A Golden Cornish Summer

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Pub Date 23 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 26 Jun 2022


Under the golden Cornish sun, buried treasure and family secrets will change Emma’s life forever…

Emma loved her life in the seaside village of Silver Cove. But when the discovery of sunken treasure ignited a feud between her family and that of Luke, her first love, everything fell apart. Heartbroken and betrayed, she fled.

Now, as she wades into the sparkling surf for the first time in fifteen years, she remembers everything she loved about this beautiful place. Then a huge wave knocks her off her feet. Wet and dripping, Emma is rescued by none other than Luke – who is, to her dismay, even more handsome than ever.

Emma starts to wonder if returning home was a huge mistake. Or could the real treasure have been waiting here for her all along?

A heart-warming read full of sun, sea, friendship and romance. Fans of Sarah Morgan and Trisha Ashley will be hooked from the very first page.

Readers adore Phillipa Ashley:

A perfect read to bring sunshine into your life whatever the time of year and a book I didn’t want to end!’ Goodreads review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A heart-warming story with romance. A perfect summer read’ Goodreads review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Charming… So well written you can almost feel the water spray on your face’ Goodreads review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Pure escapism!… Wonderful’ Goodreads review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I really wish that I could give this more than five stars, as this is one of those rare books that you cannot wait to finish but, when you reach the last page you feel sad that it is over’ Goodreads review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I was instantly grabbed by this book… A true delight of a story!… A non-stop ride and truly magical’ Goodreads review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Perfect summer novel… Such a fun book to read. Beach, poolside or in the dead of winter, you won’t want to put this one down’ Goodreads review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wonderful contemporary romance that is so unique… Amazing locations and a meaningful message… 5/5 stars’ Goodreads review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Under the golden Cornish sun, buried treasure and family secrets will change Emma’s life forever…

Emma loved her life in the seaside village of Silver Cove. But when the...

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I've loved my return to Falford and beautiful Cornwall. Like all the other books in this series, it's peopled with warm, empathetic, well sketched characters one immediately feels invested in. Full of yearning, the joys and pains of first love , the eternal Romeo and Juliette torn apart by their families conflicts, Emma and Luke find each other again and get a second chance at love, back where their story began, amid the wild Cornish landscape and the people who love them. It's been a joy catching up with friends made in the earlier books and to see their lives entertwining around the new characters. Loved this !

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Brilliant, amazing and loving

I loved this book it's so brilliant just reading it you can imagine being there on the coast.
With the beach combers and helping them. Clean the beach.
I'm so glad every thing worked out in the end for everyone.
I wish I could see some of the sea glass jewellery usella makes and the pictures Katie paints.
Thank you for a brilliant book

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Absolutely wonderful. The perfect escape to Cornwall to revisit the picturesque fishing village of Falford. I enjoyed it so much I really didn’t want it to end.

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A golden Cornish summer is perfect summer read, true escapism based in idyllic Falford the perfect location full of Cornish charm!
A long standing family feud, deep set resentment, history, long lost love and second chances make for an entrancing read that I didnt want to end!
Emma returning to her childhood home meets her old first love Luke in rather an unconventional way, this stirs up unresolved desires and feelings for the pair of them but too much time and history has passed in the intervening years, how can you move on from a long standing despite between the two families, hidden treasure and long buried secrets.
Good friends,forgiveness, idyllic settings and truth and honesty along with a fabulous community spirit doing good for the environment, softens Emma’s previously closed character and allows Luke to reconnect with her!
Brilliant characters, great plot absolutely loved it!
Thank you netgalley for this early read.

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I was so excited to receive this book - another in the Falford series and it didn’t disappoint. Old characters reappeared and the usual array of new introductions and a gripping story. The premise of feuding families was perfect and whilst I liked the two leads, Emma and Luke, my absolute favourite character was Ursula. I loved her growing friendship with Emma. One drawback, however, was I bought a sea glass necklace and earring set after being inspired by the book. Please let’s have more set in this wonderful community.

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There are times when you read a book and just don't want it to end and this was just such a book. I loved it from beginning to end. It was beautifully written and you could just imagine being there on the seafront with the beautiful location of Silver Cove. I loved how the story unfolded especially the bit about the treasure and the effect it had on the families involved. It was so very funny at times and also heartbreaking. A really wonderful read.

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Freelance illustrator Emma returns to beautiful Siver Cove in Cornwall. It's fifteen years since she broke up with

Luke. due to a feud between their two families about treasure..and ongoing nastiness.

Deep secrets and betrayal still hover between them but there is also the beach to clean up and marine animals to

save, This is a gripping tale. of regaining trust and rekindling a seemingly lost relationship. It was a joy to read. this

compelling story. from page one till the end.

