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Turning The Tide (Choc Lit) (Little Spitmarsh Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
Admittedly, at the beginning, I found this book a tad confusing as quite a few characters are introduced around the main one's, so I took a few pages to get properly 'into' the story. However, once I was in - that was me!
Christine's heroine Harriet 'Harry' Watling is a strong, hardworking woman who is striving to keep her fathers boat yard afloat during hard times. She is instantly lovable but not without her human flaws, such as being hardfaced and sometimes a little stroppy, which makes the character all the more real.
Then in strolls hero Matthew Corrigan to make Harry's life hell - or so she thinks. A budding property developer, Matthew wants to turn the boat yard around to reflect the current times, but Harry doesn't welcome the change and puts up a fight.
Just when all is finally looking to be sorted out, a family secret unearths itself and throws the story into mayhem again....
A fantastic, well written story with plenty of unexpected plot twists and colourful characters to ensure a good read.
Definitely a recommendation from me.
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.
By contrast, Matthew Corrigan is a breath of fresh air. He is swift with a grin and keen to chat with the locals, Harry in particular. Matthew quickly gets over his surprise that Harry Watling isn't a burly sailor, but rather a prickly pixie. Matthew and Harry come to clash on numerous occasions - and their war of wills quickly becomes the sole spark and juicy gossip in Little Spitmarsh. Harry and Matthew imbue their scenes with deliciously hot tension - as an undercurrent of lust runs between them.
The novel takes a surprising turn when a closely-guarded family secret is revealed. I'd hate to spoil anything; save to say this careening twist provides a brilliant bit of full-circular closure.
Christine Stovell's debut novel is a gorgeously quaint contemporary romance. It's a little bit `Vicar of Dibley', with a splash of Lisa Kleypas and plenty of steamy unrequited love.
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