Today I am delighted to be hosting the blog tour for Daughters of Cornwall by Fern Britton.
The Great War is over, and Clara Carter has boarded a train bound for Cornwall – to meet a family that would once have been hers. But they must never discover her secret.
Caroline has spent years trying to uncover the lies buried in her family history. And once she arrives in Cornwall, the truth finally seems to be in reach. Except with storm clouds gathering on the horizon, Caroline soon learns that some secrets are best left hidden.
Daughters of Cornwall is a story spanning the decades since the First World War ended. It begins with Clara and Bertie. Two young people who met just as the war was beginning. Their relationship grew and love blossomed as they wrote to each other. Their love for each other lasted a lifetime but the repurcussions of their relationship would be felt for generations to come.
I loved the historical element of this story. It touched on life during WWI home and away. The loss and hardship faced by many and what they had to live with after it ended. Clara lost the love of her life to the war and she was left with a secret that she carried with her when she went to visit his family for the first time. Will they love her as much as Bertie said they will and will they ever discover what she hides. Perhaps she has become so good at lying that it will go with her to the grave?
This is a book that celebrates women in all their beautiful glory. Their courage, their mistakes, their triumphs, and their resilience in good times and bad. Each women has their stengths and their faults and it was an absolute pelasure to watch their stories unfold. It touches very much on changing attitudes over the years and how life was so very different just 100 years ago – yet it reminds us the damage that a lack of honesty and understanding can have and that life can be so much better if we can live without fear of judgement.
Fern is such a familiar face on our televisions. Her warmth and sparkle shine through in whatever she does and this is also true in her writing. With an impressive back catalogue, she is now very well established as an author and a pretty darn good one too. I had the pleasure of attending a zoom meeting with Fern where I was able to listen to her chat about her own family secrets and the inspiration behind the novel. It is an absolutely delightful read, a family saga that will touch your heart and stay with you long after you turn the final page. Thoroughly recommended, this will make a perfect summer read.
Many thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and the lovely people at HarperCollins for sending me a digital copy to read and review. It was an absolute pleasure to be involved and I look forward to reading more from Fern.
Daughters of Cornwall will be published by HarperCollins on 11th June 2020 in Hardback, Audiobook and ebook. A paperback edition will come next year.
About the author
Fern Britton is the highly acclaimed author of eight Sunday Times bestselling novels.
Born in London, into a theatrical family, Fern started her professional life as a stage manager. Theatre life was great fun but within three years, in 1980, she graduated to television and became a presenter on Westward Television. Here she achieved her ambition of living in Cornwall. Since then television has been her home. She spent 14 years as a journalist before presenting Ready, Steady, Cook for the BBC. This Morning for ITV came next where she won several awards and became a household name. Her interview programme Fern Britton Meets had guests including Tony Blair, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dolly Parton and Cliff Richard. Fern presented The Big Allotment Challenge (BBC2), For What It’s Worth (BBC1), Culinary Genius with Gordon Ramsay (ITV).
Fern’s novels are all set in her beloved Cornwall. Her books are cherished for their warmth, wit and wisdom, and have won her legions of loyal readers. Fern was a judge for the Costa Book of the Year Award and a supporter of the Reading Agency, promoting literacy and reading.
Fern turned her talents to acting last year when she starred as Marie in Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s award-winning musical Calendar Girls.
Fern has twin sons, two daughters and lives in Cornwall in a house
full of good food, wine, family, friends and gardening books. She
has a motor cycle licence, an honorary doctorate for services to
broadcasting and charity, and is a member of Mensa!
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