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Phillipa Ashley - Author

About the Author

Phillipa Ashley first started writing when she was four, when she sent in a joke to The Beano. After leaving school, she went on to read English Language & Literature at Oxford. Since then, she has worked in a vinegar brewery and in advertising, journalism and PR. she has also written non-fiction articles, including interviews with authors, actors and sportspeople. Her first novel, Decent Exposure, was published in October 2006.

She lives in a Staffordshire village with her husband and daughter.

Featured books by Phillipa Ashley

Other books by Phillipa Ashley

Summer on the Little Cornish Isles: The Starfish Studio

Summer on the Little Cornish Isles: The Starfish Studio

Author: Phillipa Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/08/2018

Fans of Jill Mansell and Carole Matthews will love this gorgeous new book from the author of the bestselling Cornish Cafe series. One summer can change everything ... Poppy has always loved Cornwall. So when her boyfriend Dan suggests they leave their office jobs and take over the Starfish Studio on the Isles of Scilly, Poppy doesn't need asking twice. But things don't go to plan when Dan dumps her, weeks before they're due to move. Determined not to give up, Poppy accepts the help of local photographer Jake, her landlord's grandson. But Jake is distracted by a loss from his past. Can they turn the crumbling gallery into a success in time for tourist season? And will a summer on the little Cornish Isles mend just the studio - or Poppy's heart too? Authors love Phillipa Ashley's books: `Warm and funny and feel-good. .' Katie Fforde `Filled with warm and likeable characters. Great fun!' Jill Mansell `A glorious, tantalising taste of Cornwall, I could almost taste the salt of the sea air as I read it.' Jules Wake An utterly glorious, escapist read from a one of the freshest voices to emerge in women's fiction today. I loved every gorgeous page.' Claudia Carroll Readers love Summer on the Little Cornish Isles: `This is an utterly charming read, with loveable characters, a gorgeous location, sizzling chemistry, humour and a loveable kitty.' Goodreads Reviewer `You know that you are on a sure thing when you pick up a Phillips Ashley book.' Netgalley Reviewer `I absolutely LOVED this book. It's just so lovely and so heartwarming that I struggled to put it down!' Goodreads Reviewer `Could not put it down and read it in a day.' Netgalley Reviewer `This and all the other previous novels will take you away to a wonderful place and give you a great story at the same time.' Netgalley Reviewer `This is the ultimate summer beach read.' Netgalley Reviewer

Spring on the Little Cornish Isles: The Flower Farm

Spring on the Little Cornish Isles: The Flower Farm

Author: Phillipa Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/04/2018

Fans of Jill Mansell and Carole Matthews will love this gorgeous new book from the author of the bestselling Cornish Cafe series. Jess has lived at the idyllic flower farm on the Isles of Scilly her whole life. But when her boyfriend Adam leaves without explanation, Jess discovers that even her little slice of Cornish paradise can be lonely. For the first time in Will's life, he's met someone he can't stop thinking about. But nothing is simple when the woman of your dreams is working for you. Gaby is running away from painful memories, and where could be more perfect than a remote island off the Cornish coast? But to put the past behind her, she must keep moving ... however much she might want to stay. Authors love Phillipa Ashley's books: `Warm and funny and feel-good. The best sort of holiday read.' Katie Fforde `Filled with warm and likeable characters. Great fun!' Jill Mansell `A glorious, tantalising taste of Cornwall, I could almost taste the salt of the sea air as I read it.' Jules Wake `The perfect read for wherever you take your holiday but chances are if you read this first you'll want to be heading to Cornwall!' Bella Osborne `An utterly glorious, escapist read from a one of the freshest voices to emerge in women's fiction today. I loved every gorgeous page.' Claudia Carroll

Confetti at the Cornish Cafe The Perfect Summer Romance for 2018

Confetti at the Cornish Cafe The Perfect Summer Romance for 2018

Author: Phillipa Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2018

`Warm and funny and feel-good. The best sort of holiday read.' Katie Fforde `Filled with warm and likeable characters. Great fun!' Jill Mansell Cal and Demi are preparing to launch their beloved Kilhallon Resort as a wedding venue. Cakes are baking, Cornish flowers are blooming, and fairy lights are twinkling. With the cliff-top setting and coastal views, it's the perfect place for a magical marriage ceremony. But their first clients are no ordinary couple. The bride and groom are internationally famous actors Lily Craig and Ben Trevone. Kilhallon is about to host a celebrity wedding . . . With the pressure on, Demi and Cal are doing all they can to keep their guests happy and avoid any wedding disasters. But is the unpredictable weather the only thing standing in the way of the Big Day? As secrets surface and truths are told, can Demi and Cal ensure that Kilhallon's first wedding is a success? One thing's for sure, this will be a Cornish celebration to remember . . .

