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Miranda's Mount ☆ [PDF / Epub] ★ Miranda's Mount By Phillipa Ashley ✩ – Thomashillier.co.uk A sexy, funny contemporary romance set in Cornwall from popular UK women s fiction author, Phillipa AshleyWhen Miranda finds herself fighting for her home, her job and her heart, sleeping with the ene A sexy, funny contemporary romance set in Cornwall from popular UK women s fiction author, Phillipa AshleyWhen Miranda finds herself fighting for her home, her job and her heart, sleeping with the enemy may not be the best tactic With no family of her own, Miranda Marshall has developed a healthy respect some would say obsession with other people s histories As property manager of a spectacular island castle in Cornwall, she s made St Merryn s Mount one of the UK s most popular heritage attractions While she may have the castle running like clockwork, Miranda hasn t bargained on its sexy owner returning to claim his birthright Dark, handsome and with a rakish reputation, Jago St Merryn not only looks like a pirate but is intent on flogging the Mount to a soulless leisure corporation Miranda faces the battle of her life as she tries to persuade him to face up to his past and continue the St Merryn dynasty But Jago has his own reasons for jumping ship and when he throws down the gauntlet to Miranda, she s forced to delve into painful memories she d much rather keep hidden.


10 thoughts on “Miranda's Mount

  1. Leah Leah says:

    This past weekend, I was suffering a horrible sinus attack My brain was basically mush, and I didn t move too far from the bed all weekend Fortunately I had Miranda s Mount, the latest romance by Phillipa Ashley to keep me amused The book is set in Cornwall, one of the loveliest parts of the UK, with it dramatic coastline and relatively temperate climate The specific setting is St Merryn s Mount which, like its real life counterparts St Michael s Mount in Cornwall and Mont Saint Michel in This past weekend, I was suffering a horrible sinus attack My brain was basically mush, and I didn t move too far from the bed all weekend Fortunately I had Miranda s Mount, the latest romance by Phillipa Ashley to keep me amused The book is set in Cornwall, one of the loveliest parts of the UK, with it dramatic coastline and relatively temperate climate The specific setting is St Merryn s Mount which, like its real life counterparts St Michael s Mount in Cornwall and Mont Saint Michel in France, is a castle topped island, which, depending upon the tides, is accessible by foot or boat Ashley s style is witty and her characters are appealing Miranda has been managing the castle for years, and it is both home and an escape from her past Also, trying to escape his past is Jago, who finally returns to his ancestral home after a prolonged absence Miranda is a likable heroine, and Jago is a bit of a pirate, quite literally at one point in the book However, the true star of the book is Cornwell and St Merryn s Mount in particular Ashley does an excellent job of capturing the mystical, wild beauty of Cornwall In fact, while reading the book I couldn t help but start planning a holiday to Cornwall I might even try surfing In sum, Miranda s Mount is a great book for when you are confined to bed like I was this weekend, or whenever you want to spend time escaping into a funny, well written, book set in a truly amazing location


