Rosie’s Review Team #RBRT #Romance That Summer At The Seahorse Hotel by @adrienneauthor

Today’s team review is from Georgia, she blogs here http://www.georgiarosebooks.com

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Georgia has been reading That Summer At The Seahorse Hotel by Adrienne Vaughan

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The romance in this novel is not only in the plotline or between the characters but for me it was in the fabulous setting. A crumbling estate on the dramatic coast of Ireland, what’s not to love.

Mia is a dresser on film sets (I thoroughly enjoyed the attention given to the detail of her work) and is the favourite of an aging film star, Archie Fitz, who has been great friends with Mia’s mother, Fenella, another film star, for many years. Sadly, Archie is dying and as friends and family gather around him at Galty House, once known as The Seahorse Hotel, the dynamics in the relationships come to light along with the truth as secrets from the past are at long last revealed.

Adrienne Vaughan’s characterisations are very good. Mia was terrific and I particularly liked Archie, I’d loved to have known him he was such fun. I was curiously drawn to the green-eyed cat that arrived towards the end of the book too but shall say no more on that.

There was a lot that happened in the storyline, which I won’t go over, and Mia faced betrayal along with her grief at losing Archie. I was pleased the estate went where it should have done and with the plans eventually made for it. As for the romance, well that was nicely done. Realistic and not slushy, just the way I like it!

Book description

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.

About the author

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.

Adrienne Vaughan

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Rosie’s Review Team #RBRT Irish #Romance That Summer At The Seahorse Hotel by @adrienneauthor

Today’ team review is from Chris, she blogs here http://cphilippou123.wordpress.com

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Chris has been reading That Summer AT The Seahorse Hotel by Adrienne Vaughan

Intrigue, mystery, tension, and some romance all woven together in this tale of love, betrayal, and, errr more betrayal…

Mia is the daughter of a famous actress but has never known who her father is. So when her mother’s old friend Archie decides to leave Mia his estate, the mystery might finally be solved. But Mia has no idea what is coming her way emotionally, both bad and good, in her journey to discover the identity of her father and to heal wounds…

The plot was more twisty (in a good way) than anticipated, the writing tight, and the characters believable, although some of the secondary ones weren’t as well-rounded as could have been. But the pace fluctuated in a way that kept my attention, and the suspense and intrigue was peppered throughout the novel. Recommended.

Book description

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.

About the author

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.

Adrienne Vaughan

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Rosie’s Review Team #RBRT #Romance That Summer At The Seahorse Hotel by @AdrienneAuthor

Today’s team review is from Judith, she blogs here http://judithbarrowblog.com/

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Judith has been reading That Summer At The Seahorse Hotel by Adrienne Vaughan

I did enjoy That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel, I really did. Whether it was the actual story, the way the narrative flows, the many differing characters, the sense of place that is so evocative throughout by the descriptions… I’m not sure. The reason I’m hesitant to say why I enjoyed this book is that the narrative actually goes into all the characters’ heads; we hear all their points of view, even the minor characters, sometimes only for a sentence or two. It’s odd, this usually irritates me. But the way this story is written it fits somehow

It’s a well worn plot in many ways; girl let down by boyfriend, handsome stranger on the sidelines; love finds a way, despite so many obstacles. But there are numerous other threads woven throughout that add depth and  intrigue (including one very large and intriguing mystery – see the hint in the book description; I’m not the one who will give away spoilers! )

There are some great rounded characters; quirky, poignant, funny, slightly wicked antagonists, and a great child character. Mostly I liked the way the protagonist grew in strength as the story progressed.

And each character is unmistakable in their dialogue; no dialogue tags needed a lot of the time, which, I think keeps the narrative moving well, especially at important section of the plot

There are wonderful descriptions of the scenery and the  settings, although sometimes these (mostly of the sea and sky) were a little too drawn out and repetitive  and took me out of the story

This was a different read for me. I usually enjoy novels where I can follow and empathise with one, maybe two, characters but, as I said before, this time it works (mostly).

