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A seaside holiday at Shell Cottage in Devon has always been the perfect escape for the Tarrant family. But this year, everything has changed. Following her husband's recent death, Olivia is struggling to pick up the pieces. Harriet's looking forward to a break with her lovely husband Robert and teenage daughter Molly. But unknown to Harriet, Robert is hiding a secret - and A seaside holiday at Shell Cottage in Devon has always been the perfect escape for the Tarrant family. But this year, everything has changed. Following her husband's recent death, Olivia is struggling to pick up the pieces. Harriet's looking forward to a break with her lovely husband Robert and teenage daughter Molly. But unknown to Harriet, Robert is hiding a secret - and so, for that matter, is Molly...


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A seaside holiday at Shell Cottage in Devon has always been the perfect escape for the Tarrant family. But this year, everything has changed. Following her husband's recent death, Olivia is struggling to pick up the pieces. Harriet's looking forward to a break with her lovely husband Robert and teenage daughter Molly. But unknown to Harriet, Robert is hiding a secret - and A seaside holiday at Shell Cottage in Devon has always been the perfect escape for the Tarrant family. But this year, everything has changed. Following her husband's recent death, Olivia is struggling to pick up the pieces. Harriet's looking forward to a break with her lovely husband Robert and teenage daughter Molly. But unknown to Harriet, Robert is hiding a secret - and so, for that matter, is Molly...

30 review for Summer at Shell Cottage (Unabridged Audiobook)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ali Bookworm

    I started this book on my birthday the hottest day of the year and finished today on a miserable rainy day which summed it up ..how summer ends (even though I hope it hasnt yet). I had been looking forward to it..the cover is beautiful enough and it was such a lovely read. The characters were all very likeable and the descriptions of Shell Cottage and the seaside were so good it was hard to imagine you weren't actually there! I love Devon. It made me sad towards the end...and without spoilers so I started this book on my birthday the hottest day of the year and finished today on a miserable rainy day which summed it up ..how summer ends (even though I hope it hasnt yet). I had been looking forward to it..the cover is beautiful enough and it was such a lovely read. The characters were all very likeable and the descriptions of Shell Cottage and the seaside were so good it was hard to imagine you weren't actually there! I love Devon. It made me sad towards the end...and without spoilers some of the descriptions of summer ending were just so spot on and how I feel every year when the season draws to a close. It was one of those books I didn't want to end but I need to finish...am just glad I still have others of Lucy Diamonds to enjoy. I feel a Christmas at Shell Cottage in the pipeline...!! (so if Lucy decides to write it I would like a mention :-) And I really want to go and stay in my very own Shell Cottage. A fantastic read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dale Harcombe

    three and a half stars For the Tarrant family, Shell Cottage in Devon has always been a seaside, summer idyll. Until this year when it all changed. Olivia is struggling to come to terms with her loss and the secret she discovers. Her daughter Freya is struggling to keep her work as a doctor and family life as mother to three children from overwhelming her. Robert, Olivia’s son has a huge secret that even his wife Harriet doesn’t know about. And unbeknown to Harriet, Molly, her fifteen year old da three and a half stars For the Tarrant family, Shell Cottage in Devon has always been a seaside, summer idyll. Until this year when it all changed. Olivia is struggling to come to terms with her loss and the secret she discovers. Her daughter Freya is struggling to keep her work as a doctor and family life as mother to three children from overwhelming her. Robert, Olivia’s son has a huge secret that even his wife Harriet doesn’t know about. And unbeknown to Harriet, Molly, her fifteen year old daughter is embarking on a very dangerous course. So, as you can see there are a number of problems and secrets that will ultimately come out of the summer. This is an easy read definitely in the chic lit genre but it does contain some darker incidents as well as a couple of light hearted moments. These lighter moments are often provided by Gloria, a character who enters Olivia’s life in a time of need and who becomes more than an employee. I thought certain aspects of the story could have been expanded on since they are huge issues. Yet, at the same time it felt like the ending had been wrapped up a little too swiftly and neatly. So for me it was a bit of a mixed read. I enjoyed it while reading it but after finishing it, I ended up thinking more about the things that troubled me about it. So best idea, read it yourself and make up your own mind. It is not a taxing read but one that deals with a lot of issues about secrets, truth and lies, family, marriage, work and friendship. In other words many of the things that make up life.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ReadbyCait

