I’m so excited to have the blog tour for Jill Mansell’s new novel, Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay, stopping by BrizzleLass Books today. Now, it’s publication day so be sure to grab yourself a cake while you’re here to enjoy while your read the great guest post by our author, it really is a corker! I’ve also added my review of this wonderful novel at the end of the post…enjoy!
Love is in the air in St Carys, but you’d never know it – the people of this seaside town are very good at keeping secrets…
The man Clemency loves belongs to someone else. She has to hide her true feelings – but when she ropes in an unsuspecting friend to help, wires start to get crossed.
For the first time in Ronan’s life his charm has failed him in winning over the woman he wants. Loving her from afar appears to be his only option.
Belle seems to have the perfect boyfriend, but something isn’t quite right. And now a long-buried secret is slowly rising to the surface.
The truth has a funny way of revealing itself, and when it does St Carys will be a very different place indeed…
Inspiration Behind St Carys by Jill Mansell
Hello, happy new year, and here I am talking about the inspiration behind the setting for Beachcomber Bay!
The reason I’ve particularly enjoyed writing this book is that for the very first time, I have returned to a setting from a previous one, which has been brilliant. Basically, when I created the small Cornish seaside town of St Carys for The Unpredictable Consequences of Love (which was published in 2014), I felt as if I’d got to know the place, and using it again just made me happy from the word go. I have to stress that this is in no way a sequel – I created a whole new set of characters for this second book, so it is most definitely their story, but every now and again there are cameo appearances from characters who took centre stage in the first one. I loved including them in Beachcomber Bay – it was fun to see them again!
And St Carys was in turn initially inspired by St Ives, where we had the most gorgeous holiday a while back. St Carys is much smaller and more bijou than St Ives, but shares that special north Cornwall feel, with quirky characters and the most spectacular scenery. As a writer, what could possibly be nicer than spending your days immersed in a story set in the kind of glorious sunny seaside town anyone would love to live in? It’s like being on holiday without all the hassle of finding somewhere to park and endlessly having to put on sun-cream!
OK, this is going to sound completely mad, but it wasn’t until right now while I was writing this post that I discovered I’d based Sam’s apartment in the book on the fantastic, modern apartment we stayed in during our holiday in St Ives. (How on earth did I not realise this before?!) So here we are, these are the views to the left and right, taken from the balcony.
To the left is St Ives, and to the right is the glorious beach and sea that in the book became Beachcomber Bay. Now you can see why I loved the setting so much! (Looks like we might have to book a return trip, now that I’ve dug out the photos again…!)
So anyway, now you know what St Carys looks like, and I can’t wait for you to meet all my lovely new characters. I really hope you’ll enjoy reading Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay!
Clemency feels like all her Christmases have come at once when she meets Sam on a flight back to the UK. That is until she finds out he is married. When three years later he walks in the room as her Sister’s boyfriend it starts to feel like a case of star-crossed lovers and Clem knows there is no hope for any future for them despite the definite pull of attraction.
The setting of St Carys reminded me of all the time I’ve spent in Cornwall, the descriptions of the seaside town pulled memories from me and I was able to picture what the town looked like and what the town was like to get around. All the different characters had their own story arc’s and weren’t completely absorbed with the main arc which made it a full and absorbing book.
Ronan, Clem’s best friend had a couple of lovely story arc’s which were well crafted and raised lots of questions throughout the novel. My favourite character was easily Clem’s sister Belle who was beautiful, and snarky but had her own underlying issues which gradually become more apparent through the course of the book, and I found myself totally rooting for her.
This was a wonderful novel, with a real feel-good factor, some giggles, and lots of smiles.
A huge thanks to Jill Mansell and Headline for the ARC of this book in return for my honest review.
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
About Jill Mansell:
Jill Mansell is the author of over twenty Sunday Times bestsellers including The One You Really Want and You and Me, Always. Take a Chance on Me won the RNA’s Romantic Comedy Prize, and in 2015 the RNA presented Jill with an outstanding achievement award.
Jill’s personal favourite amongst her novels is Three Amazing Things About You, which is about cystic fibrosis and organ donation; to her great delight, many people have joined the organ donor register as a direct result of reading this novel.
Jill started writing fiction while working in the field of Clinical Neurophysiology in the NHS, but now writes full time. She lives in Bristol with her family.
Title: Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay
Author: Jill Mansell
Genre: Romance | Women’s Fiction | Chick Lit
Publication Date: 12 January 2017
Review Format: Hardcover
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