MOVE OVER DARLING
October 7, 2012
Choc Lit Limited
Rating: 4 Cups
Coralie Casey has dumped the corporate world and returned to a simpler life in her close-knit Welsh seaside village in the town of Penmorfa. She is still haunted by her past. Needing to make a living, she sets up ‘Sweet Cleans’, a range of natural beauty and cleaning products to sell in a kitschy boutique. Despite a lonely life, she chooses to ignore men and live a less competitive way.
Gethin Lewis thinks he is about to put his home village, Penmorfa, behind him for good. Now an internationally-acclaimed artist, he concentrates his work in New York, but he must return to Wales one last time to wind up his father’s estate. There are complications with his inheritance; he could be forced to stay for five years in a place that has given him nothing but grief and gossip.
Coralie is made to face the fact that some stains in her past require more than guilt trips. The truths revealed and lies un-peeled threaten to split the community apart. Gethin is forced to question his real reasons for abandoning Penmorfa. To find peace where he may have discovered a new artistic voice and a woman he could love, he temporarily leaves New York after his exhibition.
This is a picturesque read. Two thirds of the way through; however, it starts to bog down with too much description and too many lesser characters. Penmorfa goes from peopled to overpopulated. The descriptions are rich. There can be no doubt the author is familiar with her Welsh setting. Images of New York City are more like a three-day tourist holiday; between that and frequent head-hopping, it is out of proportion.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More