Friday 7 September 2018

Summer of Secrets
Nikola Scott
Today, it's my stop on the Summer of Secrets Blog Tour and below you will find my review and a little bit about the author.

* Paperback: 352 pages
* Publisher: Headline Review (6 Sept. 2018)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 1472241185
* ISBN-13: 978-1472241184

BLURB: August 1939
At peaceful Summerhill, orphaned Maddy hides from the world and the rumours of war. Then her adored sister Georgiana returns from a long trip with a new friend, the handsome Victor. Maddy fears that Victor is not all he seems, but she has no idea just what kind of danger has come into their lives...

Chloe is newly pregnant. This should be a joyful time, but she is fearful for the future, despite her husband's devotion. When chance takes her to Summerhill, she's drawn into the mystery of what happened there decades before. And the past reaches out to touch her in ways that could change everything...


This is a book that time lapses between 1939 and the present day. I love reading these types of books to see how they reveal how they interact with each other.

Chloe is a photographer who is married to Aiden, a controlling GP whose public persona is completely different to the one Chloe sees behind closed doors.

Maddy and her sister Georgiana live in Summerhill. An idyllic location, but which holds so many secrets and tragedy.

Georgiana has brought back a group of friends to Summerhill that she made through her travels and one in particular, Victor, has caught her eye and becomes her beau, but Victor has eyes for someone else far closer to home….

With the breakout of war in 1939, Maddy witnesses a plane go down in the village and finds the missing pilot (William), but he is in no hurry to return to base.

Back in the present day, Chloe realises she is pregnant and this triggers off a whole array of mixed emotions, which are not always good ones. She has been offered the chance to photograph Maddy at Summerhill as she is the illustrator of a children’s book and has been asked to produce another one. Chloe is excited to be asked to work with such a wonderful lady, but Aidan is not so keen and does everything he can to stop her from working. As he says, she has everything she wants and needs, so doesn’t need to work! Can’t say he is my favourite character in the book!

Chloe also has a severely disabled brother Danny, who lives in a care home, but when she finds out that Aidan has gone behind her back with regards to his living accommodation, Chloe finally comes to a decision that will change her life and her unborn baby’s life, forever.

This is a very cleverly written book which interacts all the characters nicely. Some I liked, some I didn’t! but that’s how a good writer makes you feel! A lovely book that I could possibly see as a film/tv drama!

Thank you so much to Anne Cater and Headline for a copy of this book and for allowing me on the blog tour.


Nikola Scott was born and raised in Germany and studied at university there. Having been obsessed with books from a young age, Nikola moved to New York City after her Master's degree to begin her first job in book publishing, a career in which she could fully indulge her love of fiction!  She spent ten years working in publishing in New York and then in London, editing other people's books, before she decided to take the leap into becoming a full-time writer herself.  She now lives in Frankfurt with her husband and two sons. MY MOTHER'S SHADOW was published in 2017 to wonderful reviews. Her new novel SUMMER OF SECRETS is coming in September 2018.

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