Summer may be pretty much behind us, but are the secrets still under lock and key? I am excited to be day two on the blog tour for ‘Summer of Secrets’ by Nikola Scott. Big thanks, as always, to Anne Cater from RandomThingsTours for the blog tour invite, and thank you to Headline for the ARC. Here is my review:
At peaceful Summerhill, orphaned Maddy hides from the world and the rumours of war. Then her
adored sister Georgina returns from a long trip with a new friend, the handsome Victor. Maddy
fears that Victor is not all he seems, but she has no idea just what kind of danger has come into
Chloe is newly pregnant. This should be a joyful time, but she is fearful for the future, despite her
husband’s devotion. When chance takes her to Summerhill, she’s drawn into the mystery of what
happened there decades before. And the past reaches out to touch her in ways that could
What does TWG think?
I am, as a lot of you know, quite partial to a historical fiction novel. I love being able to step back in time to witness moments in history which can only be remembered by visuals or Wikipedia. Reading ‘Summer of Secrets’ allowed me to sneak a peek at a fictional, yet historically based, moment in time during World War ll where ‘uncertainty’ was the popular feeling amongst everyone at Summerhill and beyond.
It took me a little while to get into the swing of things as I found the pace to be a little bit slow, but once things started to pick up I found myself going with the flow rather nicely.
‘Summer of Secrets’ is set during World War ll in 1939 and the present, bringing characters from the past into the life of the main character in the present, Chloe. Chloe is trapped in a life she has been told that she wants, yet after getting a taste for the life she actually does want for herself, she realises that her husband has been manipulating Chloe’s journey for many years. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be JUST Chloe’s life he is intent on controlling.
In the parts of the story set in 1939, emotions are rife and secrets which have been kept hidden for many years, are threatening to escape after being prodded and poked by good ol’ revenge.
I was very impressed by how Nikola Scott brought the past into the present as it was done in such a seamless manner, as though the characters had been friends all this time. If I did have to choose between which parts I liked the best, the past or the present, I would have to say that the pace and the content of the present just swayed it for me as I loved the constant grit throughout those chapters. I’m not saying that I disliked the parts set in 1939, not at all, I just thought that those chapters had some unnecessary padding.
Overall, ‘Summer of Secrets’ kept me hooked and interested from start to finish, and I especially loved watching Chloe and Maddy’s gather the strength to stretch their wings in their own individual ways. Nikola Scott has a magical way of piecing her stories together, and I feel that she has done her characters proud with the way she has written their journeys in this book.
An emotionally charged, harrowing and majestic novel – ‘Summer of Secrets’, it has been a pleasure.
About the author.
Nikola Scott was born and raised in Germany and studied at
university there. Having been obsessed with books from a young age, Nikola moved to New York
City after her Master’s degree to begin her first job in book publishing, a career in which she
could fully indulge her love of fiction!
She spent ten years working in publishing in New York and then in London, editing other
people’s books, before she decided to take the leap into becoming a full-time writer herself.
She now lives in Frankfurt with her husband and two sons.
MY MOTHER’S SHADOW was published in 2017 to wonderful reviews. Her new novel
SUMMER OF SECRETS is coming in September 2018.
Please visit http://www.nikolascott.com/ for more information,
or find Nikola on Instagram @nikolascottauthor,
Twitter @nikola_scott and Facebook/NikolaScottAuthor.