Spring on the Little Cornish Isles: The Flower Farm

Spring on the Little Cornish Isles: The Flower Farm

Author: Phillipa Ashley Format: eBook Release Date: 19/02/2018

Fans of Jill Mansell and Carole Matthews will love this gorgeous new book from the author of the bestselling Cornish Cafe series.Jess has lived at the idyllic flower farm on the Isles of Scilly her whole life, but when her boyfriend Adam leaves without explanation, Jess discovers that even her little slice of Cornish heaven can be lonely.For the first time in Will's life, he's met someone he can't stop thinking about. But nothing is simple when the woman of your dreams is working for you.Gaby is running away from painful memories, and where could be more perfect than a remote island off the Cornish coast? But to put the past behind her, she must keep moving ... however much she might want to stay.Nothing is simple, even on paradise. Will love bloom for the residents of the little Cornish Isles?Authors love Phillipa Ashley's books:'Warm and funny and feel-good. The best sort of holiday read.' Katie Fforde'Filled with warm and likeable characters. Great fun!' Jill Mansell'A glorious, tantalising taste of Cornwall, I could almost taste the salt of the sea air as I read it.' Jules Wake'The perfect read for wherever you take your holiday but chances are if you read this first you'll want to be heading to Cornwall!' Bella Osborne'An utterly glorious, escapist read from a one of the freshest voices to emerge in women's fiction today. I loved every gorgeous page.' Claudia Carroll

Confetti at the Cornish Cafe: The perfect summer romance for 2018  (The Cornish Cafe Series, Book 3)

Confetti at the Cornish Cafe: The perfect summer romance for 2018 (The Cornish Cafe Series, Book 3)

Author: Phillipa Ashley Format: eBook Release Date: 07/12/2017

'Warm and funny and feel-good. The best sort of holiday read.' Katie Fforde'Filled with warm and likeable characters. Great fun!' Jill MansellThe heart-warming new novel in Phillipa Ashley's bestselling Cornish Cafe series.Cal and Demi are preparing to launch their beloved Kilhallon Resort in Cornwall as a wedding venue. With the cliff-top setting and coastal views, it's the perfect place for a magical ceremony.But their first clients are no ordinary couple. The bride and groom are internationally famous celebrities Lily Craig and Ben Trevone. As secrets surface and truths are told, can Demi and Cal ensure that Kilhallon's first wedding is a success? One thing's for sure, this will be a Cornish celebration to remember . . .Recommended for readers who loved Summer at Shell Cottage, The Cornish House, Tremarnock and Poldark.

Christmas at the Cornish Cafe

Christmas at the Cornish Cafe

Author: Phillipa Ashley Format: eBook Release Date: 30/11/2017

Christmas will be slightly less turbulent than summer, won't it? Demi certainly hopes so.She and Cal are keeping their fledgling relationship under wraps for now. But then Kit Bannen, a hunky, blond - and somewhat mysterious - writer arrives at Kilhallon Resort, and not everyone is charmed. Cal is sure that Kit is hiding something. But is he the only one guarding a secret? Demi is busy baking festive treats for the newly opened Demelza's cafe, but when Cal's ex Isla arrives to shoot scenes for her new drama, Demi can't help but worry that things aren't quite over between them. Kit flirts with both women, fuelling Cal's suspicions that Kit has hidden motives for staying on at Kilhallon. Then Cal has to go to London, leaving Demi and Kit to decorate the cafe for Christmas... all by themselves. A storm is brewing in more ways than one. As surprises unfold and truths are uncovered, can Demi and Cal finally open up to each other about their feelings?This second novel in the bestselling Cornish Cafe series is the perfect Christmas read.

Summer at the Cornish Cafe

Summer at the Cornish Cafe

Author: Phillipa Ashley Format: eBook Release Date: 23/11/2017

One summer can change everything... Recommended for readers who loved Summer at Shell Cottage, The Cornish House, Tremarnock and Poldark. Demi doesn't expect her summer in Cornwall to hold anything out of the ordinary. As a waitress, working all hours to make ends meet, washing dishes and serving ice creams seems to be as exciting as the holiday season is about to get. That's until she meets Cal Penwith. An outsider, like herself, Cal is persuaded to let Demi help him renovate his holiday resort, Kilhallon Park. Set above an idyllic Cornish cove, the once popular destination for tourists has now gone to rack and ruin. During the course of the Cornish summer, Demi makes new friends - and foes - as she helps the dashing and often infuriating Cal in his quest. Working side by side, the pair grow close, but Cal has complications in his past which make Demi wonder if he could ever truly be interested in her. Demi realises that she has finally found a place she can call home. But as the summer draws to a close, and Demi's own reputation as an up and coming cafe owner starts to spread, she is faced with a tough decision... A gorgeous story exploring new beginnings, new love and new opportunities, set against the stunning background of the Cornish coast. Phillipa Ashley has written a feisty, compelling heroine who leaps off the page and encourages you to live your summer to the full.