    I only started reading Lucy's books earlier this year, starting with The Year of Taking Chances and soon after I started One Night In Italy. I thoroughly enjoyed both of these books. Here she is again with Summer at Shell Cottage, which was another wonderful and eventful read. Shell cottage, which is in Devon, is the holiday home of the Tarrant’s, headed up by Olivia and Alec, they have two children, Freya and Robert. Alec has recently passed away and Olivia is struggling to move on, she can’t im I only started reading Lucy's books earlier this year, starting with The Year of Taking Chances and soon after I started One Night In Italy. I thoroughly enjoyed both of these books. Here she is again with Summer at Shell Cottage, which was another wonderful and eventful read. Shell cottage, which is in Devon, is the holiday home of the Tarrant’s, headed up by Olivia and Alec, they have two children, Freya and Robert. Alec has recently passed away and Olivia is struggling to move on, she can’t imagine returning to the cottage this summer without her husband Alec. With help from her son, she sets off for Devon, upon her arrival at the cottage, she finds out an earth shattering secret. The books introduces us to a very young Olivia on her wedding day, and then quickly fast-forward to the day of Alec’s death, and showing his family trying to cope. The family have always spent each summer together at Shell Cottage, where Alec and Olivia spent their wedding night, they then bought the cottage, when Alec became a best selling author. Freya is a GP experiencing a little bit of a crisis at work, so a relaxing holiday is just what she needs. With out of control children and a busy working husband. The family consider her to being having her life under control, the one that can organize everything and help everybody. She’s not able to get through the day without a drop of alcohol, she finds solace in the drink. Robert is married to Harriet who has been hurt in the past by a philandering husband. So when she catches Robert out, lying multiple times to her, her suspicions lead her to just one conclusion. Olivia she’s lost her soulmate, her best friend, her other half. She discovers more about Alec than she could ever imagine, all of her memories are shattered. Her journey is probably the biggest, a highlight for me. Watching her having to cope not only with a bombshell, she receives arriving at the cottage, the loss of her husband and at the same time having to deal with the problems that her family members are all facing, upon arriving at the cottage. Loved her relationship with her granddaughter Libby (we get a couple of chapters from her point of view) we get some lovely and touching scenes between the two of them. Olivia’s journey is almost a self discovery journey, becoming a changed woman - for the better - by the end of the story. Classic British summer holiday complete with BBQs, long walks, frolics on the sand, too much booze and shrieking kids. Loved that the book was set in Devon, took me back to all the summer holidays with the family that we have taken over the years. Summer at Shell cottage is another winner from Lucy, with a story that won’t disappoint, the conclusion to the story was a particularly enjoyable one. I am excited to see what Lucy releases next. While waiting for that release, I have all of her previous books to get stuck into.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    The Tarrant family have always spent the summer at Shell Cottage. Many years ago, when Alec and Olivia were newly-weds, they discovered this wonderful little spot. They returned year after year, until eventually they bought it. They brought their children, who in turn, brought their own children. Shell Cottage is full of happy memories, a place to be together, to relax and forget about the stresses of everyday life. This year is different. Alec died suddenly and Olivia is bereft. She has lost her The Tarrant family have always spent the summer at Shell Cottage. Many years ago, when Alec and Olivia were newly-weds, they discovered this wonderful little spot. They returned year after year, until eventually they bought it. They brought their children, who in turn, brought their own children. Shell Cottage is full of happy memories, a place to be together, to relax and forget about the stresses of everyday life. This year is different. Alec died suddenly and Olivia is bereft. She has lost her soul-mate, her best friend, the father of her children, her other half. When Olivia arrives at the cottage, her already upside-down world is shaken once more. She discovers more about Alec than she could ever have imagined. Her memories and beliefs are shattered, she's not sure that she will ever be mended. Lucy Diamond has, once again, created a cast of characters that the reader can relate to, can love and can empathise with. A family with huge characters and lots and lost of issues. Each family member is precisely drawn, with their own traits and huge personalities. The reader accompanies each one of them as they travel through the summer and deal with a holiday that none of them will forget. The Devon setting is perfect, described with exquisite detail that made me want to book a week in a cottage on the coastline immediately - and that says so much, as I actually read this novel whilst lying on a sun bed in Corfu! Lucy Diamond's writing is warm and witty, yet manages to deal with some serious issues intelligently and thoughtfully. Summer at Shell Cottage is another sparkly, glowing read from Lucy Diamond. Her fans will adore this one, and new readers will be delighted to find her stories too.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa Crooks

