The Summer of Secrets
Can new love grow when you dig up old secrets?Harper Woods wakes up every morning on Silver Hill Farm feeling like the luckiest woman in the world. She’s recently engaged to the tall, dark and handsome Shay, out of her window lie rolling golden cornfields, and just downstairs are the gorgeous tea rooms she’s always dreamed of owning. But Harper is about to discover a secret that will change her luck forever. For better or worse? She has no idea. Distracted by her find, Harper doesn’t notice Shay getting rather close to his ex from the village. And as news of Harper’s discovery spreads through Silver Hill, there are people who are keen to stir up trouble, in particular, Will Frampton, handsome recluse and Lord of Silver Hill House, the crumbling stately home the other side of the hill.Can Harper trust any man in Silver Hill? And as relationships are tested and tea cakes begin to fly, will anyone catch the romance blossoming in the most unexpected of places?An utterly gorgeous, heart-warming romance, full of love and laughter. Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Jenny Colgan.

The Summer of Secrets Details

TitleThe Summer of Secrets
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 14th, 2018
PublisherBookouture
Rating
GenreWomens Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance

The Summer of Secrets Review

  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    4 sweet stars🌟🌟🌟🌟This was a complicated secret filled book disguised as a sweet fluffy read.... and I mean this in the best way possible... this book started and I thought oh lovely setting, lovely love story, perfect relationship, oh so sweet, and there’s even tea and scones.... then a treasure was uncovered, secrets were revealed, and things went sideways..... and I have to give it to the author all this going on and there still was that lovely sweet feeling to this book that made you smile de 4 sweet stars🌟🌟🌟🌟This was a complicated secret filled book disguised as a sweet fluffy read.... and I mean this in the best way possible... this book started and I thought oh lovely setting, lovely love story, perfect relationship, oh so sweet, and there’s even tea and scones.... then a treasure was uncovered, secrets were revealed, and things went sideways..... and I have to give it to the author all this going on and there still was that lovely sweet feeling to this book that made you smile despite the fact that you probably shouldn’t be....Harper owns the perfect farmhouse.... where she runs the perfect tea shop.... she also has the perfect stable fiancé with those perfect Popeye biceps.... but as we all know even in romance books things aren’t always as they seem.... there were a few little twists in this book and I thought there was going to be a love triangle for a hot minute.... all I will say is people aren’t always who they seem to be and that was absolutely true in this book....Harper was a fantastic character... a girl I would love to go out to lunch with (this is always my measuring stick when it comes to book characters would I want to go out to lunch with them or not, and I love to go out to lunch).... how can you not adore a girl who has a GOAT psychiatrist? Yes that is not a typo a GOAT.... a big shout out to Terrence! Also really loved her BFF Pip.... enjoyed the towns people and I also liked another character very much, but that is kind of a spoiler so I will leave it at that....Absolutely recommend to fans of romance, fabulous characters, and an amazing setting....*** thank you so much to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***
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  • Whispering Stories
    January 1, 1970
    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.comHarper Woods and her best friend Pip run Silver Hill Farm, a tea room, in the British Countryside. Wanting to expand their business, Shay McArthur, Harper’s Fiancé is busy building the foundations for holiday lets at the back of the property.Whilst digging Shay unearths a box filled with what looks like antique jewellery. Whilst he might want to sell them and make a quick buck, Harper does the right thing and contacts the local museum to see if Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.comHarper Woods and her best friend Pip run Silver Hill Farm, a tea room, in the British Countryside. Wanting to expand their business, Shay McArthur, Harper’s Fiancé is busy building the foundations for holiday lets at the back of the property.Whilst digging Shay unearths a box filled with what looks like antique jewellery. Whilst he might want to sell them and make a quick buck, Harper does the right thing and contacts the local museum to see if they can help discover what the item actually are and who they belong to.It doesn’t take long for word to get out about the jewellery though, and with newspaper reporters sniffing round Harper is worried about her safety as she has an abusive ex that doesn’t know where she is. Plus, people start laying claim to the items, especially Lord Frampton who owns Silver Hill House.I haven’t read anything by Tilly Tennant in a while, but knowing how much I loved her books, I decided to give this one a read and I wasn’t disappointed.The Summer of Secrets, is a wonderfully uplifting book. There is so much going on, not only with Harper, but with the rest of the cast too. It was also refreshing to see a gay character featured in a Chick-Lit-Esq book.The plot has been perfectly executed and the scenery is so vividly described that at times I felt like I was standing alongside Harper. I loved every single page and found myself hooked right from the off. This is one of those books that was just a delight to read and I looked forward to returning to it each and every time I had to put it down.
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  • Deanne Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    This is a definite go to buy author for me when a new release is out. I am so glad to have discovered her books this past winter after reading several of her absolutely delightful Christmas books.This book is a wonderful heartwarming tale that I couldn't stop reading. Page after page, it just drew me into it's happy place and you'll love reading it too!Pub Date 14 Mar 2018 I was given a complimentary copy from Bookouture through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Diving into a new Tilly Tennant novel is akin to eating a delicious meal filled with all of my go to comfort foods and The Summer of Secrets did not disappoint! Even though I wasn’t able to take a trip anywhere fun for spring break this year this gem of a book swept me away to a quaint, charming little village which was the next best thing to a real vacation.Tennant has a real knack for crafting lovable characters that I just can’t get enough of. Harper runs a farm with her best friend Pip and t Diving into a new Tilly Tennant novel is akin to eating a delicious meal filled with all of my go to comfort foods and The Summer of Secrets did not disappoint! Even though I wasn’t able to take a trip anywhere fun for spring break this year this gem of a book swept me away to a quaint, charming little village which was the next best thing to a real vacation.Tennant has a real knack for crafting lovable characters that I just can’t get enough of. Harper runs a farm with her best friend Pip and their friendship was so sweet and genuine, I just adored them both. As for the romance there was plenty going on here as Harper is engaged to Shay and there are several other budding relationships but to say more would just spoil it. The portrayal of how these romances unfolds is always so practical and just rings true, I so appreciate that! Tennant always alludes to sex in a classy, subtle way and I really think that makes it even sexier than if she went into detail about what was happening with her characters in the bedroom.What do I look for in a romance novel? Interesting characters and an intriguing plot to start and this one definitely has that, there’s a light mystery that keep me engaged and plenty of lovely characters to root for. I also want a great setting and the village was adorable and so beautifully described. Finally, I want a bit of humor and a lot of heart and I got more than enough of both here, I always finish her books with a smile on my face and a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. So if you’re a fan of contemporary romance and looking for a vacation read check this one out!The Summer of Secrets in three words: Sweet, Delightful and Heartfelt.
