ‘I must admit the festival is a much greater demand that I expected. No one has any idea of how much work is involved. I’ve run events but none as big as this. Even though we’re all volunteers, it’s still serious stuff.’

‘I don’t think I’ve really thanked you for joining the committee, by the way,’ Sam said. ‘I don’t know what we’d do without you and the other volunteers.’

‘Oh, I wanted to get involved. I can’t bear to sit around doing nothing and it’s been a great way to meet new people.’ Chloe’s eyes lit up at the praise.

Sam agreed. The festival had helped Sam make new friends too and cement relationships with people of all ages and backgrounds. Chloe had said she’d chosen Porthmellow because of the happy holidays she, her daughter, Hannah, and her ex had spent in the area, and the fact that Porthmellow was still was a real community where people lived and worked year-round, not simply full of holiday homes or deserted in the off-season. Even so, Sam thought it must have been hard for Chloe to move so far from home, especially as Hannah was in her first year at uni in Bristol. Chloe clearly adored her daughter, but Sam had yet to meet her. Sam thought, not for the first time, that Chloe must have been quite a young mother to have a daughter at uni. She didn’t look a day over thirty-five.

‘Thanks, Chloe. Will Hannah be coming to the festival?’

Chloe hesitated. ‘I don’t know. I doubt it. She’ll have exams, I expect, and she said something about wanting to go travelling afterwards. I’d be way too busy to see much of her anyway.’

‘I guess so,’ said Sam, detecting an edge of disappointment in Chloe’s voice. Perhaps she shouldn’t have asked. Hannah had shown no signs of making an appearance in Porthmellow since Chloe had arrived eight months ago, so perhaps it was a source of family tension. Sam certainly knew all about that.

You can buy ‘A Perfect Cornish Summer’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Summer On The Little Cornish Isles: The Starfish Studio Book Tour

Summer On The Little Cornish Isles: The Starfish StudioOn the book tour for Phillipa Ashley’s latest book called ‘Summer On The Little Cornish Isles: The Starfish Studio Book Tour’, sit back and enjoy an extract from the Summer story.

Dan had walked onto the stage and Poppy had perked up immediately. Admittedly, she couldn’t remember many of the details of the presentation, but as for the presenter himself – the hour had flown by. He was tall and fit with toffee-blond hair and he reminded her (a bit) of Ryan Gosling. He came across as confident but not cocky, and he really knew his stuff. When she asked a question at the end, he answered it politely and explained his point without patronising her. Afterwards, he made a beeline for her in the hotel bar and while his colleagues were getting pissed, he spent the evening chatting to her. She was impressed by his ambition and his attentiveness. He made her feel special and, by a huge stroke of luck, it turned out they only lived half an hour from each other.

They made arrangements to meet up on a date, and six months later, they’d moved in together. Two years on, their lives were as tightly intertwined as vines and Poppy hoped they would always stay that way: growing closer and building a future together.

‘So, how long have you been making a living from the gallery?’ Poppy heard Dan ask Archie.

‘Too long to remember.’ Archie chuckled, caught Poppy’s eye and winked. He started to explain to Dan how he’d bought and converted the boatshed into a gallery while his family were young. He mentioned ‘while my Ellie was alive’ more than once, which must mean he was a widower now, unless the lady at the cash desk was his current partner.

Poppy glanced at her phone and realised it would soon be time to walk down to the ferry. With a smile for Archie, she said, ‘I must finish my shopping,’ and left him and Dan talking. After swooping on a few ‘must-haves’, she took her purchases to the counter. The assistant added up the cost on an old-fashioned calculator and put Poppy’s money in an old cash tin.

You can buy Summer on the Little Cornish Isles: The Starfish Studio from Amazon

Book Tour – The Scent Of Inspiration By Phillipa Ashley

Phillipa AshleyOn today’s book tour, Phillipa Ashley talks about the inspiration behind her second book in the ‘Cornish Isles’ series called ‘Spring On The Little Cornish Isles: The Flower Farm’

I have to admit I’m no gardener. I love planting things and I know one end of a tulip from another but largely, I just shove in a load of random shrubs and plants and leave the garden to its own devices. My husband mows the lawn and prunes the bushes once in a while, while I take the glory for the spring bulbs and summer tubs.

So, while the idea of writing a book about a flower farm appealed to my romantic side I also knew I’d have to do a lot of research. On the up side, this involved a trip to one of my favourite places in the world: the Isles of Scilly, where my new Little Cornish Isles series is set.

The mild climate of this beautiful archipelago off the coast of Cornwall, means that stunning scented narcissi can be grown all from October to April. There are many varieties and colours, from snowy Paper Whites to vibrant orange and yellow Soleil D’Or. The blooms are flown out to the mainland UK just when we all need a splash of colour most and in time for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Easter.

Years ago, there used to be scores of narcissi farms across the isles but these days, only a handful survive. However, they are thriving. In September 2017. I spent a day chatting to local growers and visiting their farms. When the heavens opened on me, followed by glorious blue skies, I had a small taste of the conditions they have to deal with while producing the perfect bloom, at the perfect time, for us to enjoy. My research on flowers and growing narcissi commercially has also given me a new appreciation of gardeners and a healthy respect for flower farmers.

Spring On The Little Cornish Isles

‘Spring on the Little Cornish Isles: The Flower Farm’ is the second book in the series. Each full-length novel is a standalone romantic story set on a different fictional island. You can also catch up with favourite characters from previous books and see how they’re getting on. The Flower Farm is set against the backdrop of a fictional narcissi farm on the island of St Saviour’s and follows the story of flower farmer, Jess, her twin brother, Will, and their new recruit, Gaby.

There’s a lot of laughter in the story. After getting a soaking and being pictured on the farm website with scraggy hair and waterproof trousers, I soon realised you need a good sense of humour to work in all weathers in the outdoors! The novel also contains some emotional themes that took me to places I hadn’t expected. While I was writing it, it was impossible not to see the rhythm of the seasons as a positive metaphor for the cycle of life – or to think deeply about what making the most of life really means.

Not only did my visit inspire my writing, but also made me fall a little bit more in love with my garden. So, when I returned, I bought some hardier varieties of daffodils and dwarf narcissi and planted them on a cold November day.

What could better than seeing them popping up now, almost ready to open, just as The Flower Farm is published?

Visit for floral inspiration.

You can buy Spring on the Little Cornish Isles: The Flower Farm from Amazon.

Phillipa Ashley Writers Tip

Phillipa AshleyBestselling author, Phillipa Ashley, shares her most important writing tip to aspiring authors.

Develope confidence in your own voice and creating memorable characters.