Book Description – Brighton 1969: Dottie Perks steps off the train and breathes in the sea air, the smell of fish and chips, and the precious childhood memories of a friend and place she’ll never forget.
Dottie Perks has forged a new life for herself in London, a new job and sweet boyfriend Joe to keep her warm at night. She’s safe, happy and loved. What more could she ask for?
But when Dottie returns home to Brighton for a family celebration, the last person she expects to see is her first love; the boy who stole her heart… and broke it. Ralph Bennett.
As old familiar feelings come rushing to the surface, Dottie struggles to deny the strong chemistry that still exists between them. She can’t throw away everything to be with Ralph…can she? And if she does, how can they ever overcome the pain and tragedy of their shared past?
Publication Date ~ June 10th 2016
Published by ~ Bookouture
My Thoughts – Having read and absolutely loved The Girls from See Saw Lane I was eagerly anticipating the next book in the trilogy. It was so nice being back in Brighton, it was like returning to a comfy warm chair and I settled straight into the book and finding out what Dottie had been up to.
Dottie has moved to London, has a job she loves, a great friend and a wonderful boyfriend. Dottie has done well but fate brings her back to Brighton where memories of the past still haunt her and her first love Ralph who still lives there with his daughter.
This book is full of wonderful characters that I adored and felt like I knew or I would love to know them in real life. The settings are described well and I could almost taste the sea air, I was so taken in by the story again.
Sandy Taylor knows how to write a story that pulls you in, even though it’s not fast paced there is a sort of magic about the writing that makes you feel content and even after I’d finished reading the book I was still thinking about the characters. I’m so looking forward to reading the last book but I’ll be incredibly sad knowing its the end.
Counting Chimneys could be read as a standalone book but I highly recommend reading The Girls from See Saw Lane first. That way you can follow Dottie’s journey from the beginning and you really wont be disappointed as it’s another beautiful book.
My Rating 5/5
Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the copy in exchange for an honest review.