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Today I’m on the ‘A Little Hotel in Cornwall’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, Laura Briggs, but b
About the Author :
Laura Briggs is the author of several chick lit and romance stories, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.
Struggling American waitress and aspiring novelist Maisie Clark dreams of becoming a full-time writer — even though in real life she’s just lost her chance at an exclusive writer’s mentorship program that would give her novel its big break. Desperate, she decides to take a chance and ask her favourite writer, a celebrated but reclusive English novelist, to help her find a second chance.
When she receives the author’s reply in an envelope with a Cornish postmark, Maisie decides not to take the writer’s half-hearted ‘no’ for an answer. With nothing to lose, she takes off for the author’s last known location, a beautiful hotel on Cornwall’s western coast. But when the hotel mistakes her for the latest applicant for a maid’s position, Maisie finds herself given an opportunity too good to lose … and a chance for a summer adventure far bigger than she ever imagined.
Surrounded by breathtaking Cornwall and working in an elegant hotel, Maisie’s world becomes one of secret identities, quirky friends, and unintentional mishaps — and despite reminders of past relationship disasters, a certain handsome, charming local resident Sidney Daniels has her conflicted about her heart’s desires, too.
Will Maisie find the chance she’s been waiting for — and a possible new romance — in her perfect Cornish summer?
Guest Post :
Fun Facts about A Little Hotel in Cornwall
Thank you so much to Stefanie for this chance to chat about my latest romantic read, A Little Hotel in Cornwall. The first book in a brand new series, it was inspired by many different sources, and I thought it might be fun to share with you some trivia about the characters and setting in this guest post, so here goes!
The heroine Maisie’s first name suggested itself from lots of different popular sources, but the character’s last name of Clark was inspired by the main character from Jojo Moyes’ popular novel Me Before You.
Unlike Matt, the hero in my first Cornish romance series, with his ties to Ross Poldark, this new series character Sidney was shamelessly christened for the actor’s role which inspired him: James Norton’s vicar Sidney Chambers in Grantchester (there’s a wink to his origins in Book Two that readers will immediately spot).
Mr. Trelawney wasn’t named for the popular Harry Potter Professor of Divination, as some readers probably imagine, but for an old family of landholders mentioned in one of the many historical shows on castle and village history that I watch. It shares the same prefix as the name of Mr. Tremayne the hotel manager of the White Sands in the show Road to Avonlea, which helped inspired this series. The model for the formidable manager of the hotel Penmarrow, however, is Maury Chaykin for his performance in A&E’s A Nero Wolfe Mystery.
True to the story, hotel porter Riley was given one of the most cliché Irish names I could think of (minus Patrick, of course); and smoldering charmer Gomez is named for the wisecracking John Astin character from the classic TV show The Addams Family. Molly, not surprisingly is named for the timid, ever-wishful morgue employee Molly Hooper from Sherlock.
Port Hewer the village derives its moniker from both a suggestion somebody made and from the traditional term ‘huer’ used along the Cornish coast to describe the person on land who would help direct fishing boats towards shoals of fish they had spotted in the water below. Lots of clichés and romantic elements of an idyllic coastal village create its setting, but much like my last totally-fictitious Cornish village, it incorporates geographical elements of both northern and southern Cornwall, both a tribute to the Newquay cliffside hotel that inspired the one in the novel and the very real town of Penzance with its legendary pirates and popular tourist sites. The location of Port Hewer is given only as a vague one somewhere between Penzance and Tintagel, which leaves it open to interpretation!
As previously mentioned, the physical model and setting inspiration for the hotel Penmarrow was the legendary The Headland Hotel & Spa in Newquay, with its rugged coastline and breathtaking position along the northern Cornish coast … exactly the kind of place that strikes awe in American tourists (and a good many U.K. and Irish ones). The idea for setting the series at a hotel, however, goes to the television series Road to Avonlea, where the elegant White Sands Hotel was featured in several adventurous storylines.
There are lots more little tributes and obvious nods to popular characters and stories in the world of fictional romantic adventures, but I’ll leave it up to readers to find the rest — and, I hope, enjoy a new romantic tale at the same time!
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