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Publication Day Push: Extract – A Garden in Cornwall by Laura Briggs

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The Blurb!thumbnail_A Garden in Cornwall Cover

A Garden in Cornwall (A Wedding in Cornwall Book 12) 

With their lives exactly what they’ve always dreamed, Matt and Julianne await the arrival of the third member of their family — but their happiness is threatened when their landlady Mathilda announces her intention to sell their beloved Rosemoor Cottage for an impossible value. Devastated, Julianne struggles to accept the cold reality of her and Matt making their home elsewhere. 

Matt’s life has taken a new turn as he finally puts aside his academic work to pursue his gardening hobby as a career:  his first new job as a landscape designer involves neglected Penwill Hall’s ‘lost’ garden — one with a truly romantic Cornish past. But the task of restoring its legendary beauty from nearly seventy years ago proves difficult among the ruins lost in weeds and wilderness. 

With notions of secret gardens and wartime stories echoing in her thoughts, Julianne is determined to help Matt and the estate’s new owner after the discovery of a hidden mural in the hall itself, depicting a breathtaking garden that may well be the lost one. Her efforts to uncover the past lead her to a curmudgeonly local gardener who just may hold the knowledge that would restore the ‘lost garden’ to its former glory. Will Julianne’s quest help her find a way to deal with losing the home she loves? 

Hellos and farewells abound as Dinah returns to lend a helping hand at Cliffs House and Julianne relives her favourite memories of her and Matt’s beloved cottage in Book Twelve — the final instalment in the bestselling series A WEDDING IN CORNWALL. 

Purchase Link – http://smarturl.it/agardenincornwall

Goodreads Link – Here

Amazon UK Link – Here

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Laura Briggs is the author of several lighthearted romance novels and novellas, including the bestselling Amazon UK series A Wedding in Cornwall. She has a fondness for vintage-style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.

 

 

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The Extract!

Thanks so much to Kim for inviting me to share an extract of my latest story with the readers at Nemesis Book Blog! Titled A Garden in Cornwall, it is the last book in a series of novellas about American event planner Julianne and her adventures living in Cornwall. I have chosen to share part of the book’s very first scene, where Julianne learns about a historical ‘lost’ garden that will send her on a quest for pieces of the past:  

“How would you like to visit a secret garden?” Matt asked me.

It was Saturday morning and the two of us were being lazy, reading in bed with toasted muffins instead of having breakfast at the table. Matt was poring over science articles in the weekend journal, while I was letting my thoughts wander as I admired a full-page ad for a shoe sale at a London fashion boutique.

“Like the one in the book?” I asked. I had a sudden flashback to my childhood love for the Frances Hodgson Burnett classic. Rusty keys beneath the leaves, wind ruffling aside the heavy ivy covering the old door … all right, some of this was inspired more by the movie version than the book itself. Nevertheless, I loved this story in any version.

“Very much so,” said Matt. “I’ll prove it to you.” He reached underneath the baby names book we had been perusing, drawing the lifestyles section of the paper towards him — the comics were currently spread over my now-obvious baby bump, beneath the fashion section I was reading. He opened the paper to an article and photograph I had seen him reading earlier, and laid it on my lap.

The photo was of an untidy little lawn populated with big patches of overgrown grass. A few random rocks decorated it here and there. “Somehow, it’s not what I pictured,” I said, knitting my brows. “‘Littleton Lost Garden Resurfaces,'” I read the headline aloud. “Forgive me, but I thought the real secret garden was in Kent.”

“It is,” said Matt. “This one was lost in a different manner. Wartime necessity, shifting priorities nationally, the changing social order … those are the reasons this garden vanished. But recently it was rediscovered, and there are plans to restore it to its original glory.”

I scanned the article, spotting lines about ‘historic site,’ ‘local legend,’ and ‘ancient ruins.’ “How did they find it?” I asked.

“The estate’s new owner was surveying for a lake,” said Matt. “They discovered remains from the foundation of a castle which stood on the property hundreds of years before the manor house was ever built. And around it, clear indications that a garden had been maintained on that site, thus identifying it as the legendary ‘ruins garden’ of local stories. Forgotten and neglected since World War II, apparently.”

“Wow,” I said. “Seventy years is a lot longer than the one in the book was neglected.” There weren’t any pictures of the ruins behind the legendary garden, sadly, unless that’s what the random rocks belonged to.

“The site was neglected longer than that in its past,” said Matt. “Supposedly, the ruined garden encompassed the castle’s original site and grounds; at one time, the plants growing close by its stones were descended from the seeds of ones cultivated more than six hundred years before.”

That was way more impressive even than the part about it being lost. “All right,” I said. “You had me at the ‘lost garden’ part, but now I’m desperate to see it. When can we go? In a year or two, after they dust off the ruins, dig up the old fountain, and make it presentable for tourists?”

“Maybe before then,” answered Matt, tossing aside the theater listings to stretch out beside me again. “It happens that the estate’s new owner is a friend of William’s. And I’m rather hoping he’ll recommend me as a possible consultant for the garden’s restoration.”

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