Book review – Love and Freedom by Sue Moorcroft

2 Jun

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. Then 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?

As regular readers of my blog will know, I love a pretty cover and this is one of my favourites so far this year. I’m a huge fan of the British seaside, having grown up by the coast so I love the image of Brighton Pier in the sunset and I think the starry heart encircling the plane just shouts fantastic summer romantic read! I’m pleased to say that the contents of the book didn’t disappoint; Love and Freedom is a sweet summer romance with a good dose of drama that I thoroughly enjoyed.

The story focuses on Honor Sontag as she arrives in Brighton for the summer. We soon learn that Honor has fled her home, friends and family in America to escape to England but the full reasons and details behind her uncharacteristic departure from the people she loves and her life in Hamilton Drives, Connecticut  are only revealed as the story progresses. My interest was certainly caught trying to work out what or who could have caused Honor, who comes across as sensible and reliable, to flee her life and I liked the twists in the story as the full truth was revealed. I particularly liked the twist that gives more meaning to the title of the book and thought it was very clever.

Honor rents a bungalow for the summer from Clarissa Mayfair which acts as her introduction to Brighton and the Mayfair clan; a family with its own set of interesting secrets that also surprised me. Clarissa and her sisters are fairly minor characters in the novel but well written and keep the story moving. It is the only male member of the Mayfair family, Martyn, who dominates, immediately cast as the hero of the novel and he certainly lives up to the publisher Choc Lit’s promise that the heroes in their books are “like chocolate – irresistible!” Martyn is classic hero material; tall, dark, handsome and intelligent with a caring side that is on display from the start as he rescues Honor at their first meeting. The chemistry between Martyn and Honor is good and I really enjoyed reading as their friendship developed with the twists in the story making sure that the relationship never had a smooth run.

In addition to the plot line following Honor’s love life and the reasons she fled America, Honor is in England to try to find the mother that abandoned her as a young baby. This particular storyline didn’t have as big a presence in the first half of the novel as I expected it to but, there is a strong family theme running through Love and Freedom and the idea of who or what ‘family’ and particularly ‘motherhood’ means is examined through a number of mother child relationships in the novel giving it quite a serious and at times heartbreaking undertone and also providing the setting for some of the key twists in the story.

As the identity of Honor’s mother and the full reasons for her flight from America are revealed Love and Freedom comes to a dramatic conclusion which had me turning the pages as fast as I could. A good summer read for those looking for a mix of romance and drama with a delicious hero! I loved the fact that this novel is set at the good old English seaside and kept me guessing as I read. I’ll look forward to reading more from Sue Moorcroft in the future!

4/5

Love and Freedom was published on 1st June and I’d like to thank the publisher, Choc Lit for sending me a copy to review.

You can find out more about Sue Moorcroft and her books on her website at: http://www.suemoorcroft.com/ and on the Choc Lit website at: http://www.choc-lit.co.uk/

3 Responses to “Book review – Love and Freedom by Sue Moorcroft”

  1. Sue Moorcroft 2nd June 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    Whoop! :-)

    • Amanda 5th June 2011 at 12:34 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by Sue – I’m already looking forward to your next book :-)

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