One of the joys of blogging about books is being offered books to read and review. I have two rules when it comes to accepting books for review: First, I won’t accept the offer of a book unless I am really interested, and actually want to read it; Second, I make sure I actually write a review for any book I am kindly gifted in this way. This is a long winded way of saying I was offered this book via twitter and leapt at the chance to receive it. I had never read anything by Paige Toon before, despite being very aware of her from other book bloggers. This was an opportunity to put this right with a book that was set in Cornwall about a travel journalist and blogger. Cornwall, travel, and blogging — three of my favorite things.
The travel blogger and journalist in question is Bridget. Bridget is of the opinion that long after you have fallen out of love with someone, they still own a little piece of your heart. This is the premise she uses to journey around the globe track down old flames to ask for her heart back as she writes about the experience on her blog — with a view to turning it in to a book. There has not exactly been overwhelming interest in Bridget’s book, which is why when her literary agent approaches her with the offer of completing the unfinished novel of another author who had tragically died before finishing the sequel to a previous bestseller, Bridget is interested. In order to do this, she has to relocate to Cornwall and be answerable to Charlie, the grieving husband of the best-selling author.
This novel is written with warmth and kindness. The themes of loss and grief are managed sympathetically and the insight into becoming a lone parent after the death of a partner feels true and genuine.
I enjoyed Bridget’s character. Her scattiness, her kindness, and her vulnerability all come together to make a character who is well formed and likable. The development of Bridget’s relationship with Charlie and his son is touching. It did not feel rushed or contrived, but hopeful and genuine
As with all books set in Cornwall, I find myself longing to be there. For me, Cornwall is as important to the story as any of the characters. It’s the backdrop and foreground and everything in-between as Bridget negotiates rocky waters and sandy beaches in her bid to finish the novel and work out where she might stand with Charlie.
This is a book to gobble-up and lose yourself in; it would be a lovely book to hang with during summertime. Paige Toon could just have become one of my go to holiday reading authors.
Thank you to @bookminxsjv from Simon and Schuster for this uncorrected proof.
About Paige Toon
Paige Toon was born in 1975. A philosophy graduate, she worked at teen, film and women’s magazines, before ending up at Heat magazine as Reviews Editor. She is very experienced at events and interviews and has a significant social media following. The One We Fell in Love With was picked for the Zoella Book Club. Her novels are bestsellers throughout Europe.
» Reviewer, Traveler, & Lifestyle Blogger: About Angela Vincent
Angela is a 40 something fully paid up bookworm and a regular contributor to The Black Lion Journal. She lives and works in London. By day you will find her working in a busy hospital as a Macmillan Palliative Care Nurse Specialist. Her aim is to do those things which make her heart sing and spend time with those who make her smile. A love of books, reading, and writing has always been a big part of her life. ‘Changing pages’ began as a natural extension of that in 2014, and is a continuation of many years of dedicated scribbling and journal keeping. When she is not reading books, she can often be found writing about them or thinking about what she might read next.