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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Blog Tour: Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay..

Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay final jacket
Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay : Jill Mansell 

I know that this is not the first time I've waxed lyrical about my love for Jill Mansell and her books. I therefore could not have been more enthusiastic to kick off the blog tour for her new title; Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay.

A small town in Cornwall, St Carys is home to our main group of characters. I remember being told by a primary school English teacher that it didn't do to have more than a couple of main characters in a book, as it can get confusing; Jill's books always make me think of this, as they're a perfect example of that teacher being wrong. I love the way that there's a faint connection between many of the characters in the way that only a small community can provide and it works to make them feel even more homely and welcoming to the reader, making them feel like part of the town.

Frankly, I loved Clemency and was desperately hoping she would somehow get her happy ending.

I know it probably doesn't come as a surprise to anyone that I loved this book, but I really think it appeals to any reader rooting for love to come through. Hopelessly romantic, yet at the same time entirely down to earth and relatable, Jill's writing style always makes me feel as though I know her merry band of characters.

Anyway, I've been allowed to share an extract from the first chapter with you, so that you can see for yourself.



Chapter 1






Sometimes it only takes a split second for a state of absolute calm to turn to one of horror and panic.
‘Oh  dear, poor  thing. Clemency turned  to  watch as  a purple-faced businessman in a too-tight suit hurtled across the  concourse at Malaga airport in  the  direction  of the departure gates, panting and grunting as he ran and scattering small children in his wake.
The British girl who was working on the Chanel stand in duty-free said, ‘Honestly,  its amazing how many people dont bother to pay attention to the boards.Yesterday there was a party of fifteen Spanish guys in one of the bars and they were so busy watching a football match on TV that they ended up missing their flight. Imagine!’
‘Thats  crazy, Clemency marvelled, trying a purple eyeshadow shot with gold sparkly bits on the back of her hand. Nice.
‘Oh, we see everything here. So many people dont even turn up at the airport until their flights about to close.
I couldnt do that. I always like to give myself loads
of time. Then  I know I can really relax, Clemency said


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happily, ‘and spend ages iduty-free trying out  all the make-up.
Which was why another forty minutes had passed before she finally arrived at the  checkout  to  pay for the  new lipstick shed chosen, because these things took time, and choosing the perfect lipstick was important.
The  bored-looking  cashier said, ‘May  I  check  your boarding pass, please?’
Clemency glanced down  at her left hand, the one that should have been clutching her passport. The passport with the boarding pass neatly tucked inside it.
She looked down at the hand and saw that it was clutching instead a handful of perfume card samplers, each one sprayed with a different scent.
And that was the moment absolute calm turned to horror and panic.


Just in time, said the female attendant as Clemency hurtled towards the departures desk. We  were about to close the gate!’
Clemency couldnt speak. She wanted to fall to her knees and gulp air into her burning lungs, but there was no time; she was already being ushered out through the sliding doors and across the tarmac towards the waiting plane. Her drag- along case was banging against her ankles, perspiration was trickling down her spine and her mouth was dry as she struggled up  the  clanky metal steps, still hyperventilating. Oh  God, she could only imagine the colour of her face. She must be puce.
The male flight attendant greeted her with a wink. ‘Nice
of you to decide to join us. Welcome on board.





Beachcomber Bay Blog Tour

The tour continues - make sure that you head over to #BeachcomberBay soon. I could not recommend this book more. 

2 comments:

  1. Oh I love Jill's books so much - they're like a gorgeous warm hug. And you're right she really does write multiple characters really well. Thanks for the reminder that her new book is out - hooray! x

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  2. Not read any of her books but I like stories where love comes through.

    Also many apologies that I didnt mention the Frances Brody book when I emailed you about my pressies! JUST my kind of book and was one of my favourite Christmas presents!x

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