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Turning The Tide (Choc Lit) (Little Spitmarsh Book 1) Kindle Edition
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It has everything I enjoy in a book; great writing, vivid dialogue you can hear in your head, and not a wasted word on the page. Most of all there is wonderful characterisation - I particularly liked the feisty but quirky Harry and the setting (it was refreshing to see a novel set in a boatyard) - and most of all a lovely romance. I loved the change in narratives and found myself tearing through the book to see what happened next between Harry and Matthew. The characters who will stay with you long after you finish the novel. But don't be tricked into thinking that this is just another chick-lit novel. Beneath the wit and sparkle of her writing are deeper, darker waters that give depth to the characters and storyline. This makes for real substance and an authentic read. I would recommend it to all fans of women's fiction.
Chris Stovell is a novelist to watch out for in the future and I can't wait to read her next book.
I enjoyed this novel with its interesting characters and realistic dialogue and the way different people reacted to the proposed changes. I found the antagonism between Harry and Matthew realistic as they represent totally different ways of life and points of view. I also thought the boating background was interesting.
I liked George - Harry's curmudgeonly employee - he really came to life for me. Matthew as well was far from the perfect hero and all the more endearing because of his faults. I liked the way Harry stubbornly resisted the changes even when she found herself backed into a corner; just how many people behave in real life. An enjoyable read with many underlying themes and an interesting conclusion.
The arrival of property developer Matthew Corrigan with his plans to regenerate the area and the seemingly support of the local townspeople only serve to take Harry's sense of her against the world to a new level.
Harry takes an instant dislike to Matthew for what he represents but can't help feeling attracted to him. Matthew appears to be having the same problem. Harry is a pain in the backside but there's something about her that causes his mind to wander back to her time and again in a way that is definitely not conducive to the success of his business plans.
The story allows time for the characters to develop and for the reader to get to know and understand them. Matthew is sexy without being flash, business like but with compassion and you can't help but admire his patience and persistence. Harry with her tomboy ways, strops and bloody-mindedness, forever trying to live up to the memory of her father, can leave you feeling empathy and frustration all at the same time.
The plot moves the story along continually and brings into play other delightful and funny characters, each with their own little journey to make.
I loved the cover of Turning the Tide, it reflects the gentleness of the way the story unfolds.Read more ›
Harriet is struggling to keep her father's business afloat when Little Spitmarsh comes to the attention of real-estate entrepreneur, Matthew Corrigan. Matthew has grand plans to put Spitmarsh on the map by building a first-class restaurant.
All the locals are on board with Matthew's plan. Floral-shop owners and life partners, Frankie and Trevor, are keen to expand their business. Local flirt and barmaid, Lola, is keen on Matthew sticking around. And even Harry's right-hand-man, Geroge, is eager to see her get her life back on track with a helping-hand from Corrigan.
The only person who is opposed to the development is Harry . . . she doesn't want to lose her one remaining tie to her father. And she doesn't want to be sweet-talked out of her land by smarmy Matthew Corrigan, no matter how devastatingly charming he may seem.
`Turning the Tide' is a contemporary romance novel from debut author, Christina Stovell.
The book does have a slow start, but the meandering plot leaks into the Little Spitmarsh atmosphere. Stovell takes the time to tease out characters and write methodical back story for a cachet of quirky local residents. I particularly liked the side-story about Frankie and Trevor, a homosexual couple who are concerned about the potential media furore Matthew Corrigan could bring to Spitmarsh, and which could inadvertently `out' them. The unhurried pace also helps to create a small-town ambience for Spitmarsh; so that you really do get the feeling that this town is suffocated by its own solitude.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't usually read Mills and Boon style choc lit but the reviews made me interested enough to order it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Pauline, Bristol
In a sleepy village Harriette Watling struggles to keep her late father's boatyard afloat. Things get a bit fraught when a property developer wants to take over the boatyard to... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Owlet
An enjoyable story , a good mixture of characters interestingly introduced with twists and turns along the the way. The reading was a pleasure.Published 21 months ago by Hazel Warwick
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters are really well drawn - the sort you miss when you’ve turned the last page. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Ces
I love chick flick books and love reading books in series so when I found this book at a good price I bought it. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Kizzy
A nice flowing story with enough interesting characters to paint a picture of the area
My friends will read more books of this type.
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