    I regret buying this book. I honestly, shamefully bought it for its cover, and after reading the summary I thought it couldn't be so bad. Oh how wrong I was. The plot is an overdone mish mash of pointless descriptions and women-on-the-verge-of-a-nervous-breakdown cliches. Every single character, every single plot device was predictable and boring. And it was unbearably long, to make matters worse. I loathed every moment of reading this book, constantly found myself groaning at everything, especial I regret buying this book. I honestly, shamefully bought it for its cover, and after reading the summary I thought it couldn't be so bad. Oh how wrong I was. The plot is an overdone mish mash of pointless descriptions and women-on-the-verge-of-a-nervous-breakdown cliches. Every single character, every single plot device was predictable and boring. And it was unbearably long, to make matters worse. I loathed every moment of reading this book, constantly found myself groaning at everything, especially at the way that the author presented the characters' inner dialogue, like a weird and unfunny stream-of-consciousness. But I read it all the way to the end so that I could make a properly informed critique. Or in other words, destroy it with authority. I can barely describe how much I hated this book anymore, I don't even want to think about it anymore, and I'm sure I won't, as soon as I pick up another, much more decent work of fiction. Does anyone want my copy? I will gladly give it away.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    Really enjoyed this book about family, dramas, and relationships. An easy to read, feel good book that gives you the warm fuzzies. I loved that it is set by the beach in a cottage, a place I dream of living.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Clough

    An excellent book by Lucy Diamond from the first line till the last line nothing disappointed me at all. Excellent characters and story lines that had you gripped all the way through. A family that lived a time of lies and how they come through it by going away to their family cottage and they work through their lies and problems to come through as a stronger family. Well worth reading.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Emma McD

    I thought this book would be a nice romance type novel, however the story was dissatisfying and actually just annoyed me a little.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne Morgan

    what a great book...from the beautiful cover to the last line in the final chapter nothing disappointed me...The storyline of this family saga and how the characters evolved during there summer holiday had me gripped. Totally recommend this for a brilliant summer beach read..

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sally Daffarn

    I started listening to this book as light relief after a Steven King thriller. It was certainly light relief but it also had very little depth and the conclusion was so long winded and predictable with all the story lines finished it was just bland.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Raitt

    I feel a little harsh for only giving 3 stars, but I didn’t love it enough to give it 4 stars. It was captivating in places but just not my usual cup of tea. This was more about lies and deceit than my usual romance. A nice read really just not my cup of tea I guess.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ellie Hardy

    Nice book to read but not really much of a story line or exciting ending more like 3 or 4 stories in one that just ended without anything really happening. Still it kept me turning the pages.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Agi