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Wow wow wow. Loved this from page one. One of those books you are thinking about when you are not reading it. Great to be back in Cornwall with Philippa Ashley. I loved the beach clean up. I know about sea glass from the north east. You wanted to own some of the jewellery . Emma was a great character and I loved the descriptions of her illustrations . The dolphin rescue was amazing.. Families can cause problems . So glad it had a happy ending. . Luke was a great character too and Ursula. A great great read

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I absolutely love this authors books so couldn’t wait to get stuck into this one. This book could be read as a standalone but love how it also brings in some of the other characters from the Falford series. This was a cosy escapism read and explores what happens when you give someone a second chance and how to be brave and follow your dreams and yo ur heart to achieve what will make you happy.

I read this in almost one sitting as once had started to read I couldn’t put it down.

I loved the characters in this book and the community feel and how it showed that so much can be achieved when everyone pulls together and how it’s the little things which make a big difference.

I am already looking forward to this authors next book.

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I could not put this book down. This book is true Phillipa Ashley, a beautiful Cornish setting with characters you fall in love with. From the moment Emma arrives in Falford I was transported there myself. It was so nice to read familiar names from previous books (this is most definitely a standalone book) and I could picture everything so clearly. I particularly liked the way Emma and Ursula’s friendship developed and who doesn’t need a best friend like Maxi. A fantastic feel good summer read.

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Fans of Phillipa Ashley will not be disappointed with her latest book. The descriptions: of places, drawings, and events, are beautiful. No surprises with the story but the added thread of environmental problems faced by such coastal communities works well. This will be a great holiday read!

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Phillipa Ashley has done it again! A wonderful, heartwarming read that makes me wish I lived in Cornwall ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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A lovely read. So many books are set in Cornwall, a place I’ve never visited, and the description in this book almost makes me feel I know the delightful location. The story is interesting and the tales of the characters are quite diverse. The main characters are warm and friendly as are their friends. Not so sure about their relatives. This book will definitely give a reader a feel good few hours.

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A Golden Cornish Summer is destined to be another smash hit for Phillipa Ashley. It boasts everything that a reader of romantic fiction could want from a book. I didn’t immediately take to Emma, she seemed initially cold and not a very pleasant type of girl. However, that opinion soon changed when the story of the feud between Emma’s and Luke’s family was revealed. I can’t imagine that I would be the warmest soul if I thought that a man, I trusted, could betray me so deeply that it had massive repercussions for me and my family.
Luke is simply lovely. He’s built up a solid life and business despite his early setback and is determined to make a difference to the people and beaches of the Falford area. Of course, he’s not perfect, so if you are hoping for a huge romantic reunion, you’ll need a huge dollop of patience. Luke owns a diving business in partnership with Ran, who we met in A Special Cornish Christmas. Don’t worry if you’ve not already read the other books in this series, they all work as standalone stories with enough back story to bring you up to speed.
Once I got to know Emma, I was praying for her to find her happy ending, but that wouldn’t necessarily include a man. She has created a wonderful Illustrating business and is more than capable of standing on her own two feet. Her visit to Falford is as much about exorcising the ghosts of her past as it is about looking for a new beginning.
It was easy to pick a favourite character; I have stayed in touch with a number of my former teachers and Ursula Bowen was like a concentrated version of a few of mine. Her drive and passion for art were the inspiration behind Emma’s business, whether she recognises that, or not. I absolutely loved her stubborn determination and incredibly supportive manner.
Phillipa Ashley’s writing feels effortless, the pages seem to turn themselves. The characters are always beautifully developed to the point that I look out for them in each successive book. Escaping to Falford was just what I needed and a trip to Silver Cove was a bonus.

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I loved this book (as I knew I would) from the start.

A new story of love, family secrets and lies that split a family 15 years previously.

I love the interaction of past characters, bringing them to life once again and remembering their stories with fondness and love.

A book you will love from cover to cover and once again a wonderful read from Phillipa Ashley.

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I have read all of Phillipa Ashley books and love them all, this is no exception. It is Emma and Luke's story about finding each other after 15 years, but they have bad history so all is not plain sailing. I love her books they are a great escape. Highly recommended

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It was wonderful returning to Falford in Cornwall - meeting new characters and interacting with the old faithfuls.

When Emma goes back to her roots, she is confronted with his past, both the good and the bad, although totally (and literally) in the deep end! I loved how her secrets (and her pasts) come to light, and how the pieces of the broken jigsaw of her life come back together.

Thanks to Philippa Ashley for once again bringing sunshine to a beautiful story, and showing that the best comes out of the worst situations, and that you can always start afresh, even if it means stepping backwards, and have a wonderful future.

