That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel by Adrienne Vaughan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
That Summer At The Seahorse Hotel is a romance set in Ireland.
It began with a summer of love for a group of five teenagers; one summer filled with carefree fun, friendship and forbidden love. Years later, world famous actor Archie Fitzgerald is dying, and he requests the return of Mia, the daughter of his best friend Fenella Flanagan, to Galty House, so he may put his life in order before it ends.
Mia has always loved Galty, spending her childhood here with Archie, his sister and the eccentric housekeeper, while her mother worked away. She arrives to find Archie upbeat, spending his money freely and refusing to go down quietly. However, there are undercurrents of tension; too many people want to know what Archie’s will contains.
There is a lot to keep Mia preoccupied: trouble back on the film set she works at, thoughts about her wedding, and the inquisitive ten year old niece of American Ross Power from the new Harbour Spa Hotel.
As the story unravels Archie reveals his desire to make amends for the past and to leave those he loves with opportunities for the future. But it’s not going to be easy; he made promises and kept secrets. There are those who can’t be trusted; the promise of an inheritance is making people greedy.
Vaughan has the ability to create characters you’ll love: wild, flamboyant, eccentric, they get under your skin and they move the story forward at a delightful pace. Sprinkled with just enough Irish dialect and mannerisms, the coastal setting, like Vaughan’s previous trilogy, will have fans clamouring to visit this fictional place. This is a lovely story delivered by its characters with the touches of romance adding the final icing on the cake.
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Mia Flanagan has never been told who her father is and aged ten, stopped asking.
Haunted by this, she remains a dutiful daughter who would never do anything to bring scandal or shame on her beautiful and famously single mother.
So when Archie Fitzgerald, one of Hollywood’s favourite actors, decides to leave Mia his Irish estate, she asks herself – is he her father after all?
That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel is a tale of passion, jealousy and betrayal – and the ghost of a secret love that binds this colourful cast yet still threatens, after all these years, to tear each of them apart.
Adrienne Vaughan has been making up stories since she could speak; primarily to entertain her sister Reta, who from a very early age never allowed a plot or character to be repeated – tough audience. As soon as she could pick up a pen, she started writing them down. It was no surprise she wanted to be a journalist; ideally the editor of a glossy music and fashion magazine, so she could meet and marry a pop star – some of that came true – and in common with so many, still holds the burning ambition to be a ‘Bond Girl’! She now runs a busy PR practice and writes poems, short stories and ideas for books, in her spare time. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and a founder member of the indie publishing group The New Romantics4. Adrienne lives in Leicestershire with her husband, two cocker spaniels and a retired dressage horse called Marco.