Seven Days in Summer and The Songbird by Marcia Willett

Seven Days in Summer - Marcia WillettSeven Days in Summer – Marcia Willett

Synopsis: Busy mum of twins Liv is looking forward to a week at the Beach Hut in Devon, even if she feels that something’s not right between her and Matt. She’s sure he’s just too busy at work to join them on their summer holiday, not that he wants time alone…

Baz loves having his family to stay by the sea, but when an unexpected guest arrives, he finds himself torn between the past and the future…

Still reeling from a break-up, all Sofia wants is a quiet summer – until she meets Baz and her plans are turned upside down. She knows she’s rushing into things, but could this week at the Beach Hut be the start of something new?

And back home, Matt might be missing Liv and the children, but when an old friend appears he finds himself distracted… What does she know about his family’s past that she’s not letting on?

As tensions rise over seven days in summer, the lives of the holidaymakers begin to take an unexpected turn…

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
Marcia Willett has created an intriguing book, showing just how much can happen during seven days when you mix in the lives and backgrounds of a group of very different characters. Seven Days in Summer has all the ingredients for perfect holiday reading.

The Songbird - Marcia WillettThe Songbird – Marcia Willett

Synopsis: Can new hopes bloom when summer begins again?

When Mattie invites her old friend Tim to stay in one of her family cottages on the edge of Dartmoor, she senses there is something he is not telling her.

But as he gets to know the rest of the warm jumble of family by the moor, Tim begins to relax again and he discovers that everyone there has their own secrets. There is Kat, a retired ballet dancer who longs for the stage again; Charlotte, a young navy wife struggling to bring up her son while her husband is at sea; William, who guards a dark past he cannot share with the others; and Mattie . . . who has loved Tim in silence for years.

As Tim begins to open up, Mattie falls deeper in love. And as summer warms the wild Dartmoor landscape, new hopes begin to bloom . . .

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
Set on the edge of Dartmoor, The Songbird explores the challenges faced by a group of people who are living together in a group of cottages in the grounds of a large house. Poignant and beautiful, this atmospheric book will keep you reading until the very end.