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There’s Something About Cornwall

There’s Something About Cornwall

Why a Booktrail?

2000s: Cornish capers in a campervan!

  • Genre: Humour, Romance

What you need to know before your trail

Emilie Roberts is a food photographer but things aren’t tasty and heartwarming at the moment – her ex boyfriend has not only cheated on her but he’s nabbed her dream assignment to beautiful Venice! Emilie meanwhile is heading to the wind-swept Cornish coast…

Just when she think things can’t get any worse –  disaster strikes on the very first day! But then hunky surfing instructor, Matt Ashby comes along and he might just be the one to rescue her in more ways than one

Matt isn’t the conventional knight in shining armour racing from shoot to shoot in a bright orange vintage camper van, but can he make all of Emilie’s fairy tale dreams come true?

Travel Guide


Daisy James takes you to Cornwall:


Emilie’s epic journey starts off in Padstow where she meets Matt at a beach party. He becomes a last-minute replacement driver for an orange-and-cream campervan they’ve nicknamed The Satsuma Splittie. For some reason, their transport just had to be a vintage campervan. It seems to match the carefree vibe of windswept holidays and freedom from the daily struggle to five o’clock!

St Austell

During my research, I was amazed to discover that vineyards flourish on south-facing slopes and that fabulous white and rosé wine is produced in and around St Austell. I just had to include a scene where Emilie and Matt enjoy a tour and a tasting. Another surprise was finding out that Cornwall is also the only place in England that grows tea – Tregothnan Tea is cultivated near Truro. It offers a whole new meaning to the label English Breakfast tea!

Apple Orchard

Of course, one of the things Cornwall is famous for is the production of cider from the apples grown in the numerous orchards around the county. So, I had to include a scene where Emilie and matt visit an apple orchard where Emilie photographs the Cornish Apple and Caramel Loaf, but they also indulge in a few pints of the local Scrumpy.


I also came across the Southwestern Distillery in Wadebridge, run by Tarquin Leadbetter, which produces not only Cornish Gin but also Cornish Pastis. The pastis is a modern take on the classic French aperitif and the first of its kind created in the UK. It is made with gorse flowers foraged from the Atlantic clifftops and fresh orange zest finished off with a touch of liquorice root. Tarquin also grows his own Devon violets for use in his Tarquin’s Gin.

Booktrailer Review

Susan: @thebooktrailer

I have to admit from the off that it’s been a dream of mine to live in a campervan or at least to travel around in one. I’ve travelled far and wide in a minibus before but I just love campervans – so this book didn’t just speak to me it sang to me.

It’s a whole lot of fun and really transports you to Cornwall. It’s the perfect way to visit the food and scenery, the local breweries, the beaches….oooh this was a lot of fun and I had the biggest smile on my face when reading it.

There’s a lot of Cornwall covered -St Austell, St Ives,  Bodmin Moor ….Since Emilie is a food photographer seeing these places and more through her eyes was a whole lot of fun. The photoshoots were fascinating and I think I’ve even learned a few tips!

The storyline with Matt was smiley and fun and imagining cool Cornish evenings sitting in the campervan with your toes in the sand, looking out to sea….well it cheered up my day no end. There were a few suprises along the way and an unexpected appearance and it’s the book I’ve most wanted to step inside for a while.

As I closed the book, I had Cornish cream on my lips and sand in my shoes. Now that is a immersive read!

Booktrail Boarding Pass: There’s Something About Cornwall

Author/Guide: Daisy James  Destination: Cornwall  Departure Time: 2000s

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