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.
Set on the south coast of Cornwall, A Kingswater Summer is a story of love, deception, and family secrets…
A Kingswater Summer transports us to the picturesque setting of Cornwall where we are introduced to Keira, Jake, Tom and Chantel, four individuals who quickly nestle their way into your heart.
After returning to Kingswater after her travelling comes to an end and secures herself a job working for the actress Stella Wynter – and as she takes on her new role she has no idea just how much her life is about to change, especially when Jake walks into her life. Despite Jake’s current predicament of the heart, he finds it impossible to stay away from her.
But with this spark building between them, it is only a matter of time before Jake needs to make a huge decision, something that will ultimately cause somebody pain – a decision he knows he can’t take lightly. Then Tom – Stella’s godson and his girlfriend Chantel arrive, staying in Penmarra alongside them and a whole new dynamic is added to the story.
Tom is head over heels in love with his girlfriend Chantel and wants to show her all that he can give her in life, but unfortunately for doting Tom his partner doesn’t share his sentiments. Chantel is very aware of Tom’s inheritance and has her eyes very much set on the prize as she awaits the day she can call herself Penmarra’s new mistress.
As these individuals find themselves thrown into one another’s lives they face a turbulent journey as they navigate their way through life in Kingswater, and we are taken along on theemotional rollercoaster ride alongside them.
This is a fascinating read that had me hooked to the very last page. The characters are realistic and relatable and have deep, well fleshed out personalities that leap out of the pages as the story pushes forward. The storyline is immersive and full of drama, keeping you fully invested in the lives of these vibrant characters and their somewhat rocky journey’s to happiness. This was a delightful.
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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.
*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources, Choc Lit Books and Jo Lambert 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.*