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review 2016-02-23 00:00
Lost and Found: Discovering Ireland's Past
Lost and Found: Discovering Ireland's Pa... Lost and Found: Discovering Ireland's Past - Joe Fenwick I have always been interested in Archaeology, sadly I didn't feel that I would be suited to studying anywhere near Prof Rynne without one of us being sorely tempted to take drastic action. Instead I contented myself with History and Classical Civilization, and sometimes wonder what life would have been if I had taken another path.

This is mostly about the joy of discovery, that moment that sticks out in a persons mind about things they found, the pieces of their lives that don't appear in official reports, that moment of ah-ha for a researcher, a discovery that sticks out in the mind of a researcher. I found it an interesting read and an interesting insight into the lives of Archaeologists and historians, and made me want, more than anything to return to historical research.
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review 2015-11-13 17:09
Book Review - Under a Cornish Sky
Under A Cornish Sky - Liz Fenwick

Under a Cornish Sky is yet another great book by Liz Fenwick. I would place it under contemporary women’s fiction with a dash of magic and an element of romance.

The things I have grown to expect from Liz Fenwick’s books were all there. This story is set in beautiful Cornwall, there is a house of significance, and of course, a little romance to warm the cockles of your heart. What I love is trying to work out what the rest of the story will be about. Will it be magical, historical, funny or dark?

Under a Cornish Sky focusses on two women who live worlds apart. A young woman who is grieving and down on her luck, and an older woman who seems to have everything she wants and is used to getting her own way. What will happen when circumstance forces these two very different women together?

I really liked the younger woman, Demi, and felt I related to her in a way. I really wasn’t keen on the older woman, Victoria at all, but perhaps I softened towards her later in the story.

Anyone who knows me well enough, knows I love the magic of fairies, so imagine my face when I was reading the prologue and it referred to fairies numerous times within the first two pages. What a treat.

“She has been to bluebell woods before. This is where the fairies live and she must never go into a bluebell wood without Grannie and Grandad because the fairies will trap her.”

I love the way Liz brings Cornwall to life in her books. In this book it was the description of bluebells and garlic which took me to specific time and place. The wild garlic smell can be surprisingly strong down here in Cornwall. I remember when my friend, Abi and her daughter, Katie came down to stay a couple of years ago, we were sniffing plants near the edge of the woods while visiting Halliggye Fogue, to source the garlic smell.

Also loved the bit where Demi goes into the charity shop and is helped to find clothes. I love things like that. Reminds me of those feel good Christmas films I’ve had the joy of viewing over the years. Always guaranteed to put a smile on my face.

The front cover gives the impression that this would be a great summer read, but if you live in Cornwall, I would strongly recommended this during winter. It will help get you through those months of grey mizzle and remind you that Spring is just around the corner.

I’m now really looking forward to book five, which is due out next year.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1247528758
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review 2015-09-22 17:30
Book Review - A Cornish Stranger
A Cornish Stranger - Liz Fenwick

Wow, where do I start with A Cornish Stranger?

“Save a stranger from the sea, and he’ll turn your enemy.”

Liz Fenwick’s third novel has a somewhat different feel to her previous two. The Cornish House and A Cornish Affair have a very rich and almost magical Cornish feel to them. Although A Cornish Stranger is mostly set in beautiful Cornwall, it is a heavier read, due to some of the subject matter, has more depth, and an overall darker feel to it than her previous novels.

Jaunty is a woman and artist in her nineties, living on her own in Cornwall, until her granddaughter, Gabriella (Gabe), who is a singer lacking confidence, moves in to help look after her.

This story takes you in to the past, where you will learn about the dark secrets, guilt and regrets that have haunted Jaunty for many years, especially during the time of the Second World War. At the same time, in the present-day, a handsome stranger suddenly appears in a storm. What impact will this stranger have on Jaunty and Gabriella? You’ll have to read this book to find out.

The characters in this book feel very real, especially Jaunty, making it an emotional read at times. At one point I was so shocked, I actually gasped out loud. On a lighter note, it was fun spotting characters from her previous novels, plus there was even mention of fairies, which made me happy.

This is a great read for those who love mystery and romance set in the captivating surroundings of Cornwall.

I can’t wait to read Under a Cornish Sky, and looking forward to the work in progress.

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review 2015-09-22 16:07
Book Review - A Cornish Affair
A Cornish Affair - Liz Fenwick

I bought a signed copy of this book from Waterstones in Truro in 2014.

A Cornish Affair was yet another very enjoyable book by Liz Fenwick. In fact, I enjoyed this even more than The Cornish House.

Love, mystery, history, treasure and scenic Cornwall make a great combination for a successful story. If you like any of those things, then I highly recommend this.

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review 2015-09-22 15:53
Book Review - The Cornish House
The Cornish House - Liz Fenwick

I read this in 2013. I actually bought it based on its cover, tut tut. I absolutely love the cover, as it reminds me of the back of our very own Cornish house (that we bought and moved into in 2011).

This book had me willing to love it before I even read the first page. However, the story did not disappoint. I do love a good old house with years of mysteries hidden within it, so this was a very entertaining read.

I found details about Cornwall and its weather, especially the horizontal rain, roads without street lamps, local people knowing everyone else's business and general quirkiness, made me giggle throughout the book, as it reminded me of when I first moved down to Cornwall.

Although this is a standalone novel, if you do wish to read Liz Fenwick's books in chronological order, then you should read her second book, A Cornish Affair, before reading this one.

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