Secrets. Sisters. The summer that changed everything . . .
Life in the Cornish village of Pendruggan isn’t always picture perfect. Penny Leighton has never told anyone why she’s estranged from her mother and sister. For years she’s kept her family secrets locked away in her heart, but they’ve been quietly eating away at her. When an unwelcome visitor blows in, Penny is brought face to face with the past. And a postcard, tucked away in a long-hidden case, holds the truth that could change everything.
Young Ella has come back to the place where she spent a happy childhood with her grandmother. Now she’s here to search for everything missing in her life. Taken under Penny’s broken wing for the summer, the safe haven of Pendruggan feels like the place for a fresh start. Soon, however, Ella starts to wonder if perhaps her real legacy doesn’t lie in the past at all.
I was so excited to receive an advanced copy of this book, I have read all of Fern Britton’s novels and really enjoyed them. The cover is absolutely stunning and I couldn’t wait to melt away into this story. Some of the characters I have met already as I have read the previous novels so felt as though I was back there with friends. The story does tackle some rather personal issues but they are all dealt with such sensitivity. I do wonder whether there will be a sequel, I would definitely like one.
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When the residents of the Cornish seaside town of Trevay discover that their much-loved theatre is about to be taken over by a coffee chain, they are up in arms. It is up to Penny Leighton, hotshot producer and the vicar’s wife, to come up with a rescue plan. Armed with only her mobile phone, she starts to pull in some serious favours.
The town is soon deluged by actors, all keen to show their support and take part in a charity season at the theatre. One of the arrivals is Jess Tate, girlfriend of TV heartthrob Ryan Hearst. His career is on the rise while her own is in the doldrums. But everything is about to change. Trevay must put on the show of its life – but can the villagers, and Jess, hold on to the thing they love the most?
This is the second book by Fern Britton that I have read and even though I did enjoy it, some parts to me did feel quite rushed. There are quite a lot of characters in this book so I did find myself having to concentrate, having said that all the characters were well written and I did feel for a couple of them. It was a good story and the setting seemed idyllic. A gripping story that you wont want to put down.
Two sisters. One house. The holiday of a lifetime…
Set on a Cornish cliff, Atlantic House has been the jewel in the Carew family crown for centuries. Each year, the Carew sisters embark on the yearly summer holiday, but they are as different as vinegar and honey. Prudence, hard-nosed business woman married to the meek and mild Francis, is about to get the shock reminder that you should never take anything for granted. Constance, loving wife to philandering husband Greg, has always been outwitted by her manipulative sibling.
Suspecting that Pru wants to get her hands on Atlantic House, Connie wont take things lying down. When an old face appears on the scene, years of simmering resentments reach boiling point. Little do the women know that a long buried secret is about to bite them all on the bottom. Is this one holiday that will push them over the edge, or can Constance and Pru leave the past where it belongs?
I have read Fern Britton’s previous novels and thoroughly enjoyed them. This book i found hard to get into at the beginning but after the third chapter i got into it and couldn’t work out what was going to happen next, which i like in a book. This book is all about family relationships, rivalry and history repeating itself. Fern makes the setting in Cornwall easy to visualise you can tell she has a passion for the place and my my what a place Atlantic House is, when i go to Cornwall i will definitely be searching the cliff tops for it. A light and easy read perfect for a holiday especially if your going down to Cornwall.