Miranda's Mount by Phillipa Ashley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What a super feel good romance. The eponymous heroine is likeable and real, an old fashioned romantic with a modern touch. Miranda has what to some would be a dream job - to others it would feel like a prison sentence. She manages a historic castle on a small island off the coast of Cornwall, St Merryns Mount, which is cut off from the mainland at high tide and at low tide reached only by a narrow causeway across the sand.
She does her job with great pride and a real deep affection for the place she is custodian of, efficiently dealing with staff, and looking after the many visitors dealing with the wide variety of daily events. On rare evenings off she likes to join her friend Ronnie who works with her on the island when the two girls go out on the pull in the local pubs, just a normal, single girl working and playing hard.
Then into her carefully ordered world steps Jago St Merryn, Lord of the castle and straight out of a pirate novel, handsome, unconventional, rich and unwelcome in Mirandas life as his presence at the Mount, when he returns after years of absence, threatens not just her job but her peace of mind.
Instant attraction fizzes between the two from the very start, in some ways he's the stuff of her dreams, he turns her on and she'd love him to make a move on her; but his presence stands to destroy all the security and stability in her life as he is going to sell the Mount, for reasons unknown he won't consider taking over the family castle and she and her friends will soon be out of a job and a home. So Miranda plans to try and thwart his efforts any way she can, which isn't easy especially when she finds him so darned attractive and can't stop fantasizing about the two of them getting together.
As truths are revealed and Jago's past is gradually revealed she realizes she has little chance of changing the man or his mind so what will happen next?
The book paints a lovely picture of life in a stately home, beautifully descriptive and evocative of Cornwall and there's enough lust and passion to make a maiden aunt blush, yet we really get inside the mind of a young woman falling hopelessly and helplessly for the wrong guy, (who you can't help fancying yourself - or maybe that was just me?)
Its always exciting to discover a new author, but it can be a bit daunting when you're invited to review a new book by an author whose work you've never read because, lets face it - theres some awful tosh out there masquerading as literature.
I'm delighted to say this isn't going to join the rubbish heap - Its a lovely read and one I'd recommend very highly to anyone who likes a fun contemporary romance with realistic characters, a great setting and a super storyline with loads going on to keep you entertained from page one right through to the very tantalizing end - whether thats to be a happy one or a tear jerker I'll leave you to find out, when you take your trip to Miranda's mount.
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