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  • Location: Cornwall (fictional St Trenyan)

Summer at the Cornish Cafe

Summer at the Cornish Cafe

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2000s: Second in the Penwith Trilogy

  • ISBN: 978-0008248307
  • Genre: Romance

What you need to know before your trail

Demi doesn’t expect her summer in Cornwall to hold anything out of the ordinary. As a waitress, working all hours to make ends meet, washing dishes and serving ice creams seems to be as exciting as the holiday season is about to get.

That’s until she meets Cal Penwith. An outsider, like herself, Cal is persuaded to let Demi help him renovate his holiday resort, Kilhallon Park. Set above an idyllic Cornish cove, the once popular destination for tourists has now gone to rack and ruin. During the course of the Cornish summer, Demi makes new friends – and foes – as she helps the dashing and often infuriating Cal in his quest. Working side by side, the pair grow close, but Cal has complications in his past which make Demi wonder if he could ever truly be interested in her.

Demi realises that she has finally found a place she can call home. But as the summer draws to a close, and Demi’s own reputation as an up and coming café owner starts to spread, she is faced with a tough decision

Travel Guide

St Trenyan or St Ives?

The stunning background of the Cornish coast is the setting for the third installment in the Cornish trilogy story about new beginnings and new opportunities.  St Trenyan is apparently in West Cornwall, and largely inspired by St Ives. So whilst the setting might be fictional, you can have great fun trying to find the traces of St Trenyan all around you!

There’s some lovely places here such as Sheila’s Beach Hut,  and Hayleigh’s Pasty shack. St Trenyan is already postcard blue and it’s a village where the masts of the boats bob up and down in the harbour.

This book focuses on the Kilhallon Resort which Cal and Demi have worked on since the beginning of the trilogy so it’s nice to see how the building work has been going and the future of the resort as a magical wedding setting! There is a real life holiday resort just outside of the town – set in lovely lush green fields so why not stay at Trevalgan touring park and think you’re in the novel!


The series of novels is known as the Penwith series of novels and the real Penwith is the peninsula known as Land’s End Peninsula.  Tin and copper have been mined in the area since pre-Roman times and the landscape is dotted with ruined mine buildings. The principal towns in Penwith are Penzance, the “capital” and St Ives, one of the county’s most popular seaside resorts.

Booktrail Boarding Pass:  Summer at the Cornish Café

Author/Guide Phillipa Ashley  Destination: Cornwall (fictional St Trenyan) Departure Time: 2000s

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