Cornwall was on our bucket list this summer but obviously, that’s not going to happen now. Instead, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting the Cornish coast in several women’s fiction books.
Here I share my reviews of the books I’ve loved, along with suggestions of a few more. So why not visit Cornwall in a book too, with the best chick lit and women’s fiction from the Cornish Isles.
This post includes reviews of the following books set in Cornwall, as well as recommendations for many other titles to try:
Phillipa Ashley – Summer on the Little Cornish Isles
Phillipa Ashley – A Perfect Cornish Escape
Nancy Barone – New Hope for the Little Cornish Farmhouse
Rosie Chambers – Katie’s Cornish Kitchen
Jo Bartlett – Christmas with the Cornish Midwives
Laura Briggs – A Christmas Cornish Reunion
The Best Chick Lit & Women’s Fiction Books Set In Cornwall for 2020
Summer on the Little Cornish Isles by Phillipa Ashley
This lovely story is what good chick lit is all about – betrayal, romance, humour, friendship, community spirit, and a new business venture thrown in too. We visit the little Cornish Isles of Scilly with newly-single Poppy as she tries to turn a local gallery into a profitable business.
Phillipa Ashley has written some interesting characters, everyone has their little quirks, even down to the cat and the dog. I loved the development of Poppy and Jake’s personalities. You get to know Poppy’s past pretty quickly but many secrets evolve throughout the book all the way to the end. Each chapter finishes in a way that you just have to keep reading. This is definitely a “one more chapter” book, so perfect for a summer holiday read where you have no distractions.
There are two previous books in this series, but this can be read as a stand-alone. Definitely, an author to check out more from, especially if you want a bit of armchair travel to Cornwall.
A Perfect Cornish Escape by Phillippa Ashley
A Perfect Cornish escape is another book in series from the harbour village of Porthmellow in Cornwall. Each novel can be read as a standalone and you can read them in any order.
This story focuses on cousins Marina and Tiff who are reunited for the summer.
Marina lives in Porthmellow and was widowed almost 7 years ago after her husband disappeared at sea. Tiff is a journalist from London who comes to stay in Cornwall to try and rebuild her life after losing her job and her boyfriend.
The pair work on a charity event to raise funds for the local search and rescue which includes the watchtower that Marina runs in her husband’s memory.
The ladies both have possible new love interests and we follow how those new relationships develop.
A pleasant read when you need something that’s not too taxing.
New Hope for the Little Cornish Farmhouse by Nancy Barone
I discovered New Hope for the Little Cornish Farmhouse by Nancy Barone when I was searching for books set in Cornwall for this blog post. This book is perfect for a lazy weekend when you want to get stuck into something that is far removed from your own real life.
This story focuses on Nina, an author of 3 books, who is left destitute after her husband left her taking everything she had earned. Nina struggles to make ends meet with two children and a farmhouse that needs a lot of work.
Totally out of the blue she is whisked off to LA to meet with Hollywood screenwriters and actors who want to turn her first book into a film. She returns to Cornwall with the heartthrob actor whom she is going to co-write the screenplay with.
There is obviously a will they, won’t they? scenario developing alongside existing friendships and family.
Despite the storyline being so not what I usually read, I found it captivating and read the entire book during a very lazy Saturday. I would definitely read more from Nancy Barone.
Katie’s Cornish Kitchen by Rosie Chambers
Katie’s Cornish Kitchen by Rosie Chambers tells the story of Katie who is still recovering from being dumped 4 weeks before her wedding. She is offered the chance to resurrect an old village cafe in Cornwall.
She brings the cafe/bakery back up to scratch and plans to run it with an eco friendly and ethical ethos, along with a kindness and community vibe. Very much in the same vein as what I’m trying to do here at Tea and Cake for the Soul.
Katie and her wacky assistant Talia set up various themed events to make the cafe successful and bring the community together.
This is a typical Rosie Chambers chick lit read but it has a more childlike innocence to it. Katie’s Cornish Kitchen has feel good factor and is a very easy read for the summer or lazy Sunday afternoon.
Christmas with the Cornish Midwives by Jo Barlett
This story certainly packs in lots of action, from brides trying to arrange a wedding in 5 weeks, to men lost at sea and a traumatic home birth. All within the first few chapters.
The story also shows lots of community spirit and fundraising during the festive season in the wonderful Cornish village of Port Agnes.
Although there is another Cornish Midwives story (Return to Port Agnes) Christmas with the Cornish Midwives can be read as a stand alone story and is a nice quick easy read.
Also available on Kindle Unlimited.
A Cornish Christmas Reunion by Laura Briggs
If you like the Cornwall stories by Laura Briggs and enjoyed A Christmas in Cornwall you may like to check out this follow up. A quick 2 hour read that emphasises the importance of telling people how you feel before it’s too late.
It is my intention to keep adding more reviews of chick lit and women’s fiction books that are set in Cornwall as I read them. Make sure you check out Kate and Clara’s Curious Cornish Craft Shop and The Little Flower Shop by the Sea both by Ali McNamara in my author spotlight post.
In the meantime you might like some of my other book posts:
Do you have any books set in Cornwall to recommend?
Have you been to Cornwall yourself, where did you visit?
More women’s fiction and chick lit books set in Cornwall that you might like to check out:
Pippas Cornish Dream by Debbie Johnson
A Cornish Summer by Catherine Alliott
Daisy’ s Vintage Cornish Camper Bus by Ali McNamara
Cornish Dreams at Cockleshell Cove by Liz Hurley
Daughters of Cornwall by Fern Britton
The Cornish Gift by Fern Britton
There have been many authors who have written an entire series of books set in Cornwall:
Little Cornish Isles series by Phillipa Ashley
Cornish Cafe series by Phillipa Ashley
A Perfect Cornish series by Phillipa Ashley
The Cornish Cream Tea series by Cressida McLaughlin
The Cornish Village School series by Kitty Wilson
The Little Cornish Gift Shop series by Rachel Griffiths
The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea series by Jane Linfoot
Authors’ Twitter @PhillipaAshley @NancyNBW Laura Briggs @RosieCbooks
Authors’ Instagram @phillipa.ashleyauthor @rosiecwrites