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A Summer Of Secrets (Countryside Dreams, Book 2) based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
When Portia returns to Buttersley for her father’s funeral, she also needs to sort out the family home, Buttersley Manor, a place that was once the show of the village. She is still in love with the town and her friends live there, so she decides to stay and live at Buttersley Manor, however the place is in disrepair and it is going to take a lot of money to fix it up. Jenny is controlled by her overbearing mother who blames her for her fathers death. Her mother constantly bullies her and now in her 50’s Jenny is trying to take control of her life back, but it isn’t all smooth sailing. Richard is married to the love of his life, but a surprise from the past is set to rock his family life. Joe, the window cleaner, who offers his clients an extra service of ‘happiness’, has a chance meeting with his ex, and their son that he hasn’t seen for a long time. Will the two of them get back together, and after all this time of pining to get his family back, is this truly what Joe wants? The book set in the quaint, yet exquisite village of Buttersley and is all about the towns residents dealing with their own personal problems, of which there are many. The lives of the residents interweave and it was lovely to have that crossover between the individual stories. It is hard to say which character I liked the best, as they were all unique and each brought that special something to the story. I did feel so sorry for Jenny though, as I couldn’t understand how any mother could say the things that her mother did to her, and emotionally blackmailed her continuously on a daily basis. I’d have walked out many years ago. Mother or no mother, I wouldn’t allow someone to treat me as a doormat. There is always something fun and exciting going on in Buttersley, and I couldn’t wait to zoom through the book to find out what Alice had in store for her characters. It was nice to see some of them evolve and become different people to how they started out, including some of the secondary characters. Alice has done a fantastic job, and I can’t wait to read more from her. Reviewed by Stacey at Whispering Stories Book Blog
This is the second book in the ‘Country Affairs’ series .. this time focusing on four of the villagers. We get an insight into all their lives and follow the ups and downs. Portia .. returns to Buttersley Manor after the death of her father. She is determined to keep the property despite it’s rapid decline and mounting debts. Joe .. a real wide-boy, has his own window cleaning business that involves ‘servicing’ the women as much as cleaning windows! He never got over the break-up of his relationship .. what happens when she returns into his life with his son? Rich .. successful business, happily married with a young daughter, life is perfect in their world until Candi arrives. Will she wreck the happy family unit? Jenny .. poor downtrodden woman, bullied and belittled by her mother. She gave up all plans to go to Uni and as she fast approaches fifty the tide has to turn. Can she establish a life of her own? This is a fast paced story but ideally written so it’s easy to follow and know exactly who everyone is. The scene is set so that the reader can feel themselves in the midst of the village, it would be so simple just to pop into the pub and chat with any of these characters because they all feel so real. I liked Jenny, I had a certain amount of sympathy for her because my mother was very similar but on the other hand I wanted to yell at her and tell her to get out and stand on her own two feet! My favourite had to be cheeky Joe, he had a soft heart really he just needed to be treated properly for it to show. Fabulous book, so quick to devour and perfect for the lazy, hazy days of summer. I look forward to part three. Thanks to Netgalley, Carina and Neverland Blog tours for the opportunity to read in exchange for my honest opinion.