A perfect, feel-good summer read about love, life and family.
One long hot summer. Secrets never stay buried for long…
Portia is determined to restore Buttersley Manor, her family’s crumbling ancestral home, to its former glory. Yet she has a feeling that there are a few forgotten skeletons in the dust-covered cupboards.
Jenny has put her life on hold for far too long. It’s time to finally start living and to dig up those hopes and dreams she’s kept hidden all these years – but is she brave enough?
Rich is happily married with a beautiful wife and lovely daughter. In fact, his world is perfect until a very unexpected consequence of his past walks through the door…
Joe would like nothing more than to travel back in time to when he and Gina were happy. But is it too late to rescue what they once had?
One thing’s for sure, nothing’s ever quite what it seems when it comes to life in the country!
Summer is the perfect time for some feel-good chick lit and this book fits the category perfectly! A Summer of Secrets is part of Alice Ross’s Countryside Dreams series, but can also be read as a standalone too.
As with the first book in the series, A Summer of Secrets is made up of several story threads, all of which are richly woven throughout the book. Each character had their own goals and aspirations, which I felt worked really well here. Sometimes with multiple stories in one book, some can get lost or some can feel stronger than others. In this book, however, each arc was really well-developed and compelling. Alice Ross has done a fantastic job of creating a novel full of immersive plots and engaging characters. The settings were also beautifully described; who wouldn’t want to move into Buttersley Manor, even if it needed a bit of TLC?!
A Summer of Secrets is a great choice if you’re looking for a book to read in the garden on a sunny day. It’s a great follow-on from An Autumn Affair and carries Alice Ross’s trademark warmth and flair for creating wonderful characters and stories.
Alice Ross used to work in the financial services industry where she wrote riveting, enthralling brochures about pensions and ISAs that everyone read avidly and no one ever put straight into the bin.
One day, when nobody was looking, she managed to escape. Dragging her personal chef (aka her husband) along with her, she headed to Spain, where she began writing witty, sexy, romps designed to amuse slightly more than pension brochures.
Missing Blighty (including the weather – but don’t tell anyone), she returned five years later and now works part-time in the tourism industry.
When not writing, she can be found scratching out a tune on her violin, walking her dog in wellies two sizes too big (don’t ask!), or standing on her head in a yoga pose.