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I couldn t put it down, easy to read in one sitting The Story is about a single mum called Amelia who has a son named Charlie They are living in a sky rise flat tower Until she inherits a castle in Northumberland well she believes that she s the earl or likely to be Charlie with how rules were written I love Amelia I did from the first page she has excellent morals and is a strong female character I do like it when she accepts a little help from people who love her not people who look down at her Even in charge she doesn t want looked up to and I admire her for that.Tom is brought into her life along with other characters including Dorothy, Arthur, Benji, Graham Toby the ex , Tiffany and Joey before you mention the ghosts The sexist ghost is really what Amelia needed However Tom is the knight in shining armour The castle and ghosts remind me so much of Hogwarts I feel like I d inherited Hogwarts if I was Amelia to be honest I loved the part describing the castles terrible trip advisor reviews Lovely setting but the place did need some change Enjoyable read easily five stars. Yet another case of cover love from Ali McNamara, they have a sort of whimsical feel due to the beautiful sketches used and of course the colours I am a sucker for all things relating to castles so once I read the synopsis for this story down on her luck single mum Amelia inherits a castle Chesterford Castle , as you do I knew I wanted to read it She moves to the Northumberland coast to live in as a stipulation of the inheritance is that the castle cannot be sold.Chesterford is lacking visitors and Amelia comes up with some sure fire ways to get the castle earning some income and as a frequent visitor to historic homes I loved reading about the ideas she had and castle life Amelia is also doing some digging into the castle history and I definitely enjoyed this aspect, I love finding out about the history of either the buildings or people who lived there previously so this was an added bonus and made for some extra intrigue with some friendly ghosts also being added to the mix Amelia was very likeable, as was her son Charlie, and the few staff that worked at the castle were funny frequently referring to Amelia as Her Ladyship and suchlike and not in a sarcastic manner There is a relationship with Tom, a furniture restorer sent to try and assist, hinted at from early on in the story but I actually preferred reading about Amelia s friendship with Benji Benji was the historian who traced Amelia down as the next in line of the Chesterfield s and he remained a welcome figure throughout the book.Overall this was a really enjoyable, likeable read with strong characters, a sweet romance and some epic ghosts My many thanks to Little Brown Book Group UK via NetGalley for providing me with this advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.
My word Ali has surpassed herself again with this book absolutely brilliant from the first page full of mystery and struggles and fantasy and romance and starting a new life The front cover was so attractive and made you want to read it and didn t let me down Characters are brilliant and the story plot is fantastic Amelia is a single mum and struggling so much bless her with bringing up Charlie her son money is so tight and she receives a letter saying she has inherited something she things it s a joke but when then she learns it isn t and in fact she has inherited a real life castle by the sea and she s the last descendant she can t believe it She moves Charlie and her to the castle and it at a beautiful setting but she soon learns that running it day to day is complicated than she thought People who already work there aren t to keen on some of her ideas yet some are but the staff who are on board support her and she enjoys the challenge When Tom turns up to repair antique furniture she wonders of age will get her fairy tail ending Can she make a go of the castle and start making money and can she find love but what happens when her ex turns up to Fantastic read worth far than five stars. As with the other books I ve read by this author this one was a joy to read It started off exciting and kept that pace throughout It was fantastic Well written and easy to read It flowed well Lovely cover on the book too Oh I do love an Ali McNamara book and this is no exception I went into this blind, possibly never having read the blurb and was curious to see what sort of unexplainable happenings may occur this time.Was shocked to discover for my second in the past 3 books I ve read, that there was a hint of the otherworldly, of potentially ghosts Not a huge believer in them but having read both this and Rowan Coleman s latest, I may be mega scared next time someone tries to get me into a haunted house Amelia was down on her luck, struggling financially to bring up her son Charlie, when a piece of post start a chain or events that led to her getting an inheritance from a distant relative she had never heard of And wow Chesterford Castle is some inheritance, given its huge, was already open to the public, and came with four members of staff who just wanted to call her M aam or Lady Amelia Amelia s knack of drawing people together leads to a growing sense of community and family at the castle as they try to modernise it.I loved getting to know the other residents of Chesterford Castle, including the ones that it appear that only Charlie may be able to see There are all manner of secrets to be uncovered, and all written in such a heartwarming and lovely style that you can t help be hooked on the book The pages were flying by, as I took in every last details and by the end I was convinced I had visited the castle myself, such were the descriptions A truly enjoyable and another fabulous story from an author that I can t get enough of Thank you to Sphere and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. Mystical intrigue Oh what a FANTASTIC book having read all of Ali s books it comes as no surprise that she has surpassed herself once again Intriguing from the beginning a mystical castle love twists and turns I can highly recommend this OUTSTANDING book. There s always something extra magical about Ali McNamara s novels