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…
I do like a good Jill Mansell book, Jill’s books to me are the equivalent to a nice cup of coffee – makes me feel warm inside, addictive and can’t go a day without having it.
The opening of this story is set on an aeroplane, Clemency almost misses her flight and is all in a fluster, so it’s Sod’s law she is seated next to the handsome Sam. Initially Sam comes across as rude but as he gets to know Clemency he mellows and they are soon getting on like a house on fire. But Sam is not all he seems and gives Clemency false hope. I got really excited when Clemency mentioned she lived in Northampton – my home town and was really looking forward to reading about Clem shopping down Abington Street but this wasn’t to be as the story soon fast forwards 3 years and Clemency has moved to St Carys in Cornwall and has gone from selling cars to selling houses. It doesn’t take long for Sam to appear in the story again but he’s out of bounds to Clem although the chemistry is still visibly there.
There are lots of characters in this story- Ronan is Clemencys friend and work colleague who comes across as a bit of a floozy with the women. Belle- Clemencys spoilt step-sister who is actually harbouring a secret that explains why she is the way she is. Katie , the lovely postie who like Clemency, longs for a man she can’t have yet puts up a hard front. These are just a few of the many characters, each of the characters all have their own secrets and pasts that have a habit of catching up with them and are all very likeable. I loved how all the characters were linked in some way and each chapter delved further into each particular characters story, so you really get to know the characters.
A steady paced story that was full of unexpected surprises , drama and friendship, that I didn’t want to end.
Thanks to Netgalley and Headline Review for the review copy in exchange for an honest opinion.