There is one point where I would have liked to have more of a build up, more detail, more atmosphere. It’s a scene where one character threatens Mia. Already portrayed as obnoxious,yet not threatening, here he is menacing. Yet I felt that it didn’t quite work and the protagonist wasn’t shown to be really afraid. We are told she is but I didn’t really get any sense of real fear and the scene is quickly glossed over. Though it is actually a pivotal romantic point in the plot.

But, all in all this  book worked for me and I have no hesitation in recommending That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel  to readers who enjoy  contemporary women’s fiction with a hint or two of mystery.

Book description

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.

About the author

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.

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Sunday Connection – books we’ve reviewed this week, plus links to the Blogosphere #SundayBlogShare

This week we’ve been reviewing the following:

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Monday – Karen reviewed superhero fantasy The Hat by C.S. Boyack

That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel

Tuesday – Cathy reviewed Irish romance That Summer At The Seahorse Hotel by Adrienne Vaughan

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I reviewed romantic suspense Inconclusive Evidence by Reily Garrett

A Clerical Error (The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries #3)

Wednesday – Barb reviewed cosy mystery A Clerical Error by J New

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Thursday – Guest author Tim Walker talked about his Arthurian book Uther’s Destiny

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Friday – Sean reviewed scifi X0 by Sherrie Cronin

Plus links to the blogosphere

Writers: Advice on how to promote yourself

https://storyempire.com/2018/03/28/promoting-yourself/

3 Mistakes new writers are making

http://terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/three-mistakes-new-writers-are-still.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+TerryTyler+(Terry+Tyler)

How to write an Amazon Book Blurb

https://deborahjayauthor.com/2018/02/26/4-steps-to-writing-your-amazon-book-blurb-notes-from-20bookslondon/

Formatting from a Word document to Kindle

https://chrismcmullen.com/2018/03/24/kindle-formatting-magic/

 

Rosie’s review Team #RBRT That Summer At The Seahorse Hotel by @adrienneauthor #TuesdayBookBlog

Today’s team review is from Cathy, she blogs here http://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com/

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Cathy has been reading That Summer At The Seahorse Hotel by Adrienne Vaughan

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With a cast of wonderfully realised characters, this story transported me to Ireland and Galty House, set in the beautifully described coastal location of Rosshaven. Archie Fitzgerald, legendary actor, is dying, but determined to depart on his own terms. He wants Mia, the daughter of his close friend and fellow actor, Fenella Flanagan, to come home to Galty House for what will be their last summer together.

I love the almost ethereal quality of the cover image which compliments the theme of the book perfectly. Reminders of a past long gone, reminiscences and repercussions play a big part in the story. Whatever happened all those years ago has been a closely guarded secret, long buried and never spoken of. But now things are changing. Fenella is terrified Archie will feel compelled to break his promise and Bernice, Archie’s sister, wants to know what’s going to happen to Galty House when Archie is no longer there. Added to that is the mystery of the small island in the bay, with its atmosphere of secrecy and darkness.

Mia has only ever wanted to know who her father was, and why her mother would never say, but she gave up asking years ago and was content with the people she loves and who love her–her mother, Archie, Bernice and unconventional housekeeper Leela. But now, the desire to know has reasserted itself. When Archie lets her know she will inherit his estate, it makes her wonder if he is her father.

Newcomers to Rosshaven, Ross Power, Chief Executive of the new Harbour Spa Hotel in the village, and his niece, Pearl, quickly become involved with the family, and the stage is set for a very eventful summer of joy, heartbreak, tragedy, romance and surfacing revelations. Secrets are exposed, as is the greed and selfishness of certain people.

Sections from the past are scattered tantalizingly throughout the narrative and, as the small group spend time together, layers are uncovered, feelings laid bare and several threads are woven into the storyline. As with her previous books, Adrienne Vaughan’s knack of creating engaging and compelling characters who completely captivate, in a fabulous setting, is evident. Archie is outwardly theatrical and colourful, wanting to make the most of the time he has left, but understandably frailty shows through. I love Mia, the bond between her and Archie and the developing one with Pearl, another wonderful character.