and this one is no different The last novel I had read of hers was brilliantly written and captivating and I knew that this one would be the same Immediately, I was drawn in with it s pretty cover I love the colourful flowers used, the cute car in the middle, the huge imposing castle in the background and of course the glistening sea on the right hand side Everything looks beautiful and makes for a really spellbinding cover.Onto the story itself, I immediately warmed towards main character Amelia You could see from the start that she was doing all she could to help make Charlie s life the best it could be on such a low amount of money When I read the part where Amelia looks in the fridge for dinner and it s mostly empty, it really upset me and I had high hopes that they would get their happily ever after after all, it was the least they deserved after what they had been through When they arrived at Chesterford Castle and there was a few ghostly goings on happening, I couldn t wait to read about it I found it so interesting reading about the previous inhabitants of the castle some of them sounded quite cheeky As well as main character Amelia and her son Charlie, there are also a bunch of other secondary characters that you get to know and love too I particularly liked Arthur, he seemed like a lovely man underneath his grumpiness And I also loved Dorothy s character too I also really enjoyed reading about Amelia and Tom s relationship and seeing where that was headed I just wanted it to desperately work out for Amelia because she really had been through quite a few wars and deserved to be happy.Throughout the book, I just felt like there was this magical, spellbinding energy and I loved it I love Ali McNamara s style of writing it s wonderfully captivating and I enjoyed every page, every character It was a fabulous novel and I can t wait to read by this author in the future Thank you to the publisher for a chance to read this novel via Netgalley, which I have reviewed honestly. Down on her luck, single mum Amelia struggles everyday to bring up her son and keep their heads above water It wasn t always like that, she was happily married, that is until one day her husband simply left her and everything changed in this moment One day she is contacted by a genealogist telling her that, through a very distant relative, she is the heir to Chesterford Castle in the Northumberland sure, at first she thinks it s a joke, because who in those times simply inherit a castle, right However, it turns out that it s true, so Amelia and Charlie move to the castle It s lacking visitors and this final touch, and so Amelia comes up with some ideas to get the castle earn some income But when she fells in love with the place, and it starts to run smoothly, it turns out that perhaps there is another heir to it The cover of this book is simply stunning, I love the colours and it corresponds with the whole story so very, very well I warmed to Amelia immediately, though I must say that I liked her even with every page turned She was first feeling so down, what is absolutely understandable, and I have a feeling that she simply couldn t didn t want was too fed up to show her other, funnier and sharper, side From the very beginning you saw that she s doing all to make Charlie s life better and my heart went to her, understanding how she felt when she couldn t afford better food, let s not mention longer trousers for her son Later, I loved the ideas she had to get the castle earn money again, she was really the right person in the right place, determined to make the place a success, and the digging she has made into the castle s history was great, I truly enjoyed this aspect of the story She wanted the castle to work not only for her own and Charlie s benefit but also for the staff and the community.The staff working at the castle is another story, Ali McNamara has created a bunch of vivid, colourful characters There is Arthur, the gruff caretaker but underneath all this grumpiness he was a lovely and loyal man His wife Dorothy, a housekeeper, loved the castle and was the best cook in the world probably Joey, who helps Arthur, and Tiffany who works in the office are like a breath of fresh air, adorable and likeable And Tom and Benji, which brings us to the romantic side of the story, that I personally liked very much It was absolutely not predictable well, at least to one moment when there was the big reveal, or at least big to me as I haven t seen it coming, but until this moment I was really all the time wondering which of the two potential love gods would be better for Amelia I am actually thankful to the author for resolving this for me There s always the magical element in Ali McNamara s novels and either you buy it or not I do And actually, I don t only mean the obvious magic, like ghosts in that case, but the magical and spellbinding atmosphere that the author can capture so well.Overall, Secrets and Seashells at Rainbow Bay was a light, entertaining read, brilliantly written the writing style is flying, it s so welcoming and warm and fabulously chatty introducing us to well drawn characters, including some cheeky ghosts There is also a slight mystery throughout the pages and while it isn t life changing, or taking your breath away, it added this last finishing sparkle touch to the story Full of gentle humour, feelings and emotions, a charming summer read Recommended Copy provided by the publisher in return for an honest review. (Download Kindle) ì Secrets and Seashells at Rainbow Bay ⚷ The Sun Is Shining On The Golden Castle On Rainbow Bay And Change Is In The Air 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 SeaLiving In A Castle On The Beautiful Northumberland Coast Is Fun At First, But Organising The Day To Day Running Is A Lot 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 I love a good Ali McNamara book and this one was a great read This book is really lovely The characters in the book are all absolutely fabulous The setting of the book is stunning Who wouldn t like to wake up one day and realise they had inherited a castle.It was a funny, feel good good, with part mystery, lots of secrets, plenty of love in all sense of the terms, friendship, family and fun Loved it.