Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay: A delicious Cornish romance

Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay: A delicious Cornish romance

MEET ME AT BEACHCOMBER BAY is a romantic, funny and unputdownable new novel about love and friendship from Jill Mansell, bestselling author of THE ONE YOU REALLY WANT and YOU AND ME, ALWAYS - 'A glorious, heartwarming romantic read' Woman & Home. Perfect for anyone who loves Milly Johnson, Lucy Diamond and Jenny Colgan.Love is in the air in St Carys, but you'd never kn...

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Title:Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay: A delicious Cornish romance
Author:Jill Mansell
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ISBN:1472208943
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:416 pages

Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay: A delicious Cornish romance Reviews

  • Sarah
    Nov 11, 2016

    Full review nearer to publishing date.

  • Kirsty
    Feb 14, 2017

    I received a copy via Net Galley.

    I always enjoy Jill's books as they are alway such fun reads and this was no exception.

    The story starts with Clemency who meets Sam on a plane and they have a connection but she is dismayed to discover that he is married. She goes back to her life in St Carys but everything changes when her step-sister introduces her new boyfriend.

    We also have a fantastic cast of side characters. There is Ronan who is secretly in love with Kate but pretending to date Clemency.

    I received a copy via Net Galley.

    I always enjoy Jill's books as they are alway such fun reads and this was no exception.

    The story starts with Clemency who meets Sam on a plane and they have a connection but she is dismayed to discover that he is married. She goes back to her life in St Carys but everything changes when her step-sister introduces her new boyfriend.

    We also have a fantastic cast of side characters. There is Ronan who is secretly in love with Kate but pretending to date Clemency. Ronan's mum (Josephine) and his biological mother (Marina) as well as Belle and Verity. I thought that this book covered a lot of difficult topics such as cancer, adoption, race, sexuality and these were dealt with in a really realistic way.

    The story is quite predictable but you always expect that with this type of book. I did think that this was a really fun read. I always really enjoy reading about small towns and seeing everyone getting on with one another.

  • Sharon
    Dec 30, 2016

    Love Jill Mansell books so was excited to see that she had a new book on the horizons. Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay is set in St Carys in Cornwall. The title of the book sounds lovely, the setting is lovely, the story is lovely. What is there not to like about this book.

    The story begins with Clemency meeting the man of her dreams on a flight she is on. Even though they get on very well, unfortunately Sam is married and when Clemency gives him her business card, he puts it in the bin. Fast forward

    Love Jill Mansell books so was excited to see that she had a new book on the horizons. Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay is set in St Carys in Cornwall. The title of the book sounds lovely, the setting is lovely, the story is lovely. What is there not to like about this book.

    The story begins with Clemency meeting the man of her dreams on a flight she is on. Even though they get on very well, unfortunately Sam is married and when Clemency gives him her business card, he puts it in the bin. Fast forward some time later and Clem gets a call from her stepsister, Belle, who announces that she is moving back to St Carys with her new boyfriend. Surprise surprise, this turns out to be Sam, the man from the plane.

    Whilst the ending is hugely predicable, (who doesn’t like a happy ending) the rest of the story has so many different twists, turns and tales that it just takes you on a rollercoaster of an emotions. The stories of the different characters all mix together and whilst there are some tears, there are lots of love and laughter also. The characters, Clem, Belle, Sam, Ronan, Kate, Marina and all the others are so delightful. You can just see yourself living in such a beautiful place surrounded by such lovely people.

    As expected from Jill Mansell, a wonderful feel good book that will keep you hooked to the last page.

    Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for this advance copy.

  • Best Crime Books & More
    Dec 31, 2016

    I have been reading Jill Mansell for as long as she has been writing and her books rarely fail to hit the mark. This latest offering certainly ticks the boxes, but for me wasn't quite as good as her last book. Clemency is a lovely character and the usual descriptive offerings of the seaside town St Cary's make you want to visit. I especially liked her colleague and friend Ronan. Clemency's sister Belle also makes an appearance with her new boyfriend Sam in tow. The story is set around the town a

    I have been reading Jill Mansell for as long as she has been writing and her books rarely fail to hit the mark. This latest offering certainly ticks the boxes, but for me wasn't quite as good as her last book. Clemency is a lovely character and the usual descriptive offerings of the seaside town St Cary's make you want to visit. I especially liked her colleague and friend Ronan. Clemency's sister Belle also makes an appearance with her new boyfriend Sam in tow. The story is set around the town and many additional characters make their appearances all of which form part of the overall story and add depth to it all. However, although I really liked everybody I didn't love them and I'm not sure why? Having said that this was certainly a hugely enjoyable book, but it seemed the extra 'Mansell Magic' was missing for me in this book.

    There are certain more serious elements touched on such as adoption, race and sexuality but all done in a way that is easy to read about and not made too depressing! I read this in two sittings and the writing is as flawless as ever, yet I am not a huge fan of the cover of this book. I'm not suggesting that it affects my review it's just so unusual as I normally LOVE her covers but this one seems too boring? Overall this was an enjoyable read but for me I felt like a little something was missing, however Jill Mansell is producing first class books and I remain a lifelong fan!

