Monday 11 January 2021

πŸ“– Mini Blog Blitz~ Beneath Cornish Skies by Kate Ryder


πŸ“– Delighted to be hosting a stop on this blog blitz today πŸ“–

Aries and Aria
January 2021

My thanks to the publishers and to Rachel's Random Resources for my e-copy of this book
and the invitation to be part of the blog tour

To an outsider,Cassandra Shaw's life looks perfect. She lives in a beautiful, luxurious house in the English countryside, with a handsome, wealthy boyfriend who insists she needn't do a day’s work in her life. But Cassie knows that something is not right. Her boyfriend has grown colder, treating her more like a housekeeper than a future wife. And her time feels empty and purposeless.

Cassandra has always been riddled with insecurities and self doubt, but, just for once, she decides to take a chance on a new beginning. She answers an advert for a live in nanny, dog walker, cook and all round 'Superhuman' for a family living in a rambling manor house on the rugged North Cornish coast. The work is hard and tiring, but Cassie has never felt so fulfilled. 

As Cassie learns to connect with the natural beauty unfolding around her, Cornwall starts to offer up its secrets. Soon, Cassie starts wondering if she was drawn to this isolated part of the coast for a reason. Why was she guided to Foxcombe Manor? What are the flashes of light she sees in the valley? Is it her imagination or does someone brush past her? And who is the mysterious man living deep in the woods? 

A beautiful romance with a hint of ghostliness, Beneath Cornish Skies is for anyone who has ever longed to start their lives again.

My Thoughts..

Cassandra Shaw seems to have everything she desires but underneath the facade of her seemingly perfect life, with her successful boyfriend, Sandra is deeply unhappy. When the circumstances of her relationship go badly wrong she is forced to make a daring decision and leaving everything behind she takes up a paid position as a family help at the beautiful Foxcombe Manor, in Cornwall. 

What then follows is a really lovely story which allows Cassandra the chance to become known as Cassie and the opportunity, finally, to become the person she has always wanted to be. Instinctively attuned to the nuances of nature, Cassie soon finds that she is irresistibly drawn to the area around Foxcombe and is sensitive not just to its ever changing  moods but also to its deeply haunting atmosphere. 

The author has portrayed Cassie's indecision beautifully and brings her awakening to life with deliciously light touches. I so enjoyed watching how Cassie's character grew in confidence as the story progressed and the intriguing paranormal elements added just the right amount of mystery without becoming overly gothic. The story flows so quietly that I could almost hear the whisper of the trees as Cassie explores the area on Caspian, her glorious Arabian horse and when she comes into contact with the mysterious inhabitant of a cottage deep in the adjoining woodland, Cassie's life is about to be changed forever.

Beneath Cornish Skies is a beautifully written romance story which looks closely at a life which has been influenced by tragedy but which comes awake with the promise of love and a second chance at happiness.

About the Author

Kate Ryder is an award winning, Amazon Kindle international best seller who writes timeslip and romantic suspense in a true to life narrative. On leaving school she studied drama but soon discovered her preference for writing plays rather than performing them! Since then, she has worked in the publishing, tour operating and property industries, and has travelled widely.

Kate is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and the Society of Authors. In 2017, she signed a 4 book contract with Aria (digital imprint of award winning independent publisher, Head of Zeus).

Summer in a Cornish Cove, a contemporary romantic suspense set on the Lizard Peninsula, gained her a nomination for the RNA's 2018 Joan Hessayon award, while its standalone sequel, Cottage on a Cornish Cliff, reached the heady heights of #2 in Kindle Literary Sagas 'Secrets of the Mist', a mysterious time slip romance, not only achieved #1 Kindle best seller flags in the UK, Canada and Australia, but also reached #49 in Amazon UK Paid Kindle. In the original, self published version (The Forgotten Promise) it was awarded the first Chill with a Book "Book of the Month".

Originally hailing from the South East of England, today Kate lives on the Cornish side of the beautiful Tamar Valley with her husband and a collection of animals.

Twitter @KateRyder_Books #BeneathCornishSkies




  1. Thank you, Jaffa and Timmy, for a spine-tingly review! Kate R.

    1. My pleasure, thanks for a lovely story and the invitation to your blog tour :)


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