Hello once again my lovely bookish people, and thank you for visiting my blog. I have another wonderful review for you all today and this time I am sharing my thoughts on Secret Shores by Ella Carey.
From bestselling author Ella Carey comes an utterly gripping and sweeping historical novel about terrible choices and heartbreaking family mysteries. The past holds more secrets than we can ever imagine…
1946. Young, beautiful artist Rebecca survived the devastating war that claimed the lives of so many of the men and women she grew up with. Her friends have returned as empty shells or not at all. But although peace has been declared, Rebecca is still fighting at home. Her controlling mother will stop at nothing to prevent Rebecca from following her dream to become a painter.
When Rebecca meets dashing young Edward, a pilot during the war, she discovers both love and an escape. Edward makes her feel truly loved, alive and excited about her future and art. But when Edward takes Rebecca to visit his childhood home on the sweeping coast, their trip ends in tragedy. Edward’s father commits suicide and, consumed by grief, Edward is faced with a terrible choice: love or family?
Utterly distraught, Rebecca goes out to the shore by moonlight to paint. Under the stars, she stares into the waves, thinking about her life. The next morning she has disappeared without a trace, leaving behind only a pencil on the sand. Finding the truth will change everything for those who were left behind…
Fans of My Name is Eva, Rhys Bowen and Lucinda Riley will fall head over heels in love with Secret Shores.
I have to start off by saying that I am quite a big fan of Ella Carey. I well and truly fell fell in love with her previous books so I was overjoyed to be asked to be a part of this blog tour!.
Rebecca’s character intrigued me from the start. I adored the strength she had within her that grew as her tale went on, and the artistic side to her was a fantastic addition to an already wonderful character. When she disappears whilst painting on the shore, the story that unfolds as people try desperately to uncover what happened to the young, beautiful Rebecca that day.
This story captivated me entirely from the start. It was so beautifully written it truly touched my heart and I found myself really connecting with the characters as their personalities came through. The setting was brought to life so vividly in my mind, I could picture the beautiful shore …and wished I was there at times.
Moving, compelling and impossible to put down. I couldn’t recommend this book highly enough! It is a story that is, without a doubt going to stay with me for a very long time.
Thank you once again to the wonderful Sarah Hardy for inviting me to take part in this book tour. A huge thank you to Ella Carey, Bookouture and Netgalley for my ARC in return for my honest review.
Ella Carey is the international bestselling author of The Things We Don’t Say, Secret Shores, From a Paris Balcony, The House by the Lake, and Paris Time Capsule. Her books have been published in over fourteen languages, in twelve countries, and have been shortlisted for ARRA awards. A Francophile who has long been fascinated by secret histories set in Europe’s entrancing past, Ella has degrees in music, nineteenth-century women’s fiction, and modern European history. She lives in Melbourne with her two children and two Italian greyhounds who are constantly mistaken for whippets.
Ella loves to connect with her readers regularly through her facebook page and on her website.