Welcome to the last week of November – can you believe how quickly this month/year has gone?! I can’t!
Today I’m reviewing Penhaligon’s Attic as a part of Piaktus’s blog tour. Now without further ado, on with the blog post!
1910. Anna Garvey arrives in Caernoweth, Cornwall with her daughter and a secret. Having come from Ireland to take up an inheritance of the local pub, she and her eighteen year-old daughter Mairead are initially viewed with suspicion by the close-knit community.
Anna soon becomes acquainted with Freya Penhaligon, a vulnerable girl struggling to keep her family business afloat in the wake of her grandmother’s death, and starts to gain the trust of the locals. As their friendship deepens, and Freya is brought out of her shell by the clever and lively Mairead, even Freya’s protective father Matthew begins to thaw.
But when a part of Anna’s past she’d long tried to escape turns up in the town, she is forced to confront the life she left behind – for her sake and her daughter’s too…
We’re first introduced to Freya Penhaligon, 8 years of age, and it’s her birthday. She’s playing on the beach, her father close behind. It’s the day after her birthday that her father goes aboard a ship, for work, and arrives home later than he should have been. Being a curious little girl, she goes looking for him.
It’s dark, wet, raining and the sea is murderous. Something which young, naive, little Freya is not used to and is swept away into the ocean before finally hiding from the sea.
Her and her mother leave Cornwall for London.
10 years later and readers are introduced to a new lead character, by the name of Anna. An Irish lass, her and her daughter Mairead are obviously running from something, but from what, nobody knows.
Freya is back, living with her father and grandfather, working in the local hotel and helping to run their little book store, Penhaligon’s Attic.
Anna and Freya become ‘friends’, I say friends in a loose term because Anna is much the same age as Freya’s father, Matthew, but she helps Freya out in the shop, whilst trying to improve her pub.
All in all, it was a wonderful read, especially for those that enjoy historical fiction and seaside reads. It’s a happy ending, which all readers will appreciate, and the change of point of views makes the book more interesting to read.
I rated this 3 stars on Goodreads, and recommend it to those that want a quiet read before the business of Christmas comes around.