New start, new love. That's what Honor Sontag needs after her life falls apart, leaving her reputation in tatters- so she flees her native America and heads for Brighton, England. Honor's hoping for a much-deserved break and the chance to find the mother who abandoned her as a baby. What she gets is an entanglement with a mysterious man. Martyn Mayfair has sworn off women with strings attached, but is irresistibly drawn to Honor, the American who keeps popping up in his life. All he wants is an uncomplicated relationship built on honesty, but Honor's past threatens to undermine everything.
©2011 Sue Moorcroft (P)2011 W F Howes Ltd
I love the way Sue Moorcroft draws quite elaborate plots, and also draws you easily into whatever world she's writing about.
Jennifer Woodward is a great expressive actor. Perfect for this, as the main character is American. Her way of making her English characters all sound like debutantes who occasionally slip into the Thames Estuary is quite comical - but doesn't really detract from a great performance.
Sue Moorcroft's books are well crafted and full of surprises. Here, I was rather irritated at one of her plot devices. (I'm not going to spoil the plot). This book was told from the perspective of Honor, the protagonist. We shared her history, her doubts, anxieties and hopes. Also her illusions and misunderstandings. We were on her side. As we're deep into the book Honor suddenly drops a bombshell. She's been keeping a big secret. Not just from the other characters but from us, the readers. I felt let down and started to mistrust the story and the writer. I later recovered, but wish the writer could have worked out the story in a different way.
"3 ½ stars. A good story. I enjoyed it."
Like her other books this has a women’s fiction feel - a lot of story about everyday characters, but it’s definitely romance.
I liked things Honor did to stop a bully from hurting Rufus.
I liked the plot of Honor’s current husband doing bad things causing her to leave. Then he wants her back and does more bad things. That was a good story.
I did not like the first fight/misunderstanding between Martyn and Honor. He was mad at something that didn’t feel right to me - like the author was stretching for a conflict to write about. A later separation/misunderstanding was more believable.
If you’re looking for steamy sex you won’t find it here. There is one sex scene vaguely done which was good for relationship development.
I didn’t think about the narrator Jennifer Woodward, which means she was good.
Genre: contemporary romance, divorce
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