Kate and Clara’s Curious Cornish Craft Shop by Ali McNamara

51E3N22BwLL._SY346_ Synopsis: Kate thinks all her wishes have come true when she opens her own little craft shop in the idyllic harbour town of St Felix.

But she soon finds a mystery lingers in her new shop – a sixty-year-old love story told through beautiful paintings and intricate embroideries.

Jack, the owner of the nearby art shop, volunteers to help Kate unravel the mystery, but in doing so they realise their own lives share some uncanny similarities with Clara and Arty, their 1950s counterparts . . .

My Rating: 5/5

My Review: Okay so I am not a fan of anything relating to ‘magic’ or mysteries or the like, however when Ali McNamara does it…well it’s…different. Somehow it’s done in a way that doesn’t seem silly or childish, it just draws me in even more and this recent book is no different. Ali McNamara has done books featuring the town St Felix, so it felt great to be back with another person’s story.

This time around we meet Kate and her teenage daughter as Kate settles in to St Felix and running her craft shop. The story introduces new people as well as some familiar faces from other books (don’t worry if you haven’t read them it won’t make the slightest bit of difference). We also meet Jack who is also starting his own business by running an art shop in St Felix.

The story splits over two timelines, one being the present day and one featuring Clara and Arty around the 1950’s. There is so much magic weaved into this book without making it condescending and it was an absolute joy to read. I have read a series of crime books lately and there are more dead bodies that you can shake a stick at, so it’s nice to go to the opposite end of the reading spectrum.

Overall this was an absolute pleasure of a book and left me feeling like I needed a little trip to the Cornish coast. Bravo Ali, another corker of a book!

Can Kate and Jack put right a decades-old wrong, and maybe find their own happy ending on the way?

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