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Cressida McLaughlin - Author

About the Author

Cressy was born in South East London surrounded by books and with a cat named after Lawrence of Arabia. She studied English at the University of East Anglia and now lives in Norwich with her husband David. Cressy's favourite things include terrifying ghost stories, lava lamps and romantic heroes, though not necessarily at the same time. She doesn't (yet) have a dog of her own, but feeds her love vicariously through friends' pets, and was once chased around a field by a soaking wet, very mischievous Border Collie called Wags. When she isn't writing, Cressy spends her spare time reading, returning to London or exploring the beautiful Norfolk coastline.

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The Cornish Cream Tea Summer

The Cornish Cream Tea Summer

Author: Cressida McLaughlin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2020

'Captivating' Heat Magazine 'Beautiful... heartwarming' Zara Stoneley 'A wonderful ray of reading sunshine' Heidi Swain Charlie has a new helper on her bus, her free-spirited and loveable cousin, Delilah, who's paid a visit to the charming Cornish village of Porthgolow and is helping out on Charlie's adorable cream tea bus. When the director of a new TV series filming further along the coast tells Delilah that the bus would be the perfect addition to their onsite catering, she takes him a bit too literally. Charlie and Delilah find themselves caught up in the filming of a lavish period drama and it isn't long before Delilah finds herself drawn to the handsome male lead. But Delilah has made a habit of making rash decisions and it's one of the reasons she's hiding out in Cornwall. Could this be one impulsive step too far, or is a change of direction the start of something quite unexpected...

The Cornish Cream Tea Bus

The Cornish Cream Tea Bus

Author: Cressida McLaughlin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2019

Next stop, Cornwall! Hop on The Cornish Cream Tea Bus for a delicious, romantic adventure... 'Captivating' Heat Magazine 'Beautiful... heartwarming' Zara Stoneley 'A wonderful ray of reading sunshine' Heidi Swain Baking fanatic, Charlie Quilter, inherits a vintage bus in her late uncle's will and is keen to give it a new lease of life. Charlie thinks it will be the perfect mobile cafe for afternoon tea, so she heads to the picturesque Cornish village of Porthgolow, hoping for a new start. However, Daniel Harper, the owner of the posh spa up on the hill isn't very pleased that her bus is parked outside his lovely hotel. Has Charlie's Cornish dream developed a soggy bottom? Or can she convince Daniel that her bus could take them somewhere wonderful?

The House of Birds and Butterflies

The House of Birds and Butterflies

Author: Cressida McLaughlin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2018

'Captivating, uplifting and heartfelt' Heat Magazine 'A wonderful ray of reading sunshine' Heidi Swain 'What a beautiful, heartwarming story... the perfect book to lose yourself in' Zara Stoneley Abby Field loves every inch of Meadowsweet Nature Reserve on the idyllic Suffolk coast where she lives and works. Especially Swallowtail House, the rambling but empty country house that seems to look out at her each time she passes it's shut-up windows. When a TV wildlife programme choses a rival location for their new series, Meadowsweet is under threat - unless Abby can whip up a plan to keep the visitors flocking. But she finds herself distracted by the arrival of a brooding - and annoyingly handsome new neighbour... bad-boy novelist, Jack Westcoat. With the pressure on, Abby and her cute rescue huskie, Raffle, must pull something special out of the bag. But with Jack in need of a good friend - and Abby feeling the pull of attraction, she can sense her resolve fluttering away...

Birds of a Feather (The House of Birds and Butterflies, Book 4)

Birds of a Feather (The House of Birds and Butterflies, Book 4)

Author: Cressida McLaughlin Format: eBook Release Date: 18/05/2018

'Captivating, uplifting and heartfelt' Heat Magazine'A wonderful ray of reading sunshine' Heidi Swain'What a beautiful, heartwarming story... the perfect book to lose yourself in' Zara StoneleySummer is in full swing on the Meadowsweet Nature Reserve and Abby is wondering what the future holds for her and Jack. Can she trust that he has left his bad-boy image behind? When an unwanted face from Jack's past shows up - Abby gets a shock and she realises that it isn't just Jack who needs to examine his heart - perhaps she does too?With the nature reserve's future also hanging in the balance, this is one summer of sunshine and secrets that Abby will never forget...Birds of a Feather is the fourth part in a four-part serial.

