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Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publication date: March 12, 2020
The first in a new sun-filled series from the author of the Villa Limoncello trilogy.
Welcome to The Cornish Confetti Agency!
When the grand finale of Lexie Harrington’s catwalk show ends with a disastrous twist on the ‘ice bucket challenge’, she was expecting her highly-strung boss to fire her on the spot. What she wasn’t expecting was to bump into her fiancé cosied up with an attractive blonde in the restaurant opposite their apartment!
Desperate to escape her heartbreak, Lexie flees to her childhood home of St Ives to hold the fort at The Cornish Confetti Agency for her best friend Freya, leader of the yummy mummy network and firm believer in ‘happily ever afters’. Little did she know that delivering a Caribbean-themed wedding in sunny Cornwall would rival the fashion industry for drama, tantrums and mysterious goings on.
Who is responsible for dousing the bridesmaid’s dress with tomato ketchup? Or hiding the bride’s beloved Jimmy Choos? Or attaching googly eyes to everything in sight?
The perfect Cornish wedding? Is there such a thing for The Cornish Confetti Agency?
There’s just so much drama in this book! It starts with high-fashion runway drama, focuses mainly on wedding drama, and ends with some family drama! That last bit was such a surprising twist to an already action-packed story.
It’s no wonder that Lexie (female protagonist) often has terrible headaches. She seems to thrive on chaos. And it doesn’t help that she is an escapist who flees from uncomfortable conversations and difficult situations. Her character development is gradual and believable, and by the time the story ends, she has taken the first steps towards facing her fears head-on.
This is one of the few times that I have also seen a more human, realistic male protagonist–Theo–who is not a Greek god and isn’t 100% physically fit. He is attractive because he is kind, considerate and empathetic.
George, the groom’s father, stood out as the character with a large heart despite limited funds.
Descriptions of the Cornish countryside, Cornish food like clotted cream tea (sigh!), and Cornish villages are so charming that I want to visit Cornwall right away. Even the names of the places–Pengarth and Dalston Manor–sound so good. You shouldn’t miss the French chef Anton’s wedding menu.
This book is so much more than a romantic comedy. And it is the first of a trilogy–so there’s lots more happening from the Lexie-Theo angle in the future.
There’s a bewildering mystery (or two) as a core part of the story, which had me looking for clues in every page.
There’s an in-depth look at the immense pressures of managing a runway show and a themed wedding (and the rivalries in the background). I’m mentally doffing my cap at event managers.
The book took my mind off the anxiety and fear that has been a part of my life since my country went into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
About the Author
Daisy James is a Yorkshire girl transplanted to the north east of England. She loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines.
When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter.
Her husband and young son were willing samplers of her baking creations which were triple-tested for her debut novel, The Runaway Bridesmaid. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.
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