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The Last Piece of My Heart

The Last Piece of My Heart

Why a Booktrail?

2000s: An author is invited to finish the manuscript of another..in Cornwall

  • ISBN: 978-1471162558
  • Genre: Romance

What you need to know before your trail

A successful travel journalist, Bridget has ambitions to turn her quirky relationship blog about the missing pieces of her heart into a book. But after a spate of rejections from publishers, she accepts an alternative proposition.

Nicole Dupré died leaving behind a bestselling novel and an incomplete sequel. Tasked with finishing the book, Bridget is thankful to have her foot in the publishing door, even if it means relocating to Cornwall for the summer and answering to Nicole’s grieving husband, Charlie…

Travel Guide

Visit Cornwall

The delights of Cornwall stretch out in this book here like the lovely blue sea and Bodmin Moor….all visited via campervan and a writer on a booktrail of her own – visiting the sites of the novel she’s now writing. Not hers of course but an author who has recently died leaving the manuscript unfinished and with it , the journey within.

Setting in Padstow, she returns later on in a camper van and settles into a lovely campsite on the edge of the town. Writing and following the sites in the novel, she heads out to the Lost Gardens of Heligan . There are plenty of cycle paths in the novel for the keen cyclists both in the book and those reading it. Starting at Padstow, the Camel trail takes you on a very scenic route – feel like Poldark riding along the Cornish coast – ok not on a horse and probably without the three cornered hat. From the harbour, the camel trail as the cycle trail is called, leads down to the historical landmark of The Iron Bridge. Bridget walks here and heads into the village pleased to be avoiding the tourists. She eats at a cafe close to the harbour – it could be and should have been Cherrytreescornwall – scones here are very yummy!

Don’t forget to visit Tintagel and the coves Bridget visits  one is called Merlins Cave – very apt. There are many days out from Padstow, but those lost gardens find their way back again into the heart of the story.

It’s a delight to spend time on a Cornish camp site, sitting beside the harbour, and walking along a coastal trail….on a literary disovery… visiting literary locations…. very nice indeed. A few brief visits to London and Thailand but the heart of the story is a Cornish one.


Booktrailer Review


Well, this is a dream of a book for me. Booktrails within a book and visits by one author to the locations of another. A writer travelling in a camper van to Cornwall and spending time researching the locations and themes of the novel’s sequel. I was more than overjoyed to learn at the end of the novel that the Hermie camper van is actually real! I am now officially Paige Toon’s new best friend. 😉

This was a light hearted novel with some heartbreaking issues within and it makes you question where you yourself might have lost your heart. It’s a nice, warm novel though with plenty of feelings and emotions out there in the open sky – sunny of course as it’s in Cornwall after all.

I enjoyed this – the visits to Heligan gardens and the role it plays in the story was particularly nice. Getting in the camper van and heading off to the next site was a joy – yes can you tell I really enjoyed the journey! What Bridget discovered along the way – sometimes predictable I suppose – but like life itself, it’s always about the journey. The idea of travel writing, finding your place in the world and the place in your heart for your past and future loves – was neatly explored and it’s a fun read for the beach (Cornwall of course)

Booktrail Boarding Pass: The Last Piece of My Heart

Author/Guide: Paige Toon Destination: Padstow, Cornwall

Departure Time: 2000s

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