Two Weddings and a Baby by Scarlett Bailey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
'Tamsyn Thorne has not been back to her home town of Poldore for five long years.
But now her brother, Ruan, is about to get married and she has no excuses left.
Her plans to arrive in Cornwall looking chic and successful are dashed when a huge storm turns her from fashion goddess to a drowned rat. Worse, she ends up insulting the local hunky vicar – and then finds a tiny baby abandoned in his churchyard…'
I was so excited when I heard Scarlett Bailey was going to be releasing another book set in Poldore. I enjoyed Just for Christmas so much and Poldore, as I discovered then actually has a very special place in my heart and I was delighted to be able to be transported back to the small Cornish village.
Tasmyn lives in Paris and has worked hard to gain her position in the fashion industry. On hearing about her brother Ruan’s wedding to Alex, and her mother’s insistence she heads back to her home village of Poldore. Nothing goes smoothly for Tasmyn and little after her arrival the village is hit by a huge storm and suddenly everything looks like it is not heading in the direction that Tasmyn hoped for.
Alex and Ruan are characters that we previously met in Just for Christmas; however they are not the central characters in this story. This I feel makes it easier and still and enjoyable book if you have not previously read Just for Christmas, saying that though you must read Just for Christmas as it is such a brilliant book and I feel you would have a richer reading experience by reading that previously. It was nice to catch up on previous characters and I also enjoyed reading about Poldore in a different season.
Tasmyn I feel is not likable at the beginning of the story, however many things happen to her during her time in Poldore and this ‘softens’ her and she begins to change, your thoughts and feelings towards her also change I feel as the story progresses.
Jed is a wonderful character, one with a past and secrets that seem to emerge the more you read the story. He is not your typical vicar! Every village I feel needs a vicar who looks like Jed and he may actually be becoming one of my favourite book boyfriends!!! Of course there are also other familiar characters in the story, Buoy makes an appearance just a little older but still full of spirit.
This is a story that surprised me and to be honest from looking at the cover and reading the blub it was very unexpected, you are thrown right into all the drama from the first few pages and the pace of the story is good. This story is a lot about family but also friendship, love and how a community can come together and support each other.
I loved the fact that Scarlett has been able to include humour into what seems a dreadful situation for the community to be in and there are some wonderful one liners which have you giggling throughout the book.
I really enjoyed this book and didn’t find it predictable at all, there are moments you have no idea which way the story is going to go, even down to Ruan and Alex getting married as there are so many obstacles in their way. Scarlett’s use of description is brilliant throughout the book and once again I felt I was there in Poldore with all the characters routing for everything to be O.K. and turn out well in the end.
Once again I want to say I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would urge everyone to read it, even if you haven’t read Just for Christmas, you are going to love it, its full of surprises and not your typical summer read (due to the weather). Scarlett has done a brilliant job with Poldore and I hope there is more to come! There is certainly enough material for characters to be developed.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending me this in exchange for an honest review.