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08 November 2016

Teasing A Summer of Secrets & A Winter's Wish by Alice Ross

So, Friday I had finished Alice Ross' An Autumn Affair and the next day I dove right into A Summer of Secrets. THAT I finished on the bus on my way in to work and dove right into A Winter's Wish! Before getting to the typical Tuesday tease for that, though, I need to oooh and aaah over A Summer of Secrets.

While I loved An Autumn Affair, I wasn't sure if I could handle another book with so much angst right away. There was absolutely no need for worrying, though, as A Summer of Secrets is just as glorious and oh-so-much lighter. Not that there aren't uncomfortable situations because there definitely are. I think this time, though, the characters felt more like neighbors than merely book characters -- in much the same way that I've always felt when watching Gilmore Girls. It's like Buttersley is just a British Stars Hollow. I care about the good, the bad and the ugly with its residents in the same way I care about everyone from the Gilmores themselves, to Sookie and Jackson, to Kirk and Michel (both of whom I always wanted more of a story for).

This week's Teaser Tuesday blurb is coming from a flashback scene in A Summer of Secrets when one of this installment's main couplings first encountered Buttersley:
"Teaser Tuesday" from Books and a Beat asks for a random line or two from anywhere in the book currently being read. I know that technically I went for more than a line or two, but it's a great little blurb!
Rich, of course, was wrong about Buttersley. Well, mostly. Enough so that it would be a place I would gladly lay claim to myself, and enough so that it makes me break my typical rule about not reading a series back-to-back!

I've only just started A Winter's Wish and I'm already loving it. In fact, the first page made me spurt coffee so far that I have to share the whole dang thing for my Tuesday Intro. "First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros" is the first paragraph (or two) of a book being read now or in the future and is hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea. I'm claiming this bending of the rules as totally okay because the 'paragraphs' are so short. And, besides, it's perfect.
Now, I don't really know much about Amelia yet but I do know the O'Donnell's since they've been at least in the peripheral of each book. I'm super-stoked that it looks like we're going to get to see more of them in this one (though I'm not super-stoked that the description indicates some stress ahead for them).

Of course, I have every intention of flying through this one just like I did the first two. And, of course, then I'll be awfully sad over a lack of Buttersley visits. I'm almost afraid to ask Ross if there will be more for fear that she'll say no. After all, we've only had Autumn, Summer and Winter. We at LEAST need Spring. Granted, once upon a time they said that Gilmore Girls was finished and now we've got A Year In The Life coming in just 17 days! Not that I'm counting or anything...

(I've also rambled at Goodreads!)


  1. He describes "snobs" in a very nice way.

  2. I smiled when I read this intro, sounds fun. Thanks for joining in Karen.

  3. lol - they look like cute reads though am not a fan of holiday reads so I probably wouldn't pick them up myself but I hope you like them.

    1. I'm not far enough into the winter one to know how Christmasy it may actually be, but the first two were just books that happened to take place in Autumn and Summer :)

  4. The comment about the snobs sounds very Brit... Glad you're enjoying this author so much:)