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This is a contemporary suspense and second chance romance that is filled with family drama, secrets and more. Becca Gates has spent most of her adult life working as her author Mum’s PA, so is shocked to learn that her Mum, Pearl Gates, has returned from an extended cruise engaged and is moving in with her fiancé, Jack, to plan their wedding. This involves moving from their London home to Rivermede and that’s when all the intrigue starts – with Becca’s ex-fiancé appearing under another name issuing dire warnings, Jack’s son being unwelcoming and not everyone being how they first appeared.
This is a story with great characters most of whom live and work in a small community but there are secrets to be revealed and you’re never quite certain just who can be trusted. There are assumptions, suspicions, mistakes and surprises throughout the story, including a major revelation very close to the end! It is a page turner that keeps you guessing and a lovely story to escape into, complete with different but happy endings for several of the characters.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Career girl Becca Gates’ organised life is thrown into chaos when her mother, romantic novelist Pearl, announces her surprise engagement to Jack, a man she has only just met.
Worse news follows when Pearl tells Becca she intends to leave London, quit writing, and retire to her new fiancé’s idyllic waterside home on the south coast. Becca is determined to prevent Pearl from making a disastrous mistake, but when she at arrives at Rivermede, more shocks await when she stumbles upon a familiar yet unwelcome face from her past.
As Pearl embraces her new life amongst the local sailing fraternity, Becca receives a grim warning that all is not as calm as it seems at picturesque Rivermede, and if she wants to keep her family safe, she should keep them away.
But why should Becca trust the man who has betrayed her before, the man who broke her heart, the man who thinks he knows all her secrets?
Rosie Travers grew up in Southampton on the south coast of England and loved escaping into a good book at a very early age. After many years juggling motherhood and a variety of jobs in local government she moved to Southern California in 2009. With time on her hands she started a blog about the perils of ex-pat life which rekindled a teenage desire to become a writer. Now permanently settled back in the UK, Rosie takes inspiration from the towns and landscape of her native south coast and enjoys writing heart-warming stories sprinkled with mystery, tragedy, comedy and romance. Rosie’s debut novel, The Theatre of Dreams, was published by Crooked Cats Books in August 2018. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association.
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Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Reads for providing materials for this post and organising the tour it is part of. The review is my own, honest opinion after choosing to read this intriguing story.