Christmas on the Little Cornish Isles: The Driftwood Inn

Christmas on the Little Cornish Isles: The Driftwood Inn

Author: Phillipa Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/11/2017

'Scandals and secrets in the Scillies - sheer joy!' Katie Fforde Christmas has arrived on the Cornish Isles of Scilly, bringing mistletoe, surprises and more than a sprinkle of romance . . . Fans of Poldark and Carole Matthews will love this brand-new festive read from the author of the bestselling Cornish Cafe series. For Maisie Samson, this Christmas is going to be different. After years working in a busy Cornish pub, she's moved back to quiet Gull Island where she grew up, to help her parents run the family inn. But even though she can't wait for the festive season to arrive, Maisie cannot shake the memories of what happened to her last Christmas - the day she lost everything. She keeps herself busy, setting up the tree and hanging mistletoe ready for her first proper family Christmas in years. Until a new arrival to the island walks into her bar and changes everything. Australian backpacker Patrick is looking for a job for the low season. When Maisie takes him on, she doesn't expect him to last the week, but to her surprise Patrick is the perfect fit. Charming and handsome, could Maisie allow herself to hope that she and Patrick could be more than just colleagues? As Christmas approaches, Maisie finds herself dreading the spring, when Patrick is due to leave. With the help of a little Christmas magic, can Maisie get the happily ever after she always dreamed of? Christmas on the Little Cornish Isles is the first in a stunning new series from Phillipa Ashley. The perfect book to snuggle up with this Christmas. Praise for Phillipa Ashley's bestselling Cornish books: `Warm and funny and feel-good. The best sort of holiday read.' Katie Fforde `Filled with warm and likeable characters. Great fun!' Jill Mansell `A glorious, tantalising taste of Cornwall, I could almost taste the salt of the sea air as I read it.' Jules Wake `The perfect read for wherever you take your holiday but chances are if you read this first you'll want to be heading to Cornwall!' Bella Osborne `An utterly glorious, escapist read from a one of the freshest voices to emerge in women's fiction today. I loved every gorgeous page.' Claudia Carroll

Christmas at the Cornish Cafe A Heart-Warming Holiday Read for Fans of Poldark

Christmas at the Cornish Cafe A Heart-Warming Holiday Read for Fans of Poldark

Author: Phillipa Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Return to the Cornish Cafe in this gorgeous festive romance - the perfect book to curl up with this Christmas. Christmas will be slightly less turbulent than summer, won't it? Demi certainly hopes so. She and Cal are keeping their fledgling relationship under wraps for now. But then Kit Bannen, a hunky, blond - and somewhat mysterious - writer arrives at Kilhallon Resort, and not everyone is charmed. Cal is sure that Kit is hiding something. But is he the only one guarding a secret? Demi is busy baking festive treats for the newly opened Demelza's cafe, but when Cal's ex Isla arrives to shoot scenes for her new drama, Demi can't help but worry that things aren't quite over between them. Kit flirts with both women, fuelling Cal's suspicions that Kit has hidden motives for staying on at Kilhallon. Then Cal has to go to London, leaving Demi and Kit to decorate the cafe for Christmas . . . all by themselves. A storm is brewing in more ways than one. As surprises unfold and truths are uncovered, can Demi and Cal finally open up to each other about their feelings? This second novel in the bestselling Cornish Cafe series is the perfect book to curl up with this Christmas. 'You can't help but fall in love with the characters in this book. With its determined heroine and smouldering Poldark-alike this sweeping love story grips you and doesn't let go until the very last page.' HELEN COX

Christmas on the Little Cornish Isles: The Driftwood Inn (The Little Cornish Isles, Book 1)

Christmas on the Little Cornish Isles: The Driftwood Inn (The Little Cornish Isles, Book 1)

