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The perfect summer short story from bestselling novelist and broadcaster, Fern Britton.Ed and Charlotte have been married for fifteen years, but they have been drifting apart and now Ed suspects that Charlotte may be involved with another man. He decides a family holiday is just what they need and rents a cottage on the cliffs near the picturesque Cornish village of Pendrug The perfect summer short story from bestselling novelist and broadcaster, Fern Britton.Ed and Charlotte have been married for fifteen years, but they have been drifting apart and now Ed suspects that Charlotte may be involved with another man. He decides a family holiday is just what they need and rents a cottage on the cliffs near the picturesque Cornish village of Pendruggan. He is desperate not to lose Charlotte and hopes that the holiday will bring them closer together again, but Charlotte is wondering what happened to the man she fell in love with. So into their car they all pile, including their teenage daughter Alex, her younger brother, Sam and their enormous Bearded Collie – will their Cornish escape be the holiday to make them… or break them?


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The perfect summer short story from bestselling novelist and broadcaster, Fern Britton.Ed and Charlotte have been married for fifteen years, but they have been drifting apart and now Ed suspects that Charlotte may be involved with another man. He decides a family holiday is just what they need and rents a cottage on the cliffs near the picturesque Cornish village of Pendrug The perfect summer short story from bestselling novelist and broadcaster, Fern Britton.Ed and Charlotte have been married for fifteen years, but they have been drifting apart and now Ed suspects that Charlotte may be involved with another man. He decides a family holiday is just what they need and rents a cottage on the cliffs near the picturesque Cornish village of Pendruggan. He is desperate not to lose Charlotte and hopes that the holiday will bring them closer together again, but Charlotte is wondering what happened to the man she fell in love with. So into their car they all pile, including their teenage daughter Alex, her younger brother, Sam and their enormous Bearded Collie – will their Cornish escape be the holiday to make them… or break them?

30 review for The Beach Cabin: A Short Story

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Houston

    Lovely short story set in Cornwall. Aren't they all these days? Lovely short story set in Cornwall. Aren't they all these days?

  2. 4 out of 5

    K.J. Chapman

    I rate this 3.5 stars A quick read, set in my home county of Cornwall. It is clear that Britton is a lover of the county, and captures the landscapes and local life brilliantly. This short story is an easy read despite broaching the topics of crisis in marriage, and a daughter struggling with her sexuality. The revelation that Alex thinks she might be gay comes at the end of the book and was not a revelation at all. It was extremely easy to guess from early on in the story. So easy that the parent I rate this 3.5 stars A quick read, set in my home county of Cornwall. It is clear that Britton is a lover of the county, and captures the landscapes and local life brilliantly. This short story is an easy read despite broaching the topics of crisis in marriage, and a daughter struggling with her sexuality. The revelation that Alex thinks she might be gay comes at the end of the book and was not a revelation at all. It was extremely easy to guess from early on in the story. So easy that the parents, Charlotte and Ed, wouldn’t have had such a shocked response, but otherwise I enjoyed the tale that had a happy ending all around. The kids were a bit cliche- Sam the enthusiastic, always hungry, skate-board enthusiast son, and Alex the moody, sarcastic, likes her sleep, teenage daughter. If you can get passed this, and enjoy the fast moving tale that doesn’t require a lot of time or effort to read, then you’ll enjoy Britton’s Cornwall based tale.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Clough

    An excellent short story based in Cornwall. Ed and Charlotte have been married for years and slowly drifting apart but Ed decides to book a weekend break away to get closer together as she thinks Charlotte is falling for someone else but he soon learns that is far from the truth. They have a hard start to the break but slowly build bridges. An excellent read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anne-Marie

    A quick easy read that drew on some characters and place references from fern's other novels. Enjoyable and comfortable for a non taxing read with a coffee after work! A quick easy read that drew on some characters and place references from fern's other novels. Enjoyable and comfortable for a non taxing read with a coffee after work!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Luke

    Realised I had already read this

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Worrying that their relationship needs a bit of attention, Ed and Charlotte book a holiday in Cornwall. The cottage comes with it's own beach hut, which sounds like a wonderful place to spend hours! They have the usual family issues with teenage daughters and a son who wants to be entertained. But Cornwall works it's magic and provides a lovely read ideal for the summer. I do love Fern's books- and the only thing here is that it was only a short story when I could have read on and on!!!!!!!! Worrying that their relationship needs a bit of attention, Ed and Charlotte book a holiday in Cornwall. The cottage comes with it's own beach hut, which sounds like a wonderful place to spend hours! They have the usual family issues with teenage daughters and a son who wants to be entertained. But Cornwall works it's magic and provides a lovely read ideal for the summer. I do love Fern's books- and the only thing here is that it was only a short story when I could have read on and on!!!!!!!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    l.hemmings

