#BlogTour Summer of Secrets by Nikola Scott #BookReview #RandomThingsTours #SummerOfSecrets


A huge delight to be the  first stop on the wonderful Blog Tour for SUMMER OF SECRETS by NIKOLA SCOTT.  Thank you to Nikola, the publishers and Anne of Random Things Tours for letting me be part of it all.

Before my review for this stunning five star read, here’s some more information about the book.


  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (6 Sept. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472241185

About the book

 August 1939 

At peaceful Summerhill, orphaned Maddy hides from the world and the rumours of war. Then her adored sister Georgina returns from a long trip with a new friend, the handsome Victor. Maddy fears that Victor is not all he seems, but she has no idea just what kind of danger has come into their lives… 


Chloe is newly pregnant. This should be a joyful time, but she is fearful for the future, despite her husband’s devotion. When chance takes her to Summerhill, she’s drawn into the mystery of what happened there decades before. And the past reaches out to touch her in ways that could change everything… 

Pre-order Purchase Links

Amazon UK  £8.99

Hive.co.uk  £7.89


About the Author


Nikola Scott was born and raised in Germany and studied at university there. Having been obsessed with books from a young age, Nikola moved to New York City after her Master’s degree to begin her first job in book publishing, a career in which she could fully indulge her love of fiction!

She spent ten years working in publishing in New York and then in London, editing other people’s books, before she decided to take the leap into becoming a full-time writer herself.

She now lives in Frankfurt with her husband and two sons.

MY MOTHER’S SHADOW was published in 2017 to wonderful reviews. Her new novel SUMMER OF SECRETS is coming in September 2018.

Please visit http://www.nikolascott.com/for more information,

or find Nikola on Instagram @nikolascottauthor,

Twitter @nikola_scott and



 A dark and absorbing duel timeline story that had me captivated from page one right through to the end! It features love in all its’ many forms

Set in 1939 and now, it follows the stories of orphaned Maddy and her sister Georgina as the War evolves around them and the arrival of a mysterious new man in their life, who isn’t all he claims to be, alongside the story of Chloe who is expecting her first child but instead of looking forward to this new chapter in her life, she begins to see her husband in a new light – and one that isn’t pleasant.

I immediately fell under the spell of this book within the first chapter. Maddy is alone and looking for an escape in the world. Her sister is away and she is unsure of the world around her as the rumours of War pick up. She is also traumatised from the loss of her father and staying in the grounds of Summerhill is her only way of finding some peace and refuge from a scary world.

And with the story of Chloe, you have the amazing contrast of a woman dealing with impending motherhood, and the ever increasing control of her husband. Her only other family is her brother Danny, who is disabled and living in a care home, and she is devoted to him. And it’s the link to a favourite book of their childhood that makes her want to start work as a photographer again. A chance to meet one of the women behind the book ‘Foxy’ to take her portrait has given her something new to do and she immediately strikes up a close friendship with Maddy when she goes to visit her. Their eagerness to share and open up with each other is very touching and they both seem to gain strength and new perspectives on their lives through this new bond.

I found this story so easy to follow and so ‘moreish’! With each new chapter comes new details about certain characters that throw a different light on the events that have passed, and cleverly link the two timelines so beautifully. I found myself reading feverishly at times as I just wanted to see where the stories would lead to next!

Full of emotion, drama and beautifully written. Highly recommended!!



Please don’t forget to stop by the other stops on the Blog Tour for more reviews!


My Mother’s Shadow by Nikola Scott #bookreview


It is the year 1958 and Elizabeth Holloway has been sent away from her London home to spend the summer at Hartland, a beautiful, rambling country estate by the Sussex coast. To lovely, innocent Elizabeth, the Shaws are the height of sophistication and they treat her as one of their own, but when she falls in love, no one warns her that her dreams are dangerously naïve.

Forty years later, Elizabeth’s daughter Addie finds a stranger on her doorstep, a woman claiming to be her twin sister. At first, Addie refuses to believe it — until her beloved father admits that the circumstances surrounding her birth were not what she’d been led to believe.

The discovery challenges everything Addie thought she knew about the brilliant, difficult woman that was her mother. And as their journey takes them back to Elizabeth’s past, Addie and her new sister Phoebe uncover the extraordinary story of a lost child, a mother’s secret, and one golden summer that changed a woman’s life forever.

Release Date; 21st September 2017

Publisher; Headline Review

Amazon UK – paperback £7.99

hive.co.uk – buy online and support your local bookstore – paperback £6.49

Book Depository  – paperback £7.99


This was such an engaging, emotional book that mixes the dual timelines so well, that once I had started reading I just couldn’t put it down.

What happens when you find out that when you thought you knew someone, it turns out you knew very little? This is what happens to Addie after her mother Elizabeths’ death. She always had a difficult relationship with her mother and never could understand why, but a year after her death another woman appears on the doorstep claiming to be Elizabeths’ daughter and has exactly the same birthdate, throwing everything the family knew up in the air and bringing back some very bad memories and bad feelings.

As we follow Addie and her journey to find the truth, we also see back in time to 1958 when Elizabeth kept a diary of her time living with her sick mother, and father, and her Summer spent at Hartland House. It is a fascinating mix of history, family secrets and self discovery and does an amazing job of pulling you in as a reader as you see at close hand the devastation that secrets can wreak on a family.

There is never a let up in the pace, and as Addie discovers more and more about her mother as she finds letters and a mobile phone, it really shows how you can never really know a person. And there’s a heartbreaking twist thrown in for good measure that took me by surprise and took my breath away.
A stunning read and I can’t wait to read more from this author.

Thank you to the publisher for an ARC of this book in return for a fair and honest review.