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  • Nicola Clough
    January 1, 1970
    I have always loved Tilly Tennants books and she didn't disappoint me at all full of romance, upset, laughter and love with great characters and story line that has you hooked all the way through. So many secrets are to come out but can they come through them or not. A really excellent easy read and great to imagine the beautiful countryside they are all in. Harper owns a farm and wakes up loving her life on the farm with her handsome newly engaged partner but then you have Shay and downstairs a I have always loved Tilly Tennants books and she didn't disappoint me at all full of romance, upset, laughter and love with great characters and story line that has you hooked all the way through. So many secrets are to come out but can they come through them or not. A really excellent easy read and great to imagine the beautiful countryside they are all in. Harper owns a farm and wakes up loving her life on the farm with her handsome newly engaged partner but then you have Shay and downstairs are the teashops she's always dreamed of owning. Harper discovers something that is going to change her life forever she finds in the foundations some hidden treasure are they priceless but more trouble than they are worth. Harper doesn't reaslise that Shay after this find is getting closer to his ex. The village soon hear about the treasure and all try to claim to the fortune. The main person who is after it is Will who owns the big silver hill house and he's wanting to renovate it so knows the money will come in handy. Who will make the claim to the fortune and while this is going on romance will blossom but will there be heartache to and relationships will be tested and can everyone's be happy or not. A beautiful read.
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  • Shalini
    January 1, 1970
    This is a slow burner of a book, with the characters developing slowly, page by page. The first few chapters had new characters written sharply with no background, but as the chapters moved by, they were layered well.The story goes thus; Harper and Pip run a tearoom on their Silver Hill Farm, Harper is engaged to Shay and while digging the land on her farm, a treasure box is found which becomes the centre for the entire story. My first book by Tilly Tennant , and it took me some time to get used This is a slow burner of a book, with the characters developing slowly, page by page. The first few chapters had new characters written sharply with no background, but as the chapters moved by, they were layered well.The story goes thus; Harper and Pip run a tearoom on their Silver Hill Farm, Harper is engaged to Shay and while digging the land on her farm, a treasure box is found which becomes the centre for the entire story. My first book by Tilly Tennant , and it took me some time to get used to the author's way of writing, with a lot of descriptions taking pride in the details. The story starts slowly but picks up pace in the second half, where I settled down for a ride.I liked the latter half of the book where the story progressed faster and the characters settled down well in their roles to make the flow of the book smoother and exciting. Secrets unveiled are always a thrilling experience, and this book does it excellently. I couldn't put down the book in the second half. Even in between chores, my mind kept diverting to the story and there was this prickle of need to get back to it ASAP.I loved this book for the second half for the turn of emotions, the secrets unfurled, the characters realizing their true potential, and the way love popped up in strange places. A great way to spend a cozy afternoon.I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bookouture, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • Nessa
    January 1, 1970
    Wow absolutely wow, Tilly has done it again, another truly wonderful story which you just fall into and lose yourself right from the very first page. Could not put it down. I loved everything about it, from the storyline, the setting/location to the characters which were all brilliantly well written. So much so that you feel like the characters are going to come alive right before your very eyes. I loved the friendship between Harper and Pip, being there for each other, offering support and a pu Wow absolutely wow, Tilly has done it again, another truly wonderful story which you just fall into and lose yourself right from the very first page. Could not put it down. I loved everything about it, from the storyline, the setting/location to the characters which were all brilliantly well written. So much so that you feel like the characters are going to come alive right before your very eyes. I loved the friendship between Harper and Pip, being there for each other, offering support and a push when required. Just how a true friendship should be. I adored the whole mystery element that was woven into the story. It made me turn the pages that much quicker so as to find out if the mystery got solved and the outcome of it. There was also a surprising element in it, where you think one of the character's is going to end up with another character come the end of the story only to discover that said character ends up with someone else, totally unexpected.  So definitely a couple of unpredictable occurrences within the story. I'm a huge fan of Tilly Tennant's books, so much so that I'm ready for another of her books already.
