1910. Anna Garvey arrives in Caernoweth, Cornwall with her daughter and a secret. Having come from Ireland to take up an inheritance of the local pub, she and her eighteen year-old daughter Mairead are initially viewed with suspicion by the close-knit community.
Anna soon becomes acquainted with Freya Penhaligon, a vulnerable girl struggling to keep her family business afloat in the wake of her grandmother’s death, and starts to gain the trust of the locals. As their friendship deepens, and Freya is brought out of her shell by the clever and lively Mairead, even Freya’s protective father Matthew begins to thaw.
But when a part of Anna’s past she’d long tried to escape turns up in the town, she is forced to confront the life she left behind – for her sake and her daughter’s too.
What we say – review by Nikki Ford:
Penhaligon’s Attic is an easy book to fall in love with. Nixon writes in a soothingly confident tone that draws you straight into a very definite time and place. From the very first page I knew I’d enjoy this book – the Cornwall setting is a harsh but romantic reality and the sea provides a treacherous backdrop to a tale full of intrigue that will have you hooked to the final page.
The book also gets a huge thumbs up from me because it’s full of strong, assured female characters. They all have their own struggles and flaws but tackle them with dignity and bucket loads of likability. Anna demonstrates this in particular as she wins over a tightknit community that has decided to dislike her with an inspiring vigour before she has to use this same determination to face her own past. But it was Freya who was my favourite character, right from the moment she, a fisherman’s daughter, formed a phobia of the sea.
A really refreshing, fascinating novel – I’d very much recommend it.
Amazon UK Paperback: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Penhaligons-Attic-Penhaligon-Terri-Nixon/dp/0349412650
ABOUT TERRI NIXON
Terri was born in Plymouth in 1965. At the age of 9 she moved with her family to Cornwall, to the village featured in Jamaica Inn — North Hill — where she discovered a love of writing that has stayed with her ever since. She also discovered apple-scrumping, and how to jump out of a hayloft without breaking any bones, but no-one’s ever offered to pay her for doing those.
Since publishing in paperback for the first time in 2002, Terri has appeared in both print and online fiction collections, and is proud to have contributed to the Shirley Jackson award-nominated hardback collection: Bound for Evil, by Dead Letter Press.
As a Hybrid author, her first commercially published novel was Maid of Oaklands Manor, published by Piatkus Entice (a digital-first imprint of Little, Brown) in 2013. The paperback is published by Piatkus Books. The two further books in this series: A Rose in Flanders Fields and Daughter of Dark River Farm are published by Carina UK (a digital-first imprint of HarperCollins)
Terri’s self-published Mythic Fiction series set in Cornwall, The Lynher Mill Chronicles, is available in paperback and e-book.
Terri also writes under the name T Nixon, and has contributed to anthologies under the names Terri Pine and Teresa Nixon. She is represented by the Kate Nash Literary Agency. She now lives in Plymouth with her youngest son, and works in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Plymouth University, where she is constantly baffled by the number of students who don’t possess pens.
Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7161840.Terri_Nixon