Summer by the Lake by Mandy Baggot
Going home has never been easy...
With her dad in hospital, Robyn Matthers needs to go home and take charge. But does she have the strength to do it?
Cole Ryan is on a personal mission. Tall, dark and handsome, Robyn has certainly noticed the brooding hockey player around town. But can she trust her feelings – or his? But she can't risk the past she's kept buried for so long coming out and he hasn't opened his heart for a long time.
Will the two of them be able to finally open up, and let themselves, just maybe, fall in love...
I don't think this is the best example of this author's work. For at least half of the book, I struggled with it, feeling that the chick lit Britishness of the cover didn't match the setting, and that the blurb didn't reflect the serious events at the heart of the story. It's tone and plot was more in line with Jodi Picoult than the lighthearted rom com that was suggested.
However, despite my difficulty with it, I gradually was drawn in - not by the romance but by the whodunnit aspect, which seemed to me to be far more central and significant than the romance.
About the Author
Mandy Baggot is an international bestselling and award-winning romance writer represented by Tanera Simons of The Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency.
The winner of the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK's Festival of Romance, her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016. Mandy's books have so far been translated into German, Italian, Czech and Hungarian.
Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1's Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor.
Mandy is a member of the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.
Visit Mandy's website at www.mandybaggot.com