Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The Cornish Key to Happiness by Laura Briggs - Book Blitz

The Cornish Key to Happiness

Past secrets return to complicate Maisie’s future with the charming Sidney Daniels in the final installment of the Cornish romance series.

Picking up where book seven left off, Maisie’s plans to celebrate her book’s thrilling news remain on hold after Sidney has vanished from Port Hewer overnight, following a brush with his secret past. His departure leaves Maisie with a head full of questions and a heart torn in two, made even worse by the rumors flying about him through the town. Where and why has he gone? Will he ever come back again? And—foremost in Maisie’s mind—was the heartache from his younger days somehow to blame for his sudden and mysterious flight? 

But when Dean convinces her that Sidney may be facing a choice that could ruin his life, Maisie must set out to find him, once again leaving behind the Cornish seaside haven of Port Hewer she’s come to think of as home, and leaving behind the answer to a secret she’s been longing to know since the beginning. Not knowing when or if she’ll return, she’s taking the biggest risk with her heart so far...and the truth she discovers waiting for her at the end of her journey will make her wonder if things can ever possibly be the same as they were before. 

Questions are answered, secrets are spilled, and the biggest reveal of the series is finally unveiled as A LITTLE HOTEL IN CORNWALL reaches its exciting conclusion.

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Readers can get a glimpse below of my new novella, The Cornish Key to Happiness. It is the last in a series of eight books about Maisie Clark, an aspiring author who became entangled in secrets, romance, and adventure working as a chambermaid at the historic hotel Penmarrow.  The scene below finds Maisie preparing to temporarily leave Cornwall and her job in order to help the man she loves, the enigmatic groundskeeper Sidney Daniels, whose past mistakes have seemingly complicated their future as a couple.

Midmorning sunshine splashed through the stained glass of the Penmarrow's foyer, giving the main hall's marble floor and polished columns a pinkish hue, and its palms and ferns a splash of rose on green amidst the golden glow. I could hear the low purr of a vacuum's motor, and smell white rose tea — these were the homey touches of reality that defied the intimidation factor of its elegance.

The Penmarrow, the international hotel that took that label way too seriously when it came to hiring staff, had just ceased to be international when the jetsetting businesswoman who owned it finalized its sale to Mr. Trelawney, manager and rock upon whom the seaside hotel functioned daily. Once a stately Cornish home, it was now a true Cornish hotel in ownership also. As for the international staff and global roster of guests, that would never change, I suspected, except there would be fewer fake accents in the manner of the faux Portuguese porter Gomez.

Brigette was at the desk as usual, putting the finishing touches on her staff schedule, humming contentedly to herself, while Molly was hoovering the stairs. I set my suitcase on the floor as I waited.

"One moment, if you would be so kind," said Brigette, adding a quick swatch of pink to one of the schedule's lines. "Now, how can I help —?" She looked up, and her business-like smile faded into perplexity at the sight of me dressed nicely, sans uniform. "What are you doing here, Maisie?"

"Asking to be taken off the duty roster for a few days," I said. "I've had a sort of — emergency — come up, and I have to go to London today."

"Emergency?" Molly had overheard me, and looked worried. "What's the matter?"

"Nothing, really. It's ... something to do with my book," I finished. If there was a grain of truth to build an explanation, why not use it? I might be seeing Alli or Arnold while I was there, after all.

"Has your novel been published?" Molly's gaze widened. "Oh, Maisie, it has, hasn't it? I said that Norman couldn't be the only one who was famous from this place — it simply wouldn't be right, even if he is Lady Marverly." Now that was a statement that only made sense to readers of the bodice-ripping novelist who knew it was really the former gardener's nom de plume.

"Well, there's a slim chance," I admitted. Better to sacrifice a little news to the truth, probably — there went the surprise announcement when Arnold mailed me the contract. "But I don't want to say anything too soon," I cautioned.

"Congratulations! Maisie, I'm so happy for you. What if you're famous now? What if your book makes one of those proper lists?" Molly asked. "Why, you might not come back after you go to London, for there's ever so much there, and nothing for writers in Port Hewer at all."

I laughed. "I don't think Winston Graham would agree."


Author Bio –
Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller 'A Wedding in Cornwall'. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.

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