Memories of One Cornish Summer from June Moonbridge

Posted on: July 18th, 2018

To celebrate the paperback publication of One Cornish Summer June Moonbridge tells us about her Cornish holiday…

My Cornish vacation happened in 2011. It was myfamily’s first road trip across the UK. Since then we made one more and we are halfway returning in two weeks too. You see (if you don’t know it already) I’m not from the UK, however I always wished to visit one special place in Cornwall.

Land’s End.

The place where England starts and ends at the same time. Visiting it was something I had wished for a long, long time. In my teenage years I was a sucker for historical romance novels and if they were not set in Cornwall, most of them mentioned it. Land’s End was the ‘point of no return’ as it may be said. This place had been seen last when men (and women) sailed to America. A perfect view on the Atlantic Ocean.

I read (I confess I can’t remember where) that when the ships sailed to the West – the guy who sat in the basket on the mast called to the sailboat’s Captain: “Land’s End!” (By the way; that was before the GPS…) and when the captain and the crew heard that, they had known that for days, weeks, there is nothing ahead of them, but the ocean.

I remember that on the day scheduled for a trip to Land’s End, a heavy rain caught us on the road. Mile after mile I was wondering if that had been the best idea and the best day to visit it. But on the other hand, that was the only day possible to take the trip.

From Exeter, where we stayed to Land’s End is around 220 KM and because we didn’t take the fastest route possible it took us almost 4 hours – together including lunch.

When we arrived at Helston, where I hope and believe (but maybe I’m wrong) part of my favourite book, by Elisabeth Gaskell: North & South, take place, the rain stopped and the sun looked out of the clouds very shyly. I was very pleased.

At Land’s End we walked around for almost two hours although it was windy. You can make quite a tour if the weather is fine – and you don’t have two ‘tired’ children with you.

As we decided to go back, the minute we sat back in to our car, the rain started to fall again. Maybe my children had the sixth sense after me after all?!


So, that was my memorable Cornish holiday, however short it was. I know one day, I’ll be back again.

Joshua’s life as a rock guitarist seems like a dream come true. Sold out concerts, red carpet events and wild nights portray him as a confident young man with the world at his feet. Only few friends know the scars he carries.

When freelance photographer Caroline meets the rock band Burning Ruins at the after party, irresistible chemistry of attraction between sexy rock guitarist and her is clearly seen to everybody. However, after forced conversation from Joshua’s side, Caroline’s convinced the attraction is not mutual.

Waking up next morning, Caroline has no idea what happened. She flees out of the hotel room mortified, convinced she’d become another of the band’s trophies. Determined never to meet anyone from Burning Ruins ever again, she has no clue people around her have different ideas.

In a summer that takes them from London to Wales and to the sultry heat of Rome, they’re desperately fighting their demons from the past, while trying to protect their broken hearts. Will they ever let each other mend their broken hearts or will they try to heal them alone?

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.