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Secrets and Seashells at Rainbow Bay by Ali McNamara

cover of Secrets and Seashells at Rainbow Bay by Ali McNamara

A few weeks ago I was sent an early copy of the latest book from Ali McNamara. You may remember that I’ve reviewed some of her previous books including The Summer of Serendipity and Daisy’s Vintage Cornish Camper Van.

Tomorrow Sphere will be publishing Ali’s latest book, Secrets and Seashells at Rainbow Bay! They are also celebrating 10 years of publishing Ali’s fantastic books.

About Secrets and Seashells at Rainbow Bay

Amelia is a single mother, doing her very best to look after her young son, Charlie – but money is tight and times are tough. When she first hears that she is the last descendent of the Chesterford family and that she has inherited a Real-Life Castle by the sea, Amelia can’t quite believe her ears.

She soon finds that owning a castle isn’t quite the ticket to sorting out her money problems that she’d first hoped: she can’t sell, because the terms of the ancient bequest state that any Chesterford who inherits the castle, must live there and work towards the upkeep and maintenance of the family home. So ever-practical Amelia decided to uproot her little family and move to this magnificent castle by the sea.

Living in a castle on the beautiful Northumberland coast is fun at first, but organising the day-to-day running is a lot more complicated than Amelia first imagined. Luckily, she has help from the small band of eccentric and unconventional staff that are already employed there – and a mysterious unseen hand that often gives her a push in the right direction just when she needs it most. It’s only when she meets Tom, a furniture restorer who comes to the castle to help repair some antique furniture, that Amelia realises she might get the fairy-tale ending that she and Charlie truly deserve …

So what did I think of Secrets and Seashells at Rainbow Bay? It’s safe to say that I really enjoyed reading this book and read it quite quickly. There are lots of twists and turns which keep it interesting. I enjoyed the classic rags to riches tale. It would make a great beach read if you’re going away this Summer.

Secrets and Seashells at Rainbow Bay by Ali McNamara is published by Sphere Fiction on 27th June 2019.

You may be interested in my other Ali McNamara book review:

The Summer of Serendipity

Daisy’s Vintage Cornish Camper Van


  • Reply
    Jenna Parrington
    June 27, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    This sounds like my kind of story! One that warms your cockles!

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    Alex Gladwin
    June 28, 2019 at 10:05 am

    I haven’t read a fiction story like this in years, but reading what you thought of this has made me want to pick up a book and get lost in the story! x

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