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Blog Tour #bookreview Beneath Cornish Skies by Kate Ryder @rararesources @kateryder_books


Title – Beneath Cornish Skies
Author – Kate Ryder
Genre: Romance (with paranormal ingredients – but it’s not paranormal!)
Publication Date: 7th January 2021
Publisher: Aria


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 days’ 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

Beneath the Cornish Skies is a quite, calm story of Cassandra where the proverbial quite before storm is reflected in her life’s circumstances. Cassandra was just a teenager when she was struck with grief and then moved in with her boyfriend.

What started as young love changed in the course of 10 years, which is when Cassandra takes a hard look at her life.

The story unfolds like a slow unravelling of a scene that is set in the backdrop of a haunting, beautiful Cornwall manor home. It was like Cassandra was suddenly awake and aware of her life after 10 years living a life dictated by someone else. Will she thrive or be more lost than ever before?

The story has paranormal elements in a non scary manner. They are part of the scenery and something which our characters sportingly take in their stride. I enjoyed the story because of it’s slow almost hypnotizing flow. It was like meeting people and experiencing life while on a walk in the beautiful countryside. The forest, sea, animals and ghosts were someone who came along and made up for beautiful scenery in Cassandra’s life.

If you are looking for a relaxed, lazy reading time pick up this book and experience a brilliant story which feels like going for a long walk in your favourite place.


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 timeslip 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.

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Reviewed by Bee

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