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The Secret of Summerhayes by Merryn Allingham

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List Price: £7.99


Paperback: 350 Pages.

Published: 27 July 2017 by HQ

Edition: First edition

ISBN: 0008193851

EAN: 9780008193850

Summer 1944: Bombed out by the blitz, Bethany Merston takes up a post as companion to elderly Alice Summer, last remaining inhabitant of the dilapidated and crumbling Summerhayes estate. Now a shadow of its former glory; most of the rooms have been shut up, the garden is overgrown and the whole place feels as unwelcoming as the family themselves.

Struggling with the realities of war, Alice is plagued by anonymous letters and haunting visions of her old household. At first, Beth tries to convince her it’s all in her mind but soon starts to unravel the mysteries surrounding the aristocratic family’s past.

An evocative and captivating tale, The Secret of Summerhayes tells of dark secrets, almost-forgotten scandals and a household teetering on the edge of ruin.


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Light Romance - Better Than Average

It is wartime & Beth is a companion to an elderly lady, Alice Summers, who lives in a country house with the army camped out in the grounds. Alice's daughter disappeared years ago but who is sending the mysterious letters? Will Beth fall for the local landowner or the young soldier whose past is mysterious?

To be honest this isn't an original book and it is rather predictable. It didn't take long for me to size up the story and know who was going to be married to who and how the mystery was solved. Having said that, as a book of this type, it is quite good. The characters are interesting with good personalities and some back story.  I did care about them to some extent and was keen to finish the book & be sure that my predictions were correct.

I would have liked a little more information on the past. Perhaps some flashbacks giving more details of the missing daughter would have been nice. However, I do know that not everyone is a fan of flashbacks so may see their lack as a big positive.

There are many book in a similar style available on the market. I would class this as one of the better books of this style; certainly above average.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

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