Friday, May 12, 2023

BLOG TOUR - Summer at the Cornish Beach Café


Step into the Cornish Beach Café, where you’ll find stunning views of the sea, plenty of cream cakes and a warm welcome from the quirky locals. But will this special place help to heal Jessie’s broken heart this summer?

Thirty-year-old Jessie is heartbroken after being dumped just before reaching the altar. So she escapes to her favourite place in the world, the little Cornish Beach café in Indigo Cove. There she plans to spend her summer indulging in home-made lemonade and freshly made brownies. Except, on her first night, fate has other ideas and Jessie bumps into tall and brooding Ashton, the first guy she ever kissed…

Determined to protect her fragile emotions, Jessie swears not to get distracted by Ashton’s sea-glass eyes or the way being near him makes her heart hammer against her chest. Instead, she spends time with her beloved grandfather George, helping him to prepare   for the café’s puzzle championships.

In the small community, she keeps crossing paths with handsome Ashton, who’s now a wealthy and successful businessman. They end up sharing sunny afternoons together, which turn into long evenings walking along the beach. As the temperature soars between them, Jessie’s heart begins to melt as she discovers the generous personality behind Ashton’s reserved exterior.

But when she discovers a secret from Ashton’s past, Jessie is left shaken. How much does she really know about him, and can she take a leap of faith and trust Ashton when he asks her to?

Will Jessie’s summer at the beach café in Indigo Cove be the biggest mistake of her life or will it turn out to be the fresh start she needs?


Title:   Summer at the Cornish Beach
Author:  Donna Ashcroft
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Women's Fiction; Romance
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   279
Date of Publication:   May 12, 2023
My Rating:   5 Stars

Nursing a broken heart, Jessie has a chance for a change of scene. She accompanies her grandfather to Indigo Cove and her life definitely changes for the better. Jessie has fond memories of spending summers there with her grandparents, but especially the summer when she had her first kiss. 

Now that she sees the object of that memorable kiss this brings back mixed feeling for Jessie.  She didn’t even know the boy she kissed, and expected never to see him again. Now that he is also at Cornish Cove, Jessie is at sixes and sevens. His name is Ashton and Jessie can’t help but wonder what could have been.   

Meanwhile, she is there for the sake of her grandfather, and one of the things he wants Jessie to do is to take photographs of locations that bring good memories to him. Photography was her grandmother’s love, and at one point it was also that for Jessie. Not only is she taking photos again and loving it, she meets some people who are part of a Puzzle Club at a local café, establishing unexpected bonds of friendship. She also enjoys a strong connection to Ashton the more time they spend together. 

Summer at the Cornish Beach Café was in a word - perfect. From the tender first scene, to the warm and comfortable story, it was easy to imagine being at that idyllic location with Jessie and her grandfather. Then, there was Elsie, an older lady who was not only special to Ashton, a man who exuded tremendous kindness, but the way she became special to Jessie and her grandfather was quite wonderful. I was pulled into this beautiful book and was left with a very good feeling once I finished it. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Donna Ashcroft was born in London, England and grew up in Buckinghamshire. She went to university in Lancashire and, among other things, worked as a copywriter, buyer, waitress, secretary and marketing manager.

Donna was shortlisted for the RNA Debut Romantic Novel of the Year in 2019, has had nine books published with Bookouture and her tenth is due out in September 2022.

Donna loves a happy ending and is never happier than when she's escaping into a romance novel or movie. When she's not reading or writing she'll probably be found hoovering ... or negotiating with her two teenagers about who is doing the washing up.

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