Thursday, 14 June 2018

Blog Tour: Her Mother's Secret by Rosanna Ley

Today I'm on the Blog Tour for the fabulous Her Mother's Secret by Rosanna Ley*. I was lucky enough to receive an advanced proof copy.

For many years Colette has avoided returning to her homeland - the magical island of Belle-Île-en-Mer in Southern Brittany - afraid to confront the painful memories she left behind. She is living on the Cornish coast when she hears about her mother Thea's failing health and realises that the time has come for her to go home. But can Colette ever forgive Thea for what she has done?
Despite Colette's wariness, romantic Belle-Île still fascinates her. She takes on the running of her mother's flower shop and makes friends with Élodie from the Old Lighthouse where Thea once worked as a nanny and with the enigmatic Étienne who shares Colette's mixed feelings about the island. As Thea opens up to her for the first time, Colette finds herself softening and being drawn back into the landscape of her past. But can Belle-Île also be a part of her future?
The ghosts of that past still linger. What happened all those years ago and how did it cause the rift between mother and daughter? It becomes clear that the beauty of Belle-Île hides a devastating family secret - one that Colette is determined to unravel at any cost.

My thoughts?

I simply loved un-put-downable read. Colette returns to her childhood home in Southern Brittany to look after her mother in her dying days. Will they be able to reconcile? And will her mother Thea tell her the secrets of the past?

Under her mother's wishes she re-opens the flower shop and re-discovers her love of flowers and that she hasn't forgotten how to create beautiful bouquets despite now living in Cornwall. 

She meets up with Élodie with whom her mother has a special bond having cared for her as an au pair shortly after she arrived on the island. She makes friends with author, Étienne who is over on the island to clear his mother's house and put it up for sale. He's still hurting over something which happened in the past which he can't seem to let go of.

The story is total escapism I felt I was truly there on the island. When Colette's mother's diary is returned to her will Colette be able to truly discover what happened in the past... 

A brilliant read which I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend.

*complimentary copy from the publisher

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