Having escaped an abusive relationship, Chloe MacGregor is determined to put the past behind her. The little cottage high up on the cliffs overlooking the beautiful North Yorkshire town of Whitby is her safe haven, somewhere she is free to be herself.
When the arrival of her new neighbour and boss, Luke Warwick, threatens her peaceful, sheltered life, Chloe is forced to confront her past and to re-evaluate who she really is. Falling in love with Luke is not part of her plan but, to her surprise, Luke is falling for her too. The only thing preventing their happy ever after is Chloe herself. Will she ever truly learn to leave the past where it belongs?
Chloe has been in an abusive relationship and she comes face to face with her ex at a ball but she is rescued by her new neighbour Luke
Chloe has struggled with things in her life, her mother has constantly told her that she won’t be able to please any man and in an almost self fulfilling prophecy she ends up with Chris who uses and abuses her. Having managed to get out of that relationship with the help of her friends she starts to feel happier and safer although Luke upsets her equilibrium and makes her feel things that she isn’t sure about. I struggled with Chloe at times and I really think she needed to be in therapy to sort through some of her issues as it would make her happier and able to cope better but she develops as a character throughout the book, becoming more rounded and confident
I liked Luke, he gave Chloe the space she needed but also made her trust him. He doesn’t force her to do anything but he looks after her and rescues her more than once. He struggles to understand Chloe because he doesn’t realise her past but once he learns more about her he becomes more understanding but to be honest I think that is a big part of his character
I wish there had been more dialogue from Luke’s point of view, it would have made the story work better for me as it would have helped me see what he was thinking more but I do understand why it was mostly from Chloe’s view as the story focuses around her and her character development instead which I think worked well
I loved the setting of in and around Whitby. Chloe’s love of the sea resonates with me, if I’m stressed that’s where I want to be and although I have never been to Whitby it’s somewhere I would love to go and this book only makes my desire to go there even stronger
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a book full of character development set in amazing scenery
AM 🐾 x
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I’m a contemporary romance author, published with the lovely Tirgearr Publishing, and am a proud member of the Romantic Novelist Association. I live in the beautiful East Riding of Yorkshire in the UK and, although I work full-time in the public sector, my favourite pastime, when not writing, is wandering around old stately homes.
My debut novel, Beauty and the Recluse, was published in February 2016, closely followed by my second, Love on the Nile, which was released in the Summer of 2016. My third novel, Warwick’s Mermaid, was published in October 2017 and I’m currently working on my fourth.
A few random pieces of information about me:
- Favourite TV shows – The Walking Dead, The X-Files, Nashville, Dr. Who, the Great British Bake-off.
- Favourite Music – I’m an 80’s girl!, country, sixties, Elvis, classical (when I’m writing)
- Favourite Food – Indian, tapas, crisps
- Favourite Drink – black coffee (copious amounts when I’m writing) sauvignon blanc
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