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Holiday in The Hamptons- Sarah Morgan

May 30, 2017 - 1:22 pm No Comments

Holiday In The Hamptons
Author: Sarah Morgan
Publisher: HQ
Page Count: 384pp
Release date: 15th June 2017
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

 

Fliss’ eighteenth birthday wasn’t the joyful experience she expected; not with her father returning to their beach home in a storm of anger.
Every summer, their mom took her, her twin sister Harriet and brother Daniel (New York Actually) to their holiday home in the Hamptons, to escape the ire and tyranny of a bully; their father.
When her father follows them and turns up unexpectedly at her eighteenth birthday with his usual insults and degradation, young Fliss flees to the beach, where Seth, Daniel’s friend, finds her.
Seth Carlyle, five years older than her, looks at her like she’s a woman, treats her like a woman. The chemistry sizzles between them, until it ends. Then she sees him again, ten years later.
Seen in a series of flashbacks and memories, we discover that they marry young and divorce just as quickly.
Ten years later, when Fliss is buried in work at Bark Rangers (fans will know the dog walking service family from from the other ‘Manhattan’ books by Sarah Morgan),
she is a workaholic wanting to expand the business, hiding her constant hurt and loss in Bark Rangers. Where Fliss is vivacious, opinionated and hardly shy, twin Harry (Harriet) is the opposite (introverted and lacking in confidence despite her talents, having been bullied about her childhood stammer). Though there is a steel to a Harry that her twin Fliss doesn’t realise exists.
Together the sisters own and run the business, Harry’s natural affinity for animals being perfect for their success, whilst Fliss’ no nonsense approach sortes the finances and the piles of paperwork.
When ex husband Seth turns up unexpectedly in Manhattan to do a stint at her local vets, Fliss flees to see her Grams in the Hamptons, taking on Harry’s identity to look after her Grandmother whilst she recovers from a fall.
Then the worst thing she could possibly imagine happens.
Seth turns up in the Hamptons; where he actually lives.
In a panic, she continues her charade pretending to be her twin.
Of course, all Seth talks about to ‘Harriet’ is ‘Fliss’. And her defences start to crumble just a little.
“Maybe she’ll be the first woman in history to break up with a guy because she’s jealous of herself.” friend and former Best Man Chase remarks.
So, in a funny, warm and romantic twist on The Parent Trap, Fliss and Seth find themselves spending lots of time together. And as the old adage says ‘the truth will out’.
This book is about secrets, family, love, friendship; the things that matter. It also tackles the difficult subject of bullying.
As a child and teen, Harriet is the subject of bullying at school, whilst at home through their younger years, Harriet, Daniel, Fliss and their mother are all victims of bullying too.
Morgan deals with the issue sensitively, and whilst we later learn some of the reasons for the bullying, the behaviour is not excused.
Though we do learn to understand one important message; honesty is key to any relationship. Keeping things – emotions- bottled up inside will lead to an unfulfilled life.
There’s a lot, as usual with a Sarah Morgan book, going on in this one. Emotional trauma, romance, social and human issues, humour and shock. But what I love most about this book, and the Manhattan series, is the use of animals, particularly dogs.
Each ‘doggy character’ is fully fledged and brings a smile to the readers’ face, or a gasp when they are injured. Hero is awesome, a massive, friendly against stereotyping Doberman and he’s adorable, whilst Lulu is hilarious. And also adorable.
The humans, and the animals, are living breathing characters in her skilled hands.
Reading Sarah Morgan is like being wrapped up in a warm blankie, candle lit, with chocolate cake being served by Ryan Reynolds; who puts on your fluffy cat slippers for you.
Sheer bliss, sheer delight, sheer comfort.

Miracle on 5th Avenue

April 18, 2017 - 1:37 am No Comments

Reviewers note: this site does not often review contemporary romance, however, as her alter ego Eve Campbell, Theresa Derwin has started to write in the romance genre and found some great books worth sharing with our readers.

 

Miracle on 5th Avenue
(From Manhattan with Love Book 3)
Author: Sarah Morgan
Publisher: MIRA (Harper Collins imprint)
Page count: 384pp
Release date: 20th Oct 2016
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

Eva Jordan is a glittering star when it comes to understanding romance; just unfortunately not for herself. She works like a maniac and her bedroom companion is a stuffed kangaroo her grandma gave her when she was four. At least, unlike the men in her life, the kangaroo never lets her down. Besides, she has no room or time for men in her life. Eva is still grieving the loss of her grandmother a year ago, wearing the heavy emotional scars and unable to really confide with anyone for fear of being a burden.
Still, at least she was busy with Urban Genie, the event and concierge business she ran with friends Paige and Frankie. It was their first Christmas since going into business, so things were looking up.
She used to love the silly season, and was determined to start enjoying it again, to do the things her Graham’s would want her to do. To make her proud.
On a personal note, I’m reviewing this late because I suffered a loss just after Christmas myself and I suspect Morgan has experienced a similar loss. She has completely captured the all-consuming pain and emptiness such grief brings. And though it may seem strange, this novel comforted me through that.
Lucas hates Christmas- as a crime writer at the top of his fie,d, he has deadlines, fans, a publisher and an agent – but no book. Normally he can force the worse out but this year is much worse, memories of his Sallyanne in the morgue haunting him. He’s supposed to be away writing in a cabin in Vermont, but just couldn’t face it. He’s still in his Manhattan aapartment alone.
He needed a miracle.
In the midst of a snowy blizzard, Eva turns up for her next job.
Decorating best seller author Lucas Blade’s fifth avenue apartment for the holidays. A preseng arranged by his grandmother.
A fabulous surprise …
And the first time they meet in his darkened penthouse suite? Hilarious. I laughed out loud at one part when Eva thinks of the contents of her purse. The dialogue between the two sparks the instant they meet, even if it starts as hostile, and Eva is ‘unintentionally’ funny. The reader finds her funny, the characters find her funny, but she doesn’t realise just how witty and insane she really is. There’s a genuine warmth to the banter between Lucas and Eva that reminded me almost of Marian and Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Last Ark. I love Morgan’s writing but with these two she’s excelled herself.
Lucas’ outlook as a crime writer is also pretty funny in an “OMG did he really go there?” way. His dark nature is very apparent from the first interaction, juxtaposed with Eva’s more positive outlook. It makes for great chemistry between the two. And as a horror writer, it also gave me some cracking ideas. In chapter two we also have a sly wink to ‘Psycho’. And the internal thoughts of both protagonists almost runs like a comedy of errors. Brilliant.
This is easily the best Sarah Morgan I’ve read and in her dealings with grief she is spit on.
5/5