Spring at the Little Cornish Gift Shop by Rachel Griffiths – Book Review

Spring at the Little Cornish Gift Shop by Rachel Griffiths – Book Review

Spring at the Little Cornish Gift Shop by Rachel Griffiths

Spring at the Little Cornish Gift Shop

Author – Rachel Griffiths
Publisher – Cosy Cottage Books
Pages – 109
Released – 28th March 2019
Format – ebook
Reviewer – Stacey
Rating – 5 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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Jake Woodhouse has stayed on at Driftwood Cottage for longer than he planned, but he just can’t seem to find the will to move on. It’s partly to do with the fact that he loves the location, but also because he doesn’t like the idea of leaving his friend Ruby Penrose behind.

Ruby is enjoying being back in Cornwall, working at the Little Cornish Gift Shop, eating all the delicious food her nanna makes and spending time with Jake. Her creative flair has also returned and she’s been working on a few different projects.

A shock phone call from his mother forces Jake to consider his options. He still has issues from his past hanging over him and he knows he can’t really move on until he deals with them.
When Jake leaves, Ruby knows it’s for the best, but she can’t help wondering what might have happened if he’d stayed.

This is the second short story in The Little Cornish Gift Shop series.

Review new 2021

We are back in the little village of Bothlide Bay, Cornwall in the second book in the Cornish Gift Shop series by Rachel Griffiths. The first, ‘Christmas at the Little Cornish Gift Shop‘, I reviewed back in December 2018.

Our main characters, ex-reality TV star Jake Woodhouse, new write Ruby Penrose and her Nanna and owner of the gift shop, Harriet are back in this second book, alongside the canine characters Sherlock Bones and Amber.

Jake is still hiding in Bothlide Bay at Driftwood Cottage when he receives some news that he knew one day come but he had hoped it never would. He has a contract with the TV producers and he’s going to be in breach of the contract if he doesn’t return to London and to the TV show that made him famous.

He hates everything about the show and his ex-girlfriend Lucie, but he knows that this is the only way to truly put the past behind him and get closure – Lucie has other ideas though as her career is all that she cares about.

Ruby is devastated that Jake is being made to go back to his old life and star in a show he hates. However, the two are just friends and even though she has feelings for him so could never stop him going.

Jake is away for longer than expected and Ruby presumes that he will never return after going back to the life of a ‘star’. With her friends telling her she should forget about him and move on, can she really put Jake behind her?

Set in a gorgeous Cornwall village where the locals look out for one another and are there for you when you need a hug, Spring at the Little Cornish Gift Shop was everything I was hoping it would be and more.

I love how Ms. Griffiths has moved the plot on and incorporated Jake’s past into this book. I think those that have read the first book knew he could never make a clean break and everything in his TV career be forgotten about, especially with his conniving and spiteful ex out for his blood.

This is a delightful story that I read in one sitting, at 109 pages it won’t take you long to get through it, but boy will you be venturing into a fabulous story with amazing characters, idyllic scenery and heartwarming scenes that will have you racing through the pages and eagerly awaiting the next in the series, Summer at the Little Cornish Gift Shop. Plus if you love dogs to feature in your stories then this one will certainly please you.

Book Reviewer – Stacey

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About the Author

Author. Wife. Mother. Earl Grey tea drinker. Gin enthusiast. Dog walker. Fan of the afternoon nap.

Spring at the Little Cornish Gift Shop

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14 Responses

  1. Allie Bock says:

    Excellent review. This book sounds so cute. The first one was great. I am glad you enjoyed the second one!

  2. DJ Sakata says:

    Looks and sounds divine. I would love to visit Cornwall

  3. I love when I can read a book in 1 sitting. I am going to check this one out. Great review!

  4. Emma Mane says:

    This looks so amazing. Super review.

  5. This sounds like a wonderful series. I love the covers.

  6. Shelley w says:

    How lovely. Fab review.

  7. Thank you. Glad you like the sound of it and enjoyed the first book.

  8. It is a beautiful part of the UK.

  9. Me too. I hope you get to read it as it is very enjoyable.

  10. It really is. Thank you.

  11. It is, I can’t wait for the next book.

  12. Ok how cute does this book look? I can’t! so sweet! Great review.

  13. Thank you. Glad you like the look of it.