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A Perfect Cornish Christmas

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  309 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Escape to Cornwall this Christmas in this gorgeous festive romance.

‘Sparkling and festive, as satisfying as figgy pudding and clotted cream – loved it!’ Milly Johnson

Christmas in Cornwall is just around the corner…

But after last Christmas revealed a shocking family secret, Scarlett’s hardly feeling merry and bright. All she wants this Christmas is to know who her real
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 31st 2019 by Avon
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Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Phillipa Ashley was on my to-be-read list of authors for some time, so I am so glad that A Perfect Cornish Christmas was the first novel by her that I have read, because I really enjoyed it.

If you know me, you know Christmas stories are my absolutely favourite, and I can proudly say that I am happy that I have opened the season with this one.

Going into A Perfect Cornish Christmas I had no idea if it was a standalone or part of the series. It definitely read as a standalone, but then again, I
Whispering Stories
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Sisters Ellie and Scarlett thought getting their DNA tested to check their ancestry would make an amazing Christmas present to give to their parents, however, not everything goes to plan when it turns out that they have different fathers. Christmas is ruined and subsequently, the family starts to fall apart with their mother denying everything and declaring that the test must be false.

Move forward a year and their parents are living in separate rooms and
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ashley's books are the ones you snuggle with on a chilly night with a mug of hot chocolate and this was exactly that. I haven't read any other book in this series, hence I couldn't recognize a few recurring people. But that didn't make a difference to how much I enjoyed the book.

All Scarlett wanted to do was to find out if she and her sister Ellie had any Viking blood in them, but the surprise is a bust as a dangerous secret is revealed during a family Christmas dinner. Scarlett, still
Rachel Gilbey
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How lovely to be back in Porthmellow with this all new, standalone story. I was hooked from the first chapter, and wanted to know what on earth had disrailed Scarlett's Christmas day so much that she fled from it and ended up in the pub, wearing fluffy bunny slippers.

As the events of that first Christmas are revealed, well I could definitely understand her feelings and also had a strong hunch that this would be one tremendous book which is really was.

Although I did spend a fair amount of the
Review TO come soon ..
Lisa M
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A real feel-good read, perfect for this time of year with the nights drawing in and when you just want to snuggle in under a blanket and read!

There was no lead-in to the action with this book, with drama from the very first page which was great. I thought the book would be around 1 main character but actually 2 sisters shared the limelight and whilst Scarlett and Jude were supposed to be the main protagonists, I enjoyed Ellie and Aaron's story more as I felt it was a touch more romantic and
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this story pulls you in from the beginning and keeps you up past bedtime, reading just one more chapter, then another lol. Its jam packed with family secrets, heartache, friendships, romance and a couple of teasers just to keep you on your toes. A book to definitely add to your Christmas list.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the Publisher.

Emotional and compelling, A PERFECT CORNISH CHRISTMAS by Phillipa Ashley is about family and making mistakes, and shows how love may never be perfect but it is always the most precious thing in the world.

Last Christmas her family was torn apart when Scarlett and her sister, Ellie, came up with the perfect plan of researching their ancestry through their DNA and presenting it to the rest of their family on Christmas day. But what it showed was
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Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m not one for Christmassy books as I’m not one for Christmas! Yup, I’m one of those people who are bahumbug but do it for the kiddos. But this book was really appealing from the cover to the blurb. And the book itself didn’t disappoint. As with any book, it had its downsides but it was just filled with such an amazing story and quirky characters that it just made my heart swell!

The downside? Ellie. I didn’t like her much. Thought she was a bit uppity in places and acted like a teenager the
Grass monster
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Blurb :
Christmas in Cornwall is just around the corner…
But after last Christmas revealed a shocking family secret, Scarlett’s hardly feeling merry and bright. All she wants this Christmas is to know who her real father is.
So Scarlett heads to the little Cornish town of Porthmellow, where she believes the truth of her birth is hidden. She just didn’t bargain on being drawn into the Christmas festival preparations – or meeting Jude Penberth, whose charm threatens to complicate life further.
Karen Hollins-Stallman
A Perfect Cornish Christmas is the second book I have read by Phillipa Ashley. I am glad I decided to continue with this series as it was a very entertaining, fun filled read. It was a feel good read, perfect for curling up with on a cold winter's evening while the snow is softly falling outside my window.

