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Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Love and Freedom by Sue Moorcroft

New start, new love. That's what Honor Sontag needs after her life falls apart, leaving her reputation in tatters and her head all over the place. So she flees her native America and heads for Brighton, England. Honor's hoping for a much-deserved break and the chance to find the mother who abandoned her as a baby. What she gets is an entanglement with a mysterious male whose family seems to have a finger in every pot in town. Martyn Mayfair has sworn off women with strings attached, but is irresistibly drawn to Honor, the American who keeps popping up in his life. All he wants is an uncomplicated relationship built on honesty, but Honor's past threatens to undermine everything. When secrets about her mother start to spill out ...Honor has to make an agonising choice. Will she live up to her dutiful name and please others? Or will she choose freedom? From the best selling author of Starting Over, this novel has great charm and a cast of unforgettable characters
A great read for the summer by Sue Moorcroft.
The book begins with Honor, an American visiting England following a break up with her husband, being rescued by Martyn, the holiday cottage owner's son, from the British summer sun (that very rarely seen phenomena) and calls his sister, a doctor, to treat her.
There are many story lines within the book: Honor's search for her mother who left her as a baby; Martyn's family and their secrets, a complicated friendship; the Eastingdean Teapot, where Honor secures a job and the staff who run it; and Honor's ex husband are all included within the book.As you read further and further into this book, more secrets are revealed, with twists and turns in relationships and family life.
The characters are all likable except Robina in the Teapot and i found myself wanting to mother Ru (Robina's son) at many points during the book. Honor's ex husband in America, Stef, was a bad guy and it was obvious that Honor should leave him. I found the conclusion a satisfying one, not a happy ever after one which could of happened.
This a great read, a story that starts of slowly and continues to build and develop. As with Moorcroft's books, there is humour and sadness in the book. A great summer read, to pop in your hand luggage or to read on a beach or in the garden on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
A book I would recommend to all for Summer 2011.
Thank you to Choc Lit Publishers for sending me teh book to reviw.


  1. Thanks for a great review, Sarah! :-) Glad you liked the book.

  2. I agree Sarah, a great read for this summer where ever you are.