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Thirty-year-old Ruby’s life is safe and predictable. No dramas, no complications, no men. After her heart was broken, she’s created a protective bubble around herself. Until her grandmother calls to say she’s in danger of losing her beloved little Cornish house by the sea and her once-thriving pottery business. She needs Ruby to save the day…
Returning to Indigo Cove stirs up painful emotions, so Ruby pours her energy into recreating the Pottery Project she remembers from her childhood – brimming with creativity, friendship and plenty of cream cakes! Although quite literally walking into Gabe Roskilly, the sexy owner of the local brewery, wasn’t part of her game plan.
As the summer hots up, Ruby tries to ignore her attraction to Gabe – but her resolve is truly tested to the limit. It’s impossible to avoid the tall, dark, handsome stranger because Gabe is at the centre of village life. And he seems determined to help Ruby rescue her grandmother’s struggling business.
But as Ruby begins to open her locked heart to the possibility of love, she finds herself distracted by the summer gossip swirling around the seaside community. It doesn’t take long for Ruby to discover something about Gabe that could ruin everything between them.
Will Ruby leave Indigo Cove for good? Or can she save her grandmother’s business, fall in love and find true happiness this summer?
What a delightful read! I found myself well and truly captivated by Ruby Caldwell’s story. Set in the beautiful Cornish village of Indigo Cove, this story had everything you need to warm your heart and put a smile on your face. Ruby’s grandmother, Lila, asks her to come and help at Lila’s pottery school whilst her assistant isn’t there, so Ruby leaves London for a couple of weeks to stay in beautiful Indigo Cove. All’s not so good when she gets there though with Lila’s house in a state of disrepair, the pottery school not doing so good and a spate of vandalism targeting the villagers. Ruby is a lovely character and it’s obvious she has her life set out just like she likes it with no drama or problems. We find out from the beginning that Ruby’s relationship with her father, Lila’s son, isn’t a good one, and as the story moves on, we find out why. While in Indigo Cove, Ruby meets Gabe Roskilly, the owner of the local brewery. Gabe is lovely, but a little on the moody side to begin with! Who can blame him though, he appears to be a target for some of the vandalism that is happening and the brewery isn’t doing that well either. There’s an obvious instant connection between Ruby and Gabe, but do they both have both have too much on their plates to do anything about it?
I loved reading this book! I took to all the characters straight away, and by the time I was a couple of chapters in, I was hooked! The storyline flowed along perfectly and held my attention throughout. As some of the story is set in Lila’s pottery school, there is a lot of “pottery talk”! I’ve never done pottery, but I really want to now! I found the descriptions of setting up the wheel and working the clay great and it’s made me so keen to give it a try! Of course, you need a teacher like Lila, and whilst her ways of teaching are a little different, I could see me and her getting along just fine! The characters within the book are all great in their own way. There are a couple who you may not initially connect with, but they all manage to redeem themselves one way or another by the end!
There’s a little bit of mystery throughout the storyline as well as a whole lot of romance, and I was just as intrigued as the characters as to who was behind the recent events in Indigo Cove. I did sort of guess who it was, but didn’t get why they were doing it, so enjoyed the reveal of their secret. Of course, this is a romantic read, but it wasn’t all just hearts and flowers and there were some pretty steamy scenes to make me hot under the collar! Overall, though, this book was the perfect example of how a community comes and works together in so many different ways! I loved the plans for the pottery school and hope that there may be more books set in Indigo Bay to carry on their stories!
This was such a fun, heart-warming read, which was so easy to read and connect with! Loved the characters, loved the storyline, loved the location…in fact, I loved it all!! Would definitely recommend!!
Donna Ashcroft was born in London, England and grew up in Buckinghamshire. She went to university in Lancashire and, among other things, worked as a copywriter, buyer, waitress, secretary and marketing manager.
Donna was shortlisted for the RNA Debut Romantic Novel of the Year in 2019, has had eight books published with Bookouture and is working on her next which is due out in 2022.
Donna loves a happy ending and is never happier than when she’s escaping into a romance novel or movie. When she’s not reading or writing she’ll probably be found hoovering…or negotiating with her two teenagers about who is doing the washing up.