Praise for Adrienne Vaughan
That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel
"A beautifully well written story set in a wonderfully described location.
Mia is searching for answers, her father unknown and questions to be answered, as her beloved uncle is dying now might be the time to find out her history.
Full of emotion this is a rollercoaster of a ride. "
Lucy Woods, Netgalley reviewer
"...a wonderful sweeping story, with tragedy and secrets, passion and heartbreak, a hidden history to be uncovered, more
than a touch of glitz and glamour, the world of the silver screen combined with a wonderful cast of (mostly) loveable
eccentric characters in a perfectly drawn Irish setting.
My word, I so enjoyed this book... and if you don't mind, I think I might just gush a little!
It's not all about the story and the setting - this is a book that gives you a good work-out on the emotional front too.
There are some wonderful "moments" that make you feel absurdly tearful - like the sparring between Archie and Fenella, light banter but with a deep love and sense of impending loss underlying it and tearing at your heart. And there are wide-screen full technicolour dramatic moments too, moments that make your heart beat rather faster, that have you turning the pages faster as you want to discover what happens - but, at the same time, you really don't want to find out.
Don't miss this book, whatever you do... did I forget to mention that I really loved it?
Anne Williams, Book Blogger
‘I am still mesmerised by this utterly fabulous, incredibly well-written, masterfully plotted novel.’
Isabella Tartaruga, Netgalley Reviewer
That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel is a delightful novel with plenty of interesting characters and a captivating plot. I loved that it reads like a play or movie script which fits nicely into the story and the characters. There is drama-par for the course for actors Archie and Fenella- mystery around who Mia’s father is (a long held secret by her mother , Archie and Archie’s long-suffering sister Bernice), tension between Mia and Ross, Mia and her mother, Bernice and Archie and Fenella. All combine for a perfect script that will hold your interest and keep you on your toes.
Paula Pugh, Netgalley Reviewer
By summer’s end, there will be partings, reunions, and revelations, as The Seahorse Hotel and its occupants finally
begin to let go of the past and open up to the future, with all its glorious possibilities.
I’ve loved all of Adrienne Vaughan’s books so far. She has a way of drawing you into a story, wrapping you in glorious scenery, fabulous characters, and a delicious narrative. Sometimes, it seems there are so many people you wonder how you keep track of them all, but somehow you do. With great assuredness, Adrienne Vaughan weaves her spell and leads you, like some bewitching spirit guide, through the tangled threads of her tale, making sure you are never left behind and always enticing you on, so all you can do is follow the path, desperate to see where it leads next. Much like the girl on the cover, you want to go where she goes, find out where she’s heading, what’s going to happen.
Adrienne never lets you down. The pace never slackens, the spell never fades. I loved Mia, who was a wonderful protagonist. I adored Pearl, and I absolutely one hundred per cent fell for Ross. But Archie – ah, my heart belongs to Archie. What a character! What a fabulous story.
This is, without doubt, my favourite of Adrienne’s books so far. Her gift for storytelling just seems to get better with each one, and I’m kind of sad that I’ve finished That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel. I hope it won’t be too long before there’s another of her books to read! Just wonderful. 5/5
Sharon Booth Book Blogger
...once I was drawn in I was hooked and couldn't put it down.
Carolyn Ensminger Netgalley reviewer
Well written with a good plot and a great cast of characters. The author was new to me and I enjoyed her style of writing. Recommend this book.
Marcia Stewart, Netgalley reviewer
This is a story that grips you from the first chapter and doesn’t let you go!
That summer at...The Seahorse Hotel is a delicious combination of romance, mystery and the everyday, with a cast of totally believable and very memorable characters.
As with all Adrienne Vaughan’s novels there is a strong sense of community and you can’t help but be drawn into their lives. Her authentic Irish voice pushes through the easy flowing dialogue with its affectionate humour and there are some laugh out loud moments.
The story rattles along at a pace and kept me guessing till the last. Although, inevitably, all good books must come to an end, this mini family saga is one I will definitely miss!
An evocative page turner, Adrienne Vaughan's beautiful writing weaves a suspenseful tale of mystery, dark family secrets,
film star glamour and intriguing romance. Many of its wonderfully colourful characters cherish Galty House, a magnificent, if somewhat crumbling, seaside mansion on the east coast of Ireland.
Deft and shimmering descriptions make the reader feel they too have visited this special place, have been entranced
by its whimsy and beauty, have tossed off their shoes to walk barefoot on soft, sunlit sand.
But though the high summer setting is lovely there are ugly shadows, the past reverberates. Mia Flanagan is a young woman who needs answers about her past, about the most unusual 'family' who took her in, about the determinedly unsaid. Trying to find the truth amidst dismaying deceits and disappointments, disquieting rumours and heartbreak, she finds herself plunged into a gripping adventure...with an unexpected ally. Could it be that Mia will find love amidst the secrets of The Seahorse Hotel?
Grace Wynne-Jones, novelist
What a great read! I was hooked from page one! Loved the book!
Cara Brown, Netgalley Reviewer