Welcome to my turn on the blog tour for Her Mother’s Secret by Rosanna Ley.
Her Mother’s Secret is published in paperback on 14th June 2018 by Quercus Books.
For many years Colette has avoided returning to her homeland – the magical island of Belle-Île-en-Mer in Southern Brittany – afraid to confront the painful memories she left behind.
She is living on the Cornish coast when she hears about her mother Thea’s failing health and realises that the time has come for her to go home. But can Colette ever forgive Thea for what she has done?
Despite Colette’s wariness, romantic Belle-Île still fascinates her. She takes on the running of her mother’s flower shop and makes friends with Élodie from the Old Lighthouse where Thea once worked as a nanny and with the enigmatic Étienne who shares Colette’s mixed feelings about the island. As Thea opens up to her for the first time, Colette finds herself softening and being drawn back into the landscape of her past.
But can Belle-Île also be a part of her future?
The ghosts of that past still linger. What happened all those years ago and how did it cause the rift between mother and daughter? It becomes clear that the beauty of Belle-Île hides a devastating family secret – one that Colette is determined to unravel at any cost.
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A big thank you to Anne Cater and the publisher for issuing me with my review copy of the book and for asking me to participate on the blog tour.
This book is a thing of beauty! From the beautiful locations to the complicated characters, it’s the ideal read to get you in the mood for summer.
When I started reading, I was happy to find out that the story started in beautiful Porthleven in Cornwall which is where I spend my summer holidays. I had the advantage of being able to picture everything perfectly.
We start the story with Colette who left her hometown of Belle-Ile when she was a teenager and hasn’t returned since. She is living quietly in Porthleven and working for a local holiday letting agency. When she receives a letter calling her back home she struggles with the decision to return she hasn’t spoken to in a number of years.
Rosanna Ley does an amazing thing with her writing and you can feel the tension rising from the pages as we are introduced to the characters of Elodie and Etienne in Belle-Ile who each have their own secrets that we discover slowly through the story.
The three characters and their stories are all entwined throughout the book and I loved this. They could almost be a book on their own! I don’t want to give too much away to this beautiful and haunting story but I was utterly captivated and sad to leave this beautiful setting.
A perfect story to read in the sunshine on holiday!
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About the Author
Rosanna Ley has had six novels published by Quercus Books. She has worked as a creative writing tutor for many years and has written articles and stories for a number of national magazines.
Her writing holidays and retreats take place in stunning locations in Spain and Italy. When she is not travelling, Rosanna lives in West Dorset by the sea.
Visit Rosanna: @RosannaLey / http://www.rosannaley.com