.Author: Linn B. Halton
Published: October 2021 by Aria
Category: Contemporary Romantic Fiction, Book Review
For once, things are going well for thirty-year-old Kerra Shaw. She has a fulfilling job helping small businesses in the local community, she is within a few minutes’ walk of all the people she loves best, and most importantly, she has finally got together with her childhood sweetheart, Ross.
Yet again, I’ve read a book not realising it was part of a series, although it didn’t strike me as such at the time so I didn’t feel I was missing anything. Enough information is given by various means to give just enough background on the characters and their lives.
Kerra Shaw recently returned to Penvennan Cove to support her father after the death of her mother and is in a relationship with her childhood sweetheart, Ross. They’re keeping their involvement very low key and as inconspicuous as possible due to an ongoing feud between the families. Apart from that, Kerra is pleased with her new entrepreneurial career options and very happy with Ross even though keeping the relationship secret is mammoth task in a small village. Only their closest friends know but as you might guess there is trouble brewing on the horizon.
‘You make it sound so simple, Drew. I feel like I’m living in a goldfish bowl at times after the anonymity of living in London. The pace of life is so fast there that people don’t have the time to worry about the small stuff and, often, they don’t give a damn anyway. It’s as if I’m doing something wrong, which is ridiculous at my age. I’m a grown woman and a free agent. And so is Ross.’
Drew tuts. ‘Ah, but the rumour mill loves talking about him, Kerra, and you — the returner. In a small community like this one, not much goes unnoticed,’ Drew continues. ‘You’ll need to be clever to keep something like this a secret.’
Drew is spot on and it’s not long before rumours begin to spread and with the arrival of an unwelcome presence in the village sparks begin to fly in earnest.
The location is lovely, described in evocative detail and there’s a good mix of realistic characters, both human and animal. I loved Ripley the cat and Bertie the miniature Schnauzer and the novel way their less than socially acceptable interactions were sorted out to everyone’s satisfaction. I liked Mrs Moyle, who runs the convenience store, and her husband Arthur as well as Kerra’s circle of friends.
Making Waves at Penvennan Cove is a steadily evolving story of life in a pretty Cornish village with its good, bad and sad times, and lots of community spirit.
My thanks to Rachel Quin for the invitation to read the book via NetGalley.
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Linn B. Halton writes feelgood fiction: home is where the heart is! In 2013 she won the UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction Award. Originally from Bristol, she now lives in the Welsh Valleys with her husband and Bengal cat, Ziggy.
For Linn, life is all about family, friends and writing. She is a self-confessed hopeless romantic and an eternal optimist. When Linn is not writing, she spends time in the garden weeding, or practising Tai Chi. And she is often found with a paintbrush in her hand indulging her passion for upcycling furniture.
Linn is represented by Sara Keane from the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.
She also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman.