Shayla Sheridan’s a New York native-born into big city luxury, but she’s never really fitted in with the “it” crowd. Desperate to make it as a writer and to finally step out from her famous father’s shadow, Shayla decides to take on a tricky assignment across the pond…
Swapping skyscrapers and heels for wellies and the heart of the Irish countryside, Shayla must go about ghost-writing a book of recipes by the notoriously reclusive and attractive head chef of Castle Stone, Tom O’Grady.
The only problem? He has no idea that she’s writing it.
‘Summer at Castle Stone’ has all the important ingredients of romantic comedy. Shayla is a likeable comic heroine who doesn’t quite fit in the competitive, edgy world where she exists. Tom, a reclusive, ex celebrity chef is the perfect sexy, conflicted hero. Maggie, Maeve, Tony and Brigid head a cast of realistic and interesting secondary characters whose eccentricities enhance the story’s comedy and romance. Shayla’s identity crisis, which is deeper than a change of name, provides the misunderstanding, which threatens her chance of happy ever after.
The story highlights the ups and downs of ‘living the dream’ in New York beautifully and contrasts this with the community and quaintness Shayla finds in an Irish village and country estate. Castle Stone provides many hilarious moments as Shayla gets to grips with the country way of doing things. The insight into the world of writers and publishing gives this story depth and adds to the enjoyment.
Shayla is intelligent and street wise but her lack of close family support reveals a vulnerability that puts her happiness in danger. She attracts your empathy and you really want her to be fulfilled and happy. Shayla’s and Tom’s attraction and emotional connection give this story plenty of heat.
‘Summer at Castle Stone’ is a classy, witty story with lots of laughs, a few tears and most importantly heartfelt romance.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Check out my review of Christmas at Thornton Hall also by Lynn Marie Hulsman