• The Cornish Cream Tea Bus

  • Cornish Cream Tea, Book 1
  • By: Cressida McLaughlin
  • Narrated by: Laura Kirman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)

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The Cornish Cream Tea Bus

By: Cressida McLaughlin
Narrated by: Laura Kirman
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Publisher's Summary

The charming novel from the author of The Canal Boat Cafe. Perfect for cake lovers and old-fashioned romantics!

On your marks, get set....

Baking fanatic Charlie Quilter, still nursing a broken heart, is surprised when her late uncle bequeaths his vintage 1950s Routemaster bus to her in his will. She adored driving around with him in it when she was a child and can’t contemplate selling it.

When Charlie loses her job, her friend Juliette has an exciting idea and suggests Charlie come to stay with her in the picturesque Cornish village of Porthgolow. Thrilled at the chance of a new start, Charlie packs her spatula, her pinny and her cute dog Marmite onto the bus, and they head off for a summer adventure....

©2019 Cressida McLaughlin (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Captivating." (Heat Magazine

"A wonderful ray of reading sunshine." (Heidi Swain)  

"Beautiful...heartwarming." (Zara Stoneley) 

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  • 06-06-21

Okay

This book is easy listening. I had very few fits of rage because of the writing or character development. At best, it’s a little vacation. At worst, I found the conflicts lacked real weight. The lead character is a bit of an overwrought conclusion jumper. If she’d been more measured and even keel she wouldn’t have any problems at all.

One other thing, the author can’t write romance. No real passion (which can be artfully done without graphic sex), just a whole lot of stops and starts and cheesy scenes. Champagne in the hot tub 🙄. An itemized list of reasons why I love you 🤮.

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Repetitive drama

Rarely do I not finish a book but in this case I just had to stop. There was entirely too little character building among the wonderful residents of this small Seaside community but the part I struggled with the most was the childish self-induced drama from Charlie with regard to Daniel. The dynamic got very old.The narration was very good. very pleasant voice and reading Style but I very much doubt I'll read another one of this author's books. Although this genre is a tough one to stand out in, it is possible to do given a creative and unpredictable story.

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What a delightful read!

I loved this book so much. I live in Oklahoma, but left part of my heart in Cornwall after a visit in 2018. Since I can't just pop down there whenever for a holiday weekend, I visit as much as possible through books and other media. McLaughlin did such a fantastic job of transporting me back to Cornwall. The descriptions of the Cornish landscape and seascape were as delectable as the food created my the lovely Charlie, the story's heroine. I adore stories in small villages peopled with quirky, eccentric denizens. This novel has it in spades. I've already snapped up the rest of the books in this series. Thank you, Cressida McLaughlin.

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I love this book

this was just to find books some parts were predictable but otherwise I just love the story his detail into each of the characters. I also love the storyline which is kind of predictable but a good feel happy ending story. I really love learning the background having two characters because I was introduced to them through book number three. I plan on continuing this series with book number two so I can get the full story of all the characters. I'm going about this backwards but it's been fun.

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As other reviewers have said, pleasant book... but it was too simple. Challenges solved, all happy but didn’t have the complexity or struggle to make the resolution satisfactory

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Cornish Cream Tea Bus

Loved the story, characters and narrator. Now I want cream tea yummies and to visit

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Good book but not a big fan of the narration.

The story is sweet and for anyone who likes authors like Jenny Colgan, but the way it was read made it sound like the book was written for a very young audience, which was disturbing and took away from the humorous parts. It was an okay book though.

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An Angry Main Character

I liked the story ok. I did not like the main character being so angry and so quick to become angry. I just wanted the book to be over.

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  • Victoria
  • 09-11-19

Wonderful Cornish story!

Escape into the world of friendship, misunderstandings, a vintage bus, love and Cornish cream teas. Wonderful story with twists and turns. I’m hoping there will be another book to follow this successful one.

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  • barbara
  • 06-06-20

Escape to corwall

Enjoyable listening, felt as I was there enjoying the beautiful cornish scenery. Very light easy enjoyable story.

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  • Aileen
  • 02-23-21

Totally predictable,

Charming in its own way, but predictable, unrealistic and naive. Won’t be reading another from this author.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-17-21

warm and fuzzy

This is not my usual genre of read, however, I felt I needed a break and something more light hearted. I had seen good reviews for this so thought I would give it a go.

The story is of a woman called Charlie who has just separated from her cheating boyfriend and is grieving the loss of a much loved uncle. In his will the uncle has left Charlie "Gerty" his beloved vintage double decker bus.

Going down to Cornwall to stay with friends, grieve and take stock of her life, Charlie then makes the decision to turn the bus into a cafe.

Along the way she hits some hiccups with other local businesses and residents but in the end manages to win them all over with Gerty and her cornish cream teas. A love story emerges between her and another resident and after a rocky start it's happy endings all round!

A delightful listen (audible) which leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy.

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  • loopy1526
  • 09-13-21

BORING BORING BORING

Just Boring !!
Nothing really happens gave up half way through just a woman and her tea bus 😴😴

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  • Mrs. C. A. Walker
  • 04-06-21

Brilliant storyline all through her well narated.

Hopeful of a follow on on this series. To good to be the last all books are brilliant but some are just a lot better than others

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  • Jeni Quinn
  • 01-08-21

Lovely well-rounded story

I haven't listened to, what I consider to be, a 'fluffy' book for a while because I'd geown tired of them. This book far exceeds the 'fluffy' name and is a very well-rounded and interesting story. My eyes did not roll with annoyance once and the story was not easy to predict, like some are.
Thankfully I've already purchased the next 2 in the series during the Christmas sale...I must have known it would be good!

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  • Trevelyan
  • 09-04-20

Too contrived.....

This is really a short story that has been unnecessarily extended to a full length book. The story could have been charming but is actually quite tedious and very predictable (which is not always a bad thing but in this case proved to be a boring outcome.)
If I were Cornish, I think I might feel a bit offended in the way only someone from outside can come in to the area, see the problem and very condescendingly fix it......

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  • mrs katherine anne burkill
  • 09-02-19

Lovely

I loved this story, want to hear what’s next though. I think there is one xx

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-11-22

Lovely English romance

I’m not a huge fan of romantic novels, but this lovely storyline has more than enough other interest to keep even me interested.
The descriptions are enough to make you want to visit, and the people are believable and people you want to know

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  • Kerry
  • 01-21-20

A light read

The first book I have listened to by this author. It was a nice story and the characters were easy to relate to. Could imagine I was on the Cornwall coast.