Summer of Secrets by Alice Ross
Blurb: A perfect, feel-good summer read about love, life and family.
One long hot summer. Secrets never stay buried for long…
Portia is determined to restore Buttersley Manor, her family’s crumbling ancestral home, to its former glory. Yet she has a feeling that there are a few forgotten skeletons in the dust-covered cupboards.
Jenny has put her life on hold for far too long. It’s time to finally start living and to dig up those hopes and dreams she’s kept hidden all these years – but is she brave enough?
Rich is happily married with a beautiful wife and lovely daughter. In fact, his world is perfect until a very unexpected consequence of his past walks through the door…
Joe would like nothing more than to travel back in time to when he and Gina were happy. But is it too late to rescue what they once had?
One thing’s for sure, nothing’s ever quite what it seems when it comes to life in the country!
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Secrets-Countryside-Dreams-Book-2-ebook/dp/B01D4WLZ9A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1465542717&sr=8-1&keywords=A+summer+of+secrets
About Alice Ross
Alice Ross used to work in the financial services industry where she wrote riveting, enthralling brochures about pensions and ISAs that everyone read avidly and no one ever put straight into the bin.
One day, when nobody was looking, she managed to escape. Dragging her personal chef (aka her husband) along with her, she headed to Spain, where she began writing witty, sexy, romps designed to amuse slightly more than pension brochures.
Missing Blighty (including the weather – but don’t tell anyone), she returned five years later and now works part-time in the tourism industry.
When not writing, she can be found scratching out a tune on her violin, walking her dog in wellies two sizes too big (don’t ask!), or standing on her head in a yoga pose.
I’m really happy to be part of the blog tour hosted by Jenny in Neverland
This makes a great summer read- you get drawn into the characters lives and hoping that their paths lead them to a brighter future.
Portia returns to Buttersley after the death of her father. She’s given up a taxing job as a war correspondant and wants to make her family home a going concern that will help to rennovate and support it.
Jenny has spent her life looking after her mother and chance encounters lead her to carve a little ‘me’ time into her life. It’s lovely to see her spreading her wings.
Richard has a huge surprise- but finds that it enriches his family life.
Joe lost his first love and contact with his son- and another surprise encounter leads him to welcome his little boy back into his life and wanting to give up his lothario lifestyle.
I loved the characters and the way that their lives entwined and enriched each other. I’ve read several books recently where plans are made to renovate old family businesses and homes and it’s making me want to start visting Stately Homes at the weekend again. I am looking forward to reading more in this series.
With many thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for the chance to read this one.