Friday, May 23, 2014

Tea & Primroses by Tess Thompson



Nothing is as it seemed in calm, quaint Legley Bay. 

Famous novelist Constance Mansfield lived a seemingly straightforward – if private – and somewhat predictable life. Friends, beloved daughter Sutton, a beautiful home, and all the success an author could wish for. A perfect life….but was it? 

When a hit and run accident suddenly takes her mother’s life, Sutton finds hidden secrets with her heartbreak. Emotional walls she assumed Constance had built to protect her privacy may have been to protect something – or someone – else entirely. Family and friends return home for support, including her own lost-love, Declan. He’s the first thing she craves to help her cope with her loss and the questions she’s left with, but he’s also the last person she wants to see. Will he be able to put down roots at last? 

Can the loss of true love be the making of a life, or is it destined to be the undoing of everything? When money, power and love combine across time, anything is possible

My Review:

I was was asked by the Publisher's to read this book by and author who is unknown to me and I thought, why not? And I am glad that they asked me. This was a very good, emotional read for me.
This book is two stories in one. The first is of Sutton and her lost love Declan. The second is the story of Sutton's parents, written in a manuscript that Sutton finds hidden after the death of her mother Constance, a well known mystery novelist. 
This is a poignant story. Ms Thompson has a different writing style than what I normally read, and it does pull on the heartstrings. This story has it all,from the beautiful cover to suspense, lost love, deep friendships, parental love, and reunited love. Constance was a strong, intelligent woman who had to live in the shadows most of her adult life. You will really feel for her and how she and her love were cheated out of their life together.
I also enjoyed Sutton and Declan's tale, they loved each other their whole lives, but due to Declan's youth and impatience he left his love (5 years younger than he)behind. He received a second chance due to heartbreaking circumstances.
I really enjoyed this haunting story and am looking forward to what Tess has next.

I was given an ARC of this story for an honest review.

Available now by Booktrope Publishers

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