Newly returned from backpacking around Europe, Kiera Merrick has landed a dream job – working for actress Stella Wynter, helping set up a memory room at Penmarra, her beautiful riverside home just outside Kingswater.
Jake Paterson is currently staying with Stella after filming the final series of his popular TV drama. He is trying to work out how to get his co-star and long-term girlfriend Rachel Tyler back after she walked out on him. But Jake soon finds himself drawn to Kiera, developing feelings for her that have no place in his life. He realises painful choices will eventually have to be made. And someone is going to get hurt.
Stella’s godson, hapless Tom Armytage is also staying at Penmarra along with girlfriend Chantal. He dreams of becoming a successful property developer and hopes Chantal’s dynamic presence will boost his ambitions. To impress her he boasts that he is heir to all of Stella’s wealth.
Chantal Porter is a woman used to getting her own way. Tom is her ideal partner; weak and easily manipulated. Listening to him talk about his inheritance, she likes the idea of being Penmarra’s next mistress. But Stella and Jake’s close relationship gives her cause for concern. Who is he? And could he be a threat to her future ambitions?
As Jake comes to a difficult decision and sets off for London to sort things out with Rachel, a heart broken Kiera is left to watch helplessly as Chantal puts in place a plan to secure Tom’s inheritance. One that will change Stella’s life for ever.
Second book in this series and I was sold once again
When you look at the cover, you think this will be a lovely romantic story, but don’t be fooled by it. Don’t get me wrong there is romance in it, but there is so much more.
Deceit, lies, betrayal are very important parts of this wonderful story, but there is also love between friends, family and after a few run ins with each other, a new love is born.
Sometimes when you read even only one sentence about a certain character you already know what kind of person they are. It makes you love, despise, hate or like them. Some though are born actors and fool you in loving them when you should really dislike them with a vengeance.
Sometimes your head is filled with something and you act in a way that’s not you at all. In stead of saying sorry, you rather blame the other person. It’s building hard feeling where there should be none at all, but have we not all done something similar once?
In that case it’s being the bigger man that will solve everything, but sometimes you need to see something black on white in order realise how it all went. Once you admit your mistake, you can start building bridges and you never know where they may lead…
A great story I thoroughly enjoyed. I hope there will be a third book. Maybe with Kiera’s brother as the main character? People are allowed to dream, aren’t they? 😉
Thank you, Jo Lambert
About the author
Jo Lambert lives on the eastern edge of the city of Bath. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors. She has been writing since 2008. Her first five books, a set of linked romantic sagas following the lives of several families in rural West Somerset, were followed in 2015 by Summer Moved On, a contemporary romance set in South Devon. A sequel, Watercolours in the Rain was published 2017,
In June 2018 Jo signed to Choc Lit and her debut A Cornish Affair, set in North Cornwall was published in 2019 under their Ruby Fiction imprint.
Her latest novel A Kingswater Summer is the second of a three-book series. The first, Shadows on the Water, was published in 2020. Both books can be read as standalone stories.
When she isn’t writing she reads and reviews. She also has an active blog. Jo loves travel, red wine and music and long as it has a great melody and lyrics. Oh, and she often takes the odd photograph or two…