Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Review (12th January 2017)
Love is in the air in St Carys, but you’d never know it – the people of this seaside town are very good at keeping secrets…
The man Clemency loves belongs to someone else. She has to hide her true feelings – but when she ropes in an unsuspecting friend to help, wires start to get crossed.
For the first time in Ronan’s life his charm has failed him in winning over the woman he wants. Loving her from afar appears to be his only option.
Belle seems to have the perfect boyfriend, but something isn’t quite right. And now a long-buried secret is slowly rising to the surface.
The truth has a funny way of revealing itself, and when it does St Carys will be a very different place indeed…
You should all know by now, I love Jill Mansell. Along with Milly Johnson, she is my “go to” author when someone asks me for the first time “Can you recommend me something to read”. How they react to one of Jill’s (or Milly’s) books guides me towards what I can recommend in future. For me, Jill Mansell’s books fit all of the criteria for “women’s fiction” – girl meets boy, falls in love, stuff happens, they get together at the end following a few misunderstandings, a few frustrated moments from the reader and a few tears chucked in for good measure. That’s not to say I am under valuing the type of story – this is EXACTLY what I love from my books. Books that are easy to read, don’t require analysing (trust me, I’ve done an English Degree, I just want to take a book at face value), and books that make you fall in love – with the characters, the setting, the notion of falling in love (I have been known to be reading a book and wishing I was still single so I could have this love story! – sorry hubby!)
All new Jill Mansell books, for me, signal the start of Spring so I was very excited to get my hands on this one. I left it a bit later than normal to read as I was still recovering from the last book I had read (see last blog post). This book was just what I needed to read!
Set in the Cornish town of St Carys, the story follows the life of Clem as she meets and falls in love with a stranger on a flight home from Spain. Sadly, it wasn’t to be so Clem moves on with her life – and moves back to her home town of St Carys. Her horrid/sweet/nasty/lovely step sister Belle arrives home one day with her new boyfriend and Clem struggles with her feelings as her sister’s new fella ticks all of her boxes!!
Along the way, Clem enlists the help of her friend (and colleague) Ronan to help her “get over” Belle’s boyfriend – and to make Belle jealous as she has always had a thing for him! The locals get mixed up in a couple of love triangles and they keep some big, life changing, secrets from each other. And, of course, there are surprises along the way!!
I loved it!! As I was reading the descriptions of the bay and the sand and the sea, I could feel the sun on my face and could completely visualise myself there. I was transported to Cornwall on a summer’s day.
This book is a perfect Summer Holiday read if you’re planning ahead, or it’s perfect for those lovely Spring days that are (hopefully) soon on their way. After I finished the book, I ended up booking a weekend in Looe, Cornwall! oops!!
My only grumble is it’s now another 12 months until the next one! Nooooooo!