When Hebe receives a life-changing diagnosis at only 53, she struggles to make sense of what it will mean for her, her job and the man she loves. With memories slipping away by the day, she flees to the one place she has always felt safe and peaceful - Cornwall, and the house her family spent so many summers in.
Lucy is having her own crisis, and seizes the chance to follow her aunt to Cornwall. Curious about what has driven Hebe there after so many years, she also has to battle with the secret she has kept since her family's last summer there more than ten years ago.
Both women will learn that memories live in our hearts and that sharing secrets can set you free... But can they find their way back to the things that are truly important to them?
Lucy is sent to Cornwell to stop her Aunt Hebe buying Helwyn House a crumbling stately home where the family used to spend their summer holidays years ago. Lucy is reeling from a scandle which has hit the tabloids and is happy to escape the media pressure but Cornwell is the last place she wants to escape to.
The book goes from present day to one year before when Hebe is spending time with her lover. She knows she has to leave him to protect him from her illness but is finding it difficult to let go. She has one thing left to do and that is to buy Helwyn house and restore it to its former glory.
Hebe is a historian, a university lecturer and an author but as her memory is failing she struggles even writing down what she has done that day.
I did struggle to get into this book. I felt nothing much was happening at first and couldn't see where it was going. There is a good bit of historical information as Hebe is obsessed by Thomas Grylls from the 17th century so maybe that prevented me from getting hooked quickly. On saying that I did get hooked and enjoyed the rest of the story and had a few tears at the end.
The characters were well written and Hebe's illness was handled beautifully. It is a very human story,full of regrets and people doing things wrong. Lives were changed by the end of the book, some full of happy and promise and some full of loss.
One Cornish Summer is out now for kindle and in paperback.