    I want to be there!!! Another great read about the rugged Cornish coastline. I am loving the books and the way they are written and can't wait for the next book The postcard to be released. I want to be there!!! Another great read about the rugged Cornish coastline. I am loving the books and the way they are written and can't wait for the next book The postcard to be released.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    Lovely short story bringing in characters from Ferns earlier books - whets the appetite for her next offering.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ria

    Ed and Charlotte are having problems in their marriage, with two children, one a moody teenager, demanding jobs that takes Ed away from the family for prolonged lengths of time is it any wonder they are struggling? When Ed's boss Penny asks does he fancy a short break in Cornwall Ed decides it's just what the family needs to get them back on track, but is it already too late?..... A lovely summery novella perfect for a light read on lazy days where the reader is reintroduced to old characters from Ed and Charlotte are having problems in their marriage, with two children, one a moody teenager, demanding jobs that takes Ed away from the family for prolonged lengths of time is it any wonder they are struggling? When Ed's boss Penny asks does he fancy a short break in Cornwall Ed decides it's just what the family needs to get them back on track, but is it already too late?..... A lovely summery novella perfect for a light read on lazy days where the reader is reintroduced to old characters from Fern's other novels but works perfectly well as a stand alone short story with no background knowledge needed from the author's other works.

  10. 4 out of 5

    June Churchill

    A lovely story with new characters but also bringing in the characters from her previous books.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mr Robert Leeson

    A good short story I bought this book to pass the time and glad I did, read it in one go and like her books more than 8 thought I would

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah T

    Another fantastic story set In Cornwall. A short story that really grabs you in. Loved the characters & would love a longer version to see how their stories finish.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Montgomery

    It wasagoodstory i love Cornwall, so it lovely to read about this part of the world. I really likeFern Britton’s style of writing.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gail Marchant

    After 15 years of marriage can a holiday in Cornwall solve their problems

  15. 4 out of 5

    vikky

    I loved this book, only complaint is it was a short story, please do another following the family please fern

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lesley

    1. I struggled with the first Fern Britton novel I read. 2. I can't stand short stories, as you don't have time to know the characters. 3. I loved this! 1. I struggled with the first Fern Britton novel I read. 2. I can't stand short stories, as you don't have time to know the characters. 3. I loved this!

  17. 5 out of 5

    mrsljgibbs

    I read my first Fern Britton book - The Great Cornish Getaway, a few months ago and really enjoyed it. Since then I have found out that all of her books are set in the same place, Trevay in Pendruggan and even though each book is its own story, they all have recurring characters from the village. This book was very enjoyable and centred around life with kids and how the parents and their relationship can sometimes get a little lost along the way. They all decide to spend a few days away together I read my first Fern Britton book - The Great Cornish Getaway, a few months ago and really enjoyed it. Since then I have found out that all of her books are set in the same place, Trevay in Pendruggan and even though each book is its own story, they all have recurring characters from the village. This book was very enjoyable and centred around life with kids and how the parents and their relationship can sometimes get a little lost along the way. They all decide to spend a few days away together in Pendruggan and it’s like they’re in a whole new world!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Janey

    Rubbish book, only finished it because I thought I should, with it only being short. I didn't take to any of the characters, found the description of annoying teenagers realistically soul-sapping and the lack of communication between the couple equally believable and depressing. So full marks for being realistic, zero for perspective, uplift or creativity. Rubbish book, only finished it because I thought I should, with it only being short. I didn't take to any of the characters, found the description of annoying teenagers realistically soul-sapping and the lack of communication between the couple equally believable and depressing. So full marks for being realistic, zero for perspective, uplift or creativity.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Price

    Good short read Not a five star like her others but packing the tale into a short read was well told and the character's were endearing 4/5 Good short read Not a five star like her others but packing the tale into a short read was well told and the character's were endearing 4/5

  20. 4 out of 5

    b sinclair

  21. 5 out of 5

    Findlay

  22. 4 out of 5

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  23. 4 out of 5

    Mrs Elaine Reynolds

  24. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Winpenny

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gillian Henderson

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Catten

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gillian Rees

  28. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Griffiths

  29. 5 out of 5

    Fiona Handy

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

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