Cornish Summer Memories inspire Darcie Boleyn
To celebrate the paperback publication of One Cornish Summer Darcie Boleyn tells us about her inspiration…
There were a few reasons why I wrote this novel.
Firstly, I adore Cornwall and loved writing about it. It’s a fabulous location with a dramatic coastline, stunning beaches, pretty fishing harbours, spectacular scenery and a rich and intriguing history. As a teenager, I enjoyed some amazing family holidays in Porthleven; they were magical times and I treasure the memories. Writing the second and third books in the series, Christmas at Conwenna Coveand Forever at Conwenna Covemeant that I could return to the location in my imagination, and I really enjoyed describing the cove at different times of the year. It also meant that I could develop the stories of characters from the first two books, as I knew that I’d want to give Nate the chance to have his story told.
Secondly, as an author, former teacher, wife and mother, I’m well aware of how stressful and hectic life can be when we’re trying to juggle it everything. Taking time out to be with loved ones is very important. Holidays can be restorative and allow your body and mind to recuperate from the ups and downs of everyday life. Cornwall is the perfect place to do this and that’s why being in Conwenna Cove has this effect upon my characters. I wanted to write about a place where my characters could go to rest, to heal and to fall in love. I hope that readers can enjoy a (book) holiday there too, by reading about Conwenna Cove, and that they feel they’ve actually been to the location and met the characters.
Thirdly, I wanted to raise awareness about the plight of rescue greyhounds. As a greyhound mum, I care a great deal about these beautiful, gentle creatures. I adopted my girl, Freya, from Greyhound Rescue Wales, and the rescue sanctuary in the novel is based on the sanctuary in Wales, where Freya came from. The employees and volunteers of GRW work tirelessly to care for the hounds and they deserve recognition for the wonderful work they do. Greyhounds feature in all of the Conwenna Cove books and if reading about them encourages more people to donate to greyhound charities, volunteer some time to work with the dogs, or even to adopt a greyhound, then I’d be delighted.
Forever at Conwenna Cove
Following heartbreak, Zoe Russell found a haven in Conwenna Cove. As the owner of the village diner and a volunteer for the local greyhound sanctuary, she’s happy with her peaceful life.
Local surfer Nate Bryson plans to leave Conwenna and see the world. He wants to shake off his reputation as a ladies man and start again somewhere new. Before departing, Nate decides to raise funds for the dog rescue home as a way of giving back to the community.
When Nate approaches Zoe to help with the charity event she sees there’s more to him than meets the eye. Nate can’t believe he’s failed to notice the kind and beautiful woman right before him. But can two such different people ever be together, especially if one of them is determined to leave?
Forever at Conwenna Cove Link
Liz here…I’d also love to see and hear about your Cornish Summer memories. If you use the hashtag #OneCornishSummer and tag me on Facebook, Twitter(@liz_fenwick)or Instagram (@liz_fenwick)you’ll be in with a chance to win a copy and a bottle of Curio Rock Samphire Gin. (by joining the giveaway you confirm you are over 18). Winner will selected on 12/8/2018.