Memories of One Cornish Summer…or in this case Winter from Helena Fairfax

Posted on: August 11th, 2018

To celebrate the paperback publication of One Cornish Summer Helena Fairfax tells us about her Cornish holiday…

One Cornish Winter

For someone who lives in the frozen north (that’s in West Yorkshire, to those in the south), to us, going down to Cornwall at Christmas is like going away for the summer. We’ve travelled to Cornwall at this time of year several times now, and I’m always amazed at how beautiful the weather can be in winter. It’s not bikini-weather – we are still in England, after all, albeit at the southernmost point – but bear in mind I live just a few miles from Damart, the home of thermal longjohns, and you’ll know how incredible it is to me to be able to walk on a beach on Boxing Day in the sunshine, and without even a vest. Without even a coat, some years, and one glorious winter, just in a t-shirt.


It’s a long drive for us from our house by the moors – around seven or eight hours – but the early start, in the cold and dark, after a warming breakfast of porridge and tea, is all part of the adventure. It’s exciting to know we’ll end the day watching the sun set over the sea, on one of many the glorious stretches of Cornish coastline. There are many parts of the coast I love, but I think my two favourites have to be Crantock beach and nearby Holywell Bay.  Holywell will be familiar to many people now because it’s the setting for a lot of the scenes in Poldark. Having been there so often, I can see why they chose it. It’s the perfect backdrop for scenes of drama and romance. I love Crantock beach particularly, not just because of the gorgeous skyline and the wonderful dunes, but because our dog is allowed to run free on it at any time of the year. On Christmas Day, this is where we head as soon as we’ve had breakfast. While everyone else is still at home opening presents, the long stretch of beach is generally deserted. Watching our dog run wild towards the sea is the perfect Christmas present. She absolutely loves it, and spends the whole day delirious with joy.

August is the perfect time to read Liz’s new release, One Cornish Summer. My personal favourite will always be Liz’s A Cornish Christmas Carol. For this northerner, Cornwall will always be the place for a special winter.

Helena Fairfax’s own summer release is a feel good, happy romance, set in a hotel in the Lake District. Here is the blurb:

A quaint old hotel by a lake – the Cross Hotel seems like the perfect place for a relaxing summer, and when Felicity Everdene arrives in her old banger of a car, she’s looking forward to a quiet break from working in her father’s global hotel chain. A few weeks hiking and swimming should restore her. But then Felicity meets the hotel’s owner, Patrick Cross…
Patrick doesn’t know the first thing about running a hotel, but his father has left him the family business in his will, and now Patrick has to take charge, or the staff will lose their jobs. With a missing barmaid, a grumpy chef, and the hotel losing money, the arrival of Felicity Everdene from the notorious Everdene family only adds to Patrick’s troubles…

A delightful summer read…the story fills you with sunshine.’ Jo at Jaffa Reads Too.

Felicity at the Cross Hotelis available on Amazon as a paperback and in Kindle format.


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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.