2019 · Blog Tour · Book review

The Newcomer by Fern Britton (@Fern_Britton) @fictionpubteam #TheNewcomer

It’s an absolute pleasure to be closing the blog tour for Fern Britton’s new book The Newcomer which is published by Harper Collins on 7th March 2019. Huge thank you as always for the invite and copy of the book.

About the book

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She arrived in the village on the spring tide and hoped to be at the heart of it, knowing its secrets and weathering its storms.
It was to be a new beginning…
It’s springtime in the Cornish village of Pendruggan and as the community comes together to say a fond farewell to parish vicar, Simon, and his wife, Penny, a newcomer causes quite a stir…
Reverand Angela Whitehorn came to Cornwall to make a difference. With her husband, Robert, by her side, she sets about making changes – but it seems not everyone is happy for her to shake things up in the small parish, and soon Angela starts to receive anonymous poison pen letters.
Angela has always been one to fight back, and she has already brought a fresh wind into the village, supporting her female parishioners through good times and bad. But as the letters get increasingly more personal, Angela learns that the secrets are closer to home.
With faith and friends by your side, even the most unlikely of new beginnings is possible.

The Newcomer is available to purchase from – Amazon

My thoughts

Oh boy, well I was a Fern Britton virgin before reading this book but I will definitely be catching up and reading the books of hers I have on my bookshelves now. What an absolute cracker The Newcomer is.

Angela a newly ordained vicar has been sent to her first parish in the little village of Pendruggan where she will be spending a year over seeing the parish while resident and much-loved Reverend Simon and his family head off to Brazil. Joining Angela are her delightfully dishy husband Robert, fifteen year old daughter Faith and Aunt Mamie.

Angela has come to the village with some wonderful ideas, she’d like to set up a running club, a new woman’s group where secrets and worries can be shared and has high hopes of really bringing the community together. She really wants her first charge to succeed and she’s such a lovely character the reader really wants it for her as well.

The Newcomer is filled with many fabulous characters, whether it be white witch come paramedic Polly, simple Tony or snooty Audrey Tipton, the one character we love to hate, they all come alive and I couldn’t help feeling a connection to them. The ones that really stole the show for me though were the wonderfully flamboyant Mamie and Queenie. This pair had me in stitches at times, and I couldn’t help falling in love with the two of them, they’re brilliant.

The Newcomer was just the tonic I needed, having had some sad news I was more than happy to dive into the story and lose myself in Pendruggan village life. Although this is a happy and uplifting story it is tinged with sadness too (I won’t spoil it though). The beautiful descriptions of the village and its surroundings spring off the pages and make it so easy to visualise as you read.

I honestly loved this book so much, it’s a story of trust and friendship, of love and challenges and it warms your heart. With a touch of mystery too it’s a perfect book to get completely lost in, it totally absorbed me and I fell in love with Pendruggan and it’s residents.

So I think it’s safe to say that It’s all about the books is highly recommending The Newcomer and I cannot wait to catch up with all the wonderful books I’ve missed.

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About the author

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.

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