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Daughters of Cornwall

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  542 ratings  ·  139 reviews
The No.1 Sunday Times bestselling novel!

Love can last a lifetime. But can it last three?

World War One is over. But Clara’s fight for her family is only just beginning…
Clara’s daughter, Hannah, is in love for the first time – but like her mother before her, she realises that everything comes at a price. In the devastating wake of World War Two, she must protect h
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 29th 2021 by HarperCollins
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Alayne Emmett
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read all of Fern Britton books in the Cornish series and have enjoyed them all. This one was quite different from her others as it was set in different time lines were as her others were more present day. I loved this one the story pulled you in immediately and I could picture the people and the picturesque places in Cornwall.
This was Fern at her best.
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, net-galley
This was different to the previous books I've read by Fern Britton. I love books set around the war years and this one spans from WWI to the present day. The story is told through the generations of Clara's family. Caroline in the present day, receives a trunk which reveals family secrets and explains what happened to Clara through the years.
Wonderfully drawn characters and the full sense of hardship through the war years, a glimpse of colonial life in the Far East, and the effects of the attroc
Fay Flude
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I will declare my bias from the beginning of this review. I like Fern Britton as a writer and read all of her books.
This one is not one of her Cornish series but it is based in Cornwall. It is a family saga set during war time (wars I and II) and post war in the late 50s. It is about one daughter finding a trunk and uncovering the lives of the generations of women before her. Caroline's own mother Hannah and Hannah's mother Clara Bolitho.
The read is gentle, charming and engrossing. The detail of
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It took me a while to get into this book but that could be more to do with my mood than the book itself, but when I did I couldn't put it down! A very good story. This is the first book from this author that I've read. I believe it's a bit different to her others.
It's told by a couple of people in different times. I did get a slight bit confused once or twice and had to check back to catch up but it didn't spoil the story for me.
The main character, who dominates the first part of the book was
Mags Schofield
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Fern writes with such warmth, and a good family saga is just what I needed at the moment, as I'm missing mine.
This is the story of four generations of women. Women who are human and make mistakes. Women who have loved and lost, and how they have dealt with it.
A lovely gentle read, which left me with a few questions. Will there perhaps be a sequel?
Thanks to Pigeonhole and Fern for this lovely read.
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this gentle story spanning several generations of the Bolitho family. Quite different to her other books which have all been set in the current day. The ending I felt was a little rushed but funny how history repeats itself. An easy read. Thank you to The Pigeonhole and the author for the chance to read this title in exchange for an honest review.
Jacqui Bayes
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was ok
This is a very different book to the ones I usually read. I enjoyed it but wasn’t totally drawn into it. The story felt quite rushed and a whole part of it wasn’t completely explained. It felt like a couple of chapters had been lost. I wanted to read this book after hearing Fern Britton talk about it on the radio but it didn’t really live up to the hype.
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have read and enjoyed several of Fern Britton's books before and like the others, this is very firmly set in Cornwall (with a diversion to Ealing), but that's where the similarities end. This book is rather different to her other books as it is set over various time periods and has multiple narrators. This change of direction though has worked really well and I enjoyed following all the different yet connected storylines.

Daughters of Cornwall is a multi-generational tale beginning around the
May 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book of Fern Britton that I have read and I loved it. The story follows a family through the years. Clara met Bertie and they instantly fell in love and spent as much time together as they could considering the onset of war. Clara had a traumatic childhood, escaped to London and found a job working for a paper. Bertie was from Cornwall and had a charmed childhood – so different. Bertie joined up and went to war but before that he made sure she was safe in a home in Ealing which ...more
Veronika Jordan
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I literally read this in two sessions. I wasn’t sure what to expect, this being my first Fern Britton novel, thinking it was probably a romance set in Cornwall or a bit like The Shell Seekers (though I loved that book in my thirties). How wrong I was! This is a tale of three generations of incredible women. Clara whose story is told partly by Clara herself and partly by her first and only true love, Bertie, during the First World War. Then it is the turn of her daughter Hannah, from the time she ...more
Caroline Kerdouci
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Set between two world wars and beyond the Daughters of Cornwall is a family saga spanning decades and follows the lives and fortunes of the Bolitho family, with Clara at the helm.
As with any family, there are skeletons in Clara’s closet that her family are unaware of and she intends for it to stay that way. We as readers are privy to this secret from the very beginning so I don’t think I’m ruining the enjoyment of this novel for others by disclosing that Bertie Bolitho is Clara’s one true love.
(Ellie) ReadtoRamble
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this book for a blog tour, so thank you to the blog tour organiser, publishers/publicist, and author for letting me take part in this tour and for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I love historical fiction and I was so happy to get the chance to read this book, the blurb and cover completely drew me in and I have to say that they did not disappoint. This book is set primarily in Cornwall, but some chapters take part in F
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
1918 The Great War is over, and Clara Carter has boarded a train bound for Cornwall to meet a family that would once have been hers. But they must never discover her secret.
1939 Hannah has always been curious about her mother’s mysterious past, but the outbreak of the Second World War casts everything in a new light.
2020 Caroline has long been the keeper of her family’s secrets. But now, with her own daughter needing her more than ever, it’s time to tell the truth – to show Natalie that she com
Joanna Park
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Daughter’s Of Cornwell is an engrossing, multi generational family saga which was hugely enjoyable.