Twilight Song (The House of Birds and Butterflies, Book 3)

Twilight Song (The House of Birds and Butterflies, Book 3)

Author: Cressida McLaughlin Format: eBook Release Date: 27/04/2018

'Captivating, uplifting and heartfelt' Heat Magazine'A wonderful ray of reading sunshine' Heidi Swain'What a beautiful, heartwarming story... the perfect book to lose yourself in' Zara StoneleySpring is blooming at Meadowsweet nature reserve. Although the sunshine is drawing in the visitors like never before, events co-ordinator Abby knows she's treading on thin ice. She's spending more and more time with village newcomer Jack, and she'll need to make a real success of the springtime camping extravaganza at the reserve if she's to keep her disgruntled boss off her back.Abby hasn't thrown too many questions at Jack about his shadowy past - she's enjoying the budding romance, so why break the spell? But when the secrets start spilling out and a glamorous blonde presenter from the nature show, Wild Wonders, turns Jack's head, Abby knows it's time to face the music...Twilight Song is the third part of a four-part serial.

Lovebirds (The House of Birds and Butterflies, Book 2)

Lovebirds (The House of Birds and Butterflies, Book 2)

Author: Cressida McLaughlin Format: eBook Release Date: 06/04/2018

'Captivating, uplifting and heartfelt' Heat Magazine'A wonderful ray of reading sunshine' Heidi Swain'What a beautiful, heartwarming story... the perfect book to lose yourself in' Zara StoneleyIt's winter at Meadowsweet nature reserve. Wildlife-lover Abby is busy trying to lure in the crowds, and although her event planning is a little on the whacky side, her creative efforts are helping to keep Meadowsweet afloat. She's not having quite the same luck, however, in getting to know the elusive village newcomer, disgraced celebrity author Jack. It's clear that Jack has mysterious reasons for staying out of the limelight, and the village rumour mill is in overdrive.Abby's passion for the great outdoors is nothing short of infectious and when Jack joins her on a special nature walk, sparks unexpectedly start to fly.The Lovebirds is the third part of a four-part seriesAs their relationship thaws, should Abby be on high alert? Or would a new romance be the most natural thing in the world...The Lovebirds is the second part of a four-part serial.

Dawn Chorus (The House of Birds and Butterflies, Book 1)

Dawn Chorus (The House of Birds and Butterflies, Book 1)

Author: Cressida McLaughlin Format: eBook Release Date: 16/03/2018

'Captivating, uplifting and heartfelt' Heat Magazine'A wonderful ray of reading sunshine' Heidi Swain'What a beautiful, heartwarming story... the perfect book to lose yourself in' Zara StoneleyAbby Field is living the dream. As events coordinator at the Meadowsweet nature reserve on the idyllic Suffolk coast, every day is an adventure with the birds and the butterflies, and she couldn't feel more at home. When another local nature reserve is chosen as the hot location for a new television series, however, Meadowsweet looks set for seasonal hibernation - unless Abby can whip up a creative plan to keep the visitors flocking.With the help of the Meadowgreen villagers, and her cute rescue huskie, Raffle, can Abby rescue the nature reserve from oblivion? Or will she be distracted by the arrival of a brooding - and annoyingly handsome - new neighbour...The Dawn Chorus is the first part of a four-part serial.

