The Photograph- Debbie Rix

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I loved this story that slips easily from Rachaels story to Sophies story in modern day. Racheal is Sophie’s grandmother and she enjoys finding out more about her life after she escaped from Hungary in the 50’s with her own father.
They spent a thrilling summer in Italy where you could feel the sights and smells and the wonderful cottage by the sea. Rachael’s senses are totally caught up in the wonderful setting with the hint of romance with a delicious Italian.
I also enjoyed reading about Sophies story and her seemingly perfect life hiding some painful secrets.
I loved the way the two stories are connected and that each story makes us fall more in love witht he characters and the settings.
It was so beautifully written that I could have gone on reading forever. I really could imagine the Italian village.

MY REVIEW
I loved this story that slips easily from Rachaels story to Sophies story in modern day. Racheal is Sophie’s grandmother and she enjoys finding out more about her life after she escaped from Hungary in the 50’s with her own father.
They spent a thrilling summer in Italy where you could feel the sights and smells and the wonderful cottage by the sea. Rachael’s senses are totally caught up in the wonderful setting with the hint of romance with a delicious Italian.
I also enjoyed reading about Sophies story and her seemingly perfect life hiding some painful secrets.
I loved the way the two stories are connected and that each story makes us fall more in love witht he characters and the settings.
It was so beautifully written that I could have gone on reading forever. I really could imagine the Italian village and the cover just invites you to pick the book up and lose yourself totally.

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A Summer Scandal- Kat French

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Summer has never been so scandalous…

When Violet moves to Swallow Beach, she inherits a small Victorian pier in with an empty arcade perched on the end of it, and falls in love immediately. She wants nothing more than to rejuvenate it and make it grand again – but how?

When she meets hunky Calvin, inspiration strikes. What if she turned the arcade into an adult-themed arcade full of artisan shops?

Not everyone in the town is happy with the idea, but Violet loves her arcade and business begins to boom. But as tensions worsen and the heat between her and Calvin begins to grow, life at Swallow Beach becomes tricky. Is it worth staying to ride out the storm? And can Violet find her own happy ending before the swallows fly south for the winter?

Sexy, sassy and full of heart, Kat French is back in a new summer sizzler.

My review
Violet is surprised to hear that she has been left a flat and a pier in a seaside town. She decides to spend the summer there whilst she decides what she wants to do with her life.
The flat sounds like a wonderful find with a beautiful view- and although the trek up the stairs doesn’t sound much fun- the spectacular views over the sea made me want to curl up on the ancient sofa and finish reading the book!

Her plans for the pier are surprising – but lead to lots of interesting characters coming together. Cal is a lovely character and would be the perfect neighbour!

There are lots of tensions in the town and some opposition to the plans- but more seem to be in favour. I got totally involved in the story and meeting all the new friends and the plans in store. I was sad to leave and would love to return to Swallow beach.

The Cottage On Sunshine Beach- Holly Martin

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I adored the return visit to Sandcastle Bay. The characters now seem like old friends and they are all so wonderful. This book follows Melody and Jamie and willing them to take their lovely friendship to the next romantic level. They are so well suited, arty and a bit burnt by previous relationships.

I could imagine myself in Sandcastle Bay and chatting to Melody in her lovely cottage. Everyone in the bay seems to have a puppy and I loved the scene with the first puppy class.

We see the relationships of all the characters we’ve met before and how they all help each other out. The annual event they are all preparing for- sounds such a great part of a seaside resort calendar. I could really picture myself part of the festivities.

The romance fairly sizzles at times. A really lovely read.

Mum in the Middle- Jane Wenham-Jones

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She’s feeling the squeeze… The hilarious new novel from the highly-acclaimed author of Prime Time
‘Fresh, funny and wise’ Katie Fforde
Tess has downsized to a lively new town and is ready for “me” time. But her Zen-like calm is tested by her boomerang offspring, who keep fluttering back to the nest (usually with a full bag of dirty washing) and by her elderly mother’s struggle to hold on to her independence.
Tess is also surprised to discover that there are dark resentments simmering beneath the vintage charm of her new hometown and a spate of vandalism has exposed the rift between the townsfolk and new arrivals like Tess.
Tess enlists the help of gruff newspaper editor Malcolm to get to the bottom of the mystery but when her ex-husband pays an unexpected visit and her mother stages a disappearance, Tess starts to feel her new-found freedom wearing just a little thin…

MY REVIEW
I loved this book. Tess is looking forward to a bit of empty nest time- but her children seem to keep popping back. Although she loves having her children round not being able to use her own bubble bath can get very wearing!!!!!!!!!

