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A Train from Penzance to Paris by Laura Briggs

a train from penzance to paris

Title: A Train from Penzance to Paris (A Little Hotel in Cornwall #5)

Author: Laura Briggs

Published on: 8th April 2020

Genre: Romance

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I am so happy to having read the fifth book in my favourite romantic series – A Little Hotel in Cornwall. I have waited months to read it and here we are!

In the previous book  –The Cornish Secret of Summer’s Promise – Maisie found herself helping a private investigator in searching for the missing jewels. It so happened that the ‘private investigator’ was a ‘renowned’ thief! Maisie also got to meet her favourite author Alistair Davies. Maisie gets a chance to leave Penmarrow behind and join Davies on a trip to Paris and then London where she could meet writers and start her life as a budding author.

Maisie cannot say no to this once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity. She’s also aware that she has to leave Cornwall behind. And, Sidney too…

In A Train from Penzance to Paris, we find Maisie embarking on a train journey to Paris. Davies introduces her to their friend circle – mostly composed of writers and people from the literary world. As she comes back to London with Davies, a young literary agent tags along. The Literary agent believes in Maisie’s potential as an author; Maisie also gets the help of a professional editor. Their critique and advice hold the key to making Maisie’s novel ‘publisher’ ready but…  Maisie cannot stop thinking about Sidney.

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This book is special in its own way. We get to see Maisie in a new light. Maisie is now far away from Penmarrow and Sidney. She gets to meet the important peeps of the lit-world and yet, her heart lies in Cornwall.

The story is inclined towards Maisie’s life in Paris and then, London. She gets to meet a young Literary agent, Davies’ Publisher and a professional editor. Maisie also joins a writing group where she makes new friends. Maisie has everything a budding author could dream of. Everything except… Sidney. She writes letters after letters, but Sidney remains distant – he doesn’t like to write much.

I will not talk much about Maisie’s stay at Davies’ house in London. But I will tell you this, I never saw the ending coming! My gosh! That was a complete shocker. I was like, whaatt????? The twist!! Uff! Never in the world did I ever think of it! Uh-huh! Nope!

Overall, this was a pleasant read. It was definitely worth the wait. I am looking forward to seeing what’s next for Maisie. Sidney plays a lesser role in this story and I really hope I get to see more of Sidney in the next book. Maisie’s letters to Sidney made me emotional. I did not want her to leave Cornwall. Sidney knew what’s best for her. Maybe Maisie did too… In the next book, I hope to see them together.

I highly recommend you to read this series. Laura Briggs is a talented and brilliant author. I absolutely love her books and her writing.

The previous books in this series are:

Book #1: A Little Hotel in Cornwall

Book #2: A Spirited Girl on Cornish Shores

Book #3: Sea Holly and Mistletoe Kisses

Book #4: The Cornish Secret of Summer’s Promise


Many thanks to Rachel for the blog tour invite.

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