Her Mother’s Secret written by Rosanna Ley, publisher Quercus, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover, paperback and audiobook format.
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For many years Colette has avoided returning to her homeland – the magical island of Belle-Île-en-Mer in Southern Brittany – afraid to confront the painful memories she left behind. She is living on the Cornish coast when she hears about her mother Thea’s failing health and realises that the time has come for her to go home. But can Colette ever forgive Thea for what she has done?
Despite Colette’s wariness, romantic Belle-Île still fascinates her. She takes on the running of her mother’s flower shop and makes friends with Élodie from the Old Lighthouse where Thea once worked as a nanny and with the enigmatic Étienne who shares Colette’s mixed feelings about the island. As Thea opens up to her for the first time, Colette finds herself softening and being drawn back into the landscape of her past. But can Belle-Île also be a part of her future?
The ghosts of that past still linger. What happened all those years ago and how did it cause the rift between mother and daughter? It becomes clear that the beauty of Belle-Île hides a devastating family secret – one that Colette is determined to unravel at any cost.
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of the paperback of Her Mother’s Secret which is the seventh published book by Rosanna Ley. For reasons I cannot fathom Her Mother’s Secret is my first introduction to the work of Rosanna Ley. Her Mother’s Secret has everything I love in a story; it was beautifully written, you could feel the atmosphere of the stunning coastal location, the characters were well drawn out and you could easily picture the scenes in your head. Rosanna Ley is definitely in my reading radar now and I will be checking out her back catalogue of work.
This story was beautifully woven around the lives of five different characters that all were linked to the stunning coastal island of Belle-Île-en-Mer in Southern Brittany. The island was privy to many secrets and has also witnessed it’s fair share of tragedies that have left a scar on many peoples lives. Colette, Thea, Mathilde, Elodie and Etienne all with tortured hearts and souls brought together by this area of outstanding natural beauty. Their shared experiences and feelings of loss, guilt and uncertainty were accepted and a bond was formed, although at times the bond was not as tight as it could be.
Colette was unsure of returning back home to the island of Belle-Île-en-Mer as she left under a dark cloud. But with her mother Thea seriously ill Colette needed to make this journey, as much to care for her mother but also for herself, to try and unearth the secrets that have left so many emotional scars.
Colette’s mother was the proprietor of the little flower shop and as a child Colette loved helping her mother out and learning about this trade. With her mother’s wish Colette started working back in the florists and she was relishing matching flowers to fit a customers requirements. I loved this part of the storyline and appreciated the research the author undertook on the alternative therapies and treatments using flowers.
I loved the throwbacks to the late 1960’s/early 1970’s when we learn about Thea in her first flush of love, new beginnings, new adventures and then life casting it’s spell throwing in twists and turns that no-one can predict. When this new journey for Thea took her to the south of France working for a young French family her life was to be embroiled in a secret that would change the course of the future for many.
Her Mother’s Secret is a beautifully atmospheric read full of secrets that the idyllic island in the south of France can no longer keep hidden. It is a story of life, of loves, of grief and of letting go of the past. Such a stunning, emotive storyline drawing you in to the lives of the characters.
As the setting of the sun for one person is approaching it brings enlightenment to others giving them the strength to make almost radical changes to their lives. Beautiful story, I loved it!
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