A Cornish Summer

Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
3.4 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of A Cornish Summer, written by Catherine Alliott and read by Gemma Whelan.

Flora's been in love with her husband for 20 years.

The trouble is, he's been married to someone else for the past 15.

Now she's been invited to spend the summer in the shady lanes and sandy coves of Cornwall. It should be blissful.

There's just one small snag: she'll be staying with her former mother-in-law, Belinda.

And Flora discovers she's not the only one invited when her ex-husband shows up out of the blue, complete with his new wife. So now there are two small snags.

Can Flora spend the summer playing happy families with the woman who stole her husband's heart, and the mother-in-law who might have had a hand in it?

Or will stumbling on the family secret change her mind about them all?  

©2019 Catherine Alliott (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • S J Hunter
  • 04-16-20

Lovely summer feel

Took a while to get going , wondered where the story was .... it’s the sort of book that’s enjoyable as it has a sunny Cornish setting and is lighthearted , but if you miss a few chapters (due to falling asleep whilst bedtime listening!), then it doesn’t really matter too much. The characters are interesting but a bit one dimensional and the main character, Flora, is written as though she is in her 50’s but looking at the timeline she must only be around 39ish.... she comes across as being quite old and fuddy Duddy. That said, an enjoyable listen.

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  • K Gill
  • 08-24-20

Brilliant feel good story!!!

Sophisticated story nearly tied together and resolved! I certainly couldn’t predict what was going to happen in the plot.

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  • Gail Collard
  • 04-10-20

A cornish affair

After reading n many of the previous reviews I loved this story and enjoyed it

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  • Nichola Mollison
  • 03-05-20

A Cornish Summer

Fantastic. Could not stop listening to this wonderful story. So beautifully narrated. Thank you all

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  • loopy1526
  • 10-16-19

Not Catherine’s usual standard

Listened to all Catherine’s books and loved them but this was just boring and hard to get into listened for an hour then gave up just didn’t grab me into the story disappointing

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  • Katie
  • 08-26-19

Not what I was expecting

This Catherine Alliott seems to have been dealing with environmental issues, is she trying to do her bit to save the world? She seems to want to raise awareness around pollution of sea waters on the Cornish Coast with sewage, admirable though it may be, I found this unsavoury and not the escapism I've come to expect from her! That said, it was written with her usual skill and charm and given its content it's not too bad. Not great but not bad either, I usually re-listen to her books, not sure I will with this one.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-07-19

enjoyable novel

very much liked this book and very well read by Gemma Whelan. it made me smile and cry.

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  • Linda Emhar
  • 07-18-19

Not for me

I’ve always liked Catherine Alliott’s books but sadly not this one. I just could not follow the story and I gave up after about chapter 3. The story just didn’t flow, jumping from one thing to another and never really fully describing the characters and their lives. I would not recommend this book.

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  • Miss D A Mallard
  • 08-11-19

not one of Catherine's best for me

I usually love Catherine Alliot's books but this one just didn't grab me unfortunately...but not that there is anything wrong with it...just not as laugh out loud funny and warm like previous novels.