  2. Debra Debra says:

    On the coast of Cornwall, St Merryn s Mount stands as a family sentinel and a metaphor When the tide is out, the home of the ancient St Merryn family is connected to both the mainland and the people who live there But when the tide is in, the Mount stands apart, isolated and surrounded by currents and eddies that flow with the Atlantic Ocean s rhythms Thus is the metaphor for Miranda s Mount, the story of Miranda Marshall, property manager of this heritage spot, and Jago St Merryn, present On the coast of Cornwall, St Merryn s Mount stands as a family sentinel and a metaphor When the tide is out, the home of the ancient St Merryn family is connected to both the mainland and the people who live there But when the tide is in, the Mount stands apart, isolated and surrounded by currents and eddies that flow with the Atlantic Ocean s rhythms Thus is the metaphor for Miranda s Mount, the story of Miranda Marshall, property manager of this heritage spot, and Jago St Merryn, present Lord of the manor These two damaged souls are both, like the Mount, connected to this piece of land and each other, yet isolated by past circumstances neither one of them could control When Miranda first meets Jago, he is in the armory, holding an ancient cutlass and looking for all the world like a pirate from a story book According to Miranda, he looked like someone who had seen and done and probably smoked or inhaled a lot of stuff He also looks like how D Artagnan might have looked if Levis had been invented Jago is the Earl of St Merryn, returned home after ten years abroad And while the staff is hoping he has decided to take on the responsibility of his heritage, Miranda soon finds out the truth He is selling St.Merryn s Mount to a large leisure company, and getting out His reasons at this point are unclear What is clear to Miranda is that at the very least, Jago is the enemy At the most, she is already falling for him And with her own damaged family background and what she knows about Jago s plans for the Mount, she must confront her past and her future and try to determine if the sale presents an opportunity for her to finally let go of her own safety net and move on with her life a dilemma that becomescomplicated as despite his plans, she and Jago become closer Miranda s Mount is so muchthan a simple romantic, contemporary love story.Ms Ashley delves into both Jago and Miranda s pasts with obvious relish There are reasons why these two cannot be together, why Jago feels it necessary to sell the Mount, and why Miranda is so afraid to move on With this heavy psychological load, you would think this novel would veer toward the dark and depressing Nothing is further than the truth There is humor and wit threaded throughout, a technique that allows for laughter despite the somewhat dark obstacles these two face There is one scene in particular that involves a rowboat, an incoming tide, some rocks, alcohol, and a very sexy Earl that will leave the reader laughing out loud It s a talent that Ms Ashley has that lightens up the mood of her novels and makes her characters so real to her readers Speaking of all her characters, there are some wonderful secondary characters in this novel as well There s Theo, a pillar of the community and a serial hero, a man who has a definite problem with the St Merryn family, and is a rival for Miranda s affections There s Ronnie, head of security at the Mount, Karen the local bartender and various other additions to this colorful cast of Cornish characters.There s even a scene that Richard Armitage fans may relate to involving a baby stroller and a body of water that most likely ended a bit less dramatically for Richard than it did for the little boy living it in this story But even this scene serves a purpose Ms.Ashley is very adept at using every opportunity to get her story acrossWhen Jago s feelings for Miranda get too strong, he confesses to her why he is selling and why he will only break her heart But as doubts on his chosen course beset him, Miranda reveals her family history, and she herself realizes why Jago s decision is so important to him and she stops fighting it It s beginning to look a bit like a Gift of the Magi moment for these two with one exception In the end, they both get what they really want without giving up what they already have.I ve read every one of Phillipa Ashley s novels and I have to say, this one is my favorite Everything about it is pitch perfect and from beginning to end, the characters, the setting and the story itself rings true Written with wit, feeling, intelligence and a good deal of the hot factor, Miranda s Mount is a must read


  3. Beadyjan Beadyjan says:

    What a super feel good romance The eponymous heroine is likeable and real, an old fashioned romantic with a modern touch Miranda has what to some would be a dream job to others it would feel like a prison sentence She manages a historic castle on a small island off the coast of Cornwall, St Merryns Mount, which is cut off from the mainland at high tide and at low tide reached only by a narrow causeway across the sand She does her job with great pride and a real deep affection for the place What a super feel good romance The eponymous heroine is likeable and real, an old fashioned romantic with a modern touch Miranda has what to some would be a dream job to others it would feel like a prison sentence She manages a historic castle on a small island off the coast of Cornwall, St Merryns Mount, which is cut off from the mainland at high tide and at low tide reached only by a narrow causeway across the sand She does her job with great pride and a real deep affection for the place she is custodian of, efficiently dealing with staff, and looking after the many visitors dealing with the wide variety of daily events On rare evenings off she likes to join her friend Ronnie who works with her on the island when the two girls go out on the pull in the local pubs, just a normal, single girl working and playing hard.Then into her carefully ordered world steps Jago St Merryn, Lord of the castle and straight out of a pirate novel, handsome, unconventional, rich and unwelcome in Mirandas life as his presence at the Mount, when he returns after years of absence, threatens not just her job but her peace of mind Instant attraction fizzes between the two from the very start, in some ways he s the stuff of her dreams, he turns her on and she d love him to make a move on her but his presence stands to destroy all the security and stability in her life as he is going to sell the Mount, for reasons unknown he won t consider taking over the family castle and she and her friends will soon be out of a job and a home So Miranda plans to try and thwart his efforts any way she can, which isn t easy especially when she finds him so darned attractive and can t stop fantasizing about the two of them getting together.As truths are revealed and Jago s past is gradually revealed she realizes she has little chance of changing the man or his mind so what will happen next The book paints a lovely picture of life in a stately home, beautifully descriptive and evocative of Cornwall and there s enough lust and passion to make a maiden aunt blush, yet we really get inside the mind of a young woman falling hopelessly and helplessly for the wrong guy, who you can t help fancying yourself or maybe that was just me Its always exciting to discover a new author, but it can be a bit daunting when you re invited to review a new book by an author whose work you ve never read because, lets face it theres some awful tosh out there masquerading as literature.I m delighted to say this isn t going to join the rubbish heap Its a lovely read and one I d recommend very highly to anyone who likes a fun contemporary romance with realistic characters, a great setting and a super storyline with loads going on to keep you entertained from page one right through to the very tantalizing end whether thats to be a happy one or a tear jerker I ll leave you to find out, when you take your trip to Miranda s mount


