A Train from Penzance to Paris by Laura Briggs

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When Maisie accepts a celebrated author’s invitation to mentor her, she finds herself leaving Cornwall behind on train tracks bound for the glitter city of Paris. Instead of making beds and serving coffee at the Penmarrow hotel in Cornwall, she’s making notes on her manuscript while sitting in a French cafe, meeting famous writers at private dinner parties, and trying to ferret the secrets behind the author’s unfinished future novel. It’s glamorous, it’s breathtaking … but it’s also an ocean channel away from the place that she loves, and, more importantly, the person to whom she just recently confessed her deepest feelings. Separated from Sidney by distance and circumstances, Maisie fears that their connection will be lost despite her words to him – and maybe because of those words, and the ones she didn’t allow him to say in return.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of things in her new life trying to distract her – the professional editor hired to critique her novel, the eager young literary agent who sees pie-in-the-sky potential for Maisie’s talent, but Maisie finds solace in the eclectic group of amateur writers into whose midst she finds herself by accident. Their critique and advice is fast becoming as important as the editors – maybe even more important than the published author Maisie believed held the keys to refining her skill.

But it’s missing Sidney that fills Maisie’s thoughts the most, along with her life back in Port Hewer, and she can’t stop wondering whether his feelings are the same as her own. His unspoken answer has become one of the most important pieces of her life, even as she struggles to match the pace of her new life and keep her dreams in sight. And when she unwittingly becomes privy to a seeming literary conspiracy, she must decide what to do in light of its truth – and decide what’s most important in her quest to become a professional writer.

Join Maisie in a whirlwind tour across two of the world’s greatest cities, filled with questions, dreams, and a chance for fame that she believed far beyond her grasp, as she discovers herself as a writer, and how to embrace an unexpected future on her own terms.


The first thing that caught my attention about this book was the title, my life is mixed up with that of the railway and it made me curious
This book is part of a series and if I’m honest, having not read the other books it was hard for me to follow along at times and understand the mysterious Sydney and how he fits into the story
Maisie is totally obsessed with becoming a published novelist and this book is all about her journey through the society of authors, publishers and agents that her literary hero, Alistair Davies (whose actually a lady) introduces her to. However the people who help her most aren’t the professionals but those she meets in an amateur writing class
Alie takes Maisie to meet the people who can help her with her novel. Alie also has her own secrets, some of which Maisie uncovers as the book progresses
This book is about finding out what you want and how that can change, what you need to do, is it who you know or what you know that gets things done? A part of me thinks that this is similar in certain aspects of real life as well as in the book!
I would recommend this book mainly to those who have been reading the series (as it doesn’t work as well as a stand alone) but also those who enjoy books that look at the why people do what they do and what is most important
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio

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Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.

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