Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Book Review: Summer At Shell Cottage by Lucy Diamond

I know, another book review?! You're on a reading streak Rhiannon! More often that not my head has been stuck in a book recently, even over watching TV or blogging. Which means that it must be a good'un...

Book Review Summer At Shell Cottage by Lucy Diamond

"A seaside holiday at Shell Cottage in Devon has always been the perfect escape for the Tarrant family. Beach fun, barbecues and warm summer evenings with a cocktail or two - who could ask for more?"

I have previously reviewed The Year Of Taking Chances by Lucy Diamond and loved the book split between the three characters and the way each story seamlessly moulds to each other. Summer At Shell Cottage took in not only three, but a whole family tree of stories to contend with! It focused mainly on three central women (Mum, Daughter and Daughter-in-Law) and also their families and the troubles that followed them to the seaside town of Silver Sands Bay. And trust me, there was a lot of drama!

Olivia is a widow after her husband Alec, a famous author, suffers a heart attack following a mysterious phone call. She struggles through but plans her usual summer holiday with her children and grandchildren to Silver Sands Bay, but arrives to the town with an unexpected surprise...

Her daughter Freya is known as 'the coper' but life as a GP, mum and wife becomes too much and she turns to a bottle of wine instead. Freya's sister-in-law, Harriet discovers her husband and young daughter have been hiding secrets from her, which threatens to tear apart their relationship.

As you can tell, it's definitely a story that keeps you on your toes and throws you from one drama to the next. I love the variety of characters in each chapter, they each have their own personality and voice that you're bound to love at least one of them. Summer At Shell Cottage is an intriguing and wise read, that'll leave you with thoughts of love and friendship.

As the saying goes, 'don't judge a book by its cover' but I am so guilty of this! All of Lucy Diamond's front covers follow a running theme and are always so enticing with their strap lines, this one being 'Sun. Sea. Sand. Secrets...' - how can that not make you want to read it?

I'd totally recommend this as a great summer read, with a touch of chic lit and freshness about it.

Have you read of any Lucy Diamond's books? What's your best summer read?

Rhiannon x

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