Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Winter at Wishington Bay by Maxine Morrey.
About the Author
Maxine Morrey is a bestselling romantic comedy author with eight books to her name including Winter’s Fairytale and the top ten hit The Christmas Project. She lives in West Sussex. Her first novel for Boldwood, #No Filter, was published in November 2019. Sign up to Maxine Morrey’s newsletter.
About the book
Eighteen months ago, Sophia Jones finally walked out on her unhappy life. With a tricky divorce ongoing, money is tight and so when friends offer her a housekeeping job while they’re away travelling, she accepts.
Nate McKinley is hesitant when his brother, Gabe, offers him the use of their home in the picturesque village of Wishington Bay. But he has a book to a write and an imploded marriage to recover from, so maybe a change of scene is exactly what he needs.
As Wishington Bay works its magic, friendship blossoms between Sophia and Nate. For Nate, finally feeling able to be himself with someone who is honest and down to earth is a revelation.
But Sophia has a secret and a jealous colleague is determined to blow her cover. Can she really keep her old life in the past or is it destined to destroy this new, happy one too?
Take a trip back to Wishington Bay this winter and find out…
Sophia has finally gathered all her courage and walked out on a relationship that doesn’t make her happy – it makes others happy and that is the crux of the matter. Always trying to please other people and live her life the way everyone else expects her to.
Instead she is trying hard to start fresh somewhere new. Working hard to get by, which is a new experience in itself. She meets Nate, whilst on her hands and knees, which isn’t a great first impression.
The story is a romcomy romance, however it leans more towards the more serious side of the genre. Morrey combines the serious with the fun, the frivolous with the kind of issues that can make or break a person or a relationship. I think it’s the very fine balance of the two that makes the read.
It’s not really a sparks fly and they are drawn together like a bee to pollen kind of read- it’s more of an awkward meeting of broken hearts that need a moment to be repaired. A story of second chances. Some people are only supposed to be with you for part of your life, perhaps until you meet the one you’re supposed to be with.
It often feels like a venture into more serious fiction. The characters dissect themselves and their relationships, and there often isn’t much room left for warmth and happiness of the meeting of two minds who appear to be made for each other.