Emma Burstall Author

Emma's Books

  • Tremarnock Summer

    What it is about

    Bramble Challoner has had a very normal upbringing. She lives in a semi in the suburbs of London with her parents and works at the call centre down the road. She still goes out with the boy she met at school. At weekends they stay in and watch films on the telly and sometimes hold hands. Bramble is dying for an adventure.

    So when her very grand grandfather, Lord Penrose, dies, leaving his huge, rambling house in Cornwall to her, Bramble packs her bags immediately, dragging along her best friend Katie. The sleepy village of Tremarnock had better be ready for its newest residents....

    What the critics said

    A really great book I loved the way the characters from the previous series continue in this book plus adding new characters the twists as and turns kept me reading and not wanting to put the book down can't wait for next book in series


  • The Cornish Guest House

    What it is about

    A new couple have arrived in Tremarnock, but will these glamorous strangers fit into village life? Book two in the Cornish Village series.

    Tremarnock is a small fishing village, crowded with holidaymakers in the summer, but a sleepy Cornish backwater at other times of the year.

    Here Liz has found refuge with her young daughter, Rosie, after her relationship with Rosie's father came unstuck. Now happily married to village restaurant owner, Robert Hart, all seems set for a quiet autumn and merry Christmas. But strangers have bought the local guest house and seem to have big plans. Why is he so charming and confident, but she so frightened? Are they who they say they are? And what are they really doing with the guest house?.

    What the critics said


  • Tremarnock (A Cornish Village)

    What it is about

    Tremarnock is a classic Cornish seaside village. Houses cluster around the fishing harbour. It has a pub and a sought-after little restaurant. It is here that Liz has found sanctuary for herself and her young daughter, Rosie - far away from Rosie's cheating father.

    Liz works all the hours God sends. First thing in the morning she's out, cleaning offices. At night she is waitressing in the village restaurant, while friends and neighbours rally round and mind Rosie. But trouble is waiting just round the corner.

    As with all villages, there are tensions, secrets - and ambitions. My first novel about Tremarnock is the story of what happens when one shocking turn of events sweeps a small community..

    What the critics said

    'A tremendous story. You get so much from it and it feels like it's coming comes straight from the heart. Can't wait for the next one!' Joanne D'Arcy, Josbookjourney

    'Fantastic read! I hope this isn't the end for Liz and Rosie, I'm eager to find out what their future holds.' Jeannine Jacob


  • The Darling Girls

    What it is about

    Three women in love with the same man meet for the first time at his funeral. Can they separate the truth from the lies and learn to trust again?

    When world famous music conductor Leo Bruck dies suddenly, he leaves behind three grieving women and a mass of unanswered questions.

    Did the man who juggled these simultaneous relationships while thrilling audiences around the globe, direct The Darling Girls like an orchestra?

    Victoria, his partner of twenty years and mother of two of his children, regards herself as his rightful widow and keeper of his legacy. However, a series of shocking discoveries forces her to re-examine the man she thought she knew and query the very foundation of their relationship.

    Maddy, mother of Leo's daughter Phoebe, has a high-powered job and seems independent and sorted. But events take a sinister turn when Maddy becomes involved with Victoria's troubled teenage son, and her safe world starts to go awry.

    Finally there's Cat who, at just 24, is Leo's youngest lover. Coping with a sick mother and battling demons from her childhood, she is finding it increasingly hard to hold it together. Will grief, anger and bitterness blind her to the possibility of ever finding happiness, career fulfilment - and even, perhaps, new love?

    The Darling Girls is a moving story of love, loss, and the prevailing power of female friendship. Can these three very different women, whose lives become inextricably bound, break free from the masterful control Leo exerts - even from the grave - once and for all?.

    What the critics said

    'What a terrific read! I loved this honest, absorbing story. I couldn't put it down. Every word rang true and I really cared about the characters. A complete gem of a book!' - Lorraine Kelly

    'A magical tale' - Sara Palacios, Chick Lit Plus

    'Everything about this book was brilliant' - Chloe S, Chick Lit Chloe.
    'Wonderful. Couldn't put it down and now it has ended I am so disappointed!' - Karen Elizabeth Marie Hewitt

    'Brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed the book...about life and how at the end of the day we are all the same X' - Cathy Vernel

    'Difficult to put down' - Margaret Murphy

    'Don't miss this book, loved it, really amazing characters and terrific story. I couldn't wait to see how it would end. Great insight into human nature.' - Miss R

    'Loved the book. Didn't see all the twists and turns coming...' Mrs Shirley Hutchinson

    'One of the best books I have read for a long time...' - Barbara Evans

    'Wonderful page-turning story...loved it...made me cry a few times. Beautifully written. Wonderful sensitive characterisation.' - Sandra Davies

    'What a delightful story! I enjoyed this book the whole way through. This is the first book I have read of Emma's and I will certaintly be reading another.' - Yvonne


  • Gym and Slimline

    What it is about

    A swanky new gym has opened in leafy south-west London. Four women bond over push-ups and Pilates and become firm friends.

    Percy likes sorting out other people's problems, but her own life is a shambles with a terrible secret addiction.

    Patrice, wealthy but damaged, wants another baby but husband Jonty isn't interested in sex.

    Carmen is living dangerously, determined to get pregnant by her cold, treacherous boyfriend.

    Suzanne adores her sexy second husband, but is she neglecting him for her job?

    New best friends. Their friendship is about to be tested to the limit..

    What the critics said

    'Fun, funny and fast... a really lovely novel.' Penny Vincenzi, author

    'I really loved this book...and felt quite bereft when I'd finished it.' Fiona Phillips, writer and TV presenter

    'Friendship is tested to the limit in this impressive, emotional debut.' Closer

    'Smart, funny and poignant gym-lit starring four highly believable women' Daily Mirror

    'Funny and warm...at last a buddy book about real women...I thought it was fab.' Amanda Platell


  • Never Close your Eyes

    What it is about

    Evie, Nic and Becca are wannabe writers. The three friends are members of a creative writing group and they decide to enter a national competition. But while they ponder their plots and agonise about their characters, their own lives are going far from smoothly.

    Evie's still pining for the husband who left her for a younger woman and is relying increasingly on clairvoyant Zelda. But who is Zelda really?

    Nic's battling a drink problem and is in despair about her workaholic husband who is addicted to his laptop. A shocking discovery shakes her to the core, but will she realise in time that she must stop protecting him?

    Becca's a City highflyer who seems to have everything - until a childhood friend turns up, threatening to expose the secret she's kept buried for nearly thirty years. How will her marriage, her children, her friendships survive it? And on top of that there's a deadline. The women have just eleven months to complete their manuscripts. Who will win the competition - and can there be any real-life happy endings?.

    What the critics said

    'A tense, fast-paced thriller.' Daily Telegraph

    'An intriguing read with a great plot.' Closer