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  • Suze Lavender
    January 1, 1970
    Harper is very happy at Silver Hill Farm. She runs a tearoom and a petting zoo and her best friend Pip is there to help with the work. Harper is engaged to Shay, a handsome man who helps her with the development of the property. When Shay finds a box containing antique jewelry while digging, their lives will change forever. Harper assumes the jewelry belongs to someone and she dutifully reports it. Because of this Finds Liaison Officer Cesca starts looking into the case. Shay is sure they're goi Harper is very happy at Silver Hill Farm. She runs a tearoom and a petting zoo and her best friend Pip is there to help with the work. Harper is engaged to Shay, a handsome man who helps her with the development of the property. When Shay finds a box containing antique jewelry while digging, their lives will change forever. Harper assumes the jewelry belongs to someone and she dutifully reports it. Because of this Finds Liaison Officer Cesca starts looking into the case. Shay is sure they're going to get a lot of money for it, but is this really going to happen? Would it be right if Harper would receive money for something that isn't hers?Nextdoor neighbor Will lives in Silver Hill House, a dilapidated mansion in desperate need of funds. He claims the jewelry used to belong to his family, but can he present any proof? Anyone is welcome in Harper's tearooms and her kindness might make a huge difference in her grumpy neighbor's life. Cesca is still looking into the matter and has enlisted the help of a Norwegian author. Will they be able to find out the truth when they all work together? Shay isn't interested in anything but the reward and Harper is too preoccupied to see what he's doing behind her back. Allie is lonely and Shay knows exactly how to use that knowledge to his advantage. Will the discovery of the beautiful jewelry be the end of Harper's happiness and will Harper be heartbroken or is it the beginning of something better?The Summer of Secrets is a fabulous heartwarming story. Harper is easy to love. She's cheerful, kindhearted and friendly to everyone. She cares about people so much that it sometimes makes her a little naive, but her beautiful personality is a real treat. She has a gorgeous close friendship with Pip that constantly made me smile. I loved the easy way they talk to each other and their ability to be open and honest without being hurtful. For me this was one of the most amazing parts of the book.Cesca is an intelligent woman. She knows everything there is to know about history and it was interesting to read about her research. She starts a thorough search and does anything she can to find information. Her heart was shattered, but by helping to uncover the truth she slowly starts to heal. I enjoyed reading about both her job and private life, which are marvellously intertwined. She never gives up and I loved that she forms easy friendships with the people she's working with. It gives the book a great enthusiastic feelgood factor that I liked a lot.Allie and her husband are struggling and she doesn't know how to solve their problems. She lives in a village where she doesn't know anybody and her husband is away from home most of the time, so she's usually by herself. A little bit of positive attention is enough for her to make a couple of grave mistakes that she can't undo. My heart ached for her and everything she has to go through. I kept hoping someone would treat her better and give her some much needed real attention. This kept me glued to the pages.Tilly Tennant has a warm and welcoming writing style. I love the way she describes her settings. She makes them come to life in a wonderful detailed way. I also liked the way she alternates between main characters. Each of them is equally interesting and I love how the stories all come together in the end. Tilly Tennant has written such a great charming book. The Summer of Secrets is filled with intriguing twists and turns, fantastic romance and lovely entertainment that put a big smile on my face.
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  • Noelle
    January 1, 1970
    Set in Silver Hill, the reader faces love, loss, betrayal, friendship and even a bit of mystery! Woohoo!Although not my usual read - I do prefer the darker side 😱, I have to say that this was such a cracking, feel-good read which I absolutely adored! Who knew!? I raced through the pages of this book as I was desperate to know what was happening. To top it off, there was a bit of mystery woven in and that had this #crimebookjunkie smiling!There are characters you will love and others you will loa Set in Silver Hill, the reader faces love, loss, betrayal, friendship and even a bit of mystery! Woohoo!Although not my usual read - I do prefer the darker side 😱, I have to say that this was such a cracking, feel-good read which I absolutely adored! Who knew!? I raced through the pages of this book as I was desperate to know what was happening. To top it off, there was a bit of mystery woven in and that had this #crimebookjunkie smiling!There are characters you will love and others you will loathe, but all so believeable that by the end, you feel as if you know them all! Intense, emotive, mysterious and captivating - I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Silver Hill and you may see me wander to the sparkly side again soon!
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  • Emma Crowley
    January 1, 1970
    In Tilly Tennant's new book, The Summer of Secrets, the author takes us to Silver Hill Farm which is an idyllic spot overlooking beautiful landscapes and for Harper Woods this is the place she calls home. She feels lucky to be living in such a serene and picturesque area. At last Harper finally begins to feel the bad times are rooted firmly in the past and all things good are now about to happen. Previously,Harper believed herself to be cursed but now she knows for sure that she is one of the lu In Tilly Tennant's new book, The Summer of Secrets, the author takes us to Silver Hill Farm which is an idyllic spot overlooking beautiful landscapes and for Harper Woods this is the place she calls home. She feels lucky to be living in such a serene and picturesque area. At last Harper finally begins to feel the bad times are rooted firmly in the past and all things good are now about to happen. Previously,Harper believed herself to be cursed but now she knows for sure that she is one of the luckiest women alive. Her experiences in her last relationship, where her partner was cruel and controlling, had a deep effect on her but now she looks to the future and embraces positivity and change with gusto. Now she never takes anything for granted, making the most of each day and the challenges it can bring be it good or bad. But still she couldn't say she is ever 100% completely content as there is always a slight restlessness there at the back of her mind.In reality, I don't think anyone is ever fully at peace as there is always that little niggle that something could come along to upset the apple cart. Harper is happily running the Silver Hill Tea Rooms with help from her friend Pip who also is also dealing with her own personal trauma, it was brilliant to see this storyline feature and it needs to find a place in more books in this genre. Shay, Harper's fiancée, who seemed to be the epitomy of the perfect man when we met him as he worked on getting the holiday lets built and up and running is the last piece of the puzzle that falls into place for Harper. But as the title suggest a summer of secrets, unrest, change and discoveries could be just about to shatter the tranquillity and ideal life Harper has envisioned for herself.I really enjoyed how we got straight into the story, there was no mucking around with lots of setting up of the back stories to characters. Instead the author filled us in bit by bit as we progressed through the story as in on a very much need to know basis. The only slight fault I found with the story was just in the initial few chapters as I began to wonder was this a follow