Canal Boat Cafe Christmas: Starboard Home (The Canal Boat Cafe Christmas, Book 2)

Canal Boat Cafe Christmas: Starboard Home (The Canal Boat Cafe Christmas, Book 2)

Author: Cressida McLaughlin Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2017

A Christmas special continuing the charming and heart-warming story of The Canal Boat Cafe, the runaway bestsellerSummer and Mason take their upbeat and feelgood Canal Boat Cafe to London for Christmas, with unexpected results.Starboard Home - Summer and Mason find themselves unexpectedly spending the entire Christmas holiday in Little Venice when the canal freezes over. But their idyllic winter excursion is thrown into turmoil when an unexpected visitor appears on the scene. Are Summer and Mason facing the Big Freeze in more ways than one? Or will this be one Winter Warmer that they'll never forget?

Canal Boat Cafe Christmas: Port Out (The Canal Boat Cafe Christmas, Book 1)

Canal Boat Cafe Christmas: Port Out (The Canal Boat Cafe Christmas, Book 1)

Author: Cressida McLaughlin Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2017

A Christmas special continuing the charming and heart-warming story of The Canal Boat Cafe, the runaway bestseller.Summer and Mason take their upbeat and feelgood Canal Boat Cafe to London for Christmas, with unexpected results.Port Out - Summer is so in love with her boyfriend Mason and dreams of taking the next step with him, but is Mason ready too? When her friend Claire offers Summer a chance to come to London with her canal boat, Summer thinks this will give them a chance to find out, and they embark on a magical journey on the canal all the way to the scenic beauty of Little Venice. But will it be plain sailing all the way?

The Once in a Blue Moon Guesthouse

The Once in a Blue Moon Guesthouse

Author: Cressida McLaughlin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/06/2017

'A wonderfully warm and witty novel from one of our favourite women's fiction stars. We defy you not to love this' Heat The charming new bestseller from the No.1 bestselling author of The Canal Boat Cafe Robin Brennan has come home to Campion Bay. Now her parents have retired, she's set to become the new landlady of The Campion Bay Guesthouse. Bookings have been as thin as the hand towels, and it doesn't take long for Robin to realise that the place needs a serious makeover. Perhaps throwing herself into the task will help to heal her sadness at the tragic end to her dreams in London. As she gives the guesthouse a new lease of life, Robin encounters old friends and new, including old flame Tim, who'd clearly like to reboot their romance. But what about Will, the new arrival at No. 4, who's rocked up with the cutest dog ever? Caught up in a flurry of full-English breakfasts and cream teas, Robin's never sure what, or who, the next check-in will bring...

Once in a Blue Moon Guesthouse

Once in a Blue Moon Guesthouse

Author: Cressida McLaughlin Format: eBook Release Date: 29/06/2017

A warm welcome awaits...the charming new arrival from the No.1 bestselling author of The Canal Boat Cafe.Robin Brennan has come home to Campion Bay. Now her parents have retired, she's set to become the new landlady of The Campion Bay Guesthouse.Bookings have been as thin as the hand towels, and it doesn't take long for Robin to realise that the place needs a serious makeover. Perhaps throwing herself into the task will help to heal her sadness at the tragic end to her dreams in London.As she gives the guesthouse a new lease of life, Robin encounters old friends and new, including old flame Tim, who'd clearly like to reboot their romance. But what about Will, the new arrival at No. 4, who's rocked up with the cutest dog ever?Caught up in a flurry of full-English breakfasts and cream teas, Robin's never sure what, or who, the next check-in will bring...

Wish You Were Here - Part 4 (The Once in a Blue Moon Guesthouse, Book 4)

Wish You Were Here - Part 4 (The Once in a Blue Moon Guesthouse, Book 4)

Author: Cressida McLaughlin Format: eBook Release Date: 20/04/2017

The charming new bestseller from the No.1 bestselling author of The Canal Boat CafeRobin decides that a grand gesture is what's needed to prove her feelings to Will and, with the help of her guests, hatches a plan that he won't be able to ignore. But when two of her guests go missing, the only thing that matters is their safe return.As the summer season comes to an end, is Robin's Campion Bay dream about to shut down too? Or will her guesthouse be one to return to year after year?This is the final part of a four-part serial.