  • Agi
    Jan 17, 2017

    It's January, so it's time for a new Jill Mansell's book! I can't imagine January without her new release, to be honest, I really hope the books will keep coming like this for ever and ever! I still can remember that "An Offer You Can't Refuse" was my first book by Jill Mansell and it made me fell in love with this author, and I still can remember the joys of discovering her long backlist of titles and excitedly working through them. "Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay" reminded me so much of "An Offer.

    It's January, so it's time for a new Jill Mansell's book! I can't imagine January without her new release, to be honest, I really hope the books will keep coming like this for ever and ever! I still can remember that "An Offer You Can't Refuse" was my first book by Jill Mansell and it made me fell in love with this author, and I still can remember the joys of discovering her long backlist of titles and excitedly working through them. "Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay" reminded me so much of "An Offer...", with it's lovely, warm and light writing style and it being full of humour. Because I had a feeling that every book written by Jill after "An Offer..." was always a little more serious in tone and the author was touching upon some tender issues, and I believe that with this newest release it's like coming full circle, coming back to the roots. It doesn't mean I didn't like the other books - oh no, on the contrary I freaking adored them all, but right now "Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay" is on the top of my Jill's favourite books - it was such an easy, uplifting read, just what I needed at the moment. She has just this comforting, inviting way with the words that make you want to stay with the characters for as long as possible.

    As usually with Jill Mansell's books we have a great bunch of characters in the story. In fact there were three main characters but there were also plenty of background characters, with their own stories as well, and while you can think oh wow, so it can be that all the stories can be too much, that they can make you feel confused, you can't be further away from the truth - nothing like this happened, the storylines were flowing seamlessly side by side or intertwining with each other. The author did a brilliant job with introducing the characters to us and let us to know them very well. Clemency and Belle are step sister, and they couldn't be more different. There is, of course, the element of sibling rivalry between them, but it was great to see and it made this relationship even more realistic, though I must admit that to keep up with Belle you do need the patience of a saint. But appearances may be deceptive, guys, and when at the beginning Belle seemed to me very shallow and empty and very self - obsessed, at the end it turned out that...well, she is all of the above but there is also a side to her that she's hidden and her secret was a real surprise, even though there was a moment or two when I started wondering. Yet seeing it happening for real totally surprised me but I was incredibly happy for her - and for Clem then, of course! Clemency, on the other hand, is this kind of character that you can't not like. She was so natural and genuine, she was spontaneous, funny and loyal and I loved her from the very beginning. She is a very caring person, supporting her friends whenever she could and I'd love to have her in my life. What I also loved about her was the fact that she seemed so very content with her life and in her own skin, which doesn't happen often these days, no?

    Ronan works together with Clem at the real estate office - he's very, very handsome and he preys on it, of course, but don't think he's shallow or arrogant - Not. At. All. On the other hand, he was charming and lovely and there was much more to him than meets the eye and I think I could be a little in love with him. Although I was also a little in love with Sam, so there. Ronan always steps up to the mark when he's needed and he proved more than once that his heart is on the right place.

    Three characters, different characters but there is one thing that they have in common - they want to find love. It was really great and wise from the author to divide the book into three storylines, as it made it so much more exciting, intriguing and interesting. Also all the other characters, with Belle, Sam, Marina and Josephine at the head, not forgetting Kate, were very well developed, they all had huge personalities, their own distinctive, loud and clear voices and they added tons of enjoyment to the story. The chapters were divided between them, and they were short and dynamic and made the reading somehow easier and quicker, and just the right amount of details and questions were given.

    Reading this book was just like reading Jill at her best form - this tale was just a delight to read, from beginning to the end, with all its secrets being revealed at a steady pace and some twists that all came as surprises - yes, some of them seemed teeny tiny unbelievable but yet they worked incredibly well and made me smile or shed a tear or two, and they were actually things that you actually wanted to happen!

    I also adored the setting of this book! I am growing to love Cornwall more and more and heck, must probably book a holiday there, right? I loved this little town St Carys (that, as it is, has already featured in one of Jill's previous books), it sounds gorgeous and thanks to the vivid, colourful descriptions I know must be beautiful, no matter if it rains or with the sun shining. And also, Jill Mansell could make Cornwall a new, fresh and intriguing place to live, as to be honest, with so many books set there it could go a little tiring, but not with this author! And of course all the inhabitants of this town were absolutely brilliant, but this takes us back to the characters - please, see above for yourself how much I am gushing about them. The little town community feeling was there as well, with everybody knowing everything about others and harmlessly gossiping about each other.

    Sometimes it is so hard to feel this famous chemistry, those sparkles between the characters and when reading I often feel like the relationship is being forced upon me. But not this time! Oh my, how well Jill Mansell has captured the feeling of attraction between Clem and Sam, and the undeniable chemistry was so easy to spot and feel through the pages. They were this couple that you knew is destined to be with each other but it quickly turns out it's impossible, and it pained me so much to watch how brave they both tried to be in this situation. The author has really tried our patience, providing us with many problems and troubles till almost the last page.

