The Cornish Hideaway by Jennifer Bibby by SJV
You may remember that back in September 2020, we held our very first exclusive #DigitalOriginals open submission day for member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme – the #RNANWSOneDay – and it gives me great pleasure to introduce you to the first novel, and author, that we snapped up as part of the project!
We received 116 submissions on 15th September, but the first three chapters of #TheCornishHideaway by Jennifer Bibby absolutely captivated the whole team here, and we couldn’t wait to read the rest of the novel! It’s heart-warming, heartfelt and romantic, full of community, friendship and lessons in learning to love again, and is out now in eBook!
‘A sun-drenched summer in picture-perfect Polcarrow – I didn’t want it to end’ HOLLY HEPBURN
‘Charming and romantic, sweet and sunny. I loved it’ MILLY JOHNSON
‘A warm and charm-filled story about community, passion and following your heart, The Cornish Hideaway is a feel-good delight. Its dreamy seaside setting and cast of loveable characters quickly became a world I didn’t want to leave. A holiday romance in book form – I adored it!’ HOLLY MILLER
‘A lovely story of finding love and a place to call home in the beautiful Cornish seaside, a wonderfully uplifting book’ ALISON SHERLOCK
A beautiful village. An artist who’s lost her spark. And a community who help her find it again.
All Freya has ever wanted to do is paint. So when she fails her Master’s Degree in Art, on the same day that her boyfriend decides he needs a ‘more serious’ partner, to Freya it feels like the end of the world.
Luckily, she has a saviour in the shape of best friend Lola, who invites her to the sleepy Cornish village of Polcarrow, to work in her café. With nothing keeping her in London, Freya jumps at the chance of a summer by the sea.
Freya needs time to focus on herself. But then dark and mysterious biker Angelo blows into town on a stormy afternoon, with his own artistic dreams and a secretive past, and Freya’s plans of a romance-free summer fly straight out of the window…
As a lifelong lover of stories, Jennifer Bibby spent her teenage years wowing various teachers with her historical epics before finding her feet exploring the everyday lives of modern women through literature. In addition to being a bibliophile she loves classy cocktails, cake and medieval history. She’s happiest by the sea and loves to travel, and firmly believes that dinosaurs improve everything. The Cornish Hideaway is her debut novel.
Here’s Jen herself to tell you a little more:
“I’m excited to share Freya and Angelo’s love story with you next spring. They’ve taken quite a journey over the years moving from Renaissance Tuscany to modern day Cornwall. I was first inspired to write what would later become #TheCornishHideaway as a University student following watching a Michelangelo documentary back in 2004. I’ve written other stories over the years but this one, full of art, faith and community plus a little bit of magic, has always called me back. A trip to St Ives in 2014 gave me a beautiful new home for my cast. When I pressed send on my RNA One Day submission I had no idea that it would be the start of my dreams coming true, and I’m still pinching myself now! It’s been wonderful to work with Sara-Jade and Alice and their enthusiasm and insight into Freya and Angelo and the whole Polcarrow crew has made joining Books and the City a complete joy. Being able to escape to Polcarrow during lockdown was a blessing and I hope you’ll enjoy your trip there, I highly recommend getting in some scones for the journey!”
‘A sun-drenched delight, an absolute joy!’ HEIDI SWAIN
‘A wonderfully charming debut’ JACKIE FRASER
‘I absolutely loved the gorgeous seaside setting and the wonderful sense of community!’ HOLLY MARTIN
‘This book was most enjoyable. A light and ‘cosy’ read set in Cornwall with descriptions that made it easy to imagine you were there. The book had a lovely warm feel with a range of characters all adding to a real sense of community. I will certainly look out for other books by this author in future’ Donna *****
‘The story of Freya rediscovering her passion for painting and love, gripped me and I was sad to finish reading’ Suzanne *****
‘I loved this. The descriptions of Polcarrow is just the sort of place that I would love to live. The characters are very well written, I especially loved Alf and Scruff’ Michelle *****
‘Oh wow! What a wonderful story’ Susan *****
‘A pure joy to read’ Susanne *****
‘Charming and sweet. I absolutely loved the gorgeous seaside setting and the wonderful sense of community! A wonderful and incredibly rich novel, I wasn’t able to put it down till I reached the end. I was absolutely captivated by the atmosphere, and the characters’ *****
‘I loved the characters, the location and the storyline’ Susan Ann ****
‘I loved Polcarrow, and wished I was there with Lola and Freya’ *****
‘There are so many things that I loved about this book; the setting, the story line, writing style, but most of all I think it was the characters. Perfect escapism and ideal for your summer reading’ Kelly, read her full review here.
‘A heartwarming and life affirming book’ Anna Maria ****
‘There’s so much to fall in love with in Jennifer Bibby’s romantic debut. Every page oozes with their warmth! If you ever needed a reminder of the healing power of friends, the landscape and a slice of freshly baked cake, then The Cornish Hideaway is the perfect novel. A charming read for the summer season’ LOVEREADING