Book: Holiday in the Hamptons
Series: From Manhattan with love #5
Author: Sarah Morgan
Release date: 15 June 2017
Main characters: Felicity Knight, fiercely loyal to her family and incredibly good at keeping her feelings under lock and key. Seth Carlyle, her ex-husband who never quite got her out of his system.
The perfect summer escape…?
Fliss Knight hasn’t seen her ex-husband Seth for ten years, so when she discovers he is now working as a vet at the New York clinic she uses regularly for her dog walking business, she panics. When Fliss and her identical twin Harriet receive word that their elderly grandmother has had an accident and is in need of help, Fliss grabs the chance to escape Manhattan for the Hamptons.
The first person she meets on her arrival is Seth. Reluctant to confront the issues in their past, Fliss pretends to be her sister. But how long can Fliss keep up the ruse when Seth wants to talk to “Harriet” about why he and Fliss fell apart…and how he can win her back?
As Fliss struggles to keep up with the tangled web she’s weaved, sparks are starting to fly and she discovers that before you can have a future, you have to let go of the past.
Why you should read it: I love the variety of characters in this series. They’ve all been different, yet there has always been that reassuring feeling of familiarity and the feeling that all will be well in the end. In this book, I loved the story’s premise. An old love affair, with the possibility of a reconciliation. The narrative kept me interested as did the entertaining situations and mishaps that Fliss ran headlong into. Seth was a determined character. He wanted to get his girl back and he wasn’t going to give up as easily as he had years before. I liked him a lot. He was practically perfect, with an almost omniscience when it came to his ex-wife’s mind. The chemistry between them was believable and hot and I enjoyed their interactions.
What you may not like: One word: Fliss. She may drive you insane. She drove me insane. I totally sympathised with her up to a certain point, but after her endless laments about being a bad person, not being good enough, blah blah blah, I did lose my rag with her a bit. She has good reasons to be closed off – but they really did grate after a while. Her endless internal dialogue was repetitive and her feelings about herself were exhausting. Her inability to say what was on her mind, and her cluelessness towards Seth made me want to shake her.
Rating: 3/5 for a sweet romance, with a lot of heat and some entertaining situations. A challenging heroine and a saint-like hero.