Tucked away amongst the winding, cobbled streets of Pengelly in Cornwall, the old stone cottage on Memory Lane is full of secrets. Brimming with trinkets and treasures, there are thousands of stories hidden within its walls.
Fifty-four-year-old Grace Clarke arrives in Pengelly determined to uncover the secrets of her past. Standing outside the little cottage, she feels sure that the answers she craves lie inside. The truth about her mysterious long-lost mother and the even more mysterious gifts she was born with…
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The Cottage Of Curiosity is an absolutely wonderful, heartwarming and uplifting read that I absolutely adored. It was the perfect book for curling up with and getting lost in on a cold rainy day!
I thought this was a beautiful story of friendship, new beginnings and finding yourself which I quickly got lost in. It was so nice to follow Grace on her journey of discovery and see her blossom in her new environment. I wasn’t too sure I liked her at the beginning as she seemed quite prickly but I warmed to her as the book went on. She changed so much and it was quite frankly a joy to see how she developed.
Pengelly sounds like an amazing place to live. Not only is it by the sea, a personal dream of mine is to live by the sea, but the community seemed like such an amazing and friendly one who just absorbed Grave into their lives. The fantastic descriptions of the area had me imagining the sand between my toes and I swear I heard waves crashing as I read. It’s definitely a place I’d love to visit in the future.
Grace’s unusual almost magical gift gives the story an original twist which I found very interesting. It was great to learn more about it and to see Grace finally come to accept it, even using it to her advantage at times which was nice to see.
The mystery surrounding Grace’s birth mum was cleverly done as I felt that the author slowly puts clues and insights about the mother’s life into the story in a realistic way which never seemed forced so the story felt more real. I really liked going on the journey alongside Grace, and I will be recommending this book to everyone!
Huge thanks to Jen Harlow for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Harper Collins for my copy of this book via Netgalley.
About The Author:
Celia Anderson lives slap bang in the middle of the Midlands and dreams of owning a cottage by the sea, or at the very least on a canal or river. She makes do with living next door to a pond full of ducks but often manages to sneak more impressive watery places into her writing. Celia loves walking, reading, having large bubbly baths, eating and drinking wine. Over the years, she has found that all of these activities bar the first may be done simultaneously, although this can be messy. Previously a teacher and assistant head, she now writes full time and keeps her feet on the ground by running children’s clubs that mainly involve drama and cake.
An enthusiastic member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Celia currently organises the judging for the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards. She spends far too much time on social media and dreams of one day being strong-minded enough to leave the house without her phone.