I will start by saying I am not a romantic kind of gal. I don’t do candles, roses and all that jazz. However, I sometimes enjoy watching a romantic comedy, just because it takes my mind off the everyday issues. The last book I’ve read that had love as its main theme was “Anna Karenina” which I read in my teens. I don’t know if it should be added to the romance book category because it is mostly about sex, heartbreaks, and depression, but I will add it there anyway because this is by far the most romantic book I’ve ever read since my Jane Austin period and, in the end, this what love brings along with it, even if we want to admit it or not.
So when I’ve put my hands on Karen King’s “The Cornish Hotel by the Sea,” I’ve wondered if I am the right person from our magazine that should review it. But then, I’ve placed myself in Karen’s shoes and asked: “If I were a writer would I want only the opinion of the people reading my genre or would I want the opinion of others as well?“, so I decided to start reading it to see where it takes me.
The main characters of the book are Ellie who returns to her hometown village in the Cornwall region to help her mother with the family hotel and Reece, a young entrepreneur who is a guest at that hotel. I won’t say more about the events from the book because I don’t want to be a spoiler. I will just say that it reminded me a little about the movie “You’ve got mail” starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. The plot is linear and straightforward, just some few bumps on the road (although I would have enjoyed more sex scenes). Karen King uses an easy to read way of writing the novel which makes it perfect to be read by the pool or on the beach. I find the English countryside to be absolutely amazing, so the descriptions of the village and the coast made me want to take the first plane and go there to enjoy the smell of the sea and eat Fish & Chips in an old fashion English pub.
All in all, if you enjoy romantic tales, British country views or you just want to read something easy on a Sunday, you should give “The Cornish Hotel by the Sea” a chance.