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Turning The Tide (Choc Lit) (Little Spitmarsh Book 1) by [Stovell, Christine]
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~Christine Stovell's story is set against the beautifully depicted backdrop of a down-at-heel coastal village. You're seduced as much by life in the sleepy boatyard as by the infuriating but gorgeous Matthew Corrigan. Turning The Tide is a real holiday read.~ --Mslexia Magazine

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Winning a tin of chocolate in a national essay competition at primary school inspired Christine Stovell to become a writer! After graduating from UEA, she took various jobs in the public sector writing research papers and policy notes by day and filling up her spare drawers with embryonic novels by night. Losing her dad to cancer made her realise that if she was ever going to get a novel published she had to put her writing first. Setting off, with her husband, from a sleepy seaside resort on the east coast in a vintage wooden boat to sail halfway round Britain provided the inspiration for her novel Turning the Tide. Christine has also published numerous short stories and articles.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 879 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Choc Lit (22 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003Y8XQOC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,280 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Turning the Tide is excellent stuff and so highly readable I got through it in three days.

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.
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Harry Watling is trying to keep her boatyard - which she inherited from her father - in business. But Little Spitmarsh is very much a backwater and her customers are declining. Matthew Corrigan has bought nearby property and wants to revive the area by opening a restaurant and building up-market housing on land owned by Harry herself. Naturally enough Harry dislikes Matthew and distrusts his plans and motives as she wants to keep the small community as it is.

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.
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Turning the Tide is set in the sleepy backwater town of Little Spitmarsh where five years ago Harriet Watling, or Harry as she prefers to be called, inherited her father's boatyard and hired help, George. Not wanting to move forward she remains set in her ways and is desperately trying to live up to her own idea of what her father would have expected of her. With only the help of old George she attempts to keep her father's boatyard business going in the traditional way it has always been run.

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.
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I really enjoyed this novel! Wonderfully written with a likeable cast of characters -- each with their own quirks and stories -- Stovell captures the spirit of Little Spitmarsh perfectly. I could smell the salty sea on almost every page. I loved Harry, the main character, and her never-say-die attitude. Looking forward to the author's next novel!
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Harriet Watling has been fighting an uphill battle ever since her father died. With his passing Harriet `Harry' became the owner and proprietor of his failing boatyard, in the miniscule seaside town of Little Spitmarsh.

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.
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