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I enjoy this authors books and this one was really good. Enjoyable plot, interesting characters and a really lovely setting.

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I enjoyed this sweet book about a woman trying to decide if you an go home again. Emma returns to her Cornish hometown years after family disputes that involved her first love, Luke, ended their relationship and broke her family. Family secrets are revealed and test Emma and Luke’s ability to heal. There’s a nice sense of place, and the family drama keeps the action moving along. The dialogue on occasion struck a bit of an off tone with me, as I wasn’t convinced people would actually say what was written, but overall very enjoyable. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher.

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First things first. Would like to thank the author and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a review.
This is a book probably I would have given a 3.5 or 4 star but the premises in the book about combing beaches for debris(I am a big fan of people who want to save the environment, even if we have reached nowhere we would like to reach), at least they are trying.
Also I am a big fan of beach sea glass, I have a few from my various visit to beaches, though I wouldn't be able to find where I have kept them.
I mean this is a sort of adult type Nancy Drew which even 15 year old can read, but the various beachy things the main characters are doing makes it a what can I say-a good beach read.
I have used a lot of the word beach, I mean thats what there is in the book. Beaches and more of it. Who am I to complain???
Also, I have a few friends @aurangabadploggers in a small town in India who happen to share the enthusiasm of combing hills instead of shores like the author. And again I am a big fan of their work.

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You know what you're going to get with a Phillipa Ashley novel and this latest doesn't disappoint, a sweet heart-warming, if lightweight, story of returning to your childhood home and crossing paths with your first love, unresolved feelings, secrets and miscommunications. I felt slightly at a disadvantage having not read any of the previous Falford based books but it still stands up well on its own.. For me the strength of a good romance comes from whether the story would hold it's own without the will they, won't they element and this book passes that test with the beachcombing, friendships and art storylines. I loved the growing friendship between Emma and Ursula and of course the whole Cornish setting. I would have liked a few less pleasant characters to balance out the never ending stream of lovely people in the town but I'm probably in the minority.

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It's always a great experience visiting the Cornish seaside, A Golden Cornish Summer is the perfect summer holiday read.

Story to characters to the background theme, it's all like a pleasant cool breeze on a scorching summer day.

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A Golden Cornish Summer by Phillipa Ashley

It was so lovely to back in beautiful Cornwall with its wonderful community, friendly faces, new characters and a fantastic storyline. A Golden Cornish Summer is based around Emma and Luke. Due to a family feud which left Emma heartbroken, she left her family home in the stunning Silver Cove. Returning back to stay with a friend due to her work and an art commission, she finds out that her first love, the lovely Luke, is also here. You really get such a brilliant connection between the characters, particularly the difficulties between Emma and Luke and you really feel for them. I was rooting for them to get back together throughout the book. I loved the theme of the sunken treasure which came with many hidden secrets - definitely added a different dimension to the book. I loved the community beachcombers and the sea glass jewellery Ursula (great name!) was making. Ursula was my favourite character! I enjoyed reading about the environmental impact that we all have on the area we live and how we can all do a little bit to help was great.

Everyone deserves a second chance, and although it may take time to work through everything and to regain trust, that time was very much worth it for Emma and Luke and it was not just the sun shining at the end of the book, but their love for each other! A brilliant read where you could see yourself sitting on the rocks looking over the sea, smelling the sea and taking in all the wonderful surroundings and people. I look forward to returning back to Cornwall! Thank you Phillipa Ashley for another wonderful book.

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I rate it 3.75. The book painted (pun intended) the setting well, I love that it talks about current issues making it relatable and raising awareness about the environmental crisis we are facing. The added mystery between the main characters and the other supporting characters are good too.

Unfortunately I find it a bit too repetitive or too long winded at various points in the book, I’m not sure if that’s because I have been quite exhausted from returning to work this month and 2 children who have been ill for half of the month.

Many thanks Avon Books UK for the advanced review copy in exchange for honest review.

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My thanks to Netgalley for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review, which I freely give.

21st century Romeo and Juliet - Luke and Emma At school Emma was in love with Luke. However a feud between their parents exists. It revolves around a hidden treasure chest from a sunken vessel years before. Emma's father wanted to find it. I will not spoil things but Luke's father finds it. Emma and Luke leave school and go there separate ways with Emma going to university to study art her parents wanted her to study something else.

15 years later following the death of her father Emma returns to her Cornish home. Now a respected illastrator has a commision for a book she stays with her old school friend Maxi her husband and children. She soon meets Luke and the old friction is still present. Also still arround is her old School teacher who she did not get on with. However during her time in the seaside village Emma joins in, helping clear the beach of litter.

We learn how Lukes father found the treasure, whta happened to both sets of parents, how Emma and her teacher became friends.

