I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The House on Sunset Lake by Tasmina Perry
Published by Headline Review on August 25, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Historical, Romance
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Tasmina Perry is the bestselling author of
The Last Kiss Goodbye
Her new novel is a heart-wrenching love story bejewelled with mysteries and dark secrets, set in the Deep South. If you love sailing away with Santa Montefiore's novels or unwrapping the layers of the latest Rachel Hore, you will adore losing yourself in this book.
1995. Savannah, Georgia, where the sunsets are long and golden and the air is hot and heavy with promise. Student Jim Johnson isn't happy when he has to abandon his plans of a carefree month of inter-railing to spend the summer in the Deep South with his mother and his father, a down-on-his luck author who has been sent to Savannah to rediscover his muse. But when Jim meets the beguiling Jennifer Wyatt, the daughter of the owners of Casa Seta, the mysterious plantation house on the shores of a lake, Jim knows he has made the right decision in coming along. Until an event happens that shatters Jim and Jennifer's lives for ever and sets both their lives on a different course.
2015. Twenty Years later Casa Seta stands abandoned and neglected, a victim of tragic events that everyone wants to keep buried. But when Jim Johnson's boss buys it as the latest acquisition to his hotel chain, Jim is forced to return to the house and restore it to its former glory. Fate throws him back into the orbit of Jennifer Wyatt, the woman his heart has never truly got over, but as he tries to put the ghosts of the past behind him, he unearths a chilling secret that makes him wonder what he has ever really known about the people he loves.
The House on Sunset Lake is a gorgeous gorgeous book, that effortlessly combines not only dual perspectives but also dual timelines. As we look back into 1995 and the making of Jim and Jennifer and 2015 and see who they have become.
There is so much mystery and intrigue in this book, it is hard to think of this as a romantic story. It is more like a tale of life, showing how one small event or summer can have such a huge impact on our future selves.
The romance didn’t feel intense or real enough for me. After all it was a summer fling and the love is still there twenty years late? Please, it felt a bit contrived. I actually wanted them to get with different people.
There was a good twist in the story, actually a fair few, which did make me gasp and made me continue reading to find out more.
Despite everything you might think, can you really know the person you love? And can you trust your memories? After some of the revelations it was easy to spot how the truth was hidden in plain site. But I would not have guessed otherwise.
The House on Sunset Lake was a gripping read that will sweep you up with the allure of Casa D’Or and make you wish again for your teenage summers.