on book? It felt at times like I had missed out on bits of relevant information, soon I came to realise this wasn't the case and it was just the way the author had worded certain things that gave me this impression. Apart from this slight issue I really enjoyed this book, it was fresh and the mystery element and delving back into the past to uncover the truth behind the discovery made on the land was interesting.A different slant to a tried and tested genre is always welcome. There was no toing and froing as to will they won't they? Harper had her man and Shay appeared to be a tower of strength for her and was always helpful around the farm. Although a small petting zoo, near to the café, is the extent of the farm. So one would have thought the café and keeping it going would have been the entire focus of the book but it wasn't in the slightest and I was relieved in a way as there are innumerable books focusing on this on the market at the moment.As Shay works away digging the foundations he hits upon a box long buried that contains mysterious items that instantly has Harper and the reader asking – why was it buried there and what are the meanings behind said items? This is what sets in motion a chain of events that turn Harper's world upside down. Her peace and contentment is shattered and her worst fears come true. Poor Harper, I felt she was looking for stability and peace of mind and she was achieving this. She loved her café and felt like she was really doing something on her own terms for her own personal gain but all that goes out the window as the discovery needs to be investigated and with this new characters and further secrets became to make their way out of the woodwork. Life may not have been as pleasant and perfect as Harper believed it to be. Friction, doubt and unease are now the dominant emotions making their way into her life. It begins to feel as if the box would have been better off left undiscovered so everything could have continued on as normal.Cesca, is a smart, mature, professional woman who works as the Finds Liaison Officer for Salisbury Museum. It is she who is sent to determine the origins of the box, she relishes challenges like this but has she taken on more than she can chew? Will her ultimate conclusions do more damage than good? I loved the character of Cesca, she never gave up and exhausted all avenues as she knew her eventual decision would have an impact on a lot of people. One of these being Lord Frampton, Will, who was a character I couldn't get the measure of at all. One minute he came across as nice and caring and the next he was cold and unfriendly. He lives in isolation in Silver Hill House and has never done much to enamour himself to the residents of Cerne Hay. Will was certainly a character where you really needed to peel back the layers and get to the root of the person behind the façade. I thought at one stage he was going to be the ultimate baddy as he was so hell bent on claiming the find as rightfully his, but once we got to know more about him I understood his actions and motivations a lot more. I knew the eventual outcome I wanted for Harper but I hoped it wouldn't be to the detriment of Will's wishes and needs.Kristofer Blake, a Norwegian writer staying in the village for several months takes a keen interest in the find and wants to help Harper and Cesca. Oh my god Kristofer was just like a big friendly giant, I just wanted him to wrap me in his embrace and never let me go. He was so kind and never forceful and just wanted to help anybody in any way he could. I did initially think oh where has he come from, just suddenly popping up the way he did but then really he stole a piece of my heart and he still has it. This best sums up how I feel about Kristofer and I am sure many many readers will feel the same. 'He was handsome, strong and intelligent – the holy trinity of hotness'. Truly Tilly Tennant couldn't have worded it any better.The one character who I felt deserved very little sympathy was that of Allie, I thought she made her bed and she had to lie in it. Though her actions brought out the true colours of some one else I still didn't like her and I felt she gave scant consideration to the people she was going to deeply hurt. I understand a change needed to occur and the truth and emotions come to the fore but I had made my mind up about her fairly early on and this was one case where I didn't change it. Despite not liking Allie I really did enjoy this book.Like most of the characters I wanted to get to the bottom of the mystery of the box but really the uncovering of the box was just a means of uncovering much deeper goings on in Cerne Hay. Were the residents ready for it or not? Did everything work out or does upset still abound? I would definitely recommend you pick up this book to discover all the answers and also get to meet the wonderful Harper. I hope Tilly Tennant will write more books featuring these characters, or even some new characters in the same setting, as I feel there are a few more stories to be told yet.
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  • Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
    January 1, 1970
    All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.comI wish I had enough to words to describe just how much I loved this book! You all know by now that I am a massive fan of Tilly Tennant's books, but this one is off the scale!Harper Woods hasn't exactly had the best of times when it comes to her personal life, yet she is doing everything she can to move on from her troubled past by making a future for herself. A future to be proud of. Harper isn't one for attention, so w All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.comI wish I had enough to words to describe just how much I loved this book! You all know by now that I am a massive fan of Tilly Tennant's books, but this one is off the scale!Harper Woods hasn't exactly had the best of times when it comes to her personal life, yet she is doing everything she can to move on from her troubled past by making a future for herself. A future to be proud of. Harper isn't one for attention, so when her fiancé finds something on her land which is guaranteed to bring the local press into her cafe quicker than a freshly baked cake, her worries start to mount. Unfortunately her fiancé doesn't seem to understand why she is worrying, nor does he seem to be bothered about anything else except pound signs...'The Summer of Secrets' is such a heartfelt novel which had such a deep and meaningful storyline to it, yet it didn't come across as heavy at all. Having read a lot of Tilly's previous books, I have grown accustom to her style of writing and love everything it stands for. But, I have to say that there was something extra special about the way the author wrote this particular book. Saying that the storyline seemed 'mature' is probably the wrong word to use, yet there was such a significant difference in comparison to the authors previous books. I just can't put my finger on what that was, but it sure as hell is a good thing! It was as though the author's style of writing had taken on a new lease of life, going from strength to strength as the story progressed. Utterly brilliant.I loved reading about Harper Woods as she was such a brilliant character who wasn't afraid to grab life by the teapot. Quite inspiring actually. As for her fiancé, well, I'll let you form your own opinion about him, mine won't be accepted into Amazon reviews if I wrote it here, that's for sure!'The Summer of Secrets' is a treasure trove of true love, true friendships, and being true to yourself. The more chapters I read, the more my heart soared with appreciation for the authors and the characters. Tilly Tennant has written something truly special. Never mind finding treasure on Silver Hill Farm when you have treasure right in front of you with 'The Summer of Secrets'.This is Tilly Tennant's best book yet and one which I will not be forgetting anytime soon. A heart-warming, huggable, and beautifully written book which is guaranteed to make you feel like you have won the lottery by the end of the book. Fantastic!
