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Goodreads Giveaway number nine for me!

I entered for this particular giveaway competition, not only because I loved the cover art of the book, or because of its intriguing premise, but because Cornwall has to be my favourite coastal region of the country.

I guess I am more than a little biased, as I am a southerner through and through and Cornwall is just a short two or three hour drive away. I am sure that there are many other coastal regions within the UK which have as much, if not more to offer, but they can never hold such a special place in my heart.

Liz’s passion seems to match my own, so having her write about an area which is obviously dear to her, how can the story be anything but captivating and how can I resist reading it 🙂


Cover Image - 'Under A Cornish Sky' By Liz FenwickDemi desperately needs her luck to change. She’s missed out on her dream job and has been betrayed by her boyfriend. Pitching up at her grandfather’s Cornish cottage is her only option.


Victoria thinks she’s finally got what she wanted : the gorgeous Cornish estate her family owned for generations is now hers following her husband’s sudden death. After years of a loveless marriage and many secret affairs of her own, Victoria thinks widowhood will suit her very well indeed …


But both Demi and Victoria are in for a surprise. Can these two very different women find a way forward when luck changes their lives so drastically?


Image Of Author Liz FenwickLiz Fenwick was born in Massachusetts, is a wife and mother of three and after several international moves, she now divides her time between Dubai, where her husband works and which is home to their two mad cats and her adopted second home of Cornwall.

She made her first trip to Cornwall in 1989, fell in love with the Duchy and some seven years later, bought her home there, near the Helford, a place which has been the inspiration for her stories to date, and from where she follows her own words of advice …

You need to write your own book, the book of your heart and not chase the fads. It truly has to be the story you want to tell, it needs that fire, your fire in it. Then enjoy the time pre-publication. It is time to learn all you can about your craft and the industry. It isn’t a race. Finally listen to your work. I have text to voice software that reads the books to me. Listening I can hear things that I would miss on the page.

Catch up with Liz at her Website

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Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … ‘Mailbox Monday’

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Vicki,

      The fact that you kept reading the post and then took the time and trouble to comment, means even more in that case, so Thanks Vicki and I hope that you received some great new titles, to fill your reading week.

  • Congrats on your win! I never win anything on Goodreads so it’s good to see it’s possible 🙂 Hope you enjoy Under a Cornish Sky and have a great week!

    • Hi Lucy,

      I must admit that I have been totally surprised by the amount of books I have won with Goodreads. I also download books with NetGalley, however the thought of the ‘win’ still has that frisson of excitement 🙂

      Thanks for the lovely comment, it was good to have you stop by 🙂

    • Hi Mary,

      I thought about you when I published this post, as there have been so many weeks now when the books I have featured haven’t been from genres you would usually read.

      I just love Goodreads 🙂

      Have a great week and I hope that you received a stack of new books 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      There are so many of you commenting that you have only had one or two wins with Goodreads, that I am feeling even luckier than ever to have got to number nine, especially as I generally never win anything!

      I genuinely only enter for books I really want to read, which makes the odds of winning even longer, especially as I tend to choose books which are pretty mainstream and therefore more popular.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always appreciate it 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      Cornwall is one of my favourite counties to visit and to dream about living in, although there are so many lovely towns and villages, that I wouldn’t know how to choose!

      Liz is so obviously devoted to her little corner of Cornwall, that she writes about it with great enthusiasm and I am sure that she has no shortage of material and ideas for that next great story.

      Thanks for stopping by, I hope that all is well with you and have a good week 🙂

  • I have seen this featured on a few blogs now with mostly positive reviews.

    Whilst not convinced about it myself, though I wouldn’t buy it I might well pick it up if ever I saw it in the library.

    • Tracy,

      There are many books that I have exactly the same thoughts about – I may not ever go out of my way to order them and pay full price, but if the opportunity came along to read them, then I wouldn’t say no!

      ‘Under a Cornish Sky’ has received some excellent ratings and reviews and that lovely cover image is so unforgettable, that I am certain it will ring bells, should you come across a copy on your travels 🙂

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, you are always welcome here 🙂

  • This is not my usual kind of book, but I might well enjoy it if I read it. It does have a lovely cover.

    I got two new books this week. A purchase: The Reason for God by Timothy Keller and a gift from a friend: X by Sue Grafton.

    • Hi Kelly,

      I quite often find that I enjoy books much more than I thought I was going to, especially when I accept review requests directly from independent authors or publishers.

      Reading non-mainstream books can often be quite rewarding and whilst I do try hard not to be influenced by a book’s cover art, when it is as striking as this cover from ‘Under A Cornish Sky’, it is very difficult 🙂

      I have always wanted to try reading the writing of Sue Grafton, as she has been so well recommended by friends and colleagues alike. I wonder if you have read the rest of the series and if so, can you say whether it is really necessary to read all of the books in order? If they can be equally well read as stand alones, then I am definitely going to add my name to the list of potential ‘want to reads’

      Thanks for stopping by and ‘Happy Reading’ 🙂

      • Now you know me… I’m going to tell you that you need to read them in order! 😉 Yes, I started years ago with “A” and have worked my way through them. They do take place chronologically and there are things that might not make as much sense not having read the earlier ones. However, it seems like most every story is a contained case. That said, you could probably get by with reading them out of order. I didn’t begin at the time she started writing them (catching up after she’d already written maybe 6 or 8) but the timeframe of the stories has not kept pace with real time. So… this latest book begins in March of 1989. I’ll be honest, there were several books along about the middle of the alphabet that I felt suffered, but the later ones have been back up to standard. I’m excited about “X”! 😀

        • I had no idea that the first book ‘A’, was written right the way back in 1982, so perhaps a full-blown, catch-up session might be a big ask!

          If I see ‘A’ around on my travels, I shall probably pick it up, just to see if it is now a little too out-dated for me, both in writing style and the storyline itself.

          I don’t mind following a repeat set of characters sometimes, however on the whole, I prefer to read original stand alone stories, with a new set of protagonists to meet each time and a case which is open and closed within the single book.

          Thanks for taking the time to reply so fully, I value your advice

  • I like reading Liz Fenwick’s writing advice, particularly: “You need to write your own book, the book of your heart and not chase the fads.”

    You need to spend hours alone with yourself when you write, and it would be pretty miserable if your heart wasn’t in it at all 🙂

    Also, the book sounds interesting. I like the general theme of picking yourself up and starting over again in life after setbacks and losses.

    • Hi Hila,

      I think that in most cases it is easy to pick out, almost as soon as I open the first page, those authors who haven’t quite got the fact that they needed to pour heart and soul into a book, to make it credible and realistic enough to take me on the journey with their protagonists.

      I do still try not to give up on finishing a book, in the hope that something of the author’s committment will show through along the way. However for those who clearly haven’t even tried to engage with the reader, that one book will probably be all I ever read.

      Liz Fenwick clearly doesn’t fit that profile, as her obvious love of the place she chooses as the base for her characters and their adventures, is there for all to see, as is the enthusiasm with which she embraces the local support she receives.

      The theme and style which comes through in the synopsis, sounds a little reminiscent of Cathy Kelly, so I am really looking forward to ‘Under A Cornish Sky’ getting to the top of my TBR list.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits and comments 🙂

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