Guest Review: Holiday in the Hamptons by Sarah Morgan @SarahMorgan_ @HQstories (@mgriffiths163)

Today I hand over the blog once more to Mandie who has a review for Holiday In The Hamptons by Sarah Morgan.

HITHHoliday In The Hamptons

The perfect summer escape…?

‘An absolute delight.’ – Veronica Henry

Professional dog-walker Felicity Knight loves everything about New York…until her ex-husband starts working at her local vet clinic. She hasn’t seen Seth Carlyle in ten years, but one glimpse of him – too gorgeous, and still too good for her – and Fliss’s heart hurts like their whirlwind marriage ended yesterday. So when her grandmother in The Hamptons needs help for the summer, it seems the perfect way to escape her past…

Their relationship might only have lasted a few scorching months, but vet Seth knows Fliss – if she’s run away to The Hamptons, it’s because she still feels their connection and it terrifies her. He let her go once before, when he didn’t know any better, but not this summer! With the help of his adorable dog Lulu, and a sprinkling of beachside magic, Seth is determined to make Fliss see that he’s never stopped loving her…

Holiday in the Hamptons is book 5 in the From Manhattan with Love series and focuses on professional dog walker Fliss who has a thriving business with her twin sister in New York and loves it… that is until her ex-husband Seth starts working in the vets that they use. When her grandmother calls from the Hamptons needing help after an accident Fliss uses this as a way to escape and avoid facing him.

While Fliss seems to have it together in her professional life, her personal life is a little bit more of a mess. Her childhood was not the best and she did not have a great relationship with her father which led to her seeing herself as the bad twin who could never do anything right. This feeling is what drives all her decisions as she is convinced that she does not deserve to be happy. Fliss is a strong, feisty character however there were times that I felt that I wanted to shake her as she seemed so determined to let things from her past derail her future. For every one step forward she takes with sorting out her life she seems to run 3 steps backwards. It is her love of dogs that does make for this as I will admit to being a big softie where they are concerned.  She has an overwhelming need to protect her twin sister even now they are grown up and tries to hide things from her that she thinks she can’t deal with.

Seth has never forgotten Fliss and although I thought the story was going to show he was the reason why they broke up I could not have been more wrong. He is determined to get Fliss to see what they had is still there and worth fighting for but he is also prepared to do it on her terms. Seth sometimes comes across as too good to be true as he seems perfect with the exception that he gave up on his marriage too easily the first time round.

Her Grandmother, despite her accident is full of life and has quite a close set of friends who love to gossip and have a bit of fun teasing Fliss and I often found myself chuckling at their antics During her recuperation she gives Fliss a little insight into her parents’ marriage that helps her understand the problems a little bit more.

The story took a little while to get going and apart from the sense that something bad happened between Seth and Fliss to end their marriage you do not really get a feel for what is going on until they both arrive in the Hamptons.

What I like about this book is that there are no unnecessary characters in it and people are only introduced if they are bringing something to the story.  You learn about Fliss and Seth’s history in pieces but it ties in well with what is happening at the time. Whilst this may be book five in the series it can be read as a stand-alone novel. Despite its slightly slow start I found that I raced through this book often chuckling at some of the situations Fliss found herself in due to her stubbornness. Holiday in the Hamptons is a charming story and a great summer read for chic lit fans.

4 stars

4-star

My thanks to Netgalley and HQ for the advance copy of this book. It is available to order from the following retailers.

Amazon UK | Amazon.com | Kobo

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