As the summer rolls on, what better way to enjoy it than with a brand new e-book, Wicked Summer, by Roma Brooks out today 15th August 2016. Wicked Summer is available for purchase on Amazon UK and Amazon US.
To celebrate Wicked Summer’s release. Roma Brooks has kindly agreed to a guest post on Linda’s Book Bag, all about two things we really need – food and families.
Wicked Summer follows the Bloom family as they spend a once in a lifetime vacation at Cape Harriet, a charming seaside town on Virginia’s scenic Eastern Shore.
All Mary Bloom ever wanted was to celebrate her 60th birthday at the beach. The extended Bloom family converges at the Rising Tides Inn, where their slightest whim is catered to.
Forty something Iris is the perfect suburban mom, holding her four kids and husband on a tight leash. 36 year old Hyacinth is single, successful and the self-proclaimed brains of the family. At 26, Poppy is a top travel blogger, wandering across countries most people only dream of visiting.
The rivalry among the sisters is as strong as ever, and each sister is dealing with it in her own way. So while Iris taunts and needles, Hyacinth takes the high road and shows disdain. Poppy suffers silently, lost in her own inner turmoil. None of them has an inkling of the storm that is about to break loose in their lives.
Soft shell crabs and salt marshes will be forgotten as shocking secrets are revealed. Everyone seems to be guilty of hiding something.
Set in idyllic Cape Harriet, Wicked Summer takes the reader on a thrilling roller coaster ride with plenty of laughs, tears and intrigue with heart warming moments, scrumptious food and never a dull moment.
Of Scrumptious Food, Sparring Families and Cape Harriet
A Guest Post by Roma Brooks
Family is something I hold very dear to my heart. I am convinced that the love within families is what makes the world go round. This is the one thing that is a constant no matter where you are in the world, no matter what your ethnic background. We may aspire for great things in life, from the material to the very sublime, but none of our achievements have any meaning without family.
I created Cape Harriet to be a very positive, feel good type of place. With a former chef and inn keeper as a main character, food was bound to play a big part in the series. That doesn’t mean bad things don’t happen there. In Clipper Beach, Book 1 in the series, we read about the tragic history of the eponymous Harriet. We also read about the grief the Strathmores are living with every day of their lives.
Wicked Summer is the story of yet another family, the Blooms. The Blooms come to Cape Harriet for Mary Bloom’s 60th birthday. Some come willingly, some grudgingly. They all have varying expectations. 40 something Iris and 36 year old Hyacinth are both dreading having to stay in some shady hovel. Little Danny is excited to see the ocean for the first time. 19 year old Amber’s counting days until she heads off to college. And at 26, Poppy’s training for something big. But they all seem to agree on one thing. The food! The delicious, fresh and seasonal food at the Rising Tides Inn, lovingly dished by Pete and Zadie Strathmore, the inn owners, brings the Blooms together.
As we read Wicked Summer, we come across a lot of surprises. The book begins with Poppy’s big announcement, and it seems like the tone is set after that. Every day of the week brings new shocks, some more severe than the other. At such a time, the fresh seafood – oysters, crabs, trout, flounder, and fresh garden produce – berries, vegetables and so on, bring a smile to everyone’s face. Zadie seems to think her food can solve all problems, because she turns up with a new gourmet creation at every meal.
Linguine with fresh clams, chocolate chip pancakes with caramel sauce, cobblers, tacos and of course, pimento cheese, are just the tip of the iceberg. If that sounds run of the mill, foodie readers are in for another treat with the Cape Harriet Summer Festival.
So if the thought of hand churned ice cream and creamy chowder makes you smile, if barbecues on the beach alongside crashing waves make you nostalgic, come to Cape Harriet for a Wicked Summer.
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