Summer in a Cornish Cove

Written by Kate Ryder




Oliver Foxley is an acclaimed movie star and global heartthrob. But under the glare of the spotlight his ‘perfect’ life – and marriage – is slowly starting to crumble.

Cara Penhaligon is a struggling young Cornish artist, and widowed mother of two children. Life has been unbearably harsh to Cara, but meeting Oliver might just give her a second chance at the happiness she deserves. As each begins to heal the other, the pieces of Oliver’s frustrating jigsaw puzzle effortlessly fall into place. But as the Cornish summer draws to a close, Oliver faces the toughest of choices, and no one emerges quite as they were at the start.





Breathtaking and Mesmerising!    5 stars

What a beautiful read. Gorgeous setting, wonderfully created characters and a truly lovely story.

Oliver Foxley is very much a heartthrob actor; talented, good looking, and has four children with the woman he married when they were both young. They lead good, successful lives – but rarely together. The only cloud on his horizon is the ‘grey mist’ of depression which descends from time to time no matter how much he tries to conquer it.

Cara Penhaligon is a young widow who makes her meagre living as an artist – something for which she has a great talent. She cares for her two young children with the help of her parents and has numerous friends who make sure she isn’t forgotten socially. But Cara carries sadness in her soul as is all too obvious to anyone who looks into her eyes.

This novel is skilfully written, and the reader gets to know both these characters and their nearest and dearest long before their paths cross. With the introduction of several others I wasn’t overly concerned about the relationship between them as there was plenty going on to keep me interested. This book really makes me want to visit the Cornish coast and find for myself some of the magic alluded to between these pages. It’s a breathtaking story, beautifully told and quite mesmerising. Definitely one I recommend, wholeheartedly and without reservation. And I must mention Barnaby – what a fantastic pet!

My thanks to publishers Aria for pre-approving my requests via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: rom-com



  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 816 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Aria
  • Publication Date: 1 April 2018
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Meet the Author


KateRyder(3).JPGKate Ryder has enjoyed a varied career, mainly working in travel, publishing and property. In publishing she was employed as a proof-reader/copy editor and writer.

A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors, she writes Romance with Substance in which her characters often face challenging situations laced with moral dilemma.

She initially self-published two novels, The Forgotten Promise – a timeslip romance and mysterious ghost story, subsequently shortlisted for Choc Lit’s “Search for a Star” and also awarded a Chill with a Book “Book of the Month” – and Cry of the Gulls. In 2017, Aria (digital imprint of award-winning independent publisher, Head of Zeus) acquired Cry of the Gulls. Now published under a new title, Summer in a Cornish Cove, the novel has resulted in Kate’s nomination for the 2018 Joan Hessayon Award. A sequel is scheduled for publication in September 2018.

Kate lives with her husband on the Cornish side of the beautiful Tamar Valley.

She also runs: – a complementary health business for horses, dogs, humans and other animals.






4 thoughts on “Summer in a Cornish Cove

  1. Thank you so much for this amazing review. I’m so pleased you felt the magic of Cornwall too. The sequel is due for publication on 01.09.18. Best wishes, Kate


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