Summer at the Cornish Café is basically Poldark fanfiction, but it’s great. We follow Demi, who loses her job at a local café and is sleeping rough with her dog, Mitch. She then meets Cal, who takes a chance on her by offering a job at Kilhallon – the land his family owns – and together they attempt to turn the place into an eco-resort. Cal himself has recently returned from the middle east doing some kind of charity aid (what he experienced out there is left a mystery) only to find the woman he loves is engaged to his (ex)best friend (the similarities to Poldark rapidly become clear). Demi and Cal face many obstacles in their attempt to restore Kilhallon, including a rival local family, and their own ever increasingly complicated relationship.
The characters are very likeable. Demi is headstrong and bold, while Cal is moody and suffering from a broken heart, but also quite cheeky so you’ll find yourself rooting for them as a couple (it’s been while since I’ve read a book where the leading man wasn’t a complete arse, so this was a refreshing change). Unfortunately, Cal is clearly still in love with his ex, Isla, but really what love story is complete without a love triangle?
Summer at the Cornish Café is beautifully written, in a lovely setting. I spent multiple nights reading (instead of sleeping) because I really couldn’t put it down. It’s a light and enjoyable romance story, and I’m looking forward to starting the second book in the Penwith trilogy.