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I have read several books by Tilly Tennant and I really enjoyed them. When I heard that she was due to release another book called ‘The Summer Of Secrets’, I just knew that I had to grab myself a copy. I was so looking forward to reading it and I was not to be disappointed. I adored it but more about hat in a bit.Harper Woods is one of those women that you can’t fail to warm to and she sounds just the kind of person you would want as a best friend. The beginning of the book sees Harper living th I have read several books by Tilly Tennant and I really enjoyed them. When I heard that she was due to release another book called ‘The Summer Of Secrets’, I just knew that I had to grab myself a copy. I was so looking forward to reading it and I was not to be disappointed. I adored it but more about hat in a bit.Harper Woods is one of those women that you can’t fail to warm to and she sounds just the kind of person you would want as a best friend. The beginning of the book sees Harper living the dream. She is the co-owner of a little tea shop, which has opened to huge success. She is engaged to a dreamy sounding man called Shay. However it isn’t long until Shay’s true colours shine through and he strikes me as being rather selfish in nature and out for what he can get. There were several dozen times when I wanted to slap him across the face with a wet fish for the way he carried out. Harper is too generous for her own good and she is a sucker for a good cause. One such example is when she is asked if the tea room could host the meeting of the church council and Harper only expects to be giving out teas and coffees. However, the church council take the free hospitality a bit far and order half of the breakfast menu and because Harper is very generous, she doesn’t have the heart to charge them for it. Harper is best friends with Pip and I really loved how close and tight the friendship is. They both have each others backs.The author’s writing style is such that you can’t fail to be drawn into the story from the first word on the first page. As I was rooting for Harper and wanting Shay to be shown up for what he was, I just had to keep reading on and on and on. The page numbers seemed to fly by in a blur but because I was enjoying the book so much, I hadn’t noticed. By the time I realised what was happening I had cleared two thirds of the book. I was disappointed to finish reading the book because I was enjoying the story and the characters so much that I just wanted the book to continue. Tilly Tennant clearly cares about her characters and this shines through in her writing. She described the characters so vividly that they actually seem to come alive and seem real to me. It also made me wish that I had a best friend like Harper as she sounds like a right laugh. ‘The Summer Of Secrets’ was a real emotional rollercoaster ride with lots of ups and downs, moments that make you want to cry, moments that make you laugh and moments where you start arguing with the book.In short I did enjoy reading ‘The Summer Of Secrets’ and it’s definitely a winning bestseller for Tilly Tennant. I can’t wait to read what comes next from her. I would definitely recommend this book to others and particularly to those people who are in need of a light hearted, funny and heart warming read. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a well deserved 4* out of 5*.
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  • Melisa Broadbent
    January 1, 1970
    I've read quite a few books by Tilly Tennant now and oh, they never fail to disappoint with the cosy feeling you get from reading them!The storyline had everything you want - romance, an element of mystery, buried treasure and some upsets that eagerly have you turning the pages and wondering which way the story is going to develop.Throughout the book we hear the thoughts of Harper and Cesca whose lives are brought together when some buried treasure is discovered on the land of Harper's farm and I've read quite a few books by Tilly Tennant now and oh, they never fail to disappoint with the cosy feeling you get from reading them!The storyline had everything you want - romance, an element of mystery, buried treasure and some upsets that eagerly have you turning the pages and wondering which way the story is going to develop.Throughout the book we hear the thoughts of Harper and Cesca whose lives are brought together when some buried treasure is discovered on the land of Harper's farm and Cesca is the museum officer who is investigating who they actually belong to.You immediately feel right at home as you are introduced to the other characters in the story, Will who has an interest in the treasure, Pip who is Cesca's best friend, Shay the loveable rogue who is Harper's fiancé and Kristofer. (I will leave you to discover Kristofer for yourself.......I wonder if he really exists. I hope so!). The descriptions of where Harper lives sound absolutely beautiful and immediately make you want to leave everything and go live there!Tilly Tennant does a marvellous job of keeping you on your toes and just as you think things are going a certain way, she will surprise you with a twist that just keeps you guessing. There were a couple of times throughout where you maybe think you know where everything is leading, only to be led in another direction. I love it when this happens in a book - I like to be surprised! The storyline flows brilliantly and really showcases Tilly Tennant's excellent writing.I would definitely recommend this book along with her others as they are equally as good as this one.I'm looking forward to her next already.....
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  • Leona
    January 1, 1970
    Having read and loved ‘The little village bakery’ and Christmas at the Little village bakery’, I was delighted to have the chance to read and review this one .I certainly wasn’t disappointed this is a brilliant feel good book with a sprinkle of mystery thrown in . Good strong characters and a great story line . I loved it .
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  • Donna Maguire
    January 1, 1970
    https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/...I love this author's books and I am always so excited when she has a new one coming out and this one was screaming at me to be picked up!! I love the cover and the blurb tooNow I have finished the book I can honestly say that it did not disappoint at all, I loved the characters and the plot was great. It has just the right amount of fun, romance, laughter and love to make it a brilliant summer read that you will definitely enjoy!!Five stars from me - anoth https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/...I love this author's books and I am always so excited when she has a new one coming out and this one was screaming at me to be picked up!! I love the cover and the blurb tooNow I have finished the book I can honestly say that it did not disappoint at all, I loved the characters and the plot was great. It has just the right amount of fun, romance, laughter and love to make it a brilliant summer read that you will definitely enjoy!!Five stars from me - another excellent heart-warming read from Tilly!
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    A new Tilly Tennant book is such a delicious treat to look forward to- she has a lovely, engaging writing style.Her characters are wonderfully drawn and soon become like firm friends. The settings are so vivdly described that you can imagine yourself deep in the heart of the storyline. Full of warm friendships ,romance and secrets- you really feel so happy whilst reading this one.
