This summer, lose your heart in Ireland…
Shayla Sheridan’s a New York native born into big city luxury, but she’s never really fitted in with the “it” crowd. Desperate to make it as a writer and to finally step out from her famous father’s shadow, Shayla decides to take on a tricky assignment across the pond…
Swapping skyscrapers and heels for wellies and the heart of the Irish countryside, Shayla must go about ghost-writing a book of recipes by the notoriously reclusive and attractive head chef of Castle Stone, Tom O’Grady.
The only problem? He has no idea that she’s writing it.
mi_mutter on Amazon wrote:
This is the second book I've read by Lynn Marie Hulsman, and I am now a big fan. Witty, funny, poignant, and the perfect pace, Summer at Castle Stone is a wonderful novel. Hulsman takes the reader on a journey, one which I didn't want to end. The family dynamics, romantic relationships, and professional hiccups had me both laughing hard and crying. The characters are so real and well-developed, and the storyline is unique and relatable. I loved it.
This is a funny and warm story of a girl finding herself and finding love in a foreign country. Shayla is an aspiring writer from New York who's life in the big city doesn't go according to plan. She gets fired from her job, her agent refuses to offer her a book deal, her dating life is non-existent and the relationship with her father is strained. After losing her job she decides, with the help of her best friend Maggie, to go to Ireland to ghost write a cook book for a reclusive and broody chef Tom O'Grady. The only problem is Tom doesn't have a clue that Shayla is writing his cook book. The book started a little slow but picked up as soon Shayla arrives in Ireland. From that point on the story flows well and it is hard to put it down. The book is well written and the chemistry between Shayla and Tom is great. Tom is a complex man, he is broody and hot-tempered (he is a chef after all). He is not very trusting because he got hurt by his ex girlfriend. He is also a little old fashioned and traditional in contrast to Shayla. This causes some tension but also makes for a great relationship between them.There are a lot of quirky secondary characters that really added another dimension to the book. I especially liked very eccentric lord of the manor Tony and Tom's mom Maeve. This book is highly recommended for any one who enjoys chick lit