Thursday, 1 June 2017

Book review: Annie's Lovely Choir by the Sea - Liz Eeles (Salt Bay, #1)

Prepare to be whisked away to the Cornish seaside, where clear blue skies, crashing waves, and a welcoming choir await you. 

Annie Trebarwith has no family to tie her down, and she likes it that way. But when a letter arrives, unexpectedly inviting her to visit her great aunt Alice in her family’s ancestral home, curiosity gets the better of her and she travels to deepest Cornwall to meet the family she’s never known. 

Salt Bay is beautiful and Tregavara House imposing – but there’s no phone signal and some of the locals, like the gorgeous but brooding Josh, are incredibly grumpy. But Alice’s poor health compels Annie to stay, so to keep herself busy she relaunches the Salt Bay Choral Society

Annie is surprised to see how much the choir means to the community, and she even starts to break through Josh’s surly exterior. As she begins to put down roots in Salt Bay, Annie soon realises that there’s a lot to be said for finding the place where you belong after all… 

My opinion.
A commitment phobic heroine who detests the countryside... Not particularly traits I can relate to so I have to say I was a bit hesitant at the start of this. But all of a sudden I found myself, hours later and more than half of the story finished, apparently completely fallen in love with the Salt Bay and it's inhabitants - I hadn't been able to put the book down.
I was drawn to Liz Eeles' Salt Bay from the moment Annie arrived. It sets the scene for a wonderful, tight little community where - in the end - everyone looks out for one another. With a loud, bubbly Aussie best friend and an Aidan Turner look-alike neighbour, the countryside is proving a lot more interesting and surprising than Londoner Annie would have thought. As she gets to know the people in Salt Bay better, the sense of family and community is really strong and is bound to rub off on her... right?! How could you not love a place like Salt Bay...
Love, friendship, family, loss, grief and hope all come together in this lovely read.
Not the most original or memorable of stories, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Annie's Lovely Choir By The Sea. A fun, relaxing read that had me blink away a couple of tears at the end.
There might be a bit much title for me, to be honest, but the cute summery cover makes up for the blurb-like-title.


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