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  • Misfits farm
    January 1, 1970
    If you want a smile and that feel-good factor for a summer read then this could be the very book. Harper is happy. She has a wonderful farmhouse, bought from her inheritance and a tea shop that she runs with her best friend Pip. Her gorgeous fiance Shay is currently sorting the foundations to some holiday lets that they are adding on to the complex. When a chance discovery or two turns things on their heads, Harper being s to see things in a different light. Tilly never disappoints. Her stories If you want a smile and that feel-good factor for a summer read then this could be the very book. Harper is happy. She has a wonderful farmhouse, bought from her inheritance and a tea shop that she runs with her best friend Pip. Her gorgeous fiance Shay is currently sorting the foundations to some holiday lets that they are adding on to the complex. When a chance discovery or two turns things on their heads, Harper being s to see things in a different light. Tilly never disappoints. Her stories are always full of larger than life characters, some humour, some upset and wonderful descriptions hat let you relax and escape for while without being overly “twee” (as I was asked about another book the other day)! .I love Tilly’s style and reading her books always leaves me with a smile and that uplifting factor. that restores your faith in human nature.I look forward to the next Tilly Tennant book very much.For more reviews please see my blog http://nickibookblog.blogspot.co.uk/or follow me on Twitter @nickijmurphy1
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  • MetLineReader
    January 1, 1970
    Another gem from Tilly Tennant. Read alongside a more challenging book (The Babysitter), this was my bedtime reading for a few nights.It’s not hard to get caught up in the delights of village life with characters such as Harper and Pip who run the local farm tea shop, Cesca the museum officer and the two attractive men - Lord Will and the hunky Norwegian Kristofer! A delight - even with the highs and lows of the story - 4🌟 from me.
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  • Steph Lawrence
    January 1, 1970
    When I've come down from my reading high I will write a proper review, but I just wanted to say how fantastic this book is. This book gave me a real reading high. I want to live there, near the farm and the big house and I want to be everyone’s friend.The characters were really likeable (and some really dislikeable) and all had good depth. I was really interested in their lives and what was going on. There was a lot of chemistry and attraction, not telling who though as I don’t want to spoil it. When I've come down from my reading high I will write a proper review, but I just wanted to say how fantastic this book is. This book gave me a real reading high. I want to live there, near the farm and the big house and I want to be everyone’s friend.The characters were really likeable (and some really dislikeable) and all had good depth. I was really interested in their lives and what was going on. There was a lot of chemistry and attraction, not telling who though as I don’t want to spoil it.There are some touching and emotional scenes which the author writes so beautifully.If you’ve not read any books by this author, why the heck not?! Do it now, read this one. Or read one from the ‘From Italy with Love’ series, or the ‘Honeybourne’ series…you won’t regret it!I just love love loved it. Thank you Tilly Tennant xThanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy, in which I give my honest opinion.https://steflozbookblog.wordpress.com...
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  • Gaele
    January 1, 1970
    Harper has been busily regaining her footing and searching for happiness, buoyed by her best friend Pip, and running her dream come true teashop and petting zoo in the orangery on Silver Hill Farm in Dorset. She’s slowly overcoming a horrible relationship where her ex (he who shall not be named) used her as a doormat, and only Pip was there to shore her up, after her girlfriend went to New Zealand for work. But, with success in business, and finally getting the village to accept her plans for ho Harper has been busily regaining her footing and searching for happiness, buoyed by her best friend Pip, and running her dream come true teashop and petting zoo in the orangery on Silver Hill Farm in Dorset. She’s slowly overcoming a horrible relationship where her ex (he who shall not be named) used her as a doormat, and only Pip was there to shore her up, after her girlfriend went to New Zealand for work. But, with success in business, and finally getting the village to accept her plans for holiday cottages at the farm, Harper’s fiancé Shay has started the construction and started breaking ground. All of that comes to a halt, however, when a box is unearthed, a box that contains some very old, and potentially valuable items. Determined to do things the right way, despite Shay’s intentions and increased pressure for a ‘piece’ of Harper’s business, she contacts an expert for guidance and valuation. The news of the ‘treasure’ has already hit the village thanks to Shay’s drunken revelations, and with Harper feeling as if the treasure really isn’t hers to profit from, and perfectly willing to see it returned to Silver Hill House and the lord thereof, as she is convinced that the money will only lead to changes that will not be positive. This story is full of heart and side-stories: Shay’s self-absorbed and more than slightly immature attitude as his behavior and Harper’s scrambles to ‘accommodate and mitigate’ his bad behavior, placing herself in a place where her own happiness is in jeopardy. Pip’s constant questioning of Shay – she doesn’t much like him, and doesn’t trust him, yet hasn’t quite wanted to hurt her by stating the obvious. The Lord of Silver Hill House, isolated, prickly as a hedgehog and very much running hot and cold, determined to find a way to get the proceeds from the treasure. Cesca, the expert brought in to authenticate the treasure and in the midst of her own personal crisis, and Kristofer, a Norwegian author with a talent and nose for historical mysteries, undoubted sex appeal and a heart that sees Harper just as she should be. When you add in Allie, a now separated from her husband, 2 night stand with Shay: coming to live with Harper and Pip (on Harper’s invitation) the story moves from one interconnected moment to the next, always circling back to Harper and her determination to see the best in others despite their actions that affect her directly. I love a book from Tilly Tennant, and this one managed to grab my attention and make me read on – always hoping that Harper would take some of Pip’s attitude and stand up for herself in the little moments that seem (to her) to not be important enough to worry about. What made her seem clueless at first showed her as having a core of steel: never seeming to notice the small upsets until she’s had time to decide for herself just what she needs to do. You’ll have moments of frustration with Harper, but as Pip does, know that she’s far stronger than she ever believed, and will make the decision that is best for her. Grab this story and escape to the Dorset countryside… you won’t regret it. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed
