Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Summer at Castle Stone by Lynn Marie Hulsman
Thanks to Netgally.com I received a copy of this to read in exchange for an honest review.
The story starts with two best friends Shayla and Maggie whom both work for a publishing company, Shayla's father is an author and she seems to be treated very differently when people discover this. Shayla always dreams of writing her own book, rather than ghost writing books for other authors. One day she stumbles upon the chance to co-write a cook book for an Irish chef, Tom O'Grady and automatically starts to pursue this idea, unfortunately the chef has no interest whatsoever in this book. Maggie encourages Shayla to go to Ireland in search of this chef and try and convince him as to why this cookbook needs to be written, so Shayla packs her bags and travels to Ireland and becomes Shelia, where she will stay with an aunt of Maggie's, in the heart of the Irish countryside, she will work in Castle Stone as part of her work experience alongside the head chef Tom O'Grady with a few hilarious moments from the start and along the way.
I was very fortunate to meet Lynn Marie along with a few of my bookclub friends in the Summer. We had such a great night of stories with a lot of banter and laughter which I will always remember.
I really loved this book, it made me laugh and I caught myself smiling as I was reading this. This is the first book that I've read by Lynn Marie Hulsman and it definitely won't be my last. As I am from Ireland, I could relate to alot of the "Irishisms" throughout the book, it was also quite witty and well written with the style of writing perfect to keep the pages turning at a good pace and the story flowed really well throughout. I also loved all the quotes at the start of every chapter. If you're looking for a light-hearted read with a bit of romance thrown into the mix then kick your feet up with a large bar of chocolate, turn off your phone, and sink into Lynn Marie's new novel.
This book is available on Kindle and in all good bookstores.