  4. Steph Steph says:

    I loved this story Not only does it feature Phillipa Ashley s trademark wit and spot on dialogue not to mention a deliciously piratical hero , but also a vivid evocation of the eponymous Mount s real life counterpart and Cornwall in general, an area of the country I know well and love.


  5. Kim Kim says:

    Miranda Marshall loves her job as property manager of the beautiful castle and old fort, St Merryn s Mount Steeped in history and home to the Cornish aristocratic family, the St Merryn s, this beautiful castle is not just a museum, but, a welcoming place for visitors to have fun in the beautiful Cornish countryside and get to learn a little about the Mount s past Working her way up from taking tickets at the entrance, for the last three years Miranda has held the role of property manage and Miranda Marshall loves her job as property manager of the beautiful castle and old fort, St Merryn s Mount Steeped in history and home to the Cornish aristocratic family, the St Merryn s, this beautiful castle is not just a museum, but, a welcoming place for visitors to have fun in the beautiful Cornish countryside and get to learn a little about the Mount s past Working her way up from taking tickets at the entrance, for the last three years Miranda has held the role of property manage and has helped grow the business dramatically during that time, attractingvisitors and organising regular family fund raising events, which are bigger and bigger successes each year Miranda is Lady St Merryn s eyes and ears on site and even though she seems to be slowing down a little recently, Miranda s boss still has a keen interest in everything to do with the family home We first meet Miranda at the end of a busy day when she is doing the final rounds following the days visitors who have all left on the last ferry back to the mainland She is surprised by a man who appears to be an intruder, brandishing a cutlass which he has taken off the wall in the Armoury After Calling security to detain him even though she doesn t believe he looks like a madman, Miranda finally comes to realise that this is no intruder but Jago St Merryn, rightful heir to the Mount and son of Lady St Merryn Jago has been away from Cornwall, travelling the world for over ten years and is seldom mentioned by Lady St Merryn After his father s death, Jago left the running of the family home to his mother who had welcomed the task at the time after years of living in the shadow of her cruel husband, the previous Earl Jago is handsome and dashing in a Johnny Depp kind of way and Miranda is instantly drawn to him, in spite of his wielding a cutlass and his silly antics in the armoury Soon she learns, however, that Jago has a plan for St Merryn s Mount and he is back to execute this as his mother is ready to take somewhat of a back seat in the running of the estate and let him take over Before long it is clear that his intentions are not what Miranda or any of the people who work there want to happen.This is a funny, witty love story filled with interesting characters, not least of all the family estate itself St Merryn s Mount is based on the estate of St Michael s Mount in Cornwall and plays a huge role in this story I was so drawn to this lovely place that I had to take a peep at the St Michael s Mount website, just to see what it looked like I was not surprised when I saw a photo of it as Phillipa Ashley does a great job of describing the island fort and her love of the Cornwall countryside is clear This is the fifth Phillipa Ashley book I have read and believe it to be the best one so far She delves into the personalities and motivation of the main protagonists decision making and there are also many other well drawn players in this story to get to know They are humorous, sometimes not quite what they seem and the dialogue is believable and flows easily If you want an enjoyable escape to Cornwall for a few hours entertaining reading, then this is the book for you Miranda s Mount is published in the US with the title Girl vs EarlMiranda s Mount