Written with confidence, delightfully authentic dialogue and style, this was a joy to read.

Book description

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.

About the author

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.

Adrienne Vaughan

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My #Bookreview of #Romance That Summer AT The Seahorse Hotel by @adrienneauthor

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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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Book description

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.

About the author

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.

Adrienne Vaughan

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Sunday Connection – Catch Up With This Week’s Blog Posts #SundayBlogShare

Catch Up With This Week’s Book Reviews and posts from the Blogosphere

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Monday – Eleanor reviewed fantasy The Last Dragon Rider by Errin Krystal

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Tuesday – Saw a book promo for Irish family romance That Summer At The Seahorse Hotel by Adrienne Vaughan

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Wednesday – Terry reviewed women’s fiction Bear Medicine by G Elizabeth Kretchmer

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Thursday – Noelle reviewed WW2 #PTSD Fred’s Funeral by Sandy Day

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Friday – Alison reviewed fantasy Keepers by Sacha Black

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and I reviewed fantasy romance River by India R Adams

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Saturday – Karen B reviewed suspense Maggie’s Revenge by Jacquie Biggar

Discussion Post – 40 Days Until She Dies, discussed Emily Barr’s book The Truth And Lies Of Ella Black

Posts from around the blogosphere

Tips for debut authors

http://terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/miscellaneous-tips-for-debut-writers-2.html

Writing stuck?

http://writersinthestormblog.com/2018/02/a-simple-tip-to-help-get-rid-of-saggy-middles/

How to run a Goodreads Giveaway

https://dehaggerty.wordpress.com/2018/02/07/how-to-do-a-goodreads-giveaway-writerwednesday-goodreads-giveaway/

#NewRelease That Summer At The Seahorse Hotel by @adrienneauthor #TuesdayBookBlog

Author Adrienne Vaughan joins us today to talk a little about some of the research she did for her latest book.

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 That Summer At The Seahorse Hotel

Author: Adrienne Vaughan

Genre: Family drama

One family, one secret – that changes everything forever.

What did you research for this book?

I did masses of research for ‘Seahorse’ and loved it. The initial idea emerged after my father gave me a book ‘Guarding Neutral Ireland – the Coast Watching Service and Military Intelligence 1939 – 1945 by Dr Michael Kennedy.’ He loved history, as do I and the deeper I dug the more fascinated I became with this slice of, I would consider, little known historical fact. I just had to feed it into the story somehow.

Then with my main character being a dresser, I needed to delve further. Luckily a close friend’s daughter is a bona fide wardrobe supervisor and was supremely generous with her time answering my endless questions. I was also lucky enough to visit the set of BBC’s Poldark as guest of writer Debbie Horsfield, which gave me even more insight into this wonderful ‘back stage’ world.

Of course I had no choice but to research plays, films and music with two of my other characters being movie stars … I’m sure you all appreciate that was such a hardship! (not)

But probably my most intriguing and enlightening piece of research was into the Tarot. Leela, who is the housekeeper of ‘the Seahorse Hotel’ relies on it to give her guidance when things take a dramatic turn for the Fitzgerald family and I still like to look at the cards and rediscover what they mean.

Book Description

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 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.

Pre-order now, release date Feb 8th.

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Adrienne Vaughan – Author

Adrienne Vaughan has been making up stories since she could speak; initially to entertain her sister Reta, who 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 that Adrienne grew up to be a journalist, diving headfirst into her career after studying at the Dublin College of Journalism. These days she is recognised as a talented author and poet, having published several highly-acclaimed novels and an award winning collection of short stories and poetry. That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel is her fourth novel.

Adrienne lives in rural Leicestershire with her husband, two cocker spaniels and a rescue cat called Agatha Christie. She still harbours a burning ambition to be a ‘Bond girl.’

www.adriennevaughan.com

Twitter @adrienneauthor