Her new neighbour is transforming her house into a b&b but meeting opposition. She is a quirky character and loved reading about her.

There is a hint of romance with 2 possible suitors and you are keen for Tess to start allowing herself a bit of ‘me time’.

Her house is so chaotic when everyone is home- but feels homely and other people enjoy spending time there. Tess has a lot on her plate but seems to be able to take it all on board.

I am now keen to read more books by Jane Wenham-Jones

Her Mother’s Secret- Rosanna Ley

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Rosanna Ley has such a beautiful wrtiting style, that as soon as you open a book you know you are going to be transported into another beautiful world. You will be engrossed with the wonderfully descriptive setting and the intriguing characters and won’t want to put the book down until you have discovered more.
Collette has to return home when her mum’s health fails and she meets up with people and runs her mum’s shop. She has to face up to painful memories from the past and relationships need exploring.
I now want to visit Brittany because I feel that I can picture it in my mind so well. I loved every page of this book.

The Other Woman- Sandie Jones

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A deliciously disturbing, compulsively readable debut domestic suspense–prepare to meet The Other Woman: there’s nothing she won’t do to keep you away from her son …

Emily thinks Adam’s perfect; the man she thought she’d never meet.

But lurking in the shadows is a rival; a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves.

Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

The Other Woman is an addictive, fast-paced psychological thriller about the destructive relationship between Emily, her boyfriend Adam, and his manipulative mother Pammie.

My Review
When Emily meets Adam and then gets to meet his mum, the alarm bells should have started ringing. Pammie really was a force to be reckoned with. She was awful to her behind her sons back and she would have made me run the other way!

You do wonder where this story is going to take you- as the first page gives you the idea that Pammie has a hidden agenda. We don’t know why or what she might be capable of. But she comes across as a very over protective momma bear who wants to keep her cubs unnaturally close.

Emily has a lovely family and a close group of friends who are there for her throughout the book.

Once I settled into the story I really couldn’t wait to see what happened next. I will look forward to reading more by this author.

Daisy’s Vintage Cornish Camper Van- Ali McNamara

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Welcome to the gorgeous Cornish town of St Felix, where there’s magic in the air…
When Ana inherits a broken-down camper van from her best friend, she takes the chance for a quick trip to Cornwall – some sea air and fish and chips on the beach is just the tonic she needs.
But St Felix has bigger plans for Ana. She discovers a series of unsent postcards, dating back to the 1950s, hidden in the upholstery of the van. Ana knows that it’s a sign: she’ll make sure that the messages reach the person that they were meant for. And as the broken-down van is restored to gleaming health, so Ana begins to find her way back to happiness.

MY REVIEW
I loved this book. Ana is left a vintage camper van by her best friend. She travels down to St Felix and is disappointed to discover it’s in a terrible state.

I think camper vans have a magic all of their own- and this one is storing a secret supply of postcards which captivate Ana. She wants to return them to the original owner of the van and sets about trying to find ‘Lou’.

She meets two gorgeous sounding men (lucky girl- Malachi and Noah). Both men have an air of mystery around them- but are easy to talk to. Malachi is working on the camper van and Noah works in an antique shop. He’s keen to help her with the postcard adventure. I loved the friendship and romance that Ana finds in St Felix. It is a place that restores harmony to a troubled soul.

The cottage she manages to rent sounds absolutely stunning- perfect for stretching out on the balcony with something delicious from the local bakery and a lovely cup of coffee. I can smell the coffee beans!

I was so sorry to have to say goodbye to these characters and I’m hoping we’ll get to return to St Felix or accompany Ana on an adventure in her camper van.