Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Published by The Wild Rose Press Source: Tout Sweet Book Tours
Ten years ago Abi and Gideon were teenagers in love. He went off on a tour with his band, she returned to school, and they never heard from each other again. Each thought the other had rejected them and forgotten their dream to be together forever. Now, on the same day Abi buries her mother, Gideon out of nowhere announces to the world that he is leaving his wildly successful band NightHawk, for which he is the frontman and songwriter. His bandmates, fans and the press are gobsmacked. With the paparazzi hounding him, Gideon is able to sneak home to his parents in England, to regroup and reassess his life.
Abi has also returned home for the first time in years to bury the mother from whom she has been estranged and assist her father in cleaning out the house. Neither Abi nor Gideon knows the path the other’s life has taken to this point, but Gideon’s determination to confront Abi about their past opens up questions they both have had about the demise of their relationship. With paparazzi chasing them around Cornwall, Gideon and Abi are on a quest to discover what actually kept them apart and if they can get past the misunderstandings and hurt they have each endured.
I really enjoyed Storm Rising, much more than I expected. I love the cover art, but it implied to me that it was about rock stars, which it really isn’t. It is what I describe as a mystery of family secrets, what kept Abi and Gideon apart as well as what horrors she endured at the hands of her mother. As these secrets are slowly revealed to Abi and Gid, the reader learns them also. Although some were easy enough to guess the uncertainty keeps the reader going. If one knew the secrets from the beginning it would have just been a couple reunited romance.
Something else I liked was the descriptions of Sennen Cove, the village where Abi lives on Land’s End in Cornwall. I have always wanted to visit Cornwall and this just whet my appetite further. This is the second book I’ve read recently with that location without realizing it beforehand, so I think the book gods are speaking to me.
I don’t read a lot of straight-on romance novels, and I wouldn’t consider Storm Rising as part of that genre, although it is being classified that way in many places. It has just enough mystery and teasers to keep me interested and plenty of romance for those who want those elements. For those who want something clean it is not too sexy either, so I would recommend it to anyone.
RACHAEL IN HER OWN WORDS
From her website
I was born and brought up in the south of England. I moved to the Isle of Mull in the Hebrides to work for the summer, met my husband, stayed there for fourteen years, and had two children. We moved back to England and settled in Cornwall where we still live. I’ve been writing stories since I was seven, and writing is all I’ve ever really wanted to do.
BOOK 2 RELEASING SOON
Rhythm of Deceit
Storm Rising is the first book in Rachael Richey’s NightHawk series and I am looking forward to Rhythm of Deceit which is set to come out soon. There was an introduction at the end of my ARC and I was intrigued reading just that little bit about what happens to Des and Abi in the next stage of their relationship. Here is what the publisher is saying:
Two years after finally being reunited, Abigail Thomson and Gideon Hawk are happily married and living in Cornwall with their children.While Gideon is busy focusing his energies on his musical career, Abi makes an unexpected discovery of old diaries dating from 1950. As she and her daughter read through them, the reasons behind Abi’s mother’s destructive actions become much clearer, and they discover a shocking sixty-year-old deception.Meanwhile, Simon Dean, the vengeful ex-drummer of Gideon’s band NightHawk, is about to make life very difficult for them all—again—and he is prepared to go to desperate lengths to achieve his goals.
I received an electronic copy of Storm Rising by Rachael Richey free from Tout Sweet Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This review contains affiliate links and is in compliance with FTC guidelines.
Concert image from tpsdave on pixabay.com.
Sennen Cove image from Rod Allday on geograph.org.uk.
Rachael’s photo from her website.