Secrets And Seashells At Rainbow Bay By Ali McNamara
‘Secrets And Seashells At Rainbow Bay’ is the latest book by Ali McNamara.
Amelia is a single mother, doing her very best to look after her young son, Charlie – but money is tight and times are tough. When she first hears that she is the last descendent of the Chesterford family and that she has inherited a Real-Life Castle by the sea, Amelia can’t quite believe her ears. But it’s true! She soon finds that owning a castle isn’t quite the ticket to sorting out her money problems that she’d first hoped: she can’t sell, because the terms of the ancient bequest state that any Chesterford who inherits the castle, must live there and work towards the upkeep and maintenance of the family home. So ever-practical Amelia decides to uproot her little family and move to this magnificent castle by the sea. Living in a castle on the beautiful Northumberland coast is fun at first, but organising the day-to-day running is a lot more complicated than Amelia first imagined. Luckily she has help from the small band of eccentric and unconventional staff that are already employed there – and a mysterious unseen hand that often gives her a push in the right direction just when she needs it most. It’s only when she meets Tom, a furniture restorer who comes to the castle to help repair some antique furniture, that Amelia realises she might get the fairy-tale ending that she and Charlie truly deserve…
Ali is known for her charming tales of new beginnings and love and her latest offering is exactly that.
In this book, we meet single mother Amelia and her son Charlie. With her husband suddenly out of the picture, Amelia is finding it to make ends meet until one day, a stranger called Benji tells that her life is about to change and she’s become a real life Lady to an actual castle. Suddenly, Amelia finds herself being called ‘M’Lady’ as well as bringing some life back into the dusty old castle with the help of the staff as well as handsome furniture restorer Tom.
I loved this story, it was a lovely story to curl up and get lost in. Amelia is a sweet character, she’s kind with a heart of gold and is determined to bring the castle back to its original form to help secure the future for not only herself but the staff also. The supporting characters are a vibrant mix of personalities which add a burst of warm and humour to the tale. There’s also the ghostly presence in the story which adds an element of mystery to the tale as Amelia finds herself researching into her family history.
‘Secrets and Seashells at Rainbow Bay’ is the ideal summer story, packed with humour, magic and a little bit of romance, this book is a charming story from the very first page.
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