  6. Shaz Goodwin Shaz Goodwin says:

    The first time we meet Miranda she s lost in the view from the battlements of St Merryn s Mount We find out that she s worked there for almost a decade and the connection she feels to the Mount.In this first chapter there is conflict with a thief and drama with an intruder in the armoury of the castle my imagination and interest was hooked With the return of Jago there is mystery surrounding where he has been and why he hasn t been back since his inheritance Jago and Miranda both have childho The first time we meet Miranda she s lost in the view from the battlements of St Merryn s Mount We find out that she s worked there for almost a decade and the connection she feels to the Mount.In this first chapter there is conflict with a thief and drama with an intruder in the armoury of the castle my imagination and interest was hooked With the return of Jago there is mystery surrounding where he has been and why he hasn t been back since his inheritance Jago and Miranda both have childhood scars from parenting that are shaping the way they interact with the world Neither are fully engaged in life Jago also has emotional scars from the time he s been away so despite their attraction, there is a reluctance to admit how they are drawn to each other.Miranda s Mount follows our two leads as they clash not only about the future of St Merryn s Mount but sparks fly emotionally as well.Written in the third person we get to identify with both Jago and Miranda I always enjoy this perspective as we see different facets to our characters personalities and it can leave the reader yelling at the characters because we know things the other doesn t I enjoyed the whole culture and community on the Mount Despite the isolation, there is plenty going on to hold the readers interest The conflict between Theo and Jago is always simmering under the surface of their interactions and the annual Festival of Fools was very entertaining I have to admit that I did like Theo until the truth is uncovered of why he s been getting closer to Miranda The intimacy between Miranda and Jago has its amusing moments the boat scene comes to mind here and although it could have had a very different ending, I couldn t help but chuckle I have no doubt that one seduction scene will hit into quite a few feminine fantasies The readers emotions are engaged not only by the romance but also with familial love I must admit to tears at the Song of the Seas near Lands End.Lady St Merryn is a fabulous character I loved it that she was finally able to choose to be who she wanted to be and to do her own thing We all know I love to see a character grow into their own and it was brilliant that this time it was an older character It s never too late is the message here Although I could predict where the story was taking me, Miranda s Mount has thoroughly entertained me and I ve been left with that feel good factor which is exactly what you want to escape on these dark and grey days I have no hesitation in recommending you add this to your reading list.I would like to thank the author for providing a copy to review in exchange for an honest review


  7. Becky R. Becky R. says:

    There is always such a great escape factor in Phillipa Ashley s books, and Miranda s Mount is no different Set on the property of a historical castle on a small island in Cornwall, we meet Miranda, who essentially runs the property for the owners in welcoming guests to the island As with many of Ashley s novels, there is a lightness to the story that pulls you in and is a fun time This novel was no different Miranda s professionalism in challenged right away when the aging property owner s s There is always such a great escape factor in Phillipa Ashley s books, and Miranda s Mount is no different Set on the property of a historical castle on a small island in Cornwall, we meet Miranda, who essentially runs the property for the owners in welcoming guests to the island As with many of Ashley s novels, there is a lightness to the story that pulls you in and is a fun time This novel was no different Miranda s professionalism in challenged right away when the aging property owner s son, Jago, returns to run the show He s not the bossy type In fact, he s the sell and run type.In this contemporary novel, Miranda is the career girl and Jago is the dashing yet impersonal hero We quickly learn that people s interests cannot be turned on and off like a spigot, even if they have every reason to not be together Miranda is single minded in her career and loves her job, but Jago is broken by his past and determined to sell the property These factors make the story complicated and interesting to watch unfold.As with most of Ashley s novels, the first third of the book has a delightful humor and playfulness to it that made me like Miranda and the other characters However, the twist in the story is always right around the corner I really did love the location, with the island castle and the tide around the island that either shut them off from the world or gave them a nice sandbar to walk back to the mainland I could picture that island and wanted to visit or stay for awhile The characters in this novel were also complicated and lovable, mainly because of their flaws In fact, I often wondered about Miranda s liking for Jago He was obviously easy to look at and very rich to own that castle , but obviously had secrets underfoot What s not to like about a bit of mystery though, especially when it s couched in good looks, right Phillipa Ashley, once again, has written an escape read both in its story and location I always enjoy a great Ashley novel because they are books that you can sink yourself into for a nice visit


