Synopsis: What happens when a Hollywood star unexpectedly rocks up in a sleepy seaside village in Scotland?
Fiery redhead Lexy was left shocked and guilt-ridden by the tragic death of her parents seven years ago. Seven years later she is still struggling to move on, and her only steady relationship is with her one true love – Brian, the border collie.
Clay Gable is weary of the demands of fame and has fled from the Hollywood hills to the tiny Scottish village of Whitehorse Bay – a delightful place he remembers from a wonderful childhood summer many moons ago.
When their paths cross, Lexy helps Clay blend in to village life, while Clay encourages Lexy to leave her unfulfilling job and chase her dream of becoming a bona fide artist.
Meanwhile, Lexy’s ex, Jamie, is acting strangely and appears to have a secret from everyone.
Can Lexy help Jamie deal with his dark secret? And is charismatic Clay Gable the one to bring Lexy’s defences crashing down?
My Rating: 4/5
Review: I really enjoyed this book. I wasn’t sure what to expect since this is the first book I’ve read by this author but it was light and breezy and for most of it, as sunny as the cover suggests. I’m not keen on books where everything is perfect and the stories are so unrealistic because nothing ever goes wrong. Thankfully this was not one of those. There was a mixture of good and bad all the way through and while the bad/less good parts made it more true to life they were done in such a way that didn’t bring the overall sunny mood of the book down for long.
Whitehorse Bay is a lovely little place and while I did initially think there was too much detail in mentioning most of the villagers by name and, for some, occupation it became clear later on that it fitted perfectly with the tiny village and the fact that everyone knew everyone else. The feeling of being somewhere where everyone knows you came across really well and portrayed Whitehorse Bay as being somewhere where you could be left alone if you wanted but equally where people would look out for you and make sure you were safe.
The characters were well written and while I didn’t like or agree with everything they said or did I couldn’t fault the writing of them. There were points when I got so caught up in the story that I was almost shouting at some characters because, in my view, they were doing or saying things that I didn’t agree with.
This is definitely a summer story, there were lots of walks around and across fields and to and from the pub which is the focal point of the village. Between the characters and the feel of the village it’s a shame it’s not actually a real place, if it were the population would soar simply from people moving there after reading this book.
If you want a summery story that is easy to read and transports you somewhere cosy and friendly then this is the book for you. Definitely worth a read!
Author bio: Emily Anne Brandon is an author of fiction for women. She released her debut novel in 2016 and tries to write whenever she can find the time. She has now released three full length novels and a Christmas novella.
Emily lives with her husband in the north-east of Scotland and works in local government. She dreams of being a full time author and finally getting the dog she’s craved since childhood, so get one-clicking and make her dream come true!
Emily’s favourite authors include Jane Austen, Melissa Nathan, Jenny Colgan and Sophie Kinsella.
Emily’s favourite of her own novels is Love on the Rocks, set in the beautiful, fictional village of Whitehorse Bay in her native Scotland.
When she’s not at the day job or writing, Emily can regularly be found at the cinema or in the swimming pool.