We all have secrets……
Ambitious journalist Rosa Fernley has been asked to fulfil her grandmother Jocelyn’s dying wish. Jocelyn has also passed on a secret – in the summer of 1968, fleeing from the terror of a bullying husband, she visited the mysterious Tintagel Castle. Jocelyn wasn’t seeking love, but she found it on the rugged clifftops in the shape of Jory, a local man as enigmatic and alluring as the region itself. But she was already married, and knew her husband would never let her find happiness and peace in Jory’s arms.
Now as her days are nearing their end, she begs Rosa to go back to Tintagel, but is unwilling, or unable, to tell her why. Rosa is reluctant – she has a job in London, a deadline that won’t wait and flights of fancy are just not in her nature. Nevertheless, she realises it might be the last thing she will do for her beloved grandmother and agrees to go.
Once in Tintagel, Rosa is challenged to confront secrets of her own, as shocking events threaten to change everything she has ever believed about herself and her family. She also meets a guide to the castle, Talan, a man who bears a striking resemblance to Jory.
Will the past remain cloaked in tragedy, sadness and the pain of unrequited love? Or can Rosa find the courage and strength to embrace the secrets of the past, and give hope to the future?
I’ve read this authors books in her Time Traveller series and enjoyed them very much.
Summer In Tintagel is very different obviously but yet the author still manages to draw the reader in to the novel by the fabulous descriptions of the surrounding areas, so much so I could easily visualise the places that Rosa went to as well as having my mouth water at the few mentions of the Cornish Pasty that had me running to my local butchers to get one.
The characters are so engaging and as with all of this authors books, I never want them to end. I really like Rosa she is someone I know if real, I would hit it off with straight away. She has a special gift which has been buried for many years which resurfaces when she arrives at Tintagel.
I also really liked Talan, Rosa’s love interest. For some reason I can’t get a certain image out of my head of him stood in a towel. Well come on, which woman wouldn’t love the sound of being greeted at the door by a tall, muscular, hot bloodied male?
The whole setting and the characters really grasp the readers attention. It is very much an atmospheric read due to the fabulous setting of the story. The story had me totally intrigued and I loved the super natural aspect of it, it is also very much about laying the past to rest so that you can move on with your life. There is also a bit of romance thrown in for good measure which I really enjoyed reading about.
My thanks to Matthew at Urbane Publications for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
Summer In Tintagel is out now and available to purchase from Amazon.