My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
ABOUT THE BOOK
Busy mum of twins Liv is looking forward to a week at the Beach Hut in Devon, even if she feels that something’s not right between her and Matt. She’s sure he’s just too busy at work to join them on their summer holiday, not that he wants time alone… Baz loves having his family to stay by the sea, but when an unexpected guest arrives, he finds himself torn between the past and the future… Still reeling from a break-up, all Sofia wants is a quiet summer – until she meets Baz and her plans are turned upside down. She knows she’s rushing into things, but could this week at the Beach Hut be the start of something new? And back home, matt might be missing Liv and the children, but when an old friend appears he finds himself distracted… What does she know about his family’s past that she’s not letting on? As tensions rise over seven days in summer, the lives of the holidaymakers begin to take an unexpected turn…
WHAT I THOUGHT
You can tell a lot from the first few pages of a book, and I could see straight away that this story was one that I was going to love! Marcia’s descriptions are divine, her characters are mesmerising and I was desperate to join this clan she has created on a holiday to the Beach Hut.
Liv, one of our lead characters, clearly needs a break from the daily grind of life. She is fed up of doing the school run and just needs a little bit of time to just enjoy her husband and their duo – Flora and Freddie. However, Matt has other plans and decides to stay home to look after their Bistro seeing as their bar manager has obtained an injury leaving him unable to work. Is this a coincidence or is Matt looking forward to a bit of time to himself? Matt’s father-in-law, Baz, is joining Liv and the twins on their holiday though, so at least it takes the strain off Liv a little as having young twins can no doubt be a handful sometimes.
Liv and Matt’s relationship sounds like your typical post-children marriage. Barely any time for each other, let alone themselves. No intimacy and date nights are few and far between. They do love each other but it is hard I guess to find your way back sometimes and let that sparkle of love shine. I think Baz describes family dynamics very well really when he says – “Men love their women, women love their children, children love their animals” – we are all guilty of that in some form or another.
Whenever Liv tries to contact Matt since she has been away, he always seems so distracted. He blames it on work but there must be something more going on here and even Liv can sense that… why is Matt so unhappy? It would seem that Liv’s enemy has made an appearance at the Bistro knowing Liv is away. Catriona, who I can only describe as a smug, bitter, troublesome woman, is trying to get her claws into Matt just to spite Liv. Will Matt be tempted and is this the reason why he is so distant with Liv?
Baz, Liv’s father-in-law, is definitely a family man, very generous and loves a good old knees up. He lost his wife, Matt’s mum, when Matt was only 3 years old so there are parts where I really feel for him. He has never met anyone since however he does come across as a bit of a ladies man; he likes a little bit of harmless flirting and all the women seem to want him! He does seem pretty distracted though and it would appear that he is caught up in a bit of a web with an old acquaintance – will he be able to get himself out of trouble? Although Sofia, a lady with her own problems, turns up who he hasn’t met before. There is suddenly a sparkle in Baz’s eye again, will there be love in the air for them both?
Baz throws a little party for all the characters we meet to get together and have a catch up. It is a cute little affair with plenty of prosecco and cake (now that’s my kind of party!). They all mingle well together and all enjoy a chit chat with each other which shows that they all get along.
Marcia has created a wonderful world of close friends with plenty of secrets – you will not want to miss this week away! Marcia’s writing is similar to a ballet dance; light, fluid, meticulous and beautiful. She is simply superb! I would really recommend you reading it to see for yourself.
It is out to buy on the 1st June so make sure to pop a note in your diary to pick up a copy then (or pre-order it online now!). It is a perfect read for that summer holiday you have planned.
A big thank you to Poppy Stimpson at Transworld Books for sending me a copy of this wonderful book in exchange for an honest review. I really appreciate it!
My final word: Summery!