About the Author
Georgia Hill writes rom-coms and historical fiction and is published by Harper Impulse, the digital-first imprint of HarperCollins.
She divides her time between the beautiful counties of Herefordshire and Devon and lives with her two beloved spaniels, a husband (also beloved) and a ghost called Zoe. She loves Jane Austen, eats far too much Belgian chocolate and has a passion for Strictly Come Dancing.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
3.5 Stars – rounded Tash has it all – or that’s what she wants everyone to believe. A successful career as the manager of the local estate agent, a lovely home in an upscale development, a boyfriend who dotes on her and always is pushing for her to be more and better, some good friends and plenty of nights out in spectacular and expensive restaurants, clubs and social events. So why is she feeling so restless, and not wanting her boyfriend Adrian to come near her? Slowly Tash’s story unfolds as the nitty gritty of her life starts to come clear to the reader. Her friend and co-worker Emma, a solid bookworm who has a fascination with Poldark has convinced her to come to the book club – a first in the soon-to-be-open book shop owned by Millie and her husband, owners of the local café. Adrian isn’t thrilled with her finding her own entertainments of a night – preferring to control and direct her ‘after work’ life to suit him, and Tash heads out to the inaugural meeting with her snarky attitude and bad mood fully on show. What Tash doesn’t see, and won’t share because it is far more important to her that people find her ‘controlled and competent’ than human, is that Adrian is not only controlling and grooming her to become his property, not a girlfriend, she also misses that the people in her life: her parents, friends and even her new acquaintance Kit sees all is not right, and while they broach the subject with her, her prickles and lashing out in anger are off-putting. She wasn’t easy to like at all – and it is a testament to the people around her who never gave up worrying and offering help that she didn’t find herself truly without anywhere to go when she catches Adrian abusing her mother’s little westie, his rage in full effect. Georgia Hill managed to show a more insidious and dangerous sort of abuse perpetrated in relationships: the lengths to which Adrian would go to increase Tash’s isolation and paranoia about other people, her own behavior and keep her guessing about what is and isn’t real. With a bit of digging, a ton of determination and solid friendship offered by Kit, his mother and his giant Irish Wolfhound, Tash is finally able to make a clean break, and the revelations and discoveries she makes about Adrian have her reclaiming her own sense of self and anger – allowing her to heal. Sure, she’s still judgmental and more than a bit closed off, but those are things that , as she continues to redefine her life in her own terms will change, I hope. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
A trip to Berecombe – my summer is complete! Things have moved on in the town, but the story is as delicious as ever. Tash, manager of the local estate agents, is happily settled with her long-term boyfriend, Adrian – but lately it all seems to be about him. Her friend and co-worker Emma decides they are both going to attend the inaugural meeting of a new book club and won’t take ‘no’ for an answer. To her surprise, Tash actually rather enjoys herself – could it be something to do with the new resident, Kit? I’ve so enjoyed my Berecombe ‘fix’. The kind of seaside town we would all like to holiday in – if not take up residence! Things have moved on since we visited Millie Vanilla’s cafe, although it still features in the story. It’s lovely to catch up with those we know and love who are now taking a back seat with the focus shifting to new characters. As always with this author, the story is light-hearted and packed with fun and laughter whilst there is a darker side to make you think. Reading in bed, I laughed and shook with laughter so hard that my sleeping husband began to stir. So enjoyable! I’m really looking forward to the next book – it’s so good to be back I can almost smell the sea and hear the waves! An absolutely gorgeous series – it’s good to be back! My thanks to publishers HarperImpulse for approving my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.