Bramble Challoner has had a very normal upbringing. She lives in a semi in the suburbs of London with her parents and works at the call centre down the road. She still goes out with the boy she met at school. At weekends they stay in and watch films on the telly and sometimes hold hands. Bramble is dying for an adventure.
So when her very grand grandfather, Lord Penrose, dies, leaving his huge, rambling house in Cornwall to her, Bramble packs her bags immediately, dragging along her best friend Katie. The sleepy village of Tremarnock had better be ready for its newest residents…
I loved the previous Tremarnock books and was so delighted to be part of the blog tour for this latest one.
It was a while since I had read the last one, but I was soon reacquainted with all the wonderful characters.
There’s some new people to get to know too, as we meet Bramble, who lives in a suburb of London. Stuck in a dead-end job, feeling that her life is going nowhere, she then discovers that the grandfather she never knew has left Polgarry Manor to her in his will.
It’s so interesting to see the differences in the suburban life she leads and the lives lead by people in the small friendly village of Tremarnock. It’s a big change for her when she moves to Cornwall. Also, she is young and inexperienced, and it’s all quite a big challenge for her.
Soon their lives all begin to intersect as she gets more involved with village life.
The stories are, as always, stories of everyday life that will make the reader laugh and cry. Touching and heart-warming, you will feel like you know all the characters personally.
We learn about the real life struggles of everyday families, and the wonderful sense of community that pulls them all together.
The writing is so evocative of the sights and sounds of Cornwall, the lovely villages and the spectacular scenery.
There are dramatic moments too, and intriguing stories about the past.
A book that has it all, that will pull the reader in. It’s a book that you’ll want to read in one sitting, but also be sorry to finish. Highly recommended.
MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️