    Each time when I hear that Lucy Diamond is writing her new book, I start to count the days to the publication day. It wasn't different this time, "Summer at the Shell Cottage" has sounded so promising and inviting, and when I saw its cover for the first time, I could swoon. When it arrived on my doorstep, the reality exceeded my expectations, as the cover of my proof is just gorgeous! It has such lovely colours, and it's shiny, outside and inside! Just imagine what it means for such a sucker as Each time when I hear that Lucy Diamond is writing her new book, I start to count the days to the publication day. It wasn't different this time, "Summer at the Shell Cottage" has sounded so promising and inviting, and when I saw its cover for the first time, I could swoon. When it arrived on my doorstep, the reality exceeded my expectations, as the cover of my proof is just gorgeous! It has such lovely colours, and it's shiny, outside and inside! Just imagine what it means for such a sucker as me, a person who loves a wonderful cover and glitter. Ha! But it is not only the cover that made me feel so excited. The premise to the book sounded just like my cup of tea: again, it's about a group of women, and secrets, just my kind of read, and when I finished it, I was ooh - ing and aah - ing for a very long time, feeling so, so good and contented. What is the story about? Well, it's about Olivia and her family. It introduces us to very young Olivia on her wedding day to Alec and then quickly fast - forwards to a day of Alec's death and showing his family trying to cope with this unexpected fact. The family used to spent each summer together in the Shell Cottage, where Alec and Olivia spent their wedding night, and that they bought after he became a best - selling authors of crime, and this year, albeit reluctantly, they are going to Shell Cottage for their holidays as well. But this time it's a little different - they discover Alec's biggest secret, that is going maybe not to change their lives, but to change their perspectives for sure. Also, all of the family members has their own problems, demons and - yes, secrets! What is going to happen with their lovely holidays? And are they going to come to terms with all the mysteries? Ah Lucy, lovely Lucy, she did it again! She wrote a real corker of a book that I couldn't put down, that has me hooked already after the first few pages! Let's start the gushing with the characters - realistic, vivid, jumping out of the pages characters that feel like real people and that I loved wholeheartedly. Out of the three women I think it is Olivia that we don't know so well. Mostly she was in the shade of her husband, even after his death, and I truly, truly adored how she was coming to terms with the truth that she's just learnt. Of course the lovely Gloria has here big merits, there wouldn't be the new Olivia without Gloria, so thank you so much Gloria, and hats of to you, because I much more liked this new Olivia. She was full of life and spirit and plucked up the courage to do things that she would never even considered before. So yes, I'd much preferred Olivia after Alec's death - sorry Alec. She was like this proverbial Phoenix rising from the ashes and she proved that it's never too late to do things you've never imagined to do before. Freya was the one, I think, that the story focused on mostly. She's a GP, the one that all the others consider to have life under control, the one that can organise everything and help everybody. But for sure they don't think that she can loose it one day - or can she? Making a mistake during examination of a little baby, not being able to go through a day without the comfortable feeling of alcohol going down her throat, snapping at children... You know, I think she must have really been a strong woman because she was able to come to her senses in time and get a grip, again without no - one's help. She strikes me to be the one that all other can go to with their problems but she can't do this, she has nobody like this in her surrounding and this is why she lost it. This journey from drinking to non - drinking was maybe a little too fast and too fairy - tale like, but on the other hand, if there was one person who could overcome her own problems, it was Freya. And last but not least, Harriet. I think I liked her the most, although I adored all three women in this story, but Harriet seemed just to be closest to my heart. Really no particular reason why, maybe because she worked at school? Maybe because she was so great as a mother? I don't know, but I have liked her from start to finish and rooted for her. Yes, she might have been a little naive but I think it is normal that we don't want to think the worst and try to find excuses. But also she could be like a fury, thunder and storm in one person - but it was totally understandable that she reacted this way once or twice. This is a little different to all the other stories about girls - power, women getting to know each other and then changing their lives for better, because in fact those women already knew each other, but it also seems that in this every - day reality they lost touch and well, this summer it was as if they were getting to know each other again, afresh, as if they were starting again. But this time Lucy also scrutinizes male characters, especially Victor and Robert, and proves that she can write not only about girls. She has brilliantly show the nature of Robert and described him really vividly and realistically, all his