Four Fab Summer Reads
With summer getting ready to pull on the woolly hat and open the door to autumn, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite reads this summer.
There were a number of tense, edgy crime stories I want to mention before getting to the more summery feel-good vibe...
Keeper of Secrets - Lynda Stacey
The Lost Girls - Helen Pryke
Bad to the Bone –Tony J Forder
The Scent of Guilt – Tony J Forder
Now for four less grisly fab summer reads
The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay – Nicola May
An easy read with just the right amount of hope, joy and reality.
When Rosa Larkin inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village, her first thought is to sell it for cash and sort out her life. But her mysterious benefactor has left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it. Rosa makes up her mind to give it a go: to put everything she has into getting the shop up and running again in the small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay. But can she do it all on her own?
With surprising and heartfelt results, Rosa, accompanied at all times by her little sausage dog Hot, will slowly unravel the shadowy secrets of the inheritance, and also bring her own, long-hidden heritage into the light.
If you fancy a trip to the beach, head to Devon and Cockleberry Bay! Heads up... there are 2 more books in the series!
Escape to the French Farmhouse - Jo Thomas
If you haven’t read any of Jo’s books you’re missing out big time! All of her books have an amazing sense of place; you are literally there, living the story. Escape to the French Farmhouse is true to form.
Del is left alone in a crumbling farmhouse in Provence when her husband heads back to England just six weeks after arriving in France. She is sure that staying and making a new life for herself in France will make her happier but has no idea how she will pay the mortgage or fix up the house.
Discovering an old recipe book at the market run by the rather attractive Fabian, Del starts to bake. But can her new-found passion really help her let go of the past and lead to true happiness?
The characters and the place are so wonderfully written, the pages are alive with sights, sounds and smells of Provence. The emotions are real, I felt them all. I want to live there!
When Never Comes – Barbara Davies
This was my first of Barbara’s books and won’t be the last. It captivated me from the very first page to the last. This book is uplifting, heart-warming and heart-breaking in equal measures.
Desperate for answers after her husband dies in a car crash with a mystery woman by his side, Christy-Lynn is shattered to learn that Stephen and his mistress had a child—a little girl named Iris, who now lives in poverty with her ailing great-grandmother. The thought of Iris abandoned to the foster care system—as Christy-Lynn once was—is unbearable. But she’s spent her whole life running—determined never to be hurt again. Will she finally stand still long enough to open herself up to forgiveness and love?
Such an emotional read, so happy with the ending!
Nancy Cornish PI – Amanda James
I love a bit of psychic mystery and Amanda James doesn't disappoint with her second Nancy Cornish book.
Nancy, seemingly an ordinary member of her community, has an extraordinary gift. She is able to make psychic connections with those who have passed, and objects belonging to those still living. The PI denotes Psychic Investigator, not Private Investigator.
People come to Nancy for all sorts of reasons. Some are new clients, some are old friends, and she often discovers that what they say they need help with, is only the beginning of their story. Nancy’s investigations and discoveries help them to see what’s most important to them in life, and how to achieve it. And as we all know, that thing is happiness.
Her characters are always relatable and real, you want them to get a happy outcome (apart from the villains, of course!) Let's not forget the stunning Cornwall location which Amanda never fails to describe with such beauty that I'm back in the dream of wanting to live there!
Really hoping there is a 3rd Nancy Cornish book in the pipeline!