Map Monday #12

Hello and welcome to ‘Map Monday’. This was inspired by the current pandemic and lockdowns and the inability to travel. I will share one book each week with you that is set somewhere different to where I live. I’ll chat a bit about the book and throw some interesting facts out there about the place. I hope you enjoy travelling through books with me…

This week I’ve picked ‘An Endless Cornish Summer’ by Phillipa Ashley which as the name gives away is set in Cornwall. Just one county over from where I am on Devon and is a hot favourite for us to visit for holidays and weekends!

Book Synopsis:

For Rose, every day is a gift. She narrowly survived a life-threatening illness and owes everything to her anonymous donor. Determined to thank him, Rose follows a trail of clues that lead her to the little Cornish fishing village of Falford.

But things become complicated when Rose is drawn into local life, becoming involved in the legendary Falford Regatta and meeting the handsome Morvah brothers – one of whom might just be the man she’s looking for. But which one?

Can Rose find the answer she’s searching for, or will she lose her heart before the summer is over?

Interesting Facts about Cornwall:

  • Cornwall, The South West peninsula of England has a coastline of 433 miles (the longest in the UK).
  • These 433 miles are home to over 300 beautiful beaches.
  • Truro is Cornwall’s only city!
  • Cornwall has a rich history dating back over 6,000 years filled with tin miners, smugglers, pirates, and a strong local identity.
  • It is the home of the pasty, invested by miners. The county now makes 120 million a year.
  • Only county is borders is Devon.
  • The rugged Cornwall coastline is home to a whole network of caves and tunnels which provided a perfect way for smugglers to bring in items such as brandy, tea and tobacco.
  • There is an open air theatre, The Minack Theatre, which is just 4 miles from Lands’ End and hosts over 200 live performances each year.
  • Cornwall is home to the Eden Project. This is an indoor-outdoor conservation education project, hosts tropical and subtropical biomes with a staggering number of plant varieties calling it home.
  • Back in the 1900s, 50% of the worlds tin came from Cornwall!
  • Similar to Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster, Cornwall has the Beast of Bodmin Moor. Reported to be a large feline resembling a panther, it would occasionally be blamed for deaths of wandering sheep and cows.
  • Despite its small size and population, Cornwall is home to almost 30 breweries!
  • Cornwall is claimed to be one of the most haunted counties of the UK. Haunted places of note include Pendennis Castle, Wheal Coates, Bodmin Jail and Tintagel.
  • As Cornwall is so beautiful it makes a popular places for films and TV shows; with Poldark, Taboo, Doc Martin, Jamaica Inn and Wycliffe among its headlining acts.
  • Since the closure of Bodmin Jail, the county doesn’t have a prison.

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