Well it seems that our lovely summer may be a distant memory if the weather in Edinburgh the past week is anything to go by. But if you want to hang on to that summer feeling that little bit longer, you could try this novella from Kirsty Ferry.
Rosa is working as a receptionist in a hotel where a big wedding is being held. She is quite shocked when the best man appears as he is Joel, the man she had a short relationship with a few years ago. She was deeply in love but it ended suddenly and dramatically when they returned to his home after a romantic weekend to find another woman in his house, very comfortable in her pyjamas and flicking through wedding magazines. Rosa cut off all contact with Joel and despite his best efforts he could not get in contact with her to explain.
I love the warm, easy-to-read style of this author. She writes beautifully about her characters’ dilemmas and emotions. It is a very romantic story with thwarted love and second chances. I really warmed to Joel. He was just lovely with a lot of depth to his character,and he was so thoughtful. The reader knows more about the woman in his flat than Rosa, and also knows the lengths he goes to to try to find Rosa. I was really hoping they would find a way to be together. A crisis more or less forces them to come together to solve a problem at the wedding but even then Rosa is reticent. We learn that she has been hurt in the past and the way she was hurt explains why she is wary of getting involved with Joel. I loved his romantic gesture at one point to try to win over Rosa. It wasn’t a grand gesture but it was just perfect for Rosa and showed what a lovely genuine guy he was.
Summer at Carrick Park is a lovely romantic story from Kirsty Ferry and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Summer at Carrick Park is published by ChocLit and is available now as an e-book. At the time of writing, it is available for Kindle for only 99p. You can get your copy here: Summer at Carrick Park
From the back of the book
A summer wedding, fifty cupcakes and a man she thought she would never see again …
When Joel Leicester walks into the hotel where Rosa Tempest works, she can’t believe her bad luck. Out of all the hotels in all of North Yorkshire, the man who broke her heart would have to walk into Carrick Park!
The last time Rosa saw Joel it was after a whirlwind holiday when they’d been greeted at his flat by a woman claiming to be his fiancée. Rosa never stuck around to hear Joel’s side of the story but now, six years later on, Fate has another trick up its sleeve as a potentially disastrous summer wedding at Carrick Park can only be saved by Joel and Rosa working together …
About the author
Kirsty is from the North East of England and won the English Heritage/Belsay Hall National Creative Writing competition in 2009 with the ghostly tale ‘Enchantment’.
Her timeslip novel, ‘Some Veil Did Fall’, a paranormal romance set in Whitby, was published by Choc Lit in Autumn 2014. This was followed by another Choc Lit timeslip, ‘The Girl in the Painting’ in February 2016. ‘The Girl in the Photograph’, published in March 2017, completes the Rossetti Mysteries series. The experience of signing ‘Some Veil Did Fall’ in a quirky bookshop in the midst of Goth Weekend in Whitby, dressed as a recently undead person was one of the highlights of her writing career so far!
Kirsty’s first timeslip novel ‘The Memory of Snow’, commended in the Northern Writers’ Awards, is set on Hadrian’s Wall, with the vampire tale ‘Refuge’ set on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. She has also put together a collection of short stories, a non-fiction collection of articles and writes Gothic Fiction under the pen name Cathryn Ramsay.
Kirsty has had articles and short stories published in Your Cat, Peoples Friend, Ghost Voices, The Weekly News and It’s Fate, and her short stories appear in several anthologies. She was a judge in the Paws ‘n’ Claws ‘Wild and Free’ Children’s Story competition in 2011, 2013 and 2014, and graduated from Northumbria University in December 2016, having achieved a Masters with Distinction in Creative Writing.
You can find out more about Kirsty and her work at http://www.rosethornpress.co.uk, catch her on her Facebook AuthorPage, follow her on Twitter @kirsty_ferry or pop by her blog at http://www.rosethornramblings.wordpress.com.