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7 March 2019
My thanks to the publishers and Rebecca for my copy of this book and the invitation to be part of the Blog Tour
Set in springtime in the Cornish village of Pendruggan, the community have come together to say a fond farewell to parish vicar, Simon, and his wife, Penny but this harmony is soon disrupted when a newcomer arrives causing quite a stir…
The prospect of taking over the running of an established village parish is rather daunting for Reverend Alison Whitehorn, as not only is the church at the heart of the village, but taking over from a much loved vicar and his family is a scary prospect, especially when this is your first ever parish responsibility. Undaunted, Alison, with the help of her handsome husband, Robert, teenage daughter Faith, and her incorrigible aunt, Mamie, sets out to win over the hearts of the people, which, it must be said, is no easy task.
The villagers of Pendruggan don't take kindly to change and for some, the idea of a new vicar making changes to an established system is an anathema, however, Alison forges ahead, winning over some, antagonising a few, and as the story progresses, it becomes ever obvious that not every one is happy about Alison's presence in Pendruggan. Beautifully observed, and described, the villagers, with their petty squabbles, their joyous moments and family tragedies, starts to come alive and whilst there are some villagers who you take to your heart from the offset, there are also some who, you soon realise, are going to be a whole lot of trouble.
The Newcomer is a lovely village saga, filled with drama and hidden secrets in a delightful Cornish setting. It's written with all the fine attention to detail and characteristic good humour which we have come to expect from this authors's fine writing. Fern Britton writes with such kindhearted warmth that you can't help but be drawn into the lives of the people she describes so beautifully. I was really sorry when the story ended as, so wrapped up in village events, I wanted to spend more time with Alison and the rest of the villagers of Pendruggan.
Fern Britton is the highly acclaimed author of seven Sunday Times bestselling novels. Her books are cherished for their warmth, wit and wisdom, and have won her legions of loyal readers. Fern was a judge for the Costa Book of the Year Award and a supporter of the Reading Agency, promoting literacy and reading.
Fern has recently turned her talents to acting, currently starring as Marie in Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s award-winning musical Calendar Girls.
A hugely popular household name through iconic shows such as This Morning and Ready Steady Cook, Fern is a much sought-after presenter more recently presenting The Big Allotment Challenge (BBC2), For What It’s Worth (BBC1), Culinary Genius with Gordon Ramsay (ITV) and her advent series Fern Britton Meets (BBC1).
Fern lives with her husband, Phil Vickery, and her four children in Buckinghamshire and Cornwall.
Twitter @Fern_Britton #The Newcomer