This week Jenny Kane is whisking us down to Cornwall – one of my favourite places – to tell how us her childhood summer holidays in Penzance, Cornwall inspired her two latest novels. Over to you Jenny!
Many thanks for inviting me to write a travel blog for you today, Karen. As I compose this blog, I’m not long returned from the Cornish town of Penzance, having just attended their literary festival as a speaker and life-writing workshop teacher.
Ooh, I’m so jealous, Jenny! I lived in Cornwall for years and went into Penzance most Saturdays!
Being invited to attend this particular festival was particularly special to me for two reasons. The first was that my bestselling novel, Abi’s House, and its recently released sequel, Abi’s Neighbour, are both set in and around Penzance. The second was that it was in Penzance that I spent most of my childhood summer holidays. My father was born and bred in Penzance. Until my grandparents died twenty years ago, I was a frequent visitor to the town. It was a strange sensation indeed, getting off the train at Penzance station, and setting foot in a place I haven’t been to since 1997.
Walking up Market Jew Street, the main thoroughfare of the town, I was struck by how similar everything was to how I remember it; and yet how totally different everyone was too. The toy shop I recall so fondly is now an EE mobile phone shop. The fudge shop is a pop-up charity shop. The rock shop has disappeared without a trace…. And yet, my childhood still felt within reach.
It was an attempt to capture my childhood that led me to write my Cornish romances. Set in the Sennen Cove area of Cornwall, the two book adventure of Abi Carter, has provided me with such an outlet. I loved Sennen as a child- and like Abi I fell in love with the houses in the village.
Abi’s Neighbour introduces a couple of new characters into the lives of Abi and her best friend Beth, boyfriend Max, and pensioner Stan. My favourite of all the newcomers is Dora Henry. The life and soul of the local sheltered housing development; Dora is the youngest octogenarian in town! And boy has she got a story or two to tell…just like my own Nan did. Like me, Dora has been lucky enough to travel, and has many adventures to tell. Although Dora might be prone to an exaggeration here or there…or maybe not…After an exciting life, Dora has retired to Cornwall, where she meets Stan. With its gorgeous villages, winding lanes, interesting towns, and stunning seascapes, cliffs and wildlife, it’s easy to see why Dora decided to retire to Cornwall. On the other hand- there’s Cassandra… Cassandra Henley-Pinkerton has arrived in Cornwall without appreciating any of the beautiful scenery that can be seen outside of the train window as you hurtle from London to Penzance. I fear that, unlike myself, Abi, and Dora, the magic of the Cornish air is lost on Cassandra- for now at least…
Blurb for Abi’s Neighbour
Abi Carter has finally found happiness. Living in her perfect tin miner’s cottage, she has good friends and a gorgeous boyfriend, Max. Life is good. But all that’s about to change when a new neighbour moves in next door.
Cassandra Henley-Pinkerton represents everything Abi thought she’d escaped when she left London. Obnoxious and stuck-up, Cassandra hates living in Cornwall. Worst of all, it looks like she has her sights set on Max.
But Cassandra has problems of her own. Not only is her wealthy married lawyer putting off joining her in their Cornish love nest, but now someone seems intent on sabotaging her business.
Will Cassandra mellow enough to turn to Abi for help – or are they destined never to get along?
Complete with sun, sea and a gorgeous Cornwall setting, Abi’s Neighbour is the PERFECT summer escape.
Thank you ever so much for letting me talk about books and my mini travels today Karen.
Happy reading everyone.
Jenny Kane is the author of the full length romance novels Abi’s Neighbour, (Accent Press, 2017), Another Glass of Champagne (Accent Press, 2016), Abi’s House (Accent Press, 2015), the contemporary romance/medieval crime time slip novel Romancing Robin Hood (Accent Press, 2014), the best selling contemporary romance novel Another Cup of Coffee (Accent Press, 2013), and its novella length sequels Another Cup of Christmas (Accent Press, 2013), Christmas in the Cotswolds (Accent, 2014), and Christmas at the Castle (Accent Press, 2015).
Keep your eye on Jenny’s blog at www.jennykane.co.uk for more details.
Jenny also writes erotica as Kay Jaybee and historical crime as Jennifer Ash.
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