Monday, 13 June 2016

Blog Tour! Review of A Summer of Secrets by Alice Ross

The bit on the back...

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 veryunexpected 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!

Firstly thanks to Carina for the review copy of this title via NetGalley and to Neverland Book Tours for inviting me to kick off the blog tour for this great book today! Make sure you check out the rest of the tour on @NeverlandBT.

This is the second novel in Alice's Countryside Dreams series following on from An Autumn Affair - read the review here

This story follows four main characters, Portia, Jenny, Rich and Joe. Each character takes turns with the narrative which allows you to get to know their personalities, their quirks and all about their life and as the title suggests - their secrets. The narrative switching between characters also lets you see how they all fit into each others lives in the lovely village of Buttersley

Alice has created an interesting group of characters who keep you hooked right through the story.

Having lived in a village when I was younger I think Alice has captured the essence of village life perfectly. Rolling greens, local pubs and history from every angle. I love the setting of Buttersley and the promise of what is to come for Buttersley Manor itself.

If the title of this novel doesn't create intrigue from the get go then I don't know what will. A summer of SECRETS! I immediately started trying to work out what each characters secret could and would be and one of my favourite lines in the whole book just summed it right up for me - "Appearances can be deceptive". If you haven't already then check out both novels in this series as you won't be disappointed.

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 part­time 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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