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.
~I was sent a copy from the publishers - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - What a beautifully written story. With the setting, the characters, you will be transported to this place and it is wonderful. I love the story and how it captivated me from the first page. It was wonderfully written and a book I can't recommend enough.
Colette is back to take care of her mother. Being back bring back memories and not all of them good. About her past, her family and so much more. Is she ready for the truth. This place holds a lot of secrets that some she may share. I really enjoyed that we had parts from Thea's diary from when she was younger as it gave more insight to her past and a secret.
I adored this book. Rosanna is a fantastic writer and really knows to make the reader feel like they are in this book. You can tell a lot of research has gone into this book with all the descriptions, and the plot. It was just oh so wonderful. You can easily get sucked into this book and not even realise the change of tone that will make you gasp and just keep reading.
A wonderful book, especially for this beautiful weather, for a great escape that will keep you gripped from the beginning and you won't be able to stop. It is a wonderful story full of family, deception, a beautiful setting, descriptive writing and just overall a wonderful story.
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Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Dianne Wynn Jones
Ursula Le Guin
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