An Extract From Hopeful Hearts At The Cornish Cove By Kim Nash

Today, I’m delighted to share an intriguing extract from Kim Nash’s new novel, Hopeful Hearts at the Cornish Cove published by Boldwood Books. Kim is the author of uplifting, funny, heartwarming, romantic, feel-good fiction and this is her sixth book, after securing a 3-book contract with Boldwood. Hopeful Hearts at the Cornish Cove is the first book in a 3-book series set in the fictional seaside town of Driftwood Bay.

Extract from Hopeful Hearts at the Cornish Cove

Chapter One 

Gabby laughed loudly down the phone. 

‘There must be something wrong with my hearing. For a minute there, I thought you’d said you’d just bought a lighthouse.’ She continued to laugh. 

Silence from my end of the call stalled her laughter for a second or two and when she spoke again her voice started to wobble. 

‘Meredith Robinson! Please tell me you’re joking.’ 

‘Erm. I’m actually not joking. I really did buy a lighthouse.’ I couldn’t believe it myself, so I wasn’t quite sure how my best friend would take my news and had been avoiding her calls for most of the day. 

‘What the f—’ 

‘I know you’ll think I’m mad but—’ 

We had a habit of blurting out what we were thinking at the same time. We’d done it since we met in primary school.

‘I’m finishing work in an hour. I’ll be straight home. I think you need to tell me what the hell is going on.’ 

I glanced at my wrist. If Gabby finished work in around an hour, and it took her about twenty minutes to get home, I had just a short amount of time to comprehend myself what had actually just happened, let alone with her. Just over an hour to understand why I’d just done the maddest thing I’ve ever done in my life and then to put that into words to explain to my bestie. That’ll teach me to do evening drinking alone. 

As I glanced at my phone, my hands were trembling but at the same time, there were excitable butterflies in my stomach. It was a good job Gabby had stayed over at Luke’s last night, so I didn’t have to face her that morning.

I took a deep breath as I walked down the hallway of her home, which had now been my home for the last twelve months, and glanced in the hall mirror which hung above a chest of drawers that I had painted in a duck-egg-blue colour last summer. As I looked at myself, I wondered who the hell was the person reflecting back at me. I gulped and the realisation of what I’d actually done began to sink in. 

Oh! My! God! I really had just gone and bought a fricking lighthouse!

About Kim Nash

Kim Nash is an author of uplifting, funny, heartwarming, romantic, feel-good fiction and has wanted to write books since she was a little girl. She has recently signed a 3-book deal with Boldwood Books and Hopeful Hearts at the Cornish Cove, published in March 2023, is the first book in a series of books set in Driftwood Bay in Cornwall.

She lives in Staffordshire with her son Ollie and English Setter rescue dog Roni, is Digital Publicity Director for publisher Bookouture (a division of Hachette UK) and is a book blogger at

When she’s not working or writing, Kim can be found walking her dog at Cannock Chase, reading, writing and binge-watching box sets on the TV. She’s also quite partial to a spa day and a gin and tonic (not at the same time!) Kim also runs a book club in Staffordshire and organises local and national reader/author events.

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About Hopeful Hearts at the Cornish Cove

Meredith’s life is at a standstill. She’s stuck in a dead-end job, approaching fifty, and her dating life is a string of disasters. But one evening, while browsing the internet, she sees an ad for a lighthouse, and in a moment of impulsiveness, she makes a ridiculous bid for it.

With the help of local handyman Clem, she sets about renovating. And as they work together, a bond begins to form. But when Meredith finds out that Clem is keeping a secret from her, it changes everything. Will they find a way to build something more meaningful together?

A delightful story about community, friendship and having the courage to start over, perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Milly Johnson and Lucy Dillon

Hopeful Hearts at the Cornish Cove buying links: 



Other Books by Kim Nash

Hopeful Hearts at the Cornish Cove:

Snowflakes Over Muddleford Cove:

Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove: ‪

Sunshine and Second Chances: ‪

Escape to Giddywell Grange: ‪

Amazing Grace:  ‪

Morton’s news – My publisher, Choc Lit became part of Joffe Books last week. I have little idea of what this will mean for me and my books as yet but will update you when I do. You can read the press release about the acquisition here.

Thank you for visiting my blog – Morton S. Gray – Author. I hope you enjoyed this post. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Summer at Lucerne Lodge published as an eBook, paperback and audio download too – Amazon Check on my Choc Lit author page for other purchasing options here 

Christmas at the Little Beach Cafe published as an eBook, audio, paperback and large print – Amazon KindleApple iBooksKoboNook BooksGoogle Play and Choc Lit for other options.

Sunny Days at the Beach is now available as an eBook, audio and paperback – Amazon KindleApple iBooksKoboNook BooksGoogle Play and at Choc Lit for other options.

Christmas at Borteen Bay is available as both an eBook and audio download – Amazon KindleAudioApple iBooksKobo and Choc Lit for other buying options.

The Truth Lies Buried is available from all eBook platforms – Choc LitAmazon KindleKoboApple iBooks and also as a paperback and audiobook.

The Girl on the Beach published by Choc Lit is available as a paperback and from all eBook platforms – Amazon KindleApple iBooksKobo, Barnes and Noble and Google Play.

By Morton S. Gray

Author of romantic suspense novels.

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