The Secret of Creek Cottage

The Secret of Creek Cottage is a tale that follows the lives of two families, almost a century apart.

1916: While the Great War rages through Europe, in the small coastal village of Trunrowan, Cornwall, life for Loveday Nance could not be more different. With her husband Will away fighting, the reality of having a longed-for child of her own seems to be slipping away with each day that passes.

Present-day: Kitty and Ben Gridley decide to leave their busy lives in Bristol hoping for a quieter way of life in the pretty village of Trunrowan, Cornwall. Little do they realise the impact that moving into Creek Cottage will have on them. When Kitty begins to experience strange things happening at the cottage, she is certain there is a secret harboured within its stone walls.

Available to order now

Book Club Questions

Please use the contact form if you would like a free copy of the authors Book Club Questions for your group.

Lovedays’ Cornish Nettle Tea

Urtica Dioica

Loveday’s Cornish Nettle Tea

Stinging Nettle/Common nettle/Leaf nettle

Urtica Dioica

As you will know if you have read the book, Loveday was partial to a good old cuppa of nettle tea. An acquired taste you may think, but coastal and country folk would make do with their surrounding flora in many ways, from medicinal cures to food and drink. The Cornish also make a delicious Yarg cheese that is coated with nettle leaves and is very yummy!

Nettles are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and are high in Vitamins A & C, as well as Calcium, Magnesium, Iron and Potassium. They are earthy in taste and similar to spinach and best eaten when tender from early to mid-spring.

Make sure you wear thick gloves when picking and pinch the tips of the young leaves.

Lay on a tray to wilt or wash in hot water (once wilted they lose their sting).

They must always be cooked (never use them fresh in salads).

Crush leaves, add water then steep for 5-20 minutes depending on personal taste.

Add a squeeze of lemon or/and sugar if required.

A sprinkle of magic.

Drink no more than 4 cups per day.

Check with a Doctor or Herbalist if taking medication to ensure there are no interactions.

Side effects can and sometimes do happen. Always test a small amount first. Be sure to only pick what you need from nature and also that you are sure you know what you are picking.

Loveday Nance

Trunrowan

Cornwall

Reviews

The Secret of Creek Cottage

‘Definitely one of my top reads this year. I loved the storylines, the setting and the characters.’ https://bbalm.blogspot.com/2020/07/blog-tour-secret-of-creek-cottage-by.html

‘I absolutely adore the way Edwards has pulled together some of my favourite things; a good mystery, nature, history and a bit of magic. For a first novel, this is absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait to see what else she brings us in the future.’ https://curledupwithagoodbook.co.uk/the-secret-of-creek-cottage-tina-m-edwards/

‘I absolutely ADORE this book! I love EVERYTHING about it. A really well thought out interesting and good paced plot, amazing characters, happiness and heartbreak, a book which touches so many of your emotions. Easily a 5* from me.’ https://thebookreviewingmum.wordpress.com/2020/07/08/blog-tour-review-the-secret-of-creek-cottage-by-tina-m-edwards-bumbleandmoss-silverwoodbooks-randomttours-blogtour-bookreview/

Loved this book! Would highly recommend. Kept me hooked throughout, full of happy moments, sad moments, and lots of suspense. Brilliantly written with likeable and relatable characters.’ https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/customer-reviews/R13YGI9YIPWIOF/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B08BPCB821

This is a book that benefits greatly from lyrical and beautiful writing. It is a very good read and I recommend it as a vivid and lovely book.https://northernreader.wordpress.com/2020/07/20/the-secret-of-creek-cottage-by-tina-m-edwards-the-links-between-times-in-a-cornish-cottage/

‘Brilliantly written with likeable and relatable characters.’ https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/customer-reviews/R13YGI9YIPWIOF/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B08D4VPVWG

‘I LOVED IT – Made me cry. Beautiful Writing, great story.’

‘Such a delightful read. Recommended.’

‘Just finished your amazing book. Really enjoyed it, you are very talented.’

More reviews can be found on Goodreads HERE

About

Tina M Edwards has loved reading and words in all forms from an early age (a love encouraged by her late grandfather who was also a writer and poet). She eventually began writing seriously, many moons after the year of her birth. Her poetry, flash fiction and short stories are now published in the U.K. and America.

She currently lives in the South West and spends as much time as possible by the sea. She is editor at The Beach Hut, an online platform for therapeutic writing which celebrates the benefits of nature, the coast and all the inspiration it brings, acknowledging the positive effects it can have on our wellbeing.

https://writingatthebeachhut.org

Twitter @TheBeachHut7

Tina enjoys writing ekphrastic poetry and flash fiction and her debut novel, The Secret of Creek Cottage, is available from July 10th 2020, published by SilverWood Books (you can order direct from the Shop page). Unsurprisingly, the time-slip novel is set in Cornwall, one of her favourite places, and follows the story of Loveday & Will Nance during 1916 and Kitty & Ben Gridley in the present day. It is steeped in folklore, tragedy and hope, but what is the secret of Creek Cottage…?

You can read more about her published works here ~ Published work.