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  • Emma Star Crossed Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Thank you to Bookouture for letting me take part in this tour. I have been a huge fan of Tilly's work since she first started writing adult books. I love her writing style and she never fails to entrap me in the world she has created. I knew I was going to read this book without even lookin This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Thank you to Bookouture for letting me take part in this tour. I have been a huge fan of Tilly's work since she first started writing adult books. I love her writing style and she never fails to entrap me in the world she has created. I knew I was going to read this book without even looking at the cover or blurb.At first I thought there were a lot of characters and I wasn't sure how they were all going to fit together but Tilly did an amazing job of weaving them all into this story. I think that ever character played an integral part in the story.We begin the story with Harper and Shay on Silver Hill Farm. Shay is digging the foundations for some new holiday lets when he discovers a chest full of jewels and gold. Harper immediately wants nothing to do with and brings in some professionals to decide what happens to it.I really liked Harper. She is so selfless and kind hearted. I'm not sure I would have acted as she does in this book. I was rooting so hard for her to find her happy ending.I didn't trust Shay from the moment he appeared. There was something about him that just put me a little on edge. I couldn't put my finger on it at first but as the story progressed it became clear.Also living at the farm is Harper's best friend Pip. I LOVED PIP! She was so straight talking and would be there for Harper no matter what. I think she was my favourite character in this book.Francesca or Cesca as she likes to be called is very excited to look at the find from Silver Hill Farm. Her job at the museum is less than exciting and when she is asked to look into the find she barely stops to grab her coat before running out the door. Cesca was another great character. She has a love of history and is extremely passionate about it.There are three more main characters in this book that I am going to say a few words about. First we have Allie. I felt for Allie. She does some terrible things yes but she does truly regret them. I really just wanted her life to turn around. Second we have Will. Will is Lord of Silver Hill House. He is quite the recluse and the house is crumbling to pieces. Will has taken on all the burdens of his family as his own. He thinks that the villagers tar him with the same brush as his brother so he decides to stay away. Third and finally we have Kristofer. What a delightful and unexpected character. Kristofer is extremely passionate about everything. He is one of those people that just loves life.Tilly has captured my heart once again with the world of Cerne Hay and the surrounding area. I had tears during the epilogue it was so sweet and I just didn't want it to be over. I would love to revisit these characters. I'm not sure what story Tilly could bring me but I will really miss these characters.
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  • Jennifer Ritter
    January 1, 1970
    The Summer of Secrets is the latest book by prolific British author Tilly Tennant. Harper Woods, together with her best friend Pip, moved to Cerna Hay about a year ago after a very disastrous time in her life including the loss of both parents and escape from an abusive ex-boyfriend. Using her inheritance, Harper purchased Silver Hill Farm and set up her bustling tearoom. Now, to add to her income her fiancé Shay McArthur is breaking ground to begin construction on vacation lets. But he doesn’t The Summer of Secrets is the latest book by prolific British author Tilly Tennant. Harper Woods, together with her best friend Pip, moved to Cerna Hay about a year ago after a very disastrous time in her life including the loss of both parents and escape from an abusive ex-boyfriend. Using her inheritance, Harper purchased Silver Hill Farm and set up her bustling tearoom. Now, to add to her income her fiancé Shay McArthur is breaking ground to begin construction on vacation lets. But he doesn’t get very far when he unearths a treasure chest containing gold and jewels as well as a very special crucifix.As a rule following kind of lady, Harper contacts the nearest museum and brings in experts in the field to determine the true owner or whether it will go to the crown with a finders fee to her. This irritates Shay, who wanted to keep it all. He is even more irritated when Lord Frampton of Silver Hill House comes calling seeking the return of what he thinks was stolen from his family a long time ago.Even more than the mystery and the beauty of the area, this is the story of four very different women seeking fulfillment in their lives. What they each find is the real core of the story as they uncover many secrets.This was a very well written story with rich endearing characters. I enjoyed this book and do recommend it!
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    After seeing the gorgeous cover I couldn't wait to lose myself in The Summer of Secrets. So what did I think...If you are looking for a feel good story then look no further The Summer of Secrets swept me away with a fabulous mystery, friendships and of course romance. The discovery of the buried jewellery really sets off a chain reaction of events with some surprising results along the way. There was of course plenty of drama keeping me entertained with some lovely little twists to keep me on my After seeing the gorgeous cover I couldn't wait to lose myself in The Summer of Secrets. So what did I think...If you are looking for a feel good story then look no further The Summer of Secrets swept me away with a fabulous mystery, friendships and of course romance. The discovery of the buried jewellery really sets off a chain reaction of events with some surprising results along the way. There was of course plenty of drama keeping me entertained with some lovely little twists to keep me on my toes.Harper is such a likeable character and I loved the sound of Silver Hill Farm and could just imagine calling in for a lovely cup of tea and of course a slice of cake. Her friendship with Pip was lovingly written and it was lovely to see them looking out for each other. We also follow Cesca as she gets tied up with the events at the farm and Silver Hill House. The plot moves at a lovely pace with the characters keeping me fully invested in the story. I just had to know if it would turn out alright in the end for them! Tilly Tennant has created such a gorgeous story and I really couldn't have asked for a better escape from all of the snow, rain and the dreary weather.Uplifting, warm and feel good - A gorgeous combination!With thanks to Noelle at Bookouture for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • Tara
    January 1, 1970
    How have I got this far in life without reading a Tilly Tennant book before? It’s actually quite a feat, considering how many she has written – and if they are all like, The Summer Of Secrets, my TBR pile is about to topple over under the weight.If you’re looking for something to make you smile, with a guaranteed happy ending - but with plenty of twists and turns in the middle - then this book is for you.It did take me a chapter to ease into it but once I was there I got caught up in the lives o How have I got this far in life without reading a Tilly Tennant book before? It’s actually quite a feat, considering how many she has written – and if they are all like, The Summer Of Secrets, my TBR pile is about to topple over under the weight.If you’re looking for something to make you smile, with a guaranteed happy ending - but with plenty of twists and turns in the middle - then this book is for you.It did take me a chapter to ease into it but once I was there I got caught up in the lives of eclectic mix of characters.While the blurb mentions Harper, we also follow the tales of Pip, Cesca and, to some degree, Allie.There was one point in the book where love was in very short supply and I wasn’t sure if anyone was going to get their happy ending but, I’m pleased to say, it all works out in the end – and the story was more colourful for the 'will they, won’t they' moments.Shay reminded me of a panto villain – I definitely wanted to boo and hiss every time he came on to the page - but posh Will and Kristofer, a “living, breathing viking”, tipped the scales on to the side of good.All in all this was a great read which bounced along at quite a pace and, best of all, brought a big grin to my face.Now to pick which of her books to read next!With thanks to Bookouture (via NetGalley) for the ARC in return for an honest review.
