Saturday, 23 August 2014

Summer Castle at Castle Stone by Lynn Marie Hulsman

What They Say:

"Witty, funny, thought-provoking & utterly addictive!” – Irish bestseller, Carmel Harrington
This summer, lose your heart in Ireland…
Shayla Sheridan’s a New York native born into big city luxury, but she’s never really fitted in with the “it” crowd. Desperate to make it as a writer and to finally step out from her famous father’s shadow, Shayla decides to take on a tricky assignment across the pond…
Swapping skyscrapers and heels for wellies and the heart of the Irish countryside, Shayla must go about ghost-writing a book of recipes by the notoriously reclusive and attractive head chef of Castle Stone, Tom O’Grady.
The only problem? He has no idea that she’s writing it.
What I Say:
I would like to thank the publisher Harper Impulse for approving this on NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

As I don’t mention covers enough I think I will start with this one, I love this cover it really grabs your interest straight away.

We first meet Shayla as he is heading to meet her friend Maggie, Shyla has had an all-round bad day, she had been told her book wouldn’t be published.  Desperate just to get drunk but Maggie has news to share and Shayla feels like she isn’t good enough and is being left behind.

Things go from bad to worse for Shayla and she also has to live in the shadow of her famous father, she is desperate not to ride on his coat tails and make a name for herself she heads to Ireland where she meets the reclusive Tom O’Grady, Shayla is a very good ghost writer but in some ways out of her depth with Tom.

I though Shayla was great because she was trying to make her own way in the world and not trade on her famous fathers name.  I loved her best friend Maggie a she always believed in Shayla, even when Shayla doesn’t believe in herself.

The contrast between Shayla’s life in America and Ireland was brilliantly written by Lynn, I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland and now I want to visit even more.

4 out of 5 stars

About The Author

I’m a writer.
My mother’s death brought an epiphany.
“Life is short,” said my inner voice.
“Thanks, I.V.,” I replied. “I know what I have to do.
In short order, I got an agent, co-wrote two books, ghost-wrote another, published an article, and sold a novel.
I love story. Kentucky-born, tall tales and hyperbole are in my bones. My real jobs? Equity actor. Ad copy writer for casinos, (“Loose slots!”) Stand-up comic. Pharma editor. Cheese cube passer-outer (admitted low point).
I’m an Ideation Agent (sounds fake, right?) and run an improv company in NYC.
My favorite, favorite thing to do is write Romantic Comedy.
I live with my family in Hell’s Kitchen, and am seen around town auctioneering for charity, hosting gay men’s fashion shows, and calling bingo games.

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