This is the first book I’ve read of Alice’s and I know it’s number 2 in a series but since I didn’t read the first one, I’m unsure if it’s a great stand alone read or not.
The book covers 4 mains characters stories and points of views. Portia, Jenny, Rich and Joe are the 4 main story-lines but there are others that are thrown in because they are a part of the relationship chain. I will admit that out of the 4 my main interest was in Rich’s story. I felt that the unexpected arrival of a daughter he never knew he had was the most interesting to me and I wanted to know how that would play out. I really enjoyed his family and all of their interactions and character growth.
The intertwining of the characters was fabulous. I absolutely love when a writer can throw in the details that Alice did connecting all the dots throughout the story as opposed to tieing (is that even a word!?) up loose ends towards the finish line. She did the connections very well, which made the story that much more believable being set in a small town.
I’m a lightening fast reader so I read this book in a matter of hours but I had a hard time really getting into the story through-out. It’s well written and has a lot of great details but for some reason it just didn’t capture me the way some books do. Maybe I need to read the first? I did find myself looking forward to Rich’s story while reading the others bits.
What I Loved:
-The character building and intertwining. Each character and their story was very different than the next yet mixing well with the others.
-I loved Rich’s character and his little family.
-Alice is a great detail writer of a small town setting, I loved that part, being I grew up in a small town where everyone knows everyone else (and their business).
What I didn’t Love:
-There were times I would start a chapter unsure who’s viewpoint was being told, that might be why I didn’t fall in love with the book.
What I thought of the Cover:
-Beautiful! Honestly the cover is gorgeous and a great portray of the genre and book.
I think this book might not have been 100% my taste but it’s written well and has a lot of detail that is fitting of each connecting story. Because of that it’s a quick, enjoyable read for those long summer days. It’s a great book to bring with you on vacation as it’s relaxing to read it.
I’d definitely give the first book a try and I’ll definitely read the entire series (because I can’t just read one in a series).
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!
Buy the Book:
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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