Ali McNamara Book Reviews & Bibliography – Author Spotlight

Author Ali McNamara has published 11 books since 2010 and I’ve been a big fan since the very first one. As every one of them seems to be a winner, I decided to do an author spotlight and post reviews of some of my favourites.

Read on for my book review of the latest release from Ali McNamara, “Kate and Clara’s Curious Cornish Craft Shop”, along with some of the older titles too. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do.

Book reviews from the author Ali McNamara

Kate and Clara’s Curious Cornish Craft Shop (2020)

The story is about Kate who moved to St Felix with her daughter to run a craft shop by the sea.  Along comes new boy Jack unsettling her when he opens an art shop close by. However,  the two become friends, with the hint that it may develop into more throughout the story.

The story intertwines with one from the 1950s, as Jack and Kate get together to try to fathom out what the spooky goings-on are.  As is the case with other St Felix stories, and indeed Ali McNamara books in general, there is added magic and mystery in the story that can’t quite be explained rationally.

Kate and Clara’s Curious Cornish Craft Shop brings in characters from previous St Felix stories but can most definitely be read as a standalone.

I couldn’t put it down. Utterly charming.

Released in July 2020

book cover featuring an old fashioned bicycle with a basket of flowers in front of a seaside shop for Kate and Claras Curious Cornish Craft Shop by Ali McNamara

Secrets and Seashells at Rainbow Bay (2019)

Secrets and Seashells at Rainbow Bay is another wonderful magical book from Ali McNamara.

The far-fetched but adorable story is about Amelia, a single mum who inherits a castle.  She and her son Charlie move in and begin to bring the castle attraction up to date by renovating and introducing new facilities.

Even though it’s quite unbelievable, it is the perfect bit of escapism.  There is lots of fun as the castle team tries to find out gossip on the former residents for a new tour guide. Secrets and Seashells is full of loveable characters along with a cosy story that has some mystery and spooky goings-on too.

Highly recommended.

book cover for secrets and seas shells at rainbow bay picturing the back of an old morris minor full of luggage driving along a coastal road

Ali McNamara – Letters from Lighthouse Cottage  (2016)

Letters from Lighthouse Cottage is a lovely story about the life of Grace. It takes in her teenage loves and friendships during the 80s, with a nod to the local history of days gone by. As is often the case there is a touch of the supernatural thrown in for good measure.

I loved it!

book cover for Letters from Lighthouse Cottage picturing a small coastal town with a lighthouse by the sea

Ali McNamara The Little Flower Shop by the Sea  (2015)

Anything by the sea tends to grab me as it takes me to my happy place, add in a little shop or something and it’s certainly got my attention. I had already read a couple of Ali McNamara’s books previously (Notting Hill was one of my favourites) and loved them as they are so easy to read.

The Little Flower Shop by the Sea is an emotive story of Poppy getting over tragedy in her life as she takes over her Grandmother’s flower shop in Cornwall.

As with most women’s fiction, you know who the character will end up with romantically and can just enjoy the journey, but here you get a bit of mystery, magic and history with plots that I really didn’t see coming.

A beautiful tale of friendship, love and companionship and a reminder that we really mustn’t underestimate the older generation in our lives.

book cover for The Little Flower shop by the sea picturing a couple of houses in front of a beach with 2 row boats on the shore

Ali McNamara Bibliography

The Bright and Beautiful of Bluebell Wood (coming 2021)

Kate & Clara’s Curious Cornish Craft Shop  (2020)

Secrets and Seashells at Rainbow Bay (2019)

Daisy’s Vintage Cornish Camper Van (2018)

The Summer of Serendipity (2017)

Letters from Lighthouse Cottage (2016)

The Little Flower Shop by the Sea (2015)

From Notting Hill with Four Weddings..Actually  (2014)

Step Back in Time ( 2013)

From Notting Hill To New York…Actually (2012)

Breakfast at Darcy’s (2011)

From Notting Hill With Love… Actually (2010)

Have you read any books by Ali McNamara?

Which ones have been your favourites?

I will come back to add more reviews to this post with each new release, and I may well reread some of the old ones too.

You may also like to read:

* Women’s Fiction set in Cornwall

* Tripfiction Books for Your Staycation

10 Books of Summer Reading

Feel Good Reads for Summer

You can find more about Ali McNamara on her website and social media.

2 thoughts on “Ali McNamara Book Reviews & Bibliography – Author Spotlight

  1. Wow, Ali is a busy bee! I’m always amazed by how someone can write one book, so writing several just floors me. ‘Kate and Clara’s Curious Cornish Craft Shop’ is a bit of a mouthful but I love it! Sounds like an interesting read with the weaving of an older storyline into it. xx

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