Welcome to the A Summer of Secrets blog tour!
I kindly received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. Thank you to the author, Carina and Neverland Blog Tours.
About the book:
Published: 9th May 2016 (Carina UK)
Synopsis: 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!
A Summer of Secrets is the second in the Countryside Series series, it follows An Autumn Affair. I haven’t read the first instalment but that certainly wasn’t an issue for this one so it can be read as a standalone.
A Summer of Secrets focuses on four characters with Buttersley village during one summer (hence the title!).
Portia has returned following the death of her father and is shocked to find out that rather than an inheritance of money, the inheritance is actually debt and the family home, Buttersley Manor, which is in a state of disrepair.
Richard who is a bit of a businessman, happily married with a young daughter and enjoying life until his 19 year old daughter, Candie, turns up who he didn’t know existed, he can barely remember her mother!
Jenny who has basically not lived, she has put her life on hold for her mother who doesn’t seem to like her too much and blames her for Jenny’s father’s death. To start with I thought that Jenny was much younger than she was; mainly due to how she is being treated by her mother but we quickly realise that she is in fact in her 50’s. I liked Jenny’s character, in pursuit of her dreams showing that its never too late to chase them.
Joe is making the most of his window cleaning round by offering the bored housewives more than just sparkling windows – very ‘Desperate Housewives’, just window cleaning rather than gardening! However the window cleaning and sideline are a distraction from his heartbreak.
This is a easy read, one destined to be read in the sunshine, on a sun lounger somewhere hot (if you are lucky enough). Ross brings to life the small town culture where everyone knows each others business, good or bad! The characters were realistic and their stories were well developed so it was easy to keep up with each of the narratives both in terms of the present and also the back stories that Ross introduces us to.
A well written, light-hearted summer read.
About the author:
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.
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