Welcome to the Cornish Country Hospital – Jo Bartlett | Book Review | @J_B_Writer @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources

Welcome to The Cornish Country Hospital
A new start…
When Danni Carter moves to Cornwall from London, she hopes it will be the fresh start she so desperately needs. She’s nervous, but hopefully the change of scene will help her to finally forget her feelings for Lucas Newman, a man she can never be with, because he’s already engaged to Danni’s best friend, Esther.

An Impossible Dilemma…
But when Lucas and Esther decide to follow Danni to Cornwall, and both announce they will be working with her at the new St Piran’s hospital, Danni is thrown into turmoil again. She can’t lose Esther, but being near Lucas is getting harder to deal with. Will she have to give up her new life before it’s even started?

A chance to start again?
Throwing herself into work, Danni finds herself drawn to new patient, Connie Berrycloth, a woman Danni knows has dark secrets of her own. Secrets that are about to be revealed….

As the two women form a friendship, Danni begins to realise that letting go of her dreams might be the only way of holding on to the people she loves.

MY THOUGHTS

Thank you to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for the tour invite and to the publisher for the copy to review via Netgalley. I’ve long been a fan of Jo’s writing and she has featured on this blog before (all previous features and reviews can be found via the search bar). Welcome to the Cornish Country Hospital is the first in a new series, published by Boldwood Books (22 November 2023) and is available in ebook (including Kindle Unlimited), audio and paperback.

Set in Cornwall, Welcome to the Cornish Country Hospital introduces Danni Carter, an A&E trauma doctor who moves from London to Port Kara and back to the coastal cottage that holds so many happy childhood memories of her late father. She is also trying to put distance between herself, Esther and Lucas. Esther is her best friend however Danni has secretly been in love with Lucas, now Esther’s fiancé for years. Her hopes for a new start are dashed however when they both follow her to Cornwall – and to the same hospital, St Piran’s.

Danni was a very likeable, capable and engaging character, even if her taste in men seemed questionable at times. I did feel sympathy for her when instead of her fresh start, she faced heartache on a daily basis working with Lucas. Esther was a joy of a best friend and I could understand why Danni was torn between following her heart and protecting their long standing friendship. Esther and her family were such a strong support for Danni and making the wrong decision would have devastating consequences.

Danni is not the only character with a secret, supporting characters such as Connie play a big part in the story and alongside the romance element, which is very gently dealt with, there is plenty of drama and difficult decisions to be made. Hospital volunteer and former midwife Gwen is on hand to offer advice but will her wise words be of help?

I always enjoy Jo’s books, her characters are so well written and there is always a storyline that has depth and emotion. I know this is the first in a series and I’m hoping that a future book will conclude the situation in respect of one character. I shall certainly be reading more, the Cornish location is fabulous, and the hospital setting, together with the ups and downs of friendships and relationships felt authentic. I can’t wait to see what happens next at St Piran’s.


Jo Bartlett is the bestselling author of over nineteen women’s fiction titles. She fits her writing in between her two day jobs as an educational consultant and university lecturer and lives with her family and three dogs on the Kent coast. Her first title for Boldwood is The Cornish Midwife – part of a twelve-book deal.


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