Monday 10 June 2019

#BlogTour The Path to the Sea by Liz Fenwick

Today it's my pleasure to take part in the BlogTour The Path to the Sea by Liz Fenwick. It's a contemporary read, women's fiction with a beautiful nostalgic feel to it.

About the Author
'Writer, ex-pat expert, wife, mother of three, and dreamer turned doer....

Award winning author of The Cornish House, A Cornish Affair, A Cornish Stranger, Under A Cornish Sky, A Cornish Christmas Carol (novella), The Returning Tide and One Cornish Summer. After nine international moves, I'm a bit of a global nomad. It's no wonder my heart remains in Cornwall. My latest book - The Path To The Sea is out 6 June 2019.'

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About the book
Sometimes going home is just the beginning…
Boskenna, the beautiful, imposing house standing on the Cornish cliffs, means something different to each of the Trewin women.

For Joan, as a glamorous young wife in the 1960s, it was a paradise where she and her husband could entertain and escape a world where no one was quite what they seemed – a world that would ultimately cost their marriage and end in tragedy.

Diana, her daughter, still dreams of her childhood there – the endless blue skies and wide lawns, book-filled rooms and parties, the sound of the sea at the end of the coastal path – even the family she adored was shattered there.

And for the youngest, broken-hearted Lottie, heading home in the August traffic, returning to Boskenna is a welcome escape from a life gone wrong in London, but will mean facing a past she’d hoped to forget.

As the three women gather in Boskenna for a final time, the secrets hidden within the beautiful old house will be revealed in a summer that will leave them changed for ever.

The story takes place over multiple timelines, which isn't unusual per se, but Fenwick has created characters who are split between those timelines. The result is women during different periods of their lives, which makes them appear as if they are completely different people.

It's an interesting message, although it's probably one each of us knows deep down inside. I am now no longer the girl I was at 13, the young 20 year old completely aware of herself, the driven and sensuous 30 year old or the more tempered and relaxed 40 year old woman. Each of those women is me, but only me in that moment in time. That's exactly the way the author has written her main characters.

Three generations of women have something more than blood and genetics in common. Joan, Diana and Lottie share lovely memories of the house called Boskenna, which stands on the Cornish cliffs. Boskenna plays a pivotal part in each woman's story. Their experiences and their emotions are all linked to this place that has inspired such loyalty and feelings of belonging.

Towards the end of her life Joan starts to reveal fragments of memories she doesn't really want anyone to know about. The reader is taken back in time to a place that each one of the women perceives in their own way.

I really enjoyed the way Fenwick gave the story an aura of a cold war mystery come spy tale. Very much in keeping with the 60s cold war setting of Joan's part of the story. It actually reminded me of the colonialism meets alluring scenery and is supported by a stellar cast of a Christie, but with a deep dark mystery instead of the butler did it with a candlestick in the library scenario.

It's a contemporary read, women's fiction with a beautiful nostalgic feel to it. I really enjoyed the way everything was intricately woven into a basket of suspicion, pain and ultimately love.

Buy The Path to the Sea at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ; pub date 6 Jun. 2019. Buy at Amazon com.

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