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Some memories are best forgotten...Others won't ever go away. For Kit, the quiet Devon village she visits every year is the perfect retreat. But this summer, she arrives with a heart in turmoil: years have passed since Kit last saw Jake, but now he has written asking to meet again. For Mungo, the village is simply home and the ideal getaway for friends, like Kit, even if he aches at the old memories they bring - and the secrets they stir in him. As the summer unfolds, hidden truths are uncovered that will shatter the sleepy community. But those involved soon realize that the only way to move forward might be to confront the past...Praise for Marcia Willett: "A beautifully woven tale of families, secrets, love and loss." (Liz Fenwick). "A genuine voice of our times." (The Times). "Riveting, moving and utterly feel-good." (Daily Mail).

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A Comfortable Read

I have read books by Marcia Willet in the past & found her a very relaxing writer. Her books tend to lean towards the "cosy" style with a little bit of an extra twist. This book lived up to this style and was very enjoyable.

The story is set around a very small community of people consisting of aging actor, Sir Mungo and his houseguest Kit, Mungo's brother Archie and his wife Camilla and the young army wife renting the cottage down the road with her two small children. Add into this a few supporting actors & the stage is set. The story focusses on Mungo's past and the secrets which may come back to haunt him, Kit and Archie, and the future of young Emma and her children.

I love this style of book where you feel as if you are amongst a group of friends telling stories. Marcia Willet writes wonderfully making the reader feel very much a part of the story with great characters who become friends. I loved Mungo with his dry sense of humour and the characters from his past with their stories. Archie & Camilla have a more basic everyday problem which kept the reader grounded - money! Poor Emma is rather dissatisfied with life but doesn't know what she wants. Unfortunately her search to discover this could go disasterously.

This is a very comfortable read. I do not in any way mean to demean it by saying that it is a perfect holiday read. The book was easy to put down and pick up, had its amusing moments and didn't require excessive concentration to keep hold of the threads.

I would be very happy to settle back with another book by this author in the near future.

 
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