5 / 5 Stars
A fabulous story of intrigue, glamour, fate, lies and love.
London 1948: Eve Forrester is trapped in a loveless marriage, in a gloomy house, in a grey suburb. Out of the blue, she receives a solicitor’s letter. A wealthy stranger has left her a mystery inheritance but in order to find out more, she must travel to the glittering French Riviera.
Eve discovers her legacy is an enchanting villa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and suddenly, life could not be more glamorous. Alone in paradise, Eve must unlock the story behind her surprise bequest – before events turn deadly…
I first came across Rachel Rhys last year when the book Dangerous Crossing was everywhere, and I was not disappointed. I have been really looking forward to reading her latest book, but I had to wait a little while for a copy from the library.
It was worth the wait. The book is set-in post-war England, Eve is married to Clifford, a marriage she entered out of desperation due to the loss of her fiancé Archie in the war. Unhappy with the prospect of living with her mother who she has a very problematic relationship with she marries Clifford. He is safe, dull and frankly awful in my opinion.
Eve is accepting of her situation but one day she gets a letter from a solicitor saying that she needs to go to France to find out about an inheritance she has been left by Guy Lester. She has no idea who this person is but due to the conditions of the will she has to travel to find out more. When she arrives, she finds out that Guy’s family are not welcoming and are very suspicious of her and who she is.
The story is told by Eve and by Guy, who is putting his life in order as he knows he doesn’t have much time left. The story uncovers secrets and lies that have been hidden for years and it even includes some Hollywood Glamour. I really loved the character of Stanley Sullivan (Sully) a Hemingwayesque character who becomes Eve’s confident, it was also great to see Eve grow as a person and the power that this new experience gives her.
A sign for me that I am reading a great book is when it goes everywhere with me this one even came to Cornwall on Saturday and it was wonderful to read looking out to sea. The author has a great way of setting the scene and I often felt that I was there in the French Riviera with Eve as she finds out who Guy was and how he has impacted on her life.
The book has twists and turns which I love and characters that you felt you really got to know. Loved it !!