Summer at the Cornish Cafe – Phillipa Ashley: Discussion questions

One summer can change everything . . .

Demi doesn’t expect her summer in Cornwall to hold anything out of the ordinary. As a waitress, working all hours to make ends meet, washing dishes and serving ice creams seems to be as exciting as the holiday season is about to get.

That’s until she meets Cal Penwith. An outsider, like herself, Cal is persuaded to let Demi help him renovate his holiday resort, Kilhallon Park. Set above an idyllic Cornish cove, the once popular destination for tourists has now gone to rack and ruin. During the course of the Cornish summer, Demi makes new friends – and foes – as she helps the dashing and often infuriating Cal in his quest. Working side by side, the pair grow close, but Cal has complications in his past which make Demi wonder if he could ever truly be interested in her.

Demi realises that she has finally found a place she can call home. But as the summer draws to a close, and Demi’s own reputation as an up and coming café owner starts to spread, she is faced with a tough decision . . .

A gorgeous story exploring new beginnings, new love and new opportunities, set against the stunning background of the Cornish coast. Phillipa Ashley has written a feisty, compelling heroine who leaps off the page and encourages you to live your summer to the full.

Discussion Questions:

  • Did you enjoy reading the book?
  • Did you find it a relaxing change to read a book that wasn’t too taxing in content?
  • Would you like the Book Club to have similar books in future to provide light relief occasionally?
  • Were you expecting a fully functioning cafe to be at the heart of the story rather than purely an idea growing idea in Demi’s head, which then took on a life of its own when she finally shared it with Cal?
  • Could you warm up to any of the characters or did they feel a bit flat and one dimensional?
  • What did you think about the sub plots that involved Cal’s ex, lies and secrets, problems with planning permissions, storms, drunken flings and one very golden opportunity for Demi?

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