Summer in Tintagel by Amanda James @amandajames61 @urbanebooks #BookReview #Book5 #AuthorTakeOver

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Summer in Tintagel by Amanda James @amandajames61 @urbanebooks #BookReview #Book5 #AuthorTakeOverSummer in Tintagel by Amanda James
Published by Urbane Publications on July 14 2016
Pages: 304
Also by this author: Rip Current, The Cornish Retribution, Another Mother, The Feud, A Stitch in Time, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Dancing in the Rain, Cross Stitch, Behind the Lie, Another Mother, The Calico Cat, Deep Water, The Cornish Retribution, The Feud, Dark Deception, The Cornish Connection

Journalist Rosa Fernley's dying grandmother, Jocelyn, has told her a secret—in the summer of 1968, fleeing a bullying husband, she visited the mysterious Tintagel Castle.

Jocelyn wasn't seeking love, but she found it on the rugged clifftops in the shape of Jory, a local man as alluring as the region itself.

But she was already married, and knew her husband would never let her go.

Now she begs Rosa to go back to Tintagel. Rosa is reluctant—she has a job and a deadline that won't wait.

Nevertheless, she agrees to go. Once in Tintagel, Rosa is challenged to confront secrets of her own.

Will the past remain cloaked in tragedy, sadness, and the pain of unrequited love?

Or can Rosa find the courage to embrace the secrets of the past, and give hope to the future?

My Review

Oh, I adored this book! I loved the dark beginning where something is happening but you aren’t sure what is! Once Rosa has woken up she is then flown on a journey that she did not see coming! It is a nice story of coming with terms to with who you are and accepting everything.

Set in the breathtaking town of Tintagel we see the castle ruins and a beautiful church that means so much to Rosa’s Grandmother. I am gutted that when I went to Cornwall last year I never got to see this part of Cornwall but it was shut so I couldn’t venture over there. However, with Mandy’s descriptions, I could imagine it so vividly as if I had been there. I want to go back one day and actually visit the places that Rosa went to. The scenery is a huge part of the book as it is a setting of serenity, hope, love and acceptance here. The church grounds are just mesmerising and when we see Jory there it just makes my heart burst. It’s just beautiful.

Personally, I want to go to a medium as I am fascinated by the spiritual world. The fact Rosa went and met Morganna set off the wheels to her future. I want to go and would love to have the adventure she had!

I was choked up at some points when reading this. Rosa meeting Jory was beautiful, her first meeting with him was something she couldn’t quite understand and then when she begins to understand what is going on it takes something to get her head around.

However, when she meets Talan, well that was a meeting, and what a man. A man with his biceps needs to be in my life and those eyes! Wowee……ok anyway ahem. Talan a local guy, working the ruins part-time knows the local history and tells Rosa this over dinner one night. However, she’s upset some locals with being dismissive over psychics and spiritualism. Not always a good first impression.

There actually wasn’t one character I didn’t like, even Aunt Clare and Kate have likeable qualities. The only gripe I had is Rosa’s treatment of Willa. Ok maybe she is in the wrong with her behaviour but Rosa is not forgiving and I felt that she was too harsh and should have been a lot nicer. We can see why Willa acted the way she does and it’s sad that Rosa behaves the way she does. I did love Morganna she is my fav, with her crazy ass ways and flamboyant outfits are just brilliant but I suppose if you are a white witch you have to be seen doing the part.

Cue misunderstandings and a lot of misdirection. It always upsets me when things don’t go the way I want it but I didn’t panic because I knew Mandy would find a way to make it all better. The one thing that did shock me was the ending. I was already emotional but I was loving how it was going and then the next thing I was reading was Mandy’s biography. Wait what?! I mean. I know that it will end happily, but I wanted more confirmation! I wanted to see the ending instead I will just use my imagination. It didn’t ruin Summer in Tintagel for me I just wanted more lol.

This is one of my favourite books by Mandy that isn’t a dark and twisty one. It is a gorgeously romantic story of love and loss. It’s just a shame there has to be a loss. The writing is pure escapism, I loved the destination, the characters and most of the church and castle. I can’t wait to go back.

Until next time xxx

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About Amanda James

Amanda has written since she was a child, but never imagined that her words would be published, given that she left school with no real qualifications of note apart from an A* in how to be a nuisance in class. Nevertheless, she returned to education when her daughter was five and eventually became a history teacher. Then in 2010, after many twists and turns, the dream of becoming a writer came true when her first short story was published. Amanda has written many short stories and has six novels currently published.

Amanda grew up in Sheffield but now has realised her lifelong dream of living in Cornwall and her writing is inspired every day by the dramatic coastline near her home. She has sketched out many stories in her head while walking the cliff paths. Three of her mystery/suspense novels are set there, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Summer in Tintagel and the Behind the Lie. Rip Current is also set in Cornwall and will be published by Bloodhound Books in April 2018.

Amanda, known to many as Mandy, spends far more time than is good for her on social media and has turned procrastination to a fine art. She can also usually be found playing on the beach with her family, or walking the cliff paths planning her next book.

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