Somewhere to review books I'm reading without giving away any spoilers!
Title: Summer by the Lake
Tagline: a sweeping summer romance
Author: Mandy Baggot
This is a contemporary romance but with a strong thread running through it concerning traumatic events nine years ago, the after effects and searching for the truth.
Robyn Matthers is returning to her American hometown after spending nine years in England. Her father is ill in hospital and she’s going back to take over the running of his roadhouse and the local ice hockey team. Now I love ice hockey so that was definitely a winning element for me, though how they coped with so few players I have no idea!! On her journey she meets Cole Ryan, who is moving to work in the same town. She’s going back and will have lots of good and horrible memories to face . . . . he’s moving there leaving his family to make a fresh start with a new job and home. Can these two help each other heal?
This story is packed with small time characters, team players and one huge event that has affected so many of their lives. As the lies about what happened start to be revealed, can they discover the truth and bring the real perpetrator to justice? This is a very moving story but could be a trigger for some as it involves a fifteen year old being raped. It isn’t full of gory detail, but does show just how the victim can be traumatised long after it occurred and how it can impact on their relationships with others. There are many funny incidents, too, especially involving the precocious twins, Robyn’s stepmother to be, Cole’s Mum and the hockey players. You even get to find just where Henrik is from in the end!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this moving story via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it…… I was so glad when the real perpetrator was caught!!
Going home has never been easy…
With her dad in hospital, Robyn Matthers needs to go home and take charge. But does she have the strength to do it?
Cole Ryan is on a personal mission. Tall, dark and handsome, Robyn has certainly noticed the brooding hockey player around town. But can she trust her feelings – or his? But she can’t risk the past she’s kept buried for so long coming out and he hasn’t opened his heart for a long time.
Will the two of them be able to finally open up, and let themselves, just maybe, fall in love…
Previously published as Taking Charge.