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This is another jewel of a read from Rosanna Ley. Her descriptions are always stunning and the images of the sea off the coast of Brittany and the quaint town on the island captivated me from the start. The characters are interesting, real and fascinating. I particularly liked Elodie and want to meet her. I'll look for her, wandering across the beach at low tide, collecting flotsam and sea glass for her driftwood sculptures. And Colette is another woman I want to meet. The image of her working in her mother's flower shop is beautiful. The dilemmas, conflicts, torments, secrets of all Ley's characters are utterly believable and I didn't want this story to end. But, maybe there's a sequel in there? The book ends at the start of another journey. Many thanks, Rosanna Ley, for another heart warming, yet deep and thought provoking read. Congratulations!
Prose at its best. A cleverly crafted plot with just the right balance of fact and fiction. In fact, even the author, Rosanna Ley, has her own secret, as she is in fact hiding under a pseudonym. Her real name is apparently, Rosan Naley. The storyline is tight, well researched and a fast page-turner, with relatively compact chapters tempting one on to find out what's behind the two main secrets which form the scaffolding to the story. Nice touch with the inclusion of Cimatti and also The Loe - but you will have to read the book if these raise your interest, or do a bit of research. Remember the line from Sir Walter Scott's poem Marion, concerning the tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive? Sums up the essence of this story quite well. An enjoyable and highly recommended read.
This book really was a true escape and I was desperate to discover the secret. I was hooked until the end and did not guess the secret. The character and setting are wonderful and brought to life by Ley’s beautiful style. I always adore this author’s storytelling and her engaging characters. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and discovering more about their lives. The relationship between Colette and her mother is touching. This novel is crammed full of suspense, emotion and surprises. The narrative is beautifully woven and brought together at the end. Perfect!
Having lost my mother fairly recently I read this with a little trepidation. It was a real emotional journey with surprising twists and turns. Set in a part of France that we have had several holidays it was a joy to read. Quite cathartic. Well written. Loved it ❤️
This is a truly wonderful story from the beautiful setting so vividly described to the array of characters, each with their part to play in revealing all the different secrets involved. Rosanna Ley manages to place you there on the island of Belle Île and I so enjoyed soaking up the atmosphere of this typically French setting. Colette is such a beautifully drawn character and by the end of the story as everything came together, I was in tears. I can thoroughly recommend this story, as you might have guessed!
Another relaxing read...very pacey and enjoyable. A book set in a real place - perhaps already visited but certainly on the list if not so. A well written and intriguing storyline ,which once started you won't be able to put down. A companion on any holiday or to immerse yourself in at home
What a delightful, thought provoking read of family secrets and the effect on others. I did not wish this read to end, however all good reads must and the conclusion was also really well done. I await Rosanna Ley's next book. Thank you for sharing your talent with us all.
I enjoyed this book but the characters were elusive. I found Collette selfish and irritating but endearing to her mother. Mathild was weak beyond bearing but the story managed to support them all and work out well. So worth reading if frustrating at times.
My mother would have said that it is such a simple story that she could have written it. It is such a simple story but there must be lots of cases when children are discovering that their birth mothers are not that person. Ley is a master-storyteller.
As with all Rosanna Leys books, you are imeadiately drawn right into the characters. There's a little intrigue and many secrets which are revealed as you go along. Set in stunning scenery, which, because of the writers skill, you don't need much imagination to be able to picture. I loved this book.