Kat French comes to the blog today with a stand-alone romance full of family secrets, challenges and laughs. Please read on for my review of
A Summer Scandal
Violet has always been different from her parents – a bit artsy, bold and prone to vintage choices, dyed hair in rainbow colors and a dream of making costumes for the Moulin Rouge in Paris. Her little business has quite a following, and she’s working in her parent’s back garden shed, juggling her career and a fiancé, dealing with the loss of her beloved Grandfather who lived next door. But then, in a move that sends her mother into a tizzy, Violet is presented with deeds and keys to a Victorian Pier and a flat in Swallow Beach, bequests from her Grandfather, a place she never heard of before. Then the surprises keep coming: far from wanting or seeing a life with her fiancé Simon, she breaks her engagement, packs her work materials and clothes and heads to Swallow Beach for the summer – both to make decisions about her life and to discover more about her grandmother, a woman she never knew, was told nothing of, and could pass for her twin.
Sure, the town is a mixed bag of welcoming and curious: from the Lady Mayor who wants the pier to be returned to the town, to a downstairs neighbor, an elderly man with a social calendar that is packed full, an apartment that hadn’t been changed since the 60’s and an overwhelming sense that her grandmother has a story to share. Soon Violet meets her neighbor Cal, and an instant attraction lights the air between them – but her work commitments and her desire to ‘do something’ with the pier and the glass birdhouse at it’s center become a source of conflict and opportunity, as Violet decides to open and rent the spaces to ‘adult themed’ businesses. Soon there is her Costume shop with corsets and showgirl items, Cal with his custom leatherwork items like floggers, harnesses, etc., Cal’s friend Beau who makes metalwork items, cages and the like. Add in her downstairs neighbor’s silky knicker shop, a couple of sex therapists who are just as strange as one might expect and a woman who does boudoir photography – and the pier is ready to open and start up.
Throughout the story there are light moments and a deceptively deep undercurrent of her grandmother’s story and Violet’s coming to learn who she was, what secrets she held, and above all, what she wants to do with all of this new information and just what her next step will be. With ominous portents, a sense that not everyone is sharing ALL they know, and a threat to one of her tenants returning to cause havoc, the story truly is one of unearthed secrets that help to reveal new pathways that were hidden, or unexplored before. A bit quick on the uptake for the relationship between Violet and Cal, the story held a welcoming vibe with plenty of vintage flair: descriptions, emotions and plenty of heart keep you reading on, engaged and wondering what’s next.
Title: A Summer Scandal
Author: Kat French
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Setting: Britain
Published by: Avon Books UK
Published on: 28 June, 2018
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 58 minutes
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Summer has never been so scandalous…
When Violet moves to Swallow Beach, she inherits a small Victorian pier in with an empty arcade perched on the end of it, and falls in love immediately. She wants nothing more than to rejuvenate it and make it grand again – but how?
When she meets hunky Calvin, inspiration strikes. What if she turned the arcade into an adult-themed arcade full of artisan shops?
Not everyone in the town is happy with the idea, but Violet loves her arcade and business begins to boom. But as tensions worsen and the heat between her and Calvin begins to grow, life at Swallow Beach becomes tricky. Is it worth staying to ride out the storm? And can Violet find her own happy ending before the swallows fly south for the winter?
Sexy, sassy and full of heart, Kat French is back in a new summer sizzler.
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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