1929, Cornwall. Fiona Fox, youngest child of the celebrated Fox family, is a devoted volunteer at the local lifeboat station, giving all her free time and her energy to the selfless crew. But when she seizes a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do more, she sets in motion a chain of events that sparks danger and intrigue at Fox Bay Hotel.
The stranger she brings into her family home provides an unsettling presence over Christmas, and when visiting ‘Hollywood Royalty’ is drawn into the web, Fiona has to decide how much her promises are worth after all.
But the glamorous visitors have their own secrets, and their own reasons for hiding out at Fox Bay. As those reasons become apparent, Fiona must choose between betraying a close friend, and keeping her word… And lives are at stake whichever way she turns.
Set against the dramatic Cornish coastline, this tale of secrets and strangers will delight fans of Rosie Goodwin and Evie Grace.
Terri was born in Plymouth. At the age of 9 she moved with her family to Cornwall, to the village featured in Jamaica Inn — North Hill — where she discovered a love of writing that has stayed with her ever since. She also discovered apple-scrumping, and how to jump out of a hayloft without breaking any bones, but no-one’s ever offered to pay her for doing those.
Since publishing in paperback for the first time in 2002, Terri has appeared in both print and online fiction collections, and is proud to have contributed to the Shirley Jackson award-nominated hardback collection: Bound for Evil, by Dead Letter Press.
As a Hybrid author, her first commercially published novel was Maid of Oaklands Manor, published by Piatkus Entice.
Terri’s self-published Mythic Fiction series set in Cornwall, The Lynher Mill Chronicles, is now complete and available in paperback and e-book.
Terri also writes under the name T Nixon, and has contributed to anthologies under the names Terri Pine and Teresa Nixon. She is represented by the Kate Nash Literary Agency.
She now lives in Plymouth with her youngest son, and works in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Plymouth University, where she is constantly baffled by the number of students who don’t possess pens.
I do love a book set in Cornwall, one of my favourite places to go, and this one is set near Bude, where my uncle lives and a place I’ve visited a few times.
This is a wonderful, charming book, warm and cosy, comforting like a mug of hot chocolate, perfect for a winter’s reading.
The Fox family run a beautiful hotel, and the book revolves around them over one winter, particularly around the two daughters – Fiona and Bertie.
Fiona volunteers with the lifeboat crew and in involved in the rescue of a young woman with no memory, or so she claims. Fiona befriends her an promises to offer assistance in recovering her memories.
Bertie, recovering from a horrific motorbike accident, where she lost a leg, is trying to move on with her life. She plans to train as a pilot, and rekindles a romance with the handsome farmer Jowan.
Meanwhile Hollywood comes to Kernow, as movie stars decamp to the hotel to prepare for a new film.
Secrets and schemes are revealed, love blooms and a terrible accident almost ends several young lives.
Thoroughly charming, enjoyable and deeply soothing a read, I curled up under my reading blanket with this, and so should you!
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.