Happy publication to Tilly Tennant and ‘The Summer of Secrets’. Big thanks to Bookouture for asking me to be involved in the blog blitz where I get to share my review!
Recently engaged, Harper Woods wakes up every morning on Silver Hill Farm feeling like the luckiest woman in the world. She has escaped her troubled past, outside the rolling yellow cornfields go on for miles and just downstairs are the gorgeous tea rooms she’s always dreamed of owning.
But Harper is about to discover something that will change her luck forever. For better or worse? She has no idea. Not until an expert can identify whether the jewellery she found hidden in the farm’s foundations is priceless, or utterly worthless…
As news of the discovery spreads through the village, there are others who’d like to lay their claim to the fortune. In particular, Will Frampton, handsome recluse and Lord of Silver Hill House, the crumbling stately home on the other side of the hill in desperate need of renovation.
It seems everyone wants a piece of the sparkling prize hidden under the Silver Hill tea rooms.
But as relationships are tested and tea cakes begin to fly, will anyone catch the romance blossoming in the most unexpected of places?
What does TWG think?
I wish I had enough to words to describe just how much I loved this book! You all know by now that I am a massive fan of Tilly Tennant’s books, but this one is off the scale!
Harper Woods hasn’t exactly had the best of times when it comes to her personal life, yet she is doing everything she can to move on from her troubled past by making a future for herself. A future to be proud of. Harper isn’t one for attention, so when her fiancé finds something on her land which is guaranteed to bring the local press into her cafe quicker than a freshly baked cake, her worries start to mount. Unfortunately her fiancé doesn’t seem to understand why she is worrying, nor does he seem to be bothered about anything else except pound signs…
‘The Summer of Secrets’ is such a heartfelt novel which had such a deep and meaningful storyline to it, yet it didn’t come across as heavy at all. Having read a lot of Tilly’s previous books, I have grown accustom to her style of writing and love everything it stands for. But, I have to say that there was something extra special about the way the author wrote this particular book. Saying that the storyline seemed ‘mature’ is probably the wrong word to use, yet there was such a significant difference in comparison to the authors previous books. I just can’t put my finger on what that was, but it sure as hell is a good thing! It was as though the author’s style of writing had taken on a new lease of life, going from strength to strength as the story progressed. Utterly brilliant.
I loved reading about Harper Woods as she was such a brilliant character who wasn’t afraid to grab life by the teapot. Quite inspiring actually. As for her fiancé, well, I’ll let you form your own opinion about him, mine won’t be accepted into Amazon reviews if I wrote it here, that’s for sure!
‘The Summer of Secrets’ is a treasure trove of true love, true friendships, and being true to yourself. The more chapters I read, the more my heart soared with appreciation for the authors and the characters. Tilly Tennant has written something truly special. Never mind finding treasure on Silver Hill Farm when you have treasure right in front of you with ‘The Summer of Secrets’.
This is Tilly Tennant’s best book yet and one which I will not be forgetting anytime soon. A heart-warming, huggable, and beautifully written book which is guaranteed to make you feel like you have won the lottery by the end of the book. Fantastic!
Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing. She wrote a novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.
Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. In 2016 she signed to the hugely successful Bookouture and is currently working on her next Tilly Tennant novel. She also writes as Sharon Sant, where she explores the darker side of life, and Poppy Galbraith, where things get a little crazier.
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