    I immediately felt at home when reading this novel. From the very first page I was engrossed in characters' lives and following them on this rollercoaster journey was an utter pleasure, and unfolding this tangled web of fate, destiny and chances was brilliant and I completely lost myself in the book. Altogether "Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay" was a sunny, cute, light - hearted read about love, friendship, loyalty, secrets and surprises that kept me glued to the pages, and kept the smile on face, but with the extra addition of some more tender moments as well. It was heart warming, it was funny, tender and very romantic, and I loved every single word of this book. It was engaging and it immediately drawn me in and I didn't want to put this book away. Jill Mansell at her best and I highly recommend it to all her fans!

    Copy provided by the publisher n return for an honest review.

  • Sarah
    Jan 12, 2017

    I tend to read so many crime books that reading this book was a total breath of fresh air.

    Jill Mansell has yet again created a heart warming and feel good book with a great setting and even greater characters.

    The story starts off with Clem meeting her perfect man when she is seated next to him on a plane. Fast forward three years and the perfect man walks back into her life but with another woman in toe.

    I felt so sorry for Clem. She is such a fun and lovely person and she has never quite got ove

    I tend to read so many crime books that reading this book was a total breath of fresh air.

    Jill Mansell has yet again created a heart warming and feel good book with a great setting and even greater characters.

    The story starts off with Clem meeting her perfect man when she is seated next to him on a plane. Fast forward three years and the perfect man walks back into her life but with another woman in toe.

    I felt so sorry for Clem. She is such a fun and lovely person and she has never quite got over her brief meeting on the plane. Then to have him turn back up in her life is just pure torture.

    Clem’s work colleague and good friend, Ronan, is another one who doesn’t seem to be having much luck in the love department. He to has met the perfect woman for him but has messed it all up and doesn’t know how best he can win her over.

    Belle is very much all about herself. Her and Clem don’t have the best of sisterly relationships and it all seems to be about getting one up on each other. Even though Belle is a very selfish individual, it’s obvious there is a nice and mixed up person inside there somewhere.

    There are so many lovely characters in this book that it would take me all day to go through them all. Through these characters we establish relationships and fall in love. Jill Mansell certainly weaves a beautiful tale that captures us heart and soul.

    Another captivating read that would melt the coldest of hearts.

    My thanks to Headline for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

  • BookwormCatLady
    Feb 11, 2017

    Jill Mansell is on my list of go-to authors whenever I feel like a lighthearted, feel-good read and she hasn't disappointed with 'Meet me at Beachcomber Bay'.

    Girl meets boy. Boy is married. Years later boy returns as Girl's sisters boyfriend...

    Uplifting. Funny. A lovely comfort read.

    Thanks to Headline for allowing me to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Donna Irwin
    Feb 14, 2017

    Thoroughly enjoyed this latest novel from Jill Mansell, especially after going to see her at a book event in November and hearing about this book and her writing process. The usual mix of great characters, good plot, wit, misunderstandings and will they won't they romances - plus a few surprises along the way. This one also has a Cornish setting. You just know Jill will never let you down!

  • Helen White
    Jan 29, 2017

    I like Jill Mansell. You know what you're going to get, boy meets girl in an intricate twisting but ultimately happy romance. Nothing wrong with that for a cheerful read.

    In this instance several characters are going through the boy meets girl scenario. It's not quite right for most of them but don't worry they'll get there in the end.

  • Whispering Stories
    Feb 17, 2017

    Meet me at beachcomber bay was your stereotypical chick lit – upbeat, light hearted, and a bit of an emotional rollercoaster.

    You’re instantly rooting for the likeable and highly relatable protagonist Clemency, but for me it is the other relationships and character developments in the book that really set the bar high with this novel. Whereas other chick lit novels will focus solely on one character journey, possibly branching out into another one of two character plot lines, Jill Mansell has som

    Meet me at beachcomber bay was your stereotypical chick lit – upbeat, light hearted, and a bit of an emotional rollercoaster.

    You’re instantly rooting for the likeable and highly relatable protagonist Clemency, but for me it is the other relationships and character developments in the book that really set the bar high with this novel. Whereas other chick lit novels will focus solely on one character journey, possibly branching out into another one of two character plot lines, Jill Mansell has somehow managed to expertly curate an entire small town of individuals into one storyline. Everyone is connected, but everyone has their secrets.

    Of course, it wouldn’t be a true chick lit without a happy ending and I definitely was not left disappointed with this ending. I would spoiler alert this but come on, when have you ever *actually* read a chick lit where she DOESN’T get the guy?!

    One element of the novel that I wasn’t immediately keen on at first was Belle – her character seemed too demanding, too immature to be anywhere near realistic in comparison to her step sister Clemency. However, about three quarters of the way through the book, where Belle’s personal development climaxes, my opinion on her completely changed. Her actions suddenly made sense and were in fact, I realised, completely and utterly believable.

    Overall, if you’re after an easy page turner that will make you chuckle and near cry then this is a book for you! I cannot think of any reason to knock a star off this review – it’s a pure 5/5 for any chick lit fan!

    Reviewed by Jodie K on