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  • Eve
    January 1, 1970
    Harper runs a tearoom along with best friend Pip and fiancée Shay who also has his own business. When they come across a buried box of treasure on their tearoom site, everything changes. Press alongside museum worker Cesca show up all hoping to see the findings.Allie and Greg's marriage is on the rocks after Allie's attempt's at seducing her husband fail as he knows of her previous one night stand affair. However their son Josh is also caught in his parents arguing all the time.Cesca later on ar Harper runs a tearoom along with best friend Pip and fiancée Shay who also has his own business. When they come across a buried box of treasure on their tearoom site, everything changes. Press alongside museum worker Cesca show up all hoping to see the findings.Allie and Greg's marriage is on the rocks after Allie's attempt's at seducing her husband fail as he knows of her previous one night stand affair. However their son Josh is also caught in his parents arguing all the time.Cesca later on arrives at Silver Hill House to meet Lord William whom believes the treasure to be his family's from years previous after a historical family tale to do with a servant was made aware to him.As all their lives intertwine, many secrets and relationships are established or made obvious to us as the story develops. A heartwarming yet dramatic novel perfect for spring and summer time reading outdoors as you immerse yourself in the dramatic goings on. Many thanks to the publishers for allowing me to review this book for them!
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  • Kat Robson
    January 1, 1970
    an amazing book by tilly tennant. her books are always happy reads and never a let down. We have an array of circumstances that surround this book. relationship problems relationships are made, secrets are unearthed and ancestors are wondered about and historians are involved to solve the mystery. the characters I loved especially Harper who runs the farm tea room her fiancee is a selfish idiot and I'm glad what happens to him. There Allie and Greg who have to fight for their relationship becaus an amazing book by tilly tennant. her books are always happy reads and never a let down. We have an array of circumstances that surround this book. relationship problems relationships are made, secrets are unearthed and ancestors are wondered about and historians are involved to solve the mystery. the characters I loved especially Harper who runs the farm tea room her fiancee is a selfish idiot and I'm glad what happens to him. There Allie and Greg who have to fight for their relationship because Allie has been unfaithful to Gregg but she does it again is it kicked out of the marital home. Harper helps her out but there's alot going on. love hate fights secrets the whole lot but it's certainly a page turner. must read.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    OOOOH- treasure! When Harper's fiancé Shay finds buried treasure, it isn't the wonderful thing you might expect but it is the catalyst for a really good story. Tennant has a way of creating characters who you can cheer and hiss- sometimes in the same book. Harper's had such a rough time in the last few years but now she's thinking things are going to be ok, especially since she's engaged to Shay. Ahem. She does havre an awesome friend in Pip. AND, what about Will? Is he a creep or a good guy? Th OOOOH- treasure! When Harper's fiancé Shay finds buried treasure, it isn't the wonderful thing you might expect but it is the catalyst for a really good story. Tennant has a way of creating characters who you can cheer and hiss- sometimes in the same book. Harper's had such a rough time in the last few years but now she's thinking things are going to be ok, especially since she's engaged to Shay. Ahem. She does havre an awesome friend in Pip. AND, what about Will? Is he a creep or a good guy? This being a Tenant novel, you know things are going to turn out ok. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. This is a cheery, positive, and entertaining read with good dialogue and a few chuckles along with the smiles.
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  • Janette
    January 1, 1970
    I have read several books by Tilly Tennant and I really enjoyed them so was looking forward to starting this one. I was drawn into the story right from the start. Well written with excellent characters, I really warmed to Harper and was rooting for her the whole way through the book. This is an emotional roller coaster with happy and sad moments throughout. A lovely heartwarming, easy to read story - perfect for a cold winter day or summer holiday read. I would definitely recommend this book, fa I have read several books by Tilly Tennant and I really enjoyed them so was looking forward to starting this one. I was drawn into the story right from the start. Well written with excellent characters, I really warmed to Harper and was rooting for her the whole way through the book. This is an emotional roller coaster with happy and sad moments throughout. A lovely heartwarming, easy to read story - perfect for a cold winter day or summer holiday read. I would definitely recommend this book, fabulous! I couldn't put it down and read it in a day!Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Simona
    January 1, 1970
    *Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*As the title already says, the book is full of secrets. Of course that calls for an exciting and gripping storyline and it is!!!We mainly follow Harper in this story, but also some other characters. They are all connected to each other in some way and that adds a lot of drama. At times I felt like there were too many characters and it was difficult to focus on the individual person.The book is full of friendship, romance, love and *Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*As the title already says, the book is full of secrets. Of course that calls for an exciting and gripping storyline and it is!!!We mainly follow Harper in this story, but also some other characters. They are all connected to each other in some way and that adds a lot of drama. At times I felt like there were too many characters and it was difficult to focus on the individual person.The book is full of friendship, romance, love and laughter. I liked the mystery behind the story and certain characters and the author’s writing is heart-warming, sweet and very engaging. Another thing I adored about this book is the way Tilly Tennant described the setting. So vivid and full of details!!!Tilly Tennant has a wonderful writing style and she always manages to put a smile on me face through her writing.
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