Those who don’t jump will never fly…
Hurtling through the sky was supposed to be Edie Browne’s flight of independence. But when she falls head over champagne bucket while celebrating her successful landing, her life is changed in an instant.
But starting over has its benefits, and as Edie relearns the basics under the watchful eye of her Aunty Josie and an entire Cornish village of new friends and neighbours, she finds love and joy she never could have imagined in the unlikeliest of places…
I have been a fan of Jane Linfoot’s for a while now. I loved the ‘Little Wedding Shop By The Sea’ series and I have been busily trying to catch up with Jane’s other books. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of ‘Edie Browne’s Cottage By The Sea’ as it sounded like just the kind of read I needed. I jumped straight into the book and I found it to be an extremely delightful read, which I loved but more about that in a bit.
I couldn’t help but warm to Edie Browne from the first moment I met her. Something happens which means that she needs to start all over again. She moves in with her Aunt and I really enjoyed learning about their relationship. Edie is one of those young ladies, who you would love to have as a friend. She is kind, considerate, supportive, loyal, feisty, determined and on occasion she can be very stubborn, but then can’t we all? I don’t think that Edie can quite grasp how nosy people in a village can be. I live in a village myself and believe me, news travels through the village quicker than Usain Bolt can run!! Everybody is into everybody else’s business. I loved the relationship that started to develop between Edie and their next door neighbour, Barney who is also the guardian for an adorable sounding little boy called Cam. I couldn’t help but hope that Barney and Edie would get together because there’s definitely a spark there and they bounce off each other so well. A potential match made in heaven perhaps.
As with all of Jane’s other books, I adored ‘Edie Browne’s Cottage By The Sea’. It was just the kind of light hearted, fun and hilarious read I needed at that moment in time. I had just discovered some bad news about a relative and about a friend and I needed something to distract me. Well this book was certainly a distraction and then some. I was attracted to the book just by the title alone. It’s one of those titles that captures your attention and makes it stand out from the other books on the shelf. Once I started reading I just became so caught up in the story that I lost all track of time and I had respite from worrying about the two aforementioned people. The pages of the book kept turning over at speed- in fact at one point the pages seemed to be turning so quickly that it was almost as if they were turning themselves. I tried to ration how much of the book I read in one go but my attempt at rationing was soon thrown out of the window, because I was enjoying the book so much that I just couldn’t put it down. I had to read on and on to discover how the story ended and what happened to Edie, Barney and Cam. Before I knew it, I had finished the book, which I was so disappointed about. I don’t mean that in a negative way- far from it. I was enjoying the author’s writing style, the storylines and the characters so much that I just wanted the book to continue on and on.
For me ‘Edie Browne’s Cottage By The Sea’ is very well written. I love the author’s witty and delightful writing style. She draws you into the book from the start and she dangles enough bait to keep your interest all the way through. Jane has created such fantastic characters that seemed to jump off the page and spring to life as it were. In fact I began to think of Edie and Barney as friends.
In short, I adored this book and I would definitely recommend this author and her books to other readers. If you are in need of a fun and light hearted read, then Jane Linfoot is the author for you. I can’t wait to read what she comes up with next. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.