Thursday, 28 March 2019

New Release Spotlight & Review: Your Secret's Safe With Me by Rosie Travers

Your Secret’s Safe With Me by Rosie Travers
Career girl Becca Gates’ organised life is thrown into chaos when her mother, romantic novelist Pearl, announces her surprise engagement to Jack, a man she has only just met. 
Worse news follows when Pearl tells Becca she intends to leave London, quit writing, and retire to her new fiancé’s idyllic waterside home on the south coast. Becca is determined to prevent Pearl from making a disastrous mistake, but when she at arrives at Rivermede, more shocks await when she stumbles upon a familiar yet unwelcome face from her past.
As Pearl embraces her new life amongst the local sailing fraternity, Becca receives a grim warning that all is not as calm as it seems at picturesque Rivermede, and if she wants to keep her family safe, she should keep them away. 
But why should Becca trust the man who has betrayed her before, the man who broke her heart, the man who thinks he knows all her secrets?

Kerridge on the south coast of England is the last place Londoner Becca Gates expected to move to, but it's where her author mother, Pearl Gates now lives with her fiancé. With the family home in Battersea up for sale, it's the only option she has for now. However, her new surroundings offer new opportunities as she realises now is the time to do something for herself. Additionally, her ex who jilted her at the altar fifteen years ago is in Kerridge too. Can she keep his presence a secret from her mother and if not, what are the consequences?

The realisation she's dispensable to her mother and brother, Becca quickly understands there exist opportunities to seize as those closest to her move forward with their own lives. However, life isn't plain sailing for the city girl trying to start afresh.

After reading Ms Travers début novel, Your Secret's Safe With Me is an equally entertaining book. The narrative is a tantalising blend of mystery, intrigue and romance tied together as a dysfunctional family saga. I particularly like the eclectic mix of characters within the plot and the hilarity they cause. With lively banter creating amusing dialogue, it complements a close-knit community vibe albeit a flawed one. An aspect I particularly liked is the author's descriptions of the settings within this novel. I appreciated her sometimes droll approach when mentioning the realistic and less glamorous aspects of the small town coastal setting and easily pictured the scenes in my mind.

To sum up, another page-turning winner, with a broad appeal for anyone who enjoys a laugh whilst reading an entertaining book with a fascinating storyline.

***arc generously received courtesy of Crooked Cat Books*** 

Rosie Travers grew up in Southampton on the south coast of England and loved escaping into a good book at a very early age. After many years juggling motherhood and a variety of jobs in local government she moved to Southern California in 2009. With time on her hands she started a blog about the perils of ex-pat life which rekindled a teenage desire to become a writer. Now permanently settled back in the UK, Rosie takes inspiration from the towns and landscape of her native south coast and enjoys writing heart-warming stories sprinkled with mystery, tragedy, comedy and romance. Rosie’s debut novel, The Theatre of Dreams, was published by Crooked Cats Books in August 2018. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association.
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