A bit of blurb..
Casa D'Or, the mysterious plantation house on Sunset Lake, has been in the Wyatt family for over fifty years. Jennifer Wyatt returns there from university full of hope, as summer by the lake stretches ahead of her. Yet by the time it is over her heart will be broken, her family in tatters, her dreams long gone.
Twenty years later, Casa D'Or stands neglected, a victim of tragic events. Jennifer has closed the door on her past. Then Jim, the man she met and fell in love with that magical summer, comes back into her life, with a plan to return Casa D'Or to its former glory. Their reunion will stir up old ghosts for both of them, and reveal the dark secrets the house still holds close.
Casa D'Or is one of those places that as soon as you read the description you want to visit and there is no doubt that in this novel, the author succeeds in bringing the story of Casa D'Or completely to life, so much so, that I was completely enchanted by the house on sunset lake and the role that it plays in this fascinating story of love, loss and family secrets.
Twenty years separates the mystery at the heart of the story and both time frames sit very comfortably alongside each other. I enjoyed the different time aspects and felt that neither one outshone the other. Of course, inevitably I had favourite characters, and the handsome Jim Johnson was certainly up there with the best of them. As with all good novels there is also to be found light and shade and I enjoyed discovering more about the mystery of what happened at The House at Sunset Lake during the heady summer of 1995.
I always enjoy the way that this author wraps the story around you, almost like a comfort blanket, so that you are completely at ease with the way the story progresses. There is fine attention to detail, and of course, the distinct trademark of good writing which this author always brings to her stories.
Overall, this is a perfect holiday read.
Best Read with ...A summer barbecue and a cool glass of peach iced tea..
TASMINA PERRY is a Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling author. She left a career in law to enter the world of women's magazine publishing, going on to become an award-winning writer and contributor to titles such as Elle, Glamour and Marie Claire. In 2004 she launched her own travel and fashion magazine, Jaunt, and was editing InStyle magazine when she left the industry to write books full time. Her novels have been published in seventeen countries. Tasmina lives with her husband and son in London, where she is at work on her next novel.
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My thanks to Caitlin Raynor at Headline for my review copy of this book.
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