feelings, and I really felt sorry for him. But it is again a case of lack of communication - while he was thinking his parents never appreciated him, that his family saw him as a failure and the second - best, it turned out that it wasn't true - so yes, please, let's speak with our beloved ones and tell them how much we appreciate and love them! Also, there were some chapters told from the children's point of view, and I couldn't stop admiring how quickly and how easily the author changed her perspective and how brilliantly she could change her voice into those of children. Those chapters were truly told as if from a child or teenager's perspective, and they wonderfully captured their voice, their feelings, their reflections. I specially adored Milly's parts in the book, as they touched some really important issues, and when it came to THIS meeting I could feel my eyes widen and felt my mouth doing a very round and big "O" - such big surprise was this twist for me. Yes, there are some secrets in the books and some mysteries to be solved, and maybe they are not some world - changing or jaw - dropping secrets, but I think this is the magic of Lucy's books - she writes about normal people and normal situations, all the things that we can relate to. The characters are not perfect, they make stupid mistakes and in my eyes this is what make them the most perfect characters for the book. Now, you know, this story starts slowly, and it continues slowly. There is no galloping through the pages because the pace is so quick, no, it takes you on a very comfortable, unhurried, calm trip together with the characters, and from time to time the author does BANG, BANG, BANG and drops a bomb on your poor, expecting nothing like this head. No, it also doesn't happen often, and no, there are not as many secrets as I have expected, but you know what? I liked it. I absolutely adored this slow tempo, with only few twists - they were so unexpected, they took me totally by surprise and there were those kind of secrets that I haven't expected. And you don't always want to rush through the pages only to know how the story is going to end, right? From time to time it's so good to read such a gem of a book, where everything is on a right place, where everything is beautifully wrapped up and when everything ends with a happy end. Well, I guess some may say this book is like a fairy - tale, with all the problems solved and people forgiving each other, but oh my, why not? It is actually how the problems are going to be solved that is so significant in the book, and why the characters put themselves into those troubles. I personally loved this book. It - again - deals with some important things in life and is written in this lovely, Lucy Diamond's writing style, that is gentle when it should be gentle, that is funny when it should be funny. I got everything what I wished from this story and even more. Lucy can write larger then life, down - to - earth, wonderfully portrayed and developed characters, her stories make sense, she always adds the most stunning setting and spoils us with wonderful, vivid, colourful descriptions, and her plots have always interesting twists and turns. It's no wonder then that I am already waiting for her next book, no? Copy received from publisher in exchange for a review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Originally posted on http://beccasbooooks.blogspot.co.uk/2... I haven't read many of Diamond's novels, referring specifically to Lucy's earlier titles but I have, in fact, lapped up the delights of One Night in Italy and The Year of Taking Chances, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed, so when I became aware of Summer at Shell Cottage, I really couldn't wait to disappear within the pages. I suppose, in a way, it's a slightly bad habit to automatically assume that you're going to love a new novel by Originally posted on http://beccasbooooks.blogspot.co.uk/2... I haven't read many of Diamond's novels, referring specifically to Lucy's earlier titles but I have, in fact, lapped up the delights of One Night in Italy and The Year of Taking Chances, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed, so when I became aware of Summer at Shell Cottage, I really couldn't wait to disappear within the pages. I suppose, in a way, it's a slightly bad habit to automatically assume that you're going to love a new novel by an author that you have previously enjoyed. After all, how can you be certain that their new instalment will have the same effect on you as did the last? Well, that's one of the many reasons why I enjoy Diamond's novels so much. Lucy's uniquely warm, engaging and wholly satisfying way of storytelling reels me in each and every time, and I'm thrilled to say that, out of the three that I have read, Summer at Shell Cottage has just got to be my ultimate favourite. So far... In a nutshell, Summer at Shell Cottage focuses on the Tarrant family as they embark upon yet another glorious summer holiday down in Devon. After having previously created many happy family memories during time spent there in summers gone by, the family are looking forward to another sun-drenched holiday in their much-loved Shell Cottage, as was I! Until of course, Lucy begins to reveal snippets of detail from each family members' life, and it suddenly dawns on the reader that, actually, things are never as perfect as they first appear to be (besides Shell Cottage itself, that place was pretty perfect, to be fair). Throughout this sparkling