Saturday, 22 April 2017

Reading My Books - Summer at Shell Cottage

I am really on a roll at the moment with my reading!  Although this one enticed me in and I completed it in just a few days.  Other than the Norwegian Wood book which was my last review - you can see all of my reviews by clicking the Reading My Books link in the sidebar - I can't remember the last time I read a book so quickly.

What was this book that had me reading so quickly?  Summer at Shell Cottage by Lucy Diamond.

This is what the cover has to say about the book - as well as that it is a Sunday Times bestseller...

"It should be the perfect holiday...

A seaside holiday at Shell Cottage in Devon has always been the perfect escape for the Tarrant family.  Beach fun, barbecues and warm summer evenings with a cocktail or two - who could ask for more?

But this year, everything has changed.  Following her husband's recent death, Olivia is struggling to pick up the pieces.  Then she makes a shocking discovery that turns her world upside down.

As a busy mum and GP, Freya's used to having her hands full, but a bad day at work has put her career in jeopardy and now she's really feeling the pressure.

Harriet's looking forward to a break with her lovely husband Robert and teenage daughter Molly.  But unknown to Harriet, Robert is hiding a secret - and so, for that matter, is Molly..."

The blurb doesn't give much away, other than appalling grammar which I have noticed seems to be a theme in book blurbs.  Starting sentences with "But" is just one example.  However, I digress!  Says the person with exclamations sprinkled like schools of tadpoles...

The book tells the intertwining stories of the members of the Tarrant family.  Alec the novelist has died and the family are getting used to life without him.  Freya is deemed to be capable of dealing with anything, but that isn't the case.  Robert has never been capable of dealing with anything and is trying to prove that he is better than his family think.  Katie isn't mentioned in the blurb, but she has her part to pay too.

There are many twists and turns in this book, in theory to keep us all guessing, but in reality you can see where things are going and where they will end.  That doesn't mean that this is a bad book, it just doesn't manage to hide things as well as it thinks it does.

Overall I enjoyed this book, I read it in just a couple of days and for me to crack on and read a book that quickly means that it must have been a good read.  I liked the characters, they were all likeable people, it was a light read, overall a light story, not totally believable, but not beyond the bounds of reality either.

If you are looking for a pleasant summer read this one could be for you.  I do feel that I have to mention a few sexual references which are part of the story and I can see why they were there.  I wasn't offended, but you might feel differently so I want to warn you.  There isn't a lot of bad language and the sexual bits are very brief.

So, what happens to this book next.  Well, it is off to the charity shop, I would read it again, but I am in clear out and need the space mode so this one is off.  If I saw another book by this author I would certainly read it though, so please don't feel it is off because I didn't like it.  I give the book an 8 out of 10 overall.

Summer at Shell Cottage isn't great literature and will not set the literary world alight, and it might not light your reading fires either, but it was a nice story and sometimes that is just what you need isn't it!

Now I am off to get on with another book as I am behind on my target, but am managing to read more books this year than I have for a long time, so excuse me, I have to go and keep up with myself!

Happy reading!


p.s. you can find my other reviews by clicking here or the Reading My Books page in the sidebar.


  1. Sounds my sort of book. Think I will seek it out.

    Julie xxxxx

  2. This sounds like my kind of book. Relaxing and easy reading. I need a new read so I will see if I can track this one down. The last book I read was from a recommendation and I really enjoyed it. Thank you Amy. Have a lovely weekend. X

  3. You are really keeping yourself to your goal. We must commend you. It must be good to read it that quickly. I'm putting it on my "someday" list. I like your idea of donating the books once you've read them. I have a habit of hanging on to books thinking I might read them again. I don't, and it just makes for a big pile to deal with.

  4. Seen this series in the library but not read any yet. I have a quick book one of hers on the shelf. I will have to get it off the shelf and have a read. I'm reading one for my book club at the moment called The Girl who came back by Susan Lewis. I must get on with it as I need to write up some questions for the newsletter.
    Enjoy the weekend.
    Ps Your previous book On, Two, Buckle My Shoes is waiting at the library for me to collect. Cathy x

  5. I like the name "Shell Cottage" :) Thanks for your opinion on the book Amy. There are times when you need a light read, and who doesn't like a breezy summer read in the summertime! Happy Reading!
    Wendy xox

  6. Sounds like a comfortable read.

  7. It sounds just the right book for me to read whilst sitting in my summer house Amy, all we need is for the weather to cheer up a bit, thanks for the review and have a lovey weekend. :) xx

  8. If you can find a few 8 out of 10 books, you are in good shape! Enjoy your new book!

  9. I think it's story for leisure time...If I get from library I'll definitely read it.. Now I've a pile of books on my mantle.. and I've to finish them.. :)

  10. It sounds like an easy, relaxing read for summer. I like to intersperse easy reading with more challenging stuff.

  11. I have been reading a little more of late, it is an easy alternative for relaxation at the moment. My craft boxes are yet to be unpacked.

  12. This sounds like a good book Amy, I'll add it to my reading list.

  13. IT sounds like a good read for relaxing which is what I like. Thanks for reviewing and recommending it.

  14. I read this book last year and as you say Amy it is an easy relaxing read.

  15. I would purchase at a yard sale for the cover alone. Are you sure you don't want to decorate with it this summer? πŸŒΏπŸ“šπŸŒΏ

  16. I can see why you were drawn to it, the cover does it job well!
    Sounds like a good holiday read.
    We managed to sort 3 carrier bags of books from our shelves at the weekend.
    Lisa x

  17. Thanks for the review Amy, I've put it on my list to look out for!
    Tee hee, me too with the exclamation marks! To me it seems most sentences need them!
    But aren't we excused on our blogs, we're not at work now, are we! 😊
    Barbara x


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