Another sweet story set in beautiful Cornwall, The House At Magpie Cove is the first book I’ve read by Kennedy Kerr.
The House at Magpie Cove
The Cornish beach house creaked in the salty sea wind and, from the weathered wooden porch, Mara watched a lone magpie circle above. It was silly to think that her mother’s spirit was still with her, but Mara felt as if there was something keeping her here. A secret that needed to be told…
When Mara Hughes inherits her late mother’s tumbledown beach house overlooking the bright, sandy sweep of Magpie Cove, it couldn’t have come at a worse time. With her marriage on the rocks and her husband threatening to take the family home, the beach house – with all the bittersweet memories it holds – might be the thing that finally sends Mara’s world crashing down around her. She tells herself she’ll only spend a few days there: sell it and move on to rebuilding her life.
When Mara arrives, the house is in a worse state than she feared – holes in the bedroom ceiling, birds’ nests in the attic and the beautiful, wrap-around porch on the brink of collapse… but she loves it anyway. With all its history it feels like the last link to her late mother and, determined to do whatever it takes to keep it in the family, Mara strikes a deal with local handyman – and town heartthrob – Brian Oakley to save the crumbling cottage from ruin.
But when a box of unopened old letters arrives on her new doorstep – a bequest from her mother’s will – Mara’s resolve to save the beach house will be tested to the limit. Because Mara’s mother’s perfect childhood in Magpie Cove was forever spoiled by one haunting day in July, and the letters contain a secret about her family that Mara can scarcely believe to be true…
A story of secrets, family and forgiveness, this heartfelt read set in beautiful Cornwall is perfect for fans of Susanne O’Leary, Fern Britton and Rosanna Ley.
It’s often our darkest days that help us find the light within us and this holds true of Mara. As she navigates her way as a newly divorced woman and a single Mom, she begins to discover her own strength and depth. Learning more about her mother’s secret pain, helps her to understand herself better too. Her visit to her Mom’s childhood home that she has inherited is in many ways the start of a new life for her. For the first time, Mara discovers the joys of community and friends who have her back.
Experiencing joy and caring for the first time, Mara realizes that she truly can be her own woman. This journey from being a meek homemaker to a woman who is capable of taking decisions for her own happiness and that of her children is beautifully told. Her Mom’s spirit seems to hover around the house as it is being recreated – and as Mara is redefining herself is very poignant.
The character development of not just Mara but also Brian and Paul is very subtly brought out. Plenty of loveable characters in the book including Mara’s children, Franny and John.
The plot flows seamlessly and I really enjoyed my first read by this author.
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Meet The Author
Kennedy Kerr is the author of A Spell of Murder, a witch themed cozy mystery, and The House at Magpie Cove (November 2020) and The Café at Magpie Cove (coming in 2021). She adores beaches, lochs and magical places, and loves writing about small communities, mysteries and family secrets.
Kennedy also loves cooking and baking all types of food, which is almost as much fun as eating it.
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Many thanks to Bookouture for an advanced reader’s copy of this book via Netgalley.