Release date - 30th May 2017
Book length - 384 pages
Publisher - headofzeus.com
Amazon UK - www.amazon.co.uk
Amazon US - www.amazon.com
ABOUT THE BOOK
Bramble Challoner has had a very normal upbringing. She lives in a semi in the suburbs of London with her parents and works at the call centre down the road.
She still goes out with the boy she met at school. At weekends they stay in and watch films on the telly and sometimes hold hands.
Bramble is dying for an adventure.
So when her very grand grandfather, Lord Penrose, dies, leaving his huge, rambling house in Cornwall to her, Bramble packs her bags immediately.
With her best friend Katie in tow, the sleepy village of Tremarnock had better be ready for its newest residents...
TREMARNOCK SUMMER by Emma Burstall is a wonderfully refreshing, endearing story that will effortlessly transport you to the picture-perfect setting of Cornwall and put a smile on your face. While this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone, where old characters mingle perfectly with new.
Bramble Challoner is feeling a little dissatisfied with her safe little life - living with her loving parents, dating Matt who has been her boyfriend since they were teenagers and her 9-5 call centre job just down the road. So when she receives a letter informing her that she is heir to Polgarry Manor in Tremarnock following the death of her estranged grandfather, Bramble feels like it is a sign that everything is about to change. With the support of her best friend Katie, the two women arrive in Cornwall full of excitement and joie de vivre. But when they realise that nothing is quite what it seems, Bramble and Katie will soon show the locals exactly what they are made of. But is this magical place enough to make them want to stay forever?
The community in this story are centre stage as we get to learn how life is treating its members - for some life is everything they dreamed of, while others are struggling on the periphery, determined to remain isolated. You really get to experience the true meaning of community spirit in this book, and all of the characters will worm their way into your heart. TREMARNOCK SUMMER by Emma Burstall is an easy-paced, relaxing read with stunning scenery and interesting issues throughout, and I really enjoyed reading it. Perfect for a quiet evening outside with a cup of tea or a glass of wine in your hand.
Emma is the author of four novels - Gym and Slimline, Never Close Your Eyes, Kindle Top Ten bestseller The Darling Girls and Tremarnock, the first in a Cornish trilogy.
She read English at Cambridge University and began her career as a cub reporter on the Western Morning News in Plymouth, later becoming features editor of Woman and Family Circle.
She has also written extensively for national newspapers and women’s magazines including the Guardian, Independent on Sunday, Red, Good Housekeeping and Woman & Home.
She gets by in French and Spanish and works out – occasionally – at her local gym. After walking her youngest to school, you might also spot her jogging in Richmond Park with some friends. Slowly.
Emma lives in South West London with her husband and they have three children.
For more information:
Website - emmaburstall.com
Twitter - twitter.com/emmaburstall
Facebook - www.facebook.com/emmaburstallauthor
I AM LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE A GUESTPOST FROM EMMA BURSTALL ABOUT WRITER'S BLOCK AND WHY IT DOES NOT EXIST. CHECK IT OUT:
WHY THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS WRITER’S BLOCK
It’s the curse of writers. The thing we fear the most. That one day, we’ll sit down at our computer and no words will come, not one. We’ll stare at an empty screen and absolutely nothing of worth will enter our heads, our minds will remain blank, our fingers resting, immobile and useless, on the keyboard.
This awful state of affairs could go on for days, weeks, months or even years. No matter what we do, whether we read hundreds of books for inspiration, take a holiday, talk endlessly to other authors about our problems or go to a therapist, nothing seems to shift the paralysis. Perhaps we’ll never write again, we think. We’re doomed.
Except that that this sorry condition, affliction, or whatever else we like to call it, doesn’t really exist. It’s all in our minds.
Let me explain: in my view, there are a lot of myths around writing, and the biggest of all is that of the ‘writer’s muse’. We seem to believe that creativity comes from outside rather than within, almost like a gift bestowed on us from above.
The drawback of this view is that we imagine if we can just be patient, if we can wait for inspiration to strike, for the muse to flutter down and land on our shoulder or in our ear, then the words will begin to pour like sweet music from our hearts and on to the page, as if we’re mere conduits who have little or nothing to do with the actual process.
After six novels (I’m writing my seventh now), and hours and hours spent sweating in front of my laptop, I now know this to be a fallacy. Writing is a job, like any other, and if you hang about until you’re in the ‘right mood’, nothing, or very little, will ever get done. Hard graft is the name of the game, and lots of it.
I recently told a friend, who had been procrastinating over writing an article for a magazine, that the best way to make progress was simply to sit down in a quiet room and force herself not to get up until she had produced a minimum of three paragraphs.
If the words were bad, I explained, she could always go back and change them later. The point is that she would have something to work with now whereas before, there was nothing.
In the same way, if I’m having real trouble focusing, I will metaphorically chain myself to my desk, phone off, cup of coffee by my side, and refuse to rise until I’ve produced five hundreds words, no matter how poor I deem them to be. If it takes all day to squeeze them out, so be it. With luck the following day will be more productive, but at least I’ll have moved forwards.
There’s a brilliant book by Anne Lamott called ‘Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life’ in which she argues that at the heart of writing lies a capacity for quiet grit. We all feel insecure at times, we all think our work is rubbish. To overcome these negative feelings, the very best thing we can do is write and so long as we keep doing it, eventually we’ll unjam.
When I’m struggling to concentrate, I often reread the paragraph in her book from which her title is drawn:
‘Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write, which was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.’
And so it is with novels. Just take it line by line, paragraph by paragraph, chapter by chapter, and eventually you will have a whole, glorious book that you can go back and change, edit, buff and polish as often as you like until you’re satisfied.
So you see, no one really needs to be scared of writer’s block, because it’s not there, only fear, self doubt and dreaded perfectionism. What a relief! And now I’m going back to my next paragraph…or two or three. Happy reading and writing all!
*I want to thank Clare from Head of Zeus Publishing and the author, Emma Burstall for the opportunity to review this wonderful novel and take part in this blog tour. Don't forget to check out all of the other stops along the way!!
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger, wife & mother who loves all things books!
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