On my return I was very pleased to receive my copy of debut novel The Cornish House by Liz Fenwick, as I follow Liz on Twitter and my appetite has long been whetted by her posts about the book. Suffice to say I was not disappointed…
Part romance, part love letter to Cornwall, the novel includes a delicious touch of the Gothic as it tells the story of young widow Maddie, her troubled step-daughter Hannah and an old Cornish House that threatens to pull them even further apart as it slowly reveals its secrets.
Liz’s love of mystical Cornwall shines through from the beginning and she gives the reader a magnificent sense of place – with twisted trees, sparkling sea views and a house that literally cries out for attention. The characters are complex and nuanced and the reader is quickly pulled into their lives, vacillating between sympathy and exasperation in a way that had me totally hooked.
I willingly surrendered a couple of days to this story and it is a worthy addition to a great canon of Cornish story-telling that includes many of my favourite writers, with Daphne Du Maurier and Mary Stewart springing readily to mind. I can’t wait to see what Liz writes next!
Find yourself a window-seat (preferably one with a sea view), clear your diary and prepare to be transported. A highly recommended read.