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    Page turner

    This is the first book I’ve read by Kennedy Kerr and I really enjoyed it. Mara’s husband has recently kicked her out of the family home with their twins, John and Franny, so he can move in his mistress of two years. Mara learns from the solicitor handling the Hughes estate that she’s been left a house that her mother, Abby, never told her about. The house needs a lot of work, if she hopes to sell it and get the twins and her a new place. How is everything going to turn out? Grab your copy and find out the many secrets that Abby kept. Even though this was a good book, I felt it left too many unanswered questions, so that’s why I only gave four stars. I received an advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley and Bookouture and this is my voluntary and honest review.
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    Good book

    This was a nice quick story. Mara and her kids go to the beach house that belonged to her mother. It’s falling down and needs repairs plus her husband wants a divorce. Magpie Cove sounds like a lovey place to visit. Towards the end of the book I did want to shake some sense into Mara. I enjoyed the story. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the early copy
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    Unraveling secrets

    I received an ARC from Bookouture Publishing through NetGalley for an honest review. Mara Hughes finds out her mother left her a beach house and her husband wants a divorce. Her husband wants her to sell the beach house so she can afford a new house because he is keeping theirs. When she gets to the beach house she sees how run down it is, there is a hole in the roof and no one is interested in buying it. Brian Oakley is the local handyman and they strike up a deal to fix it up. Mara's twins love the hole in the roof because they can lay in bed and see the stars but it has to be fixed. A box of unopened letters starts to tell a different story of Mara's mother. At the beginning of the story, Mara's life and the beach house were both in shambles. But as the house begins to get fixed up and the secrets discovered, Mara's life begins to get better. All of a sudden her husband wants her back and it looks like she is going to give up the life she has started to create for her and the twins and go back to the cold, empty marriage she was thrown out of. She discovers more letters, that add to her mother's story plus she surprises me with her thoughts of her husband. This was a wonderfully written book of unraveling secrets, facing the secrets that she learned, and watching her change along the way.
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    A mystery, a family drama and a little romance.

    I really enjoyed this book. I loved the setting. Set in Cornwall, with a tumble down house taking centre stage in the story, the Beach House sits – as you might expect – right on the edge of the beach in a small village called Magpie Cove. The picture on the cover perfectly replicates how I imagine the house to be, and it was this cover that instantly attracted me to the book. Wouldn’t you just love to live there? Mara can’t quite believe that her husband Gideon has asked her to move out of the family home and find herself somewhere else to live along with their twin children. Gideon has found himself a new woman and Mara doesn’t fit with his plans any longer. As if that wasn’t enough, Mara’s mother Abby has died leaving Mara a house that she had no idea her mother even owned. Abby is hoping she’ll be able to sell the house and use the money to buy somewhere for herself and her two children to start a new life. When she arrives at Magpie Cove and sees the extent of the deterioration of the house, she wonders whether it is even worth selling – who would want to buy a ramshackle house with a hole in the roof and damp in every room. There are lots of different threads running through this narrative. Mysteries and secrets to discover, this is a story with hidden depths. Why has Abby never taken Mara to the house, and why did Mara grow up without any other family apart from her mum. When some letters are passed on to Mara by her Mothers solicitor, Mara finds answers at least in part to why she had such an isolated childhood and there’s a further shock in store for Mara as she reads through them. As well as some very moving aspects to the plot there are many, more lighthearted moments running through as well. As Mara spends more time at the Beach House trying to get it ready to sell, she makes some good friends there and at one point seriously considers living in the Beach House herself. It’s such a good page turner, what with her obnoxious husband to deal with, the lovely carpenter/surfer Brian Oakley adding a little romance here and there, the sadness surrounding her mum Abby and all to the backdrop of the beautiful Cornish coast, it’s definitely a book that will have its readers captivated.
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    Fantabulous! Romance! Sanctuary

    Magpie Cove is Mara’s Sanctuary! Mara was thrown out of her home by her husband because he wanted to move in his new girlfriend! She said she was taking the kids and he was actually relieved that they were going to be hers full time! She just happened to be told that she inherited a beach home from her mother. She had no clue about this house! It was literally a condemned mess! But, she loved it! She felt her mother! Her twins loved it! They met Brian the cute surfer, carpenter and local flirt! He was actually destined to help bring the beach house back to life! I found some letters that my mom wrote to somebody and they rocked my world and now I have to know more! OMG! The author is truly gifted because at the first beginning I was hesitant, but then I was hooked and I didn’t put this book down! I will not say anything else because I do not reveal spoilers, but you are magnificent! The characters are so poignant and mesh so well! I would definitely recommend this book to everyone who wants a great book! I received an advanced copy from NetGalley and these are my willingly given thoughts and opinions.

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