Book Review: Holiday In The Hamptons.

hamptonsIf Holiday In The Hamptons was a big family-sized bar of chocolate I would have gobbled the entire thing on my own in one sitting, with not even a tiny bit of remorse.

Luckily, it’s a book and not chocolate – which means all of the enjoyment and none of the calories. Win win.

At the end of each of Sarah Morgan’s novels I always rush to her website to try and find out when the next one will be available as I’m always desperate to read it.

Holiday in the Hamptons, teased in New York, Actually (five stars from me) was no exception.

This time we follow the story of Fliss and Seth, who have unfinished business.

Here’s the blurb:

The perfect summer escape…?

Professional dog-walker Felicity Knight loves everything about New York…until her ex-husband starts working at her local vet clinic. She hasn’t seen Seth Carlyle in 10 years, but one glimpse of him – too gorgeous, and still too good for her – and Fliss’s heart hurts like their whirlwind marriage ended yesterday. So when her grandmother in The Hamptons needs help for the summer, it seems the perfect way to escape her past…

Their relationship might only have lasted a few scorching months, but vet Seth knows Fliss – if she’s run away to The Hamptons, it’s because she still feels their connection and it terrifies her. He let her go once before, when he didn’t know any better, but not this summer! With the help of his adorable dog Lulu, and a sprinkling of beachside magic, Seth is determined to make Fliss see that he’s never stopped loving her…

By the way Fliss reacts to even the thought of seeing Seth again, we know there is more to the story than meets the eye, and the gradual unraveling of exactly what happened makes for compelling reading.

It’s an emotive tale and loyal, brave, troubled Fliss is such an interesting character, it was lovely to see her gradually open up.

She’s not the only one though, Seth is the perfect hero and Fliss’s grandmother and her friends provide some genuinely laugh out load moments.

This story is number five in the From Manhattan With Love series but works as a standalone too.

While I didn’t feel quite as invested in these two as I have other characters in the series, it was still a great read – absolutely perfect for the beach, I would say.

Now I’m off to the website to find out when I can read the story of Fliss’s twin, Harriet (I hope it’s soon).

Format: Kindle.

Price: £4.99.

My rating: Four and a half stars.

Thank you to HQ (via NetGalley) for the ARC in return for an honest review.

Book Review: The Summer House.

jennyhaleReading The Summer House was a bit like having some delicious leftover birthday cake sitting in the kitchen – it was so moreish, I kept nipping back to it (just one more slice).

Amazingly, this is the first time I’ve read one of Jenny Hale’s books, despite her being a USA Today and Amazon best-selling author of romantic women’s fiction – with eight (I think) titles to her name.

Her latest sounds like it’s come straight from one of my (very best) dreams – not only opening a bed and breakfast on the coast but also managing to capture the attention of the local millionaire at the same time.

Here’s the blurb:

Callie Weaver and best friend Olivia Dixon have finally done it: put their life’s savings into the beach house they admired through childhood summers, on the dazzling white sand of North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

They’re going to buff the salt from its windows, paint its sun-bleached sidings, and open it as a bed and breakfast.

Callie’s too busy to think about her love life, but when she catches the attention of local heartthrob Luke Sullivan, his blue eyes and easy smile make it hard to say no. He’s heir to his father’s property empire, and the papers say he’s just another playboy, but as they laugh in the ocean waves, Callie realizes there’s more to this man than money and good looks.

Just when true happiness seems within reach, Callie and Olivia find a diary full of secrets… secrets that stretch across the island, and have the power to turn lives upside down. As Callie reads, she unravels a mystery that makes her heart drop through the floor.

Will Callie and Luke be pulled apart by the storm it unleashes, or can true love save them?

It’s heartwarming, charming and a proper page turner. The characters are all likeable, the plot keeps you engaged and the setting is dreamy (I want to see wild horses on the beach).

In fact, I can’t really fault The Summer House…and yet there was just something that didn’t quite flow for me in the writing.

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it, I did, but just not as much as some of the other books I have read this year. I know Jenny Hale has lots of fans so maybe it was me?

It certainly wouldn’t put me off reading her other books or watching the film adaptation of Coming Home For Christmas if I got the chance.

Format: Kindle.

Price: £1.99.

My rating: Three and a half stars.

With thanks for the Bookouture (via NetGalley) for the ARC in return for my honest opinion.

Book Review: The New Beginnings Coffee Club.

coffeeNot long into The New Beginnings Coffee Club, I was reminded of the quote attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt: “A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong it is until you put it in hot water.”

Jenny, the main character in Samantha Tonge’s latest book, has definitely been dunked in hot water but I really enjoyed seeing this strong woman find her way.

Here’s the blurb:

Everyone deserves a second chance…don’t they?

Jenny Masters finds herself living the modern dream. Wife to a millionaire, living in a mansion and mother to Kardashian-obsessed ten-year-old April, there isn’t anything missing. Until, her whole world comes crashing down, forcing Jenny and April to leave behind their glittering life and start over with nothing.

With village gossip following her wherever she goes, she finds refuge and a job in the new coffee shop in town. As the days pass Jenny fears she doesn’t have what it takes to pick herself back up and give April the life she always wanted to.

But with the help of enigmatic new boss Noah, and housemate Elle, Jenny realises it’s never too late to become the woman life really intended you to be!

Without giving anything away that would spoil it, there are hidden depths to this book, which make it all the more impressive, in my opinion.

It’s so easy to get lost in the warm-hearted story, as all of the characters, not just Jenny, have their own intriguing tales to tell.

And Samantha Tonge is adept at making sure each chapter hooks you in so you just have to keep reading long into the night.

Having said that, while it was really is an enjoyable read, admirably tackling some challenging issues, everything seemed like it was resolved a little too easily – and I know that’s generally what you want from this sort of book but it just didn’t quite work for me.

Mind you, I’m still happily giving it four stars and I don’t think you would regret popping it in your bag as you head off on your summer holidays.

Format: Kindle.

Price: £2.99.

My rating: Four stars.

With thanks to HQ Digital (via NetGalley) for the ARC in return for my honest opinion.