A lovely read whish I have no hesitation in giving 5* and highly recommend.

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Another great read from Phillipa Ashley. I always enjoy a Cornish backdrop, and this did not disappoint. Great characters and a great read. Had me googling fascinating marine creatures with its tale of beach combers and what they find. Secrets and treasure are buried in equal measure.

Always a joy to read!

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I’ve read all Phillipa Ashley books and although I enjoyed this one it didn’t grab me like some of her previous ones. It’s an easy read with a satisfying romantic element,

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This was a sweet, enjoyable story of love, friendship, family disputes, lies and secrets.
Luke and Emma were childhood sweethearts, but had to keep their relationship a secret because their families were feuding. Each of their fathers was determined to find a treasure believed to have been buried many years ago. When Luke accidentally finds a clue in Emma's attic and shares it with his dad, things turn bad quickly. Finding the treasure broke both families apart, and Luke and Emma walked away from each other and never looked back. That is until Emma returns to town and literally collides into Luke. Can these two overcome years of anger and distrust to rediscover the love they once shared?
I truly enjoyed the story and the characters. Each had their own issues but I liked them both. Recommend this story, great beach read.
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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I found this story of a second chance at love enjoyable. While I am not sure these two (Emma and Luke) really spent enough time to know who they have grown into as adults, they still have strong feelings lingering from their teen romance, that was broken apart by many situations that occurred. Can they really have an honest, mature relationship when both of them hold secrets from each other?

I enjoyed returning to the Cornish Isles, and although I do not see this book listed as a part of a series, the story takes place in the same area of previous Phillipa Ashley books and a few characters are mentioned that I already know from other books. The book can be read independently not having read other of Ms. Ashley’s books.

Quite a bit of the book focuses on a beach cleaning team of townsfolk that go out regularly to clear off items left by people using the beach. This struck me so sad. I never imaged that people could act so badly, but I suppose I give people too much credit for people actually acting like mature adults, which also brings me to some of the characters in the book. Some of these adults certainly did not act properly when Emma and Luke were teens and now years later, they still have not mature very much more.

Thank you to Avon Books UK and NetGalley for giving me the pleasure of reading the advance reader copy, with no obligation to write a review. My review is written freely as a hobby, and is totally my own opinion, not influenced by receiving the ARC.

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A brilliant book, family rivalry, childhood sweethearts, missed opportunities all wrapped up in one novel. What more could you want? Of course nothing is simple or smooth, and the tale never goes in the direction you expect so as usual it's wonderfully written and will keep you hooked from start to finish.

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I always enjoy visiting Cornwall via Phillipa Ashley’s romance novels. A Golden Cornish Summer is wonderful summer read with romance, mystery and family drama. Two high school sweethearts, Luke and Emma, have their worlds torn apart when their fathers battle over some lost treasure from a sunken ship. When they both return to their hometown many years later, without knowing the other is as well, many secrets are uncovered that lead to them deciding what’s most important in life. Thank you Tom Netgalley and the publisher for an early readers copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Loved this story of first love finding each other again. This also had a great mix of heartfelt moments and drama like when Ursula went missing at the cove. Loved how what happened in their childhood shaped how their lives had turned out. Everyone needs a Luke and has issues with parents. Very relatable

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This book was a fun treat! I loved it! It was a good reset after I read a heavier book. It kept me flipping pages well past my bedtime!!

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Set in gorgeous Cornwall, this book is full of the sights and sounds of Summer. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how your view of Emma changed slightly as the story developed as you learnt more about her past and why she was so awkward around Luke. Friendship and family ties run through the story and by the end, you are rooting for both Emma and Luke.
I also enjoyed the environmental angle which emerged through the work of the Beachcombers. Recycling, repurposing and generally doing your best to clean up the sea and the beach gave the characters a community feel and meant that a disparate group come together and find out what they have in common. This is a lovely Summer read with characters you will like and a setting to savour.

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Loved this romance about Emma and Luke and how a love gets reignited, a story of sunshine. Sea, friendship and old loves, wonderfully written couldn't put it down

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Emma returns to Silver Cove to get some inspiration for a commission she needs to finish.
Unbeknown to her, Luke her teenage love is also working in Silver Cove.
After so many years where a journal and secret treasure have kept them apart there is certainly plenty of simmering tension.
There is plenty happening in this delightful book. I loved Ursula, Emma's old school teacher who forms a solid bond with Emma.
Loved the Beachcombers but isn't it a shame that people just can't take their rubbish home.
I love the idea of collecting sea glass and making lovely things with it.
A long hot summer in Cornwall, some romance and a good story. What's not to love.
Thanks to Netgalley and Avon books for the ARC in return for an honest review.

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