The thing I most enjoyed about this book is the wonderful, strong women characters the author has created. It was very interesting to follow them throughout the story and see the challenges they face. I liked their determination that their children wouldn’t experience the same problems. I might not have always agreed with their decisions, which sometimes had me wishing I could shout at them, bu
Susan Page
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. It is set between the wars and tells the stories of three generations of women, and the secrets they keep. It is set in Cornwall for the most part, and you do very much get a sense of time and place. Clara, the grandmother is very much a product of her upbringing. She was orphaned at a young age and only had herself to rely on. During the First World War she meets the man of her dreams, Bertie, but he is killed, leaving her pregnant and alone. She goes to Kent, to ...more
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Daughters Of Cornwall is an engrossing, hugely enjoyable multi-generational family saga.

The story features strong women and It was interesting to follow them throughout the story and read about the challenges they faced. I liked their determination and though I may not have made the same decisions as they did, I found myself wanting to support them.

The story is told from the viewpoints of multiple narrators over a number of years starting at the beginning of WW1. Each character is given a di
Joanne D'Arcy
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In a change from perhaps what I was expecting from Fern Britton, I am transported to Cornwall as is to be expected but I am submerged into the past in this excellent piece of historical fiction. 

Clara is making the journey from London to Cornwall after the Great War to meet the family that she could have been apart of. She is taking with her a secret, one that only one other person knows about. 

Hannah wants to know more about her past but her mother's reluctance makes her even more curious. With
Amina Kara
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was my first time reading a book by Fern Britton and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it!

I loved how the story was written from the perspectives of women from the same family across 4 different generations!

It was interesting because it allowed you to see the problems women faced throughout history and how it lead to them having to keep secrets, but also how it allowed them to become stronger for it.

The intrigue around the family secrets made for an interesting read.

There were some que
Rona Nimmo
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story
Gail Wylde
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pigeonhole
A wonderful, well written family saga that I will be recommending to friends and family.

Thanks to Pigeonhole and Fern Britton for the chance to read it.
Sandra McKenna
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved it!
A brilliantly written story set in Cornwall; spanning from the early 20th century to the present day.
Three generations of women, each with their own story to tell, and some secrets which have been hidden for decades.
This is a very emotional read, and one I cannot recommend highly enough.
Samantha Luke
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
I put off reading this for several months as I had seen many review saying that this wasn't the authors usual style.
I found part one slow going (Set around WW1) and was ready to give up on it.
I'm so glad I didn't. The book picked up pace in part 2 and I raced through it.
This is a delightful family saga covering three generations of daughters from WW1 to the present day.
Lucy C
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A huge thank you to Harper Collins and net galley for allowing me to review this ARC.

Having read all of Fern Britton's books which I absolutely love, I got so excited to read this one. When I read the blurb I was a little unsure, dating back to the war is not something I would usually pick up.

This style is not Fern's usual but boy did Fern put some great effort into researching the war.

I was totally smitten with Clara and Bertie's love story, which then followed down the line to Hannah and Carol
Mona Chergui
Aug 15, 2020 rated it liked it
This is my 2nd Fern book - both read with a few weeks of each other.

I did enjoy this one, and can see her writing has improved. It's never going to win an award, but for the genre I think it's the good side of acceptable.

The story follows 3 generations of women, their romantic relationships and ultimately pregnancies when unmarried.

Fern wrote this after being inspired by her own family - years after her grandmother died, it emerged she'd given up a baby for adoption before going on to marry and
Jun 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: pigeonhole-read
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Emma Crowley
Jun 03, 2020 rated it liked it
It’s been a really long time since I have read a book by Fern Britton but her new book Daughters of Cornwall caught my eye for two reasons. I love Cornwall as a setting as it evokes such wonderful imagery that really takes you away from your normal everyday life and secondly this seemed different from what the author has written before in that there was a strong historical element with a dual timeline. I love historical fiction so I was keen to see how this book would develop. The book is split ...more
Rosalind McKee
Jun 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I haven’t read any books by Fern Britton before and only read this one after reading an interview with her about her own family on which the book is based. The narrative structure brings some dramatic tension to what is an interesting story, focussing on the rigid social mores prevailing until well after WWII. I thought that it was rather uneven and over ambitious in terms of the number of inter-generational stories it attempts to tell. It did make some good points about secrecy and repression i ...more
Sarah Robinson
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
What a disappointment! Initially I was enjoying this but my feelings changed as the story failed to develop. The characters were really flat and one dimensional (once you got beyond Clara). Things just ‘happened’ with no explanation or exploration. And it really went downhill when they had steaks for tea in 1947 - with meat rationing still in place. The ending was so rushed it was like reading a children’s story (one written by, not for a child) This happened and this happened and we all lived h ...more
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed it even more the second time around!
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Fern Britton, an English television presenter, was born on 17 July 1957 in Ealing, London. She was educated at Dr Challoner's High School in Little Chalfont and underwent training in stage management at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She is the daughter of the English actor, Tony Britton and Ruth Britton. Fern Britton spent the early days of her life at Buckinghamshire. Her older sister, ...more

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