Published by St Martin’s and Piatkus, 1999
When her husband dies and she is forced to take in paying guests, Harriet Harte feels she has come down in the world. For her lively and forward-thinking daughter Tamsin, however, their lapse from Society is a welcome release. No more tiresome balls, supper parties, and musical evenings for her; instead she is free to concentrate on her main ambition in life: to restore the family’s fortunes by becoming Penzance’s principal hotelier.
There are, of course, obstacles in her path, such as the dashing and attentive Standish Coverley, who already is the town’s leading hotelier. Is Tamsin to succeed at the expense of a friend and devoted admirer? There is also Victor Thorne, a handsome dilletante who makes no secret of his interest in her, to the fury of his protective and scheming mama.
And then there is Newlyn fisherman, David Peters, last surviving son of local character Captain Benny Peters. All he can offer is his skill as a smuggler and the lobsters he sometimes catches by accident. Small wonder that Tamsin prefers to keep her thoughts strictly to matters of business until some surprising revelations about all three of her admirers compel her to consider them in an entirely different light.