Global box office sensation, Ruby Locke, is a long way from her Yorkshire roots. Together with her fiancé, movie heartthrob Tyler Harrison, they are Hollywood’s new glitterati.
Overnight, however, Ruby’s life implodes when her social media accounts are hacked with a multitude of vile posts, turning her into an international pariah. Even Tyler breaks off their engagement.
Confused and heartbroken, Ruby escapes to the beautiful island of Sicily to avoid the media scrutiny and clear her name. With only a Yorkshire Terrier to comfort her, Ruby is befriended by a handsome neighbour and slowly begins to heal.
But who is this mysterious man and what are his intentions?
When her Sicilian hideaway is compromised, Ruby is once again forced to relocate, this time to the stunning Isle of Skye.
In the tranquil cove of Glentorrin, Ruby is left questioning not only who wants to destroy her career, and why but also if celebrity lifestyle is really for her…
When Ruby Locke becomes the latest target of a social media hacking, her otherwise perfect life begins to fall apart around her at an alarming speed. As people are left reeling following the vile posts shared under her name, Ruby turns to her fiancé – and famous heart-throb Tyler for comfort, so she is obviously shocked to the core when he breaks off their engagement following these posts.
In a desperate attempt to hide away from the ever prying media, and to allow her heart chance to heal, she relocates to Sicily where she is befriended by a handsome neighbour. Unfortunately, this is all short lived when she finds herself having to flee Sicily after news of her whereabouts is leaked to the media.
Unsure of where to venture to next, she finds herself fleeing to the beautiful island of Skye where she is finally able to take a breather whilst she tries to fathom out who so desperately wants to tarnish her reputation and damage her career so deeply.
This was such a feel good, charming read that had me hooked from the start. It showed the flip side to social media – the side where people can use it to cause others harm or distress without sparing a thought for the lasting impact that action causes. Ruby is such a lovely character that you find yourself rooting for from the start. She doesn’t deserve all o the hatred she is receiving following the hacking of her accounts, and she certainly does not deserve the way Tyler treats her throughout this time too.
As the story moves forward, Ruby meets a cast of interesting characters who all play a pivotal role in turning her life around in one way or another, between the friendships, the blossoming romance, and the reassurance that she can in fact make it through these hard times spurs her on to uncovering who has hurt her the most. I loved following her journey as she grew as an individual and realised that there is so much more to her than what people see on a screen, and how she managed to pull her life back together, piece by piece with help from some rather unexpected places.
Add in to this mix the absolutely dreamy settings we find ourselves in throughout this story, places that left me dreaming of packing up my bags and setting off for the gorgeous Sicilian islands, this is undoubtedly being added to my summer must read lists!
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About the Author
Lisa Hobman has written many brilliantly reviewed women’s fiction titles – the first of which was shortlisted by the RNA for their debut novel award. In 2012 Lisa relocated her family from Yorkshire to a village in Scotland and this beautiful backdrop now inspires her uplifting and romantic stories.
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*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources, Boldwood Books and Lisa Hobman for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*