Do Not Disturb - Part 3 (The Once in a Blue Moon Guesthouse, Book 3)

Do Not Disturb - Part 3 (The Once in a Blue Moon Guesthouse, Book 3)

Author: Cressida McLaughlin Format: eBook Release Date: 24/03/2017

The charming new bestseller from the No.1 bestselling author of The Canal Boat CafeRobin is devastated that a rift has come between her and her neighbour Will. To add to her anxiety, the other residents of Campion Bay are relying on Robin to halt a property developer's assault on the Bay's unique charm. But Robin needs Will's help to stop them perhaps it's time to reveal why she really came home to Campion Bay.In between finding the perfect English breakfast tea for her guests and checking her reviews on Tripadvisor, Robin decides that only the personal touch can bring Will around. Could Lorna, the quiet and enigmatic new guest offer a solution, or will Tim, her single-minded ex, make sure that it's he and not Will who gets the five-star treatment...This is the third part in four-part serial.

Fully Booked - Part 2 (The Once in a Blue Moon Guesthouse, Book 2)

Fully Booked - Part 2 (The Once in a Blue Moon Guesthouse, Book 2)

Author: Cressida McLaughlin Format: eBook Release Date: 16/02/2017

The charming new bestseller from the No.1 bestselling author of The Canal Boat CafeRobin's reinvention of her parent's guesthouse is a hit. Bookings are up and the carefully themed rooms are hugely popular with the guests. Life in Campion Bay is turning out to be much more eventful than she ever imagined - it's far from the sleepy seaside town that Robin remembers.She's secretly thrilled to have a charismatic new guest in the shape of Will, the attractive man from next door. He's inherited the house from his aunt, but it's in a ramshackle state and now he's staying at the guesthouse while he decides what to do next.Meanwhile, Tim, Robin's sexy ex-boyfriend, has designs of his own on Will's house and Robin soon finds herself with divided loyalties. Life is tricky enough having to juggle the needs of her eccentric guests can Robin make things right with Will before he checks out for good?This is the second part of a four-part serial.

Open for Business - Part 1 (The Once in a Blue Moon Guesthouse, Book 1)

Open for Business - Part 1 (The Once in a Blue Moon Guesthouse, Book 1)

Author: Cressida McLaughlin Format: eBook Release Date: 25/12/2016

The charming new bestseller from the No.1 bestselling author of The Canal Boat CafeRobin Brennan has come home to Campion Bay. Now her parents have retired, she's set to become the new landlady of The Campion Bay Guesthouse.Bookings have been as thin as the hand towels, and it doesn't take long for Robin to realise that the place needs a serious makeover. Perhaps throwing herself into the task will help to heal her sadness at the tragic end to her dreams in London.As she gives the guesthouse a new lease of life, Robin encounters old friends and new, including old flame Tim, who'd clearly like to reboot their romance. But what about Will, the new arrival at No. 4, who's rocked up with the cutest dog ever?Caught up in a flurry of full-English breakfasts and cream teas, Robin's never sure what, or who, the next check-in will bring...This is the first part of a four-part serial.

Canal Boat Cafe

Canal Boat Cafe

Author: Cressida McLaughlin Format: eBook Release Date: 28/07/2016

The perfect summer romance from the author of A Christmas Tail. Perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan and Holly Martin.Summer Freeman returns to the waterside village of Willowbeck to rescue the Canal Boat Cafe, her late mother's picturesque narrowboat, which has run into choppy waters. A family friend, Valerie, has been trying to keep things afloat, but the coffee machine is jammed, the cake offerings are paltry, and not all of the locals want to see the cafe succeed.Help comes from the boat next door, in the shape of handsome wildlife photographer, Mason and his naughty Border Terrier, who are showing more than a passing interest in Summer and her adorable Bichon Frise, Latte. But is Mason being honest about himself? Or does he have something to hide?As her life and the community of Willowbeck begin to entwine, Summer finds herself setting sail on a new adventure. Will the anchor of a steady life on land be too strong, or can Summer learn to cut loose and embrace life afloat?

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