I am so delighted to be taking my turn on the blog tour today for Summer of Secrets by Nikola Scott. I have been longing to share my thoughts on this book for a while and today is the day, so pull up a chair and get comfy so we can begin. My thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me on to the tour and to the publisher for my copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly.
At peaceful Summerhill, orphaned Maddy hides from the world and the rumours of war. Then her adored sister Georgina returns from a long trip with a new friend, the handsome Victor. Maddy fears that Victor is not all he seems, but she has no idea just what kind of danger has come into their lives…
Chloe is newly pregnant. This should be a joyful time, but she is fearful for the future, despite her husband’s devotion. When chance takes her to Summerhill, she’s drawn into the mystery of what happened there decades before. And the past reaches out to touch her in ways that could change everything…”
Before we launch in to the review of the book, let’s just take a moment to admire this stunning cover, shall we? It’s so striking and enticing, who wouldn’t want to pick up this book and dive in? Full marks to the cover designer for doing a fabulous job. I have an ARC copy with a plain blue cover but I think I am going to have to replace it with a published copy so this beautiful design can grace my shelves.
This is a dual timeline narrative, set partly in 1939 just before the outbreak of the Second World War and in the present day.
In 1939, Maddie feel cocooned in the isolated estate at Summerhill, spending her days sketching and waiting for her sister Georgina to return from a trip to Europe. But when Georgina does come back, she brings with her a group of friends who disrupt the status quo at Summerhill and Maddie’s peace of mind. She is also haunted by past events and secrets that eventually have to come out.
In the present day, Chloe has the perfect life which is just about to be rounded off when she finds out she is pregnant. But all is not what it seems to the outside world and Chloe begins to realise that her relationship is not perfect and she is in danger of losing herself. Circumstances conspire to bring these two women together to form a friendship which reveals parallels between their lives that help them both.
I really loved this book. I am a sucker for a dual timeline narrative and this one is done beautifully. The stories weave together seamlessly and are so cleverly aligned it is a joy to read. I was equally entranced by both timelines so there was no sense of rushing through one chapter to get back to the other timeline. I loved the way they came together and the friendship that grew between the two women in the modern day was lovely. In fact, all the relationships in this book were wonderfully drawn and really captivating, the author has a real skill for this.
The book has a leisurely pace which allowed me to really become engrossed and revel in the wonderful descriptions and all the small details that brought the time periods and settings to life but at the same time there was enough going on and plenty of clues, and small revelations to keep the pages turning to the end of the book. This is a novel that it was truly and enjoyable experience to read. It was a real treat and I immersed myself in the experience totally.
Definitely a book I would highly recommend to fans of this type of novel and one I personally will return to in the future.
Summer of Secrets is hot off the press and you can buy a copy here.
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About the Author
Nikola Scott was born and raised in Germany and studied at university there. Having been obsessed with books from a young age, Nikola moved to New York City after her Master’s degree to begin her first job in book publishing, a career in which she could fully indulge her love of fiction!
She spent ten years working in publishing in New York and then in London, editing other people’s books, before she decided to take the leap into becoming a full-time writer herself.
She now lives in Frankfurt with her husband and two sons.
MY MOTHER’S SHADOW was published in 2017 to wonderful reviews. Her new novel SUMMER OF SECRETS is coming in September 2018.
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