Christmas in Cornwall is just around the corner…

But after last Christmas revealed a shocking family secret, Scarlett’s hardly feeling merry and bright. All she wants this Christmas is to know
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved diving back into the lives at Porthmellow!

A festive romance centered around the Ellie and Scarlett’s family based in the Cornish harbor town. We begin with Ellie taking over her late Aunt Joan’s manor, gathering her family together for Christmas. A family secret blows the family apart as all family members try to come to terms with the news when a Christmas present of a family tree DNA test reveals Scarlett and Ellie are not full sisters.

A year later and Scarlett is determined to find out
Jo Shaw
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was lovely to make a return to Porthmellow, the site of the summer novel ‘A Perfect Cornish Summer’. Returning to such a wonderful location was really special, and although the original cast of characters were present, this book introduced a new group of people to Porthmellow.

This book focuses on sisters Scarlett and Ellie who move into their Great Aunt’s house near Porthmellow in Cornwall, which their mother had inherited, after an explosive Christmas when DNA tests purchased as a fun gift
Emma Crowley
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Perfect Cornish Christmas is the second book in a planned series from Phillipa Ashley set in the Cornish coastal village of Porthmellow. Whereas book one followed the village during their preparations for the annual Summer festival now the attention turns to the Winter Solstice festival and the run up to the Christmas period. I thought this story would be a direct continuation following on from where we had left off in the previous book and also continuing to follow the same characters. ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been a fan of Phillipa's work now for a little while. I love the way in which she writes such feel good, light hearted, romantic and amusing books. I couldn't wait to get a copy of 'A Perfect Cornish Christmas' as it sounded like just the sort of read I needed at that time because I needed a distraction from something that I had been worrying about. I also knew that I was going to be in for one hell of a read given how much I have enjoyed all of Phillipa's previous books. I was correct on ...more
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best-selling author Phillipa Ashley takes readers back to the charming Cornish town of Porthmellow with her enchanting, addictive and captivating new novel, A Perfect Cornish Christmas.

Scarlett Latham had been looking forward to spending Christmas day with her family at Seaholly Manor, the stately home that had belonged to her eccentric Aunt Joan. Having planned for the perfect Christmas surprise, Scarlett cannot wait to see her parents’ faces when they see their present, however, surprise soon
Joana Bookneeders
*Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

This was not at all what I was expecting - I was expecting... More Christmas?

This story follows mainly Scarlett and her sister Ellie. We get to see their lives after the disaster that was Christmas, right at the start, now almost one year later and nothing seems to be that much better... How will this Christmas
Oct 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ilove a heart-warming romance set in a charming village location and especially one set at Christmas. And, this was exactly that. Like sisters Scarlett and Ellie I too fell in love with the Cornish seaside village of Porthmellow with its cosy cafes, welcoming pub, village traditions and bracing seascape. The sense of community spirit as all the locals got involved in the Solstice celebrations and annual Boxing Day swim was really inspiring and heart-warming. The characters were also all ...more
Last Christmas, Scarlett’s life was upended as she and her sister Ellie decided that an series of DNA tests would be the perfect gift for their parents, to reinforce the belief that Viking’s blood runs through their veins. Unfortunately, rather than reinforcing that belief, the family is torn apart as it shows that Scarlett and her brother and sister are half-siblings, and the man she thought of as her father, isn’t. Of course, there were recriminations and upheaval, and ...more
Joanne D'Arcy
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We were first in Porthmellow in the Summer and now we are back for Christmas and whilst all the characters from that novel are featured in this, they are not the main principle characters. I wasn't sure where this book would go but I did not need to worry.

