When I stumbled across the listing for Pevensey House I knew I had found a way for my family to be free and I didn’t hesitate. I should have, I know that now…
When Thea sees her old family home is up for sale – a beautiful old rectory in the small town where she and her childhood sweetheart, now husband, Drew, grew up – she knows she has to have it. Her parents moved her away suddenly when she was eleven, but her childhood there was filled with happy memories. Drew seems less sure, but Thea is certain it’s the perfect place to raise their two children.
But as the last boxes are unpacked, Thea can’t seem to settle. She thought the move would bring her family closer together, but Drew is growing more distant. And why do old friends cross to the other side of the road when they see her coming?
Alone in the house, exploring the creaky corridors she used to cartwheel down as a young girl, Thea smiles as she slides open the loose panel she once used as a hiding place. But it only takes one look at the faded local newspaper clipping hidden inside for the bonds holding her perfect family together to break.
It’s not long before news of the scandal spreads further and the whole town turns against her. Thea’s life is in freefall as her head and her heart wrestle between taking the blame, and fighting for her innocence. In a small town where no one ever forgets the past, can Thea find a way to save her family’s future?
I have read books by this author before but this is not the same stuff and I have to say that it fits her like a glove too.
I really like both genres she writes. They are both emotional, but this book is heavier and spookier.
I not only fell in love with the gorgeous cover, but I also totally enjoyed the story.
What would you do when you are the center of some vicious gossip? What would you do when you don’t know why you are their victim? What would you do when the people you trusted and loved the most become strangers? What would you do when your world is turned upside down?
These are all questions Thea has to deal with. And what she finds out is more than devastating …
Sometimes you hate the way people treat you. You feel like they deceive you, but when you dig deeper, you will understand why they acted this way. Is it out of love? Out of protection? Out of shame or grief? Or a combination of more than one emotion?
I utterly enjoyed the book. I did not like the way some people behaved. After all you need baddies to add a darker side, but I could put myself in their shoes and understand them. 4,5 stars.
Thank you, Emma Davies and Bookouture.
About the author
After a varied career, Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous (and not necessarily true) anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: ‘I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.’ Well the job in the design studio didn’t work out but she’s now a forty something mother of three and is happy to report the rest of her dream came true.
After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband, three children, and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life. It’s a county she adores, her love of its beautiful people and landscapes providing endless inspiration for her books, and in fact the only thing that would make Shropshire more idyllic is if it were by the sea.
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