Author: Phillipa Ashley Format: eBook Release Date: 18/09/2017

'Scandals and secrets in the Scillies - sheer joy!' Katie FfordeChristmas has arrived on the Cornish Isles of Scilly, bringing mistletoe, surprises and more than a sprinkle of romance . . . Fans of Poldark and Carole Matthews will love this brand-new festive read from the author of the bestselling Cornish Cafe series.For Maisie Samson, this Christmas is going to be different. After years working in a busy Cornish pub, she's moved back to quiet Gull Island where she grew up, to help her parents run the family inn.But even though she can't wait for the festive season to arrive, Maisie cannot shake the memories of what happened to her last Christmas - the day she lost everything. She keeps herself busy, setting up the tree and hanging mistletoe ready for her first proper family Christmas in years.Until a new arrival to the island walks into her bar and changes everything. Australian backpacker Patrick is looking for a job for the low season. When Maisie takes him on, she doesn't expect him to last the week, but to her surprise Patrick is the perfect fit. Charming and handsome, could Maisie allow herself to hope that she and Patrick could be more than just colleagues?As Christmas approaches, Maisie finds herself dreading the spring, when Patrick is due to leave. With the help of a little Christmas magic, can Maisie get the happily ever after she always dreamed of?Christmas on the Little Cornish Isles is the first in a stunning new series from Phillipa Ashley. The perfect book to snuggle up with this Christmas.Praise for Phillipa Ashley's bestselling Cornish books:'Warm and funny and feel-good. The best sort of holiday read.' Katie Fforde'Filled with warm and likeable characters. Great fun!' Jill Mansell'A glorious, tantalising taste of Cornwall, I could almost taste the salt of the sea air as I read it.' Jules Wake'The perfect read for wherever you take your holiday but chances are if you read this first you'll want to be heading to Cornwall!' Bella Osborne'An utterly glorious, escapist read from a one of the freshest voices to emerge in women's fiction today. I loved every gorgeous page.' Claudia Carroll

Confetti at the Cornish Cafe: The perfect summer romance for 2018  (The Cornish Cafe Series, Book 3)

Confetti at the Cornish Cafe: The perfect summer romance for 2018 (The Cornish Cafe Series, Book 3)

Author: Phillipa Ashley Format: eBook Release Date: 29/05/2017

'Warm and funny and feel-good. The best sort of holiday read.' Katie Fforde'Filled with warm and likeable characters. Great fun!' Jill MansellThe heart-warming new novel in Phillipa Ashley's bestselling Cornish Cafe series.Cal and Demi are preparing to launch their beloved Kilhallon Resort in Cornwall as a wedding venue. With the cliff-top setting and coastal views, it's the perfect place for a magical ceremony.But their first clients are no ordinary couple. The bride and groom are internationally famous celebrities Lily Craig and Ben Trevone. As secrets surface and truths are told, can Demi and Cal ensure that Kilhallon's first wedding is a success? One thing's for sure, this will be a Cornish celebration to remember . . .Recommended for readers who loved Summer at Shell Cottage, The Cornish House, Tremarnock and Poldark.

Summer at the Cornish Cafe The Perfect Summer Romance for 2018

Summer at the Cornish Cafe The Perfect Summer Romance for 2018

Author: Phillipa Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2017

One summer can change everything . . . Recommended for readers who loved Summer at Shell Cottage, The Cornish House, Tremarnock and Poldark. Warm and funny and feel-good. The best sort of holiday read. Katie Fforde Filled with warm and likeable characters. Great fun! Jill Mansell Demi doesn't expect her summer in Cornwall to hold anything out of the ordinary. As a waitress, working all hours to make ends meet, washing dishes and serving ice creams seems to be as exciting as the holiday season is about to get. That's until she meets Cal Penwith. An outsider, like herself, Cal is persuaded to let Demi help him renovate his holiday resort, Kilhallon Park. Set above an idyllic Cornish cove, the once popular destination for tourists has now gone to rack and ruin. During the course of the Cornish summer, Demi makes new friends - and foes - as she helps the dashing and often infuriating Cal in his quest. Working side by side, the pair grow close, but Cal has complications in his past which make Demi wonder if he could ever truly be interested in her. Demi realises that she has finally found a place she can call home. But as the summer draws to a close, and Demi's own reputation as an up and coming cafe owner starts to spread, she is faced with a tough decision . . . A gorgeous story exploring new beginnings, new love and new opportunities, set against the stunning background of the Cornish coast. Phillipa Ashley has written a feisty, compelling heroine who leaps off the page and encourages you to live your summer to the full. Recommended for readers who loved Summer at Shell Cottage, The Cornish House, Tremarnock and Poldark.

