When Claire arrives for her cosy cottage retreat on the beautiful Northumberland coast, she prays that three weeks of blissful peace and summer sunshine will wash away the pain of the last year.
Claire’s a survivor – she’s proud of the scars that prove it – and she’s determined to make the most of each and every day, to seize those little magic moments that give life its colour.
Her plan for peaceful solitude goes awry when handsome, brooding Ed turns up in the cottage next door. The last thing Claire needs is the risk of getting hurt, but she soon discovers that Ed has emotional battle scars of his own.
Will he prove the worst distraction? Or might he be just the perfect remedy?
This story turned out to be so much more than I expected.
Claire has an indomitable spirit. Despite suffering life-threatening illness and the worst kind of betrayal, she has lived to tell the tale. Spending some time on her own in idyllic coastal surroundings is her present to herself, for getting through the pain.
The setting for this story is one that I am very familiar with. Reading it was an added pleasure when I recognised places that I had visited in the last few years. The cover of this book is lovely but doesn’t really reflect the setting, which has a rugged untamed beauty.
The story reflects the title, each chapter illustrates a magic moment. The plot’s beautiful simplicity allows the Claire to tell her story with all its poignant and sometimes humorous nuances.
Ed has an impact on Claire even before they meet and this continues but doesn’t have the obvious conclusion you would expect. He is deeply troubled and Claire isn’t sure she is strong enough to ride the storm with him.
The supporting characters are few but memorable, as Claire realises how important her family and friends are to her happiness.
This book is so much more than a holiday romance or an escape to recharge the batteries. This is about discovering what’s really important to you and appreciating how transient life is. Dark issues are treated with reverence but there is always hopeful ethos in this story, which makes it an absorbing and emotional experience.
Definitely one of my favourite books from 2017.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
And finally, this story highlighted a magic moment of my own. Watching my lovely dogs frolic in the sea on Beadnall Bay beach, precious because I lost Jazzy last November.