The Cornish Cream Tea Holiday by Cressida McLaughlin

Thank you to Harper Collins, Random Things Tours and Cressida McLaughlin for the opportunity to read and review the latest book in the Cornish Cream Tea series for the blog tour. My last review for the series can be found at


It’s going to be an unforgettable Cornish summer…

Thea Rushwood was looking forward to exploring the beautiful Cornish tourist spot of Port Karadow, but when her friend drops out at the last minute, she is forced to go solo. Arriving at her cosy holiday cottage to discover a building site next door, Thea and the annoyingly attractive, but grumpy builder, Ben, don’t get off to the best start.

Thea starts to wonder if her perfect escape wasn’t meant to be. That’s before she realizes there is more to Ben – and to the community – than she first thought. As a magical Cornish summer stretches out in front of her, Thea discovers this is one holiday that she never wants to end…

My thoughts:

It is time again to pour yourself a cup of tea, butter a warm scone (I prefer a sultana one), add some jam and clotted cream, and curl up with the latest book in the Cornish Cream Tea series. The series started with the Cornish Cream Tea bus (which does make brief reappearance), but many of the locations and people in the new book also featured in the previous book, Christmas Carols and a Cornish Cream Tea.

However, this book could easily be read as a stand alone book, with the main characters being new to the series. Thea is a library assistant who dreams of opening a bookshop in a place in Cornwall she enjoyed visiting as a child. I loved how her love of books shone through the story.

Thea spends three weeks in Cornwall learning about herself, the local community and her grumpy neighbour, Ben. The story includes bats, a dog, cream teas, meals out, a storm, new friendships, romance and an old post office, in need of a new life.

This book was the perfect way to escape the real world, to read about dreams involving bookshops and how a community will work together to help make a dream come true. Happy to recommend this virtual visit to Cornwall to my book review blog readers.

Author Bio:

Cressy was born in South East London surrounded by books and with a cat named after Lawrence of Arabia. She studied English at the University of East Anglia and now lives in Norwich with her husband David. When she isn’t writing, Cressy spends her spare time reading, returning to London or exploring the beautiful Norfolk coastline.

www @cressmclaughlin


By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum. Adopter of dogs.

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