Christmas at the Cornish Cafe: A heart-warming holiday read for fans of Poldark (The Cornish Cafe Series, Book 2)

Christmas at the Cornish Cafe: A heart-warming holiday read for fans of Poldark (The Cornish Cafe Series, Book 2)

Author: Phillipa Ashley Format: eBook Release Date: 13/10/2016

Return to the Cornish Cafe in this gorgeous festive romance - the perfect book to curl up with this Christmas.Christmas will be slightly less turbulent than summer, won't it? Demi certainly hopes so.She and Cal are keeping their fledgling relationship under wraps for now. But then Kit Bannen, a hunky, blond - and somewhat mysterious - writer arrives at Kilhallon Resort, and not everyone is charmed. Cal is sure that Kit is hiding something. But is he the only one guarding a secret?Demi is busy baking festive treats for the newly opened Demelza's cafe, but when Cal's ex Isla arrives to shoot scenes for her new drama, Demi can't help but worry that things aren't quite over between them. Kit flirts with both women, fuelling Cal's suspicions that Kit has hidden motives for staying on at Kilhallon. Then Cal has to go to London, leaving Demi and Kit to decorate the cafe for Christmas . . . all by themselves.A storm is brewing in more ways than one. As surprises unfold and truths are uncovered, can Demi and Cal finally open up to each other about their feelings?This second novel in the bestselling Cornish Cafe series is the perfect book to curl up with this Christmas.'You can't help but fall in love with the characters in this book. With its determined heroine and smouldering Poldark-alike this sweeping love story grips you and doesn't let go until the very last page.' HELEN COX

Summer at the Cornish Cafe: The perfect summer romance for 2018  (The Cornish Cafe Series, Book 1)

Summer at the Cornish Cafe: The perfect summer romance for 2018 (The Cornish Cafe Series, Book 1)

Author: Phillipa Ashley Format: eBook Release Date: 05/05/2016

One summer can change everything . . .Recommended for readers who loved Summer at Shell Cottage, The Cornish House, Tremarnock and Poldark."e;Warm and funny and feel-good. The best sort of holiday read."e; Katie Fforde"e;Filled with warm and likeable characters. Great fun!"e; Jill MansellDemi doesn't expect her summer in Cornwall to hold anything out of the ordinary. As a waitress, working all hours to make ends meet, washing dishes and serving ice creams seems to be as exciting as the holiday season is about to get.That's until she meets Cal Penwith. An outsider, like herself, Cal is persuaded to let Demi help him renovate his holiday resort, Kilhallon Park. Set above an idyllic Cornish cove, the once popular destination for tourists has now gone to rack and ruin. During the course of the Cornish summer, Demi makes new friends - and foes - as she helps the dashing and often infuriating Cal in his quest. Working side by side, the pair grow close, but Cal has complications in his past which make Demi wonder if he could ever truly be interested in her.Demi realises that she has finally found a place she can call home. But as the summer draws to a close, and Demi's own reputation as an up and coming cafe owner starts to spread, she is faced with a tough decision . . .A gorgeous story exploring new beginnings, new love and new opportunities, set against the stunning background of the Cornish coast. Phillipa Ashley has written a feisty, compelling heroine who leaps off the page and encourages you to live your summer to the full.Recommended for readers who loved Summer at Shell Cottage, The Cornish House, Tremarnock and Poldark.

It Should Have Been Me

It Should Have Been Me

Author: Phillipa Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2009

'This wonderfully romantic and funny novel manages to fulfill all the best fantasies, including a gorgeous, humanitarian hero and a camper van!' Katie Fforde When Carrie's fiance Huw suddenly calls off their wedding, and she finds out he's marrying another woman, she's devastated. Desperate to get away, Carrie jumps at her best friend Rowena's suggestion of a road trip in her VW camper van. But when Rowena has to pull out and Matt Landor, an old friend of Huw's, ends up filling the breach, she's not so sure. Will fate take the pair on an altogether different journey?

Just Say Yes

Just Say Yes

Author: Phillipa Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2008

Lucy Gibson needs to get away. When her good-looking, popular boyfriend Nick Laurentis, winner of reality TV show Hot Shots, proposes to her on air she's stunned - into silence. Every girl loves a romantic gesture, but she's just not ready for that kind of commitment. With the press hounding her as the one who callously broke Nick's heart, Lucy escapes her London flat to seek refuge in an isolated Cornwall cottage. But little does she realise that life down there will be far from uncomplicated...

Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here

Author: Phillipa Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2007

A very young Beth and Jack met, fell passionately in love and had a whirlwind engagement several years ago in Corsica. But when they got back to the reality of their everyday lives in the UK, Jack mysteriously ended their relationship and Beth was left alone and heartbroken. What a cad. Or was he? When Beth, all grown-up and newly engaged - again - ends up working for Jack by a bizarre twist of fate, they start to unravel a string of misunderstandings that drove them apart. But it's too late to try again - or is it?