The book opens at Christmas, Scarlett and her sister Ellie thought it would be great idea to find out more about their heritage. It isn't the present that any of them were wanting. With her family fractured Scarlett runs away from the house and
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Porthmellow series. I had read and enjoyed the first book, so I was pleased to receive an early preview copy of this book from Netgalley and the Publisher.
It was good to see characters from the first book, but some of them only had cameo parts. This makes the book easy to read as a standalone novel, but it would have been nice for them to have more involvement in the book.
The two main characters in this book are sisters Ellie and Scarlett. The book begins with
How festive does this book look??!! This looks like the perfect book to be reading over the next couple of weeks with Christmas approaching quickly. This book is a standalone book, although it does return to the Cornish village of Porthmellow, which has been visited in a previous book. It is actually my first book by this author, so I’ve never visited Porthmellow either, but it sounds an absolutely delightful place to be!

The main character, Scarlett, heads to Porthmellow in search of her birth
Judy Christiana
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Christmas gift that two siblings, Scarlett and Ellie, thought would be a great present for their parents turns out to be the exact opposite. It puts a fracture into the family unit, but it does not end there, that is where the story begins.
Scarlett, so upset, leaves the house and runs in to town and into a gathering, to get out of the cold and wet, enters the Christmas “Lunch for the Lonely” at the pub. She is totally a mess but they welcome her with open arms. Jude seems to stand out of the
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ellie has been running from her past for years, but when the manor owned by her late Aunt Joan is vacant and needing a caretaker, she jumps at the chance to settle in and rest for a bit.
For Christmas, Ellie sets up household for the entire family - mum & dad, sister Scarlett, brother Marcus and his wife Heidi and two kids. It is to be the perfect family Christmas. Until it isn’t. The surprise gift from Scarlett and Ellie to the family turns out to bring more surprises than expected. It sends
Jo Barton
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Scarlett and her sister Ellie think they have found the perfect family Christmas present but what they don't bargain for is the way it tears their family apart. Whilst Scarlett is sure that the answer to this devastating family secret lie in the Cornish town of Porthmellow she is apprehensive of delving too deep for fear of what she might discover.

Those who have read this author's previous book The Perfect Cornish Summer will see a welcome return of some of the characters who featured in this
Jennifer Ritter
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Perfect Cornish Christmas, by Phillipa Ashley, is the story of what can go awry when two sisters plan a special Christmas surprise for their family. Their father has always boasted about his Viking lineage. The sisters, Ellie and Scarlett, decide to do something to determine the veracity of this claim, each doing a DNA test to show the heritage of the family. Even the sisters haven’t checked the results, wanting to share in the family surprise. And a surprise it is!

When they flash the results
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was immediately drawn in to this tale of two sisters. From Chapter One, I was expecting a comedic book with a view on Cornish village life. Instead, I enjoyed a delightful expo into a Christmas season with one “normal but with a side of dysfunction” family. Ellie has been always on the move for years and has put down some tentative roots as the caretaker of the holiday home recently inherited by their mother. Scarlett’s business is faltering, and she asks to move in with Ellie while she ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last year's Christmas for both Scarlett and her sister Ella was less than perfect after family revelations and upsets ruined the day for the whole family. A year on is looking much brighter thanks to a couple of handsome men and a whole lot of soul searching and long-hidden secrets.

I enjoyed the characters in this book. We have two stories, one for each sister, both trying to pick themselves up following the repercussions of their previous Christmas. Neither of them is looking for romance but it
Jane Hunt
Christmas the time for family, friends, and memorable presents. Scarlett’s Christmas present last year resonates, but not in a good way. It revealed a family secret, and her family is still reeling from its impact.

She comes to Porthmellow Harbour to stay with her sister Ellie, and find some answers. Full of angst and family drama, this story follows Ellie and Scarlett as they both seek the happiness they deserve. The plot is full of clues, but like all good mysteries, most of these lead to
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Phillipa Ashley is an award-winning author of 17 novels under three pen-names.

Her best selling new Cornish Cafe series is available in e book and paperback now.

The first in a brand new series - Christmas on the Little Cornish Isles: the Driftwood Inn was published on September 18th.

She also writes the Oxford Blue series as Pippa Croft.