  8. Elizabeth Ashworth Elizabeth Ashworth says:

    Miranda Marshall is the property manager of St Merryn s Mount a castle that is cut off from the Cornish coast twice a day by the high tide After surviving a difficult childhood it is not only Miranda s home but her sanctuary and she has no plans to ever leave it until she is confronted by a man wielding a cutlass in the castle s armoury.The man turns out to be Jago St Merryn, lord of the manor He has plans to sell off the castle to a large corporation, threatening to upturn everything that Miranda Marshall is the property manager of St Merryn s Mount a castle that is cut off from the Cornish coast twice a day by the high tide After surviving a difficult childhood it is not only Miranda s home but her sanctuary and she has no plans to ever leave it until she is confronted by a man wielding a cutlass in the castle s armoury.The man turns out to be Jago St Merryn, lord of the manor He has plans to sell off the castle to a large corporation, threatening to upturn everything that Miranda holds dear But despite his apparent determination to disrupt her life, Miranda finds she is attracted to Jago And as the story unfolds it becomes clear that Jago has his own emotional baggage and a reason for not wanting to make his home at the castle.Phillipa Ashley is an author whose writing career I ve followed with interest since I first came across her work I ve read all her books, and I find her writing warm and witty Miranda s Mount is no exception All her characters are well portrayed, including the minor characters, and I enjoyed the subplot of the growing romance between Ronnie and Neem and the story threads that concerned various other people as much as the main narrative.There are some explicit sex scenes in this book, so it may not be to the taste of all readers, but there is also a strong storylines about the growing relationship between the main characters which leads to a conclusion that does not disappoint


  9. Moon Love Moon Love says:

    Miranda Marshall is the property manager of an island castle in Cornwall that she loves It s her home and after being alone and un tethered, she feels she s finally found something that won t let her down Until Jago St Merryn returns to the castle bringing changes in the air What s driving him to make such radical changes And why is Miranda finding him attractive when his presence not only makes her feel many things she hasn t felt in sometime, but also makes her question decisions from her Miranda Marshall is the property manager of an island castle in Cornwall that she loves It s her home and after being alone and un tethered, she feels she s finally found something that won t let her down Until Jago St Merryn returns to the castle bringing changes in the air What s driving him to make such radical changes And why is Miranda finding him attractive when his presence not only makes her feel many things she hasn t felt in sometime, but also makes her question decisions from her past Today was quite gloomy and this book was the perfect anecdote The story is really engrossing The setting is an island in Cornwall that is based off an actual location, St Michael s Mount The descriptions of the locales are so vivid and easy to see in my mind, that I want to be there right now After all, untamed and natural beauty are things we all enjoy and admire.I felt as if the book flew by I laughed at Ronnie s antics and some of the situations Miranda got her self into There were quite a few sympathetic groans, tears, and a few Really moments I would love to readabout Miranda, Jago, and the rest of the crew at the Mount.It s really simple to see and understand why Miranda s Mount won the best e book award at The Festival Romance in October 2012 Phillipa Ashley has written another wonderful funny love story that s not just about a man and woman, but also people and the place they call home


  10. Mandy Baggot Mandy Baggot says:

    Take one woman who lives for the idyllic place she works at, introduce the new swarthy Lord of the Mount and you have the set up for a fantastic romance Rough, ready and ridiculously attractive Jago St Merryn turns up to take control of the Mount and throws Miranda s ordered life into chaos There s an instant attraction but so much standing in their way Will the Mount be sold and turned into a theme park Will Miranda choose Jago or hunky lifeboat man Theo You ll have to read it to find out Take one woman who lives for the idyllic place she works at, introduce the new swarthy Lord of the Mount and you have the set up for a fantastic romance Rough, ready and ridiculously attractive Jago St Merryn turns up to take control of the Mount and throws Miranda s ordered life into chaos There s an instant attraction but so much standing in their way Will the Mount be sold and turned into a theme park Will Miranda choose Jago or hunky lifeboat man Theo You ll have to read it to find out Super romance, well paced, with excellent three dimensional characters Would recommend


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