Thank you to Anne of Random Things Tours and Books and the City / Simon and Schuster UK for the invitation to join the blog tour and a proof copy of this gorgeous book. I’m pleased to be starting the blog tour off on publication day.
A remote yet beautiful village. A tiny kitchen lunch club. The perfect place to start again.
Anna moves to Crovie, a tiny fishing village on the Moray Firth, for a fresh start. But when she arrives, she realises her new home is really no more than a shed, and the village itself sits beneath a cliff right on the edge of the sea, in constant danger of storms and landslides. Has she made a terrible mistake?
Yet as she begins to learn about the Scottish coast and its people, something she thought she’d lost reawakens in her. She rediscovers her love of cooking, and turns her kitchen into a pop-up lunch club. But not all the locals are delighted about her arrival, and some are keen to see her plans fail.
Will Anna really be able to put down roots in this remote and wild village? Or will her fragile new beginning start to crumble with the cliffs . . . ?
Beautiful, moving and utterly absorbing, The House Beneath the Cliffs is a novel of friendship and food, storms and secrets, and the beauty of second chances. An exciting new voice in commercial fiction, perfect for fans of Victoria Hislop and Kate Morton.
Anna has finally left behind awful Geoff, and has bought herself a ‘house’ in the village of Crovie, to escape from her previous life, where her dreams and ambitions were ignored by the person who should have helped her the most but instead took the credit for all her ideas.
Sharon Gosling brought the small village of Crovie, on the coast of Scotland to life, the smells and sound of the sea and the taste of the food. I haven’t visited Scotland for many years, but this book made me eager to return.
Please note that this is not a book to reading whilst dieting, because the descriptions of the food that Anna prepares for her new friends and customers sounded delicious (and left me feeling hungry).
The story follows Anna in her first few months in Crovie, making good friends (so many great characters in this book) and the occasional enemy (Douglas McKean), as she decides what to do next with her life. Through a number of adventures/opportunities, Anna quickly becomes part of the local area, boosting tourist numbers with her lunch club and helping when the summer storm threatens to destroy everything. But will she stay or will she go?
This is a lovely book to read, a timely reminder of why friendship and community are so important, especially in times of trouble or illness. Also it is a reminder that it is never too late to change a job or area if it means we can find (or reignite) a passion for something we enjoy.
My favourite character was Young Robbie, who was determined to protect the local dolphin pod from danger. I felt sad to finish the book, having enjoyed joining the community through the highs and lows of the year. I look forward to reading more by Sharon Gosling in the future and I’m happy to recommend this book.
Sharon Gosling lives with her husband in a very remote village in northern Cumbia, where they moved to run a second-hand bookshop, Withnail Books in Penrith. She began her career in entertainment journalism, writing for magazines in the science fiction and fantasy genre, before moving on to write tie-in books for TV shows such as Stargate and the ‘re-imagined’ Battlestar Galactica.
She has also written, produced and directed audio dramas based in the same genre. When she’s not writing, she creates beautiful linocut artwork and is the author of multiple children’s books. The House Beneath the Cliffs is her first adult novel. Follow her at @sharongosling.