Liz Eeles brings us back to Salt Bay in Cornwall, to Trevegara house with Annie and the family that have gathered there in
Annie’s Summer by the Sea
Annie Trebarwith has found a home in Cornwall: the slightly offbeat, often meddlesome and gossipy town of Salt Bay, courtesy of her great-aunt Alice. It’s been nearly a year since the very unhappy Annie arrived in Salt Bay – and much has changed. She’s found a home here, a connection to the old house and place, home to generations before her. From isolation and loneliness, Annie has amassed a half-sister, a father she never knew, a cousin who is best left in London, an Aunt that she loves dearly, her caregiver in the form of a young, socially awkward girl and a boyfriend. She’s also found a best friend in the outrageous and often blunt-spoken Australian Kayla: and plenty of villagers all singing in the choir. But, money is more than tight, the old house needs work, and cousin Toby is a constant thorn.
But with Alice’s death shortly after her 84th birthday – things are thrown into chaos as Toby, being himself, announces that they will all be needing to find a new home as he’s got plans for the house. Suddenly, Annie’s security and family have been threatened – until it is revealed that Alice left the house to her. Money is tight, a spring storm shows the repairs are more a desperate need than a ‘patch and hope’ job, and inheritance taxes are huge. Add to that, Toby’s constant pressure to sell and a change in her relationship with Josh- a wedding is on the horizon: without money for splashy do, barely enough for a dress, and plenty of worries about the future of the house and Annie’s place in it.
Best read as part of the series, but certainly enjoyable on its own: the ongoing saga of Annie’s life in Cornwall – a place she never wanted to be, has shown her and us just how much Salt Bay and Trevegara house have wormed their way into her very being. Finding and making a family, one she didn’t have as a child, becoming accepted into the community and struggling to find a way to keep the house and her place in it doesn’t make for a clear path, or an easy one. But, there does seem to be some intervention, divine and otherwise as the members of the choir take over the wedding planning, a ‘test guest’ for her B & B idea makes waves with the newsagent, her father comes through in the most unexpected way, and a dress, the PERFECT dress appears at the bottom of a trunk long ignored. Unsure and unconvinced that Cornwall and Salt Bay were the place for her, Annie discovers just how important the place and it’s people have become to her, and being a Trebarwith in Trevegara house is meant to be. If you’ve not read this series and want to escape to the coast with laughter, love and some truly memorable people, grab this one now….
Title: Annie's Summer by the Sea
Author: Liz Eeles
Series: Salt Bay #3
Also in this series: Annie's Lovely Choir by the Sea, Annie's Christmas by the Sea
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Romantic Elements, Setting: Britain, Small Town
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 22 March, 2018
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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When Annie Trebarwith unexpectedly inherits Tregavara House, her much-loved family home atop the cliffs of Salt Bay, she begins to wonder: with all the good friends and warm memories she’s made in the village, could it be her forever home?
Luckily her gorgeous Poldark-lookalike boyfriend, Josh Pasco, has exactly the same idea. High on the Cornish cliffs he gets down on one knee, and Annie has everything she’s ever dreamed of.
But when a summer storm causes catastrophic damage to the beautiful but aging house, Annie and Josh are faced with tumbling tiles and a massive repair bill – and a roof that’s leaked straight onto her wedding gown…
Can the Salt Bay community save Annie’s house and her wedding – and give Annie the happy-ever-after she’s always wanted?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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