Today I have a review of a book that I bought for my own to-read pile. This is the first of Caroline Roberts books I’ve read but it certainly won’t be the last.
When a seaside escape spells a little romance . . .
Claire is ready for a bright new chapter. Winding her way to the coast for a cosy cottage retreat, she prays that three weeks of blissful peace and summer sunshine will wash away the pain of the last year.
Claire’s a survivor – she’s growing proud of the scars that prove it – and she’s determined to make the most of each and every day, to seize those little magic moments that give life its sparkle.
Her plan for peaceful solitude goes awry when handsome, brooding Ed turns up in the cottage next door. Will a little summer romance prove the worst distraction? Or might it be the perfect remedy?
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My Review: I bought this book after reading some reviews of it. It sounded lovely, light and summery and being set near Bamburgh (somewhere I’ve visited in the past) I couldn’t resist. I decided to read it one Sunday when nothing else appealed. I liked the idea of being whisked away to the seaside, with sand and crashing waves and gorgeous views and that’s exactly what I got. The story moves at a pace of its own, almost like the tide ebbing and flowing. I got lost in reading about baking bread, walking along the beach and enjoying the views. There are so many things we do these days to wind down or de-stress and reading this book did it for me. I spent a fabulous few hours on the sofa with tea, coffee and toast (and honey!) reading this and getting transported south to Bamburgh, Seahouses and the fabulous Northumberland coast.
While this is a lovely and light read there are serious issues discussed in the story as well as these are handled tactfully and with great sensitivity while not shying away from the seriousness of them. Because of this they add to the story and your understanding of the characters rather than detracting from it or weighing it down in any way.
If you want something that will give you a change of scene without leaving home this book is ideal. It conjures up summer sunshine regardless of what time of year you read it. I read this book in a day which is something I rarely manage at the moment but this one I just could not put down. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a temporary escape and/or someone who needs reminded of the little things in life because sometimes those really are the most important. Whatever your reasons for reading this make sure you have tissues to hand, you may well need them, I know I did!