summer read that whisked me right away to the Tarrant family's side, Lucy takes us on a riveting, heart-warming journey, dipping in and out of the intricacies of the Tarrant family's life and all of the spaces in-between, including the messy, unpredictable, bumpy tracks that family life usually ends up veering down when we least expect it. I adore Lucy's writing style, there's something so very charming, welcoming and utterly magical about it even when, as she does many times throughout this gorgeous novel, serious issues are raised and dealt with. I find it incredibly easy to lose myself in Lucy's stories, so easy to become wrapped up within her characters' lives and troubles, ultimately leaving me worrying about them too, which is always a good sign. After all, if you don't care about these characters, then what's compelling you to continue reading, right? Thankfully, this wasn't a problem at any point throughout this book. Lucy's characters within Summer at Shell Cottage were absolutely brilliant, working fantastically as a collection but even more so in their singular circumstances which were what truly hooked me in, allowing me a sneaky insight into each of their lives, before even their own family members were aware, which was strangely satisfying. Not only did I enjoy the Tarrant family as a whole, but spending time with each of characters on their own made me feel just that much closer to them as a character in the book. This family was dissected and opened up to me in its truest form and Lucy didn't hold back when it came to the imperfections, which only made me love the Tarrants even more, because Lucy is right. No family is perfect and even if they appear to be on the surface, there is usually more going on underneath that we have absolutely no idea about. From Olivia, the eldest of the Tarrant women, to young Libby, who I absolutely adored and wanted to squish in a hug, these characters were flawed and cracked and stained. There was just so much going on within the perfect image of Shell Cottage, I could imagine a bystander looking upon the place and thinking how pretty it looked on the surface yet having no idea whatsoever of the chaos taking place within. It's amazing how appearances can be so deceiving, and Lucy explores that so beautifully within this novel, as well as alcohol dependency, dangerous teenage love and deceiving tales. Again, as I mentioned, you wouldn't think, when looking upon Lucy's cover, that anything so serious would be included, yet many topics are dealt with as the story progresses, topics that you wouldn't quite imagine to crop up, which make this novel all the more intriguing. In the end, each character learns a very important and valuable lesson, which makes for a deliciously satisfying ending. Of course, I don't think this novel would be quite the same without the setting of Devon, full of hidden beaches, lobster burgers and sand-castles. It truly is a summery read that escapism completely defines. I had an overwhelming urge to run off to Devon, to set up camp in Shell Cottage and spend a summer there, dozing and strolling the hours away. It was charming in every aspect and had that lazy quality about it that I so love when reading a summer story. There was this distinct feeling of getting away from everyday life and the usual worries, but at the same time, it appeared that the Tarrant family's worries followed them there. Still, it was dreamlike and a little bit like paradise, and definitely had an effect over the characters, myself included. Lucy's descriptions of Shell Cottage and the Devon scenery were spot-on and the image in my mind swiftly built a whole new world for me to escape into and explore alongside the family. All in all, Summer at Shell Cottage by the magnificent Lucy Diamond was a pure joy to lose myself within. I loved every single tiny aspect of this story and felt compelled to pick it up at every spare moment. This is definitely one of my favourite summer reads of 2015, perhaps even number one. Family life, lessons learnt and sun, sea and sand all rolled into one make for an absolutely gorgeous read beneath the sun, I can promise you that. Becca's Books is awarding Summer at Shell Cottage by Lucy Diamond with FIVE SCRUMMY CUPCAKES. I'm so grateful that Lucy's books are out there in the world. I'd even go as far as saying I feel comforted just to know that we still have lots more to come from this author, and previous books that I can still catch up on. Just sensational!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    Wasn't the page grabber that I was expecting, the story was okay and I enjoyed reading it when I got well over the half way point as the story picked up. After reading LD One Night In Italy it really couldn't compare/follow. Disappointed actually. Have given it 3 stars as did merit my attention to the end and did enjoy the final part of the story, quick and easy read. Wasn't the page grabber that I was expecting, the story was okay and I enjoyed reading it when I got well over the half way point as the story picked up. After reading LD One Night In Italy it really couldn't compare/follow. Disappointed actually. Have given it 3 stars as did merit my attention to the end and did enjoy the final part of the story, quick and easy read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    Probably 3.5*. It was good and i enjoyed it but it took me a little while to get into and follow all the characters. A nice story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Zete

