Just finished reading Secrets From The Past by Barbara Taylor Bradford.
It has been awhile since I have read one of her books and I was intrigued by this book on the shelf. The last book I read by her was Letter From A Stranger which I loved but I must say I was a little disappointed with this one.
This is a novel of deeply-buried secrets, passionate love, obsession and redemption.
Thirty-year old Serena Stone is a talented war photographer who has followed in her father's footsteps. But when he dies unexpectedly in France, she steps away from the war zone weary of years of danger. She decides to write her father's own story and approaches Harry Redford, his best friend and front line colleague. Harry wants her to go to Venice to take care of Zac North, her former lover, who has come out of Afghanistan suffering from mental and physical exhaustion.
The scene shifts to Nice, where Serena reconnects with her older twin sisters, Cara and Jessica, at a villa inherited from their late mother, a movie star . It isn’t until half way through that a riveting 'secret from the past' emerges. Whilst sifting through her father’s iconic archives, Serena finds photographs revealing that Tommy may have had a brief affair with another war photographer named Val. There are photos of a pregnant Val, with a caption suggesting that Serena may not be a movie star’s daughter. Serena can get no confirmation of her origins from her sisters or Harry. Then Zac distracts her from this dilemma with another. Although he promised to give up war-zone reporting, he wants to go to Libya to cover the rebellion against Gadhafi. He insists on taking Serena, now his fiancée, with him. Serena eventually agrees when she finds out that Val is now in Libya. But that’s not the most distressing information she’s withholding from Zac. I won't spoil it any further!
I found it dragged in parts. The characters all sounded the same and some of the sentences were repetitive . I just felt that there was a connection missing. Overall the story line was good.
From the excitement on twitter and reading the book
description and let alone the book was by Caroline Roberts, I could not wait to
delve in to My Summer of Magic Moments. First I must mention that I absolutely
loved the concept of this story and it was so well interwoven in the story
involving Claire. The chapters begin with some 'magic moments' from readers of
Caroline Roberts and some friends which were lovely and inspiring and related
to storyline in chapters. Claire has been through a tough time of late and is
beginning to get back on her feet again after Cancer and chemo and she is now
ready to begin a new chapter in her own life and what better way than to escape
to a little cottage in the coastal village of Bamburgh. When she arrives to the
cottage, she has rented for three weeks, it certainly does not live up to
expectations. It is falling apart and the cottage has hardly any of the basics
to make it habitable. Early the next morning she spots a man on the…
What a gorgeous magical story that Kirsty Ferry brings us, I managed to read this in one sitting as I couldn't put it down. This is book four in the Rosetti Mysteries series.
We meet Ailsa McCormack who is the wedding co-ordinator at the Carrick Park Hotel which as we find out has a fascinating history. A couple have booked the hotel to get married on Christmas day and on Christmas Eve while stopping by the drawing room where the reception will be taking place, Ailsa meets Ed Cavendish. He is very familiar and she presumes that he is one of the guests staying at the hotel but is he? Through Ed and also by a book written by journalist Becky Nelson we learn about the mystery surrounding Adam and Ella Carrick and their sudden disappearance back in 1865, this was my favourite part of the story.
First I would like to thank both Netgalley and Bookouture for allowing me to read this gripping new story from Jenny Hale in exchange for an honest review. I was very excited to read the latest festive book as she is one of my favourite authors who never disappoints and We'll always have Christmas is now my new favourite!
This story follows Noelle Parker who is single mum to six year old Lucas. Her family own Hope and Sugar Bakery and Noelle is very passionate about this bakery which was run by her grandmother.
Unfortunately Noelle discovers that the bakery is facing closure and she is determined that she can prevent this by raising funds and revamping the bakery. While this is all going on she takes a job of working as a carer to William Harrington, who lives in this gorgeous old mansion and while she is here she meets his grandson Alex. Both William and Alex have fallen out and are not on speaking terms and there is a mystery surrounding why they have fallen out.
From the mome…