    A very well written book that flows like the water. A kinda classic story with a good ending that goes great with the feeling that all must go well at the end, even if the way to get there is hard.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Becca Garber

    Sweet, feel-good British "chick lit," good for the beach! Perfect for a summer vacation. Felt right to read it on this side of the pond. Sweet, feel-good British "chick lit," good for the beach! Perfect for a summer vacation. Felt right to read it on this side of the pond.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Katie Clews

    Thanks to my boss Kylie for lending me her copy . This is the first book of Lucy’s I’ve read and I loved it . It had a bit of everything and the characters were very likeable.. looking forward to her new one releasing at the end of this month

  20. 4 out of 5

    Catherinehaine Haines

    Another enjoyable read from this author. Great escapism.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Fabulous Book Fiend

    Review: this book is actually quite different from what i expected it to be. Now that isn't always a bad thing and as soon as i got a decent way through this fab novel, I forgot all about what I expected it to be and just enjoyed it for what it was. I really enjoyed this book, as I have every other Lucy Diamond book, and its a wonderful summer release because it just makes you feel like getting away from it all, somewhere for a few days in the UK, perhaps with family, perhaps not. If you can't h Review: this book is actually quite different from what i expected it to be. Now that isn't always a bad thing and as soon as i got a decent way through this fab novel, I forgot all about what I expected it to be and just enjoyed it for what it was. I really enjoyed this book, as I have every other Lucy Diamond book, and its a wonderful summer release because it just makes you feel like getting away from it all, somewhere for a few days in the UK, perhaps with family, perhaps not. If you can't however, this book will do the trick for you! The characters in this book were a lot older than I expected them to be. Olivia, the main character and the matriarch of this novel, is a grandmother for instance and the other two main storylines in the book revolve around other mothers. This surprised me initially but overall., it brought the book together nicely and made sure that everything in the book came back to itself. I thought the various storylines running throughout the book were all equally entertaining. I was shocked by a few of the revelations and I particularly enjoyed the drama surrounding young Molly's storyline, that one made me gasp over my breakfast I can tell you! I can't say i related particularly to Olivia's character, I enjoyed her storyline but I felt she was a little to successful for me to relate to. The two younger women in the novel, and the teenager in question, I got on with a lot more. I really liked the stories they had to tell and the way they were told through the events in the book. Both Freya and Harriet had a lot to cope with., I thought initially that I wouldn't like Freya, because of what she was dealing with but I found myself really championing her in the end! One of the nicest things about this novel was the relationship between the women in the book, young and old, family and not and even those forged between people who really shouldn't be friends (there is more than one of these in this book!) and that's what really made it for me. Overall it was just a lovely read. A summer setting, strong family values and most definitely girl-power. If this is your first Lucy Diamond novel, you're in for a treat and if it isn't, then the magic is definitely still there is Lucy's latest book. Get your summer reading started with this book!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    It's because of books like this that I wish Goodreads would add half-stars to their rating system. In reality, for this genre, this is a five star book. But overall, comparing it to all the other books I've given five stars to, it's a solid 4.5. This is by far the best Summer read I've come across in ages - absolutely perfect for relaxing with, whether you're beside a pool, on a beach, or sitting out in your garden. It's a story about family relationships, secrets and expectations, mistakes and f It's because of books like this that I wish Goodreads would add half-stars to their rating system. In reality, for this genre, this is a five star book. But overall, comparing it to all the other books I've given five stars to, it's a solid 4.5. This is by far the best Summer read I've come across in ages - absolutely perfect for relaxing with, whether you're beside a pool, on a beach, or sitting out in your garden. It's a story about family relationships, secrets and expectations, mistakes and forgiveness. Alec and Olivia Tarrant were happily married for years, and had two children - Freya and Robert. Every summer, the now extended Tarrant family spend a fortnight at Shell Cottage in Devon, a cottage Alec used for working on his novels. This year will be the family's first holiday there since Alec's death (this isn't a spoiler, it's pretty much revealed straight away). Can Olivia come to terms with some things she has just found out about Alec, and will she learn to have fun again? Can Freya, a GP, manage to sort her drinking out and will she lose her job over an incident at work? What about her strained relationship with her husband? And Robert - will he lose his wife Harriet and her daughter Molly when some secrets of his are revealed? Will Harriet ever feel like she belongs in the Tarrant family? What is 15 year old Molly hiding, and can anybody save her before it's too late? 100% enjoyable and recommended.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    This was the first book by Lucy Diamond I have read. I was attracted to it by the title and cover. I know you should not judge a book by its cover but a beauty of a cover does help get you to take a closer look. And I was not disappointed by the contents. Alec is a famous author but after receiving a phone call one day in his London home, he collapses. The family must now move on without the presence of a husband/father/grandfather. It is a few weeks after the funeral and the family annual summe This was the first book by Lucy Diamond I have read. I was attracted to it by the title and cover. I know you should not judge a book by its cover but a beauty of a cover does help get you to take a closer look. And I was not disappointed by the contents. Alec is a famous author but after receiving a phone call one day in his London home, he collapses. The family must now move on without the presence of a husband/father/grandfather. It is a few weeks after the funeral and the family annual summer holiday at Shell Cottage. This cottage in Devon was bought by Olivia and Alec many years before to use as their family getaway. With a foot in the door, Olivia discovers that her life was not all that it seemed. And secrets hurt. I liked the realness of Olivia's reaction. She was mad and reacted so. Her meeting Gloria was great fun from the start. What an unlikely friendship which saved her at the end of the day. Her children Freya and Robert are also not sailing in calm waters. Both are in the midst of problems of their own. Both situations are set to come to a head during the summer holidays. Being all together in one house is bound to a pot that boils over. I loved how this family decided to dust themselves off and start over again. If this is a taste of Lucy Diamond's work, may I have another serving please?

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Really good actually. I mostly bought the book for the free giraffe cocktail that it offered, so was pleasantly surprised to find that it was a very enjoyable read. It's easy reading, perfect for a holiday or if you just want something you can easily dip into while commuting. It was easy to get to know the different characters and their stories, and there were a few plot twists that I didn't manage to guess. Really good actually. I mostly bought the book for the free giraffe cocktail that it offered, so was pleasantly surprised to find that it was a very enjoyable read. It's easy reading, perfect for a holiday or if you just want something you can easily dip into while commuting. It was easy to get to know the different characters and their stories, and there were a few plot twists that I didn't manage to guess.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    I enjoyed this story about the trials and tribulations of the Tarrant family. So many different threads of the story and such likeable characters - I wanted each one of them to work their troubles out. Love a story set in the West Country.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jeanniehay64

    I loved this book!! Lucy Diamond is one of my favourite authors and this book doesn't disappoint!! Devon and shell cottage are so well described it made me want to go there.. This was one book I didn't want to end loved loved it !! 😊 I loved this book!! Lucy Diamond is one of my favourite authors and this book doesn't disappoint!! Devon and shell cottage are so well described it made me want to go there.. This was one book I didn't want to end loved loved it !! 😊

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Lee

    Read this while on holiday. It's a nice book, an easy read with good characters and a fairly good plot. Loved the interaction between the women. Nice easy read, good for a relaxing holiday. Read this while on holiday. It's a nice book, an easy read with good characters and a fairly good plot. Loved the interaction between the women. Nice easy read, good for a relaxing holiday.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mary Newell

    read this book in one sitting just couldn't put it down Lucy's books just seem to get better and better read this book in one sitting just couldn't put it down Lucy's books just seem to get better and better

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)

    A fun family filled summer read that also deals with some serious themes, would love to see a sequel!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    I love Lucy's books and this one really didn't disappoint. Its a feel good summer read that I really needed. I love Lucy's books and this one really didn't disappoint. Its a feel good summer read that I really needed.

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