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Reviews of Turning The Tide
 by Christine Stovell

chocheart four18Being new to the choc-lit world, i picked this story on a   whim and thoroughly enjoyed it! looking forward to more  stories from your choc-lit authors.
Linda, USA

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What a fab book! I thoroughly enjoyed the novel Turning the Tide by Christine Stovell. I started reading it on the train and didn’t realise that I’d got all the way to my destination till I realised I was the last one on the train, as I was totally engrossed in it.
Kim, The Book Worm.
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chocheart four18The book does have a slow start, but the meandering plot leaks into the Little Spitmarsh atmosphere. Stovell takes the time to tease out characters and write methodical back story for a cachet of quirky local residents. I particularly liked the side-story about Frankie and Trevor, a homosexual couple who are concerned about the potential media furore Matthew Corrigan could bring to Spitmarsh, and which could inadvertently ‘out’ them. The unhurried pace also helps to create a small-town ambience for Spitmarsh; so that you really do get the feeling that this town is suffocated by its own solitude .... Christine Stovell’s debut novel is a gorgeously quaint contemporary romance. It’s a little bit ‘Vicar of Dibley’, with a splash of Lisa Kleypas and plenty of steamy unrequited love. 5/5
Danielle
Alpha Reader Blogspot, Australia
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chocheart four18I really enjoyed this one - and it's not normally the sort of book I'd read but a friend of a friend recommended it and so the power of word of mouth kicked off.  What I liked was that it wasn't "just" a love story - the setting was important and so alive, from the idiosyncratic businesses and business owners to the real sense of the desolate seaside set against the bright twinkling lights of the restaurant. Oh, and a yummy hero! Don't quite get how Liz from France didn't like Harry. She was adorable! Greatly looking forward to reading the next one, out this year, goodie!!
Milla, Glos

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chocheart four17This book grabbed me from the opening paragraph and I found myself really looking forward each day to when I would be going to bed and therefore have time to read TTT. But like others have said I too ended up reading into the small hours on more than one occasion. Don't pick this book up unless you have plenty of time to devote to it  There were subtle signposts for those that read the book carefully and enjoyable twists and turns. Looking forward to the next one
Gill, Killin

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chocheart four19I just wanted to let you know that I have just finished reading the Kindle edition of ‘Turning the Tide’ by Christine Stovell: A lovely book with a beautiful ending, so perfect for snuggling down with a glass of wine.
Pauline

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Harry is not the typical heroine. She wears a boiler suit and doesn’t go to the hairdressers. While Matthew is everything you want in a hero. He’s handsome, smart and doesn’t give up easily. He knows what he wants and goes for it. When he confronts the girl ‘troublemaker’ in the yard, he’s completely intrigued with what she does with her feelings.
I really enjoyed this book it’s a very worthwhile read.
Karlinha, Coffee and Movies, Brazil.
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bookbagTomboy Harry is leading an idyllic life in a coastal backwater, 'messing about with boats.' Until hotshot property tycoon Matthew Corrigan appears on the scene - with a shocking proposal and suddenly Harry's (that's a she, by the way) world is turned upside down
Laurie, The Bookbag
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chocheart three03I have never read a book with such an obnoxious heroine, Harry was truly unlikeable and it was a shame that Matthew Corrigan saved her, she did not deserve that! The twists and turns of the plot were enjoyable, if a little predictable (sorry Chris!) - one knew about Jimi almost from the moment he appeared. I liked the way that George's character was developed and the exploration of alcoholism was good if a bit understated. Trevor and Frankie were brilliant and the idea of a men rejecting his former "straight" life was sensitively handled. I could recognise gay friends in them especially with the "child replacement" of the dogs. It is the first "romance" or should I say "modern romance" - I have read Jane Austin! - that I have read and to my surprise I really enjoyed it. I will be coming back for more."
Liz, France

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I loved this book. I don’t know about Turning the Tide but it certainly kept me Turning the Page. I had only meant to read a couple of chapters before bed but, each time I tried to put it down, I thought I’d just read the next chapter and then couldn’t put it down until I finished reading it at 2am!... This is the second Choc Lit title I’ve read in as many weeks and, if this and Trade Winds (reviewed here) are anything to go by, I can see myself going through their entire selection box.
Kath, The Nut Press
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chocheart four19The ebb and flow of Ms Stovell's first novel left me gasping with admiration. The setting, characters, and interwoven plots combined to make me read Turning the Tide in one sitting. The hero is a thoroughly decent chap. Thank goodness he sees the sense in choosing the thoroughly decent woman in the end!
Inklemaker, Swansea

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chicklitreviewsChristine Stovell’s debut is a hugely enjoyable read set in the fictional village of Little Spitmarsh. It is beautifully described by Christine and she manages to bring all of her characters to life. Harry, in particular, is a fantastic lead character and the way she sparks off Matthew Corrigan makes for fascinating reading. Throw in some family secrets, and a bit of romance and it’s a fantastic book well worth reading.
Leah, Chick Lit Reviews
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singletitles"Bubbling with laughter, enjoyment and heart, Turning the Tide is the irresistible debut novel from a spectacular new talent in romantic fiction: Christine Stovell!" ....If you love Christina Jones and Veronica Henry, you will adore Christine Stovell’s debut novel, Turning the Tide! A sparkling tale wonderfully imbued with powerful pathos, richly textured characterisation, engaging romance and warm-hearted humour, Turning the Tide is a beguiling tale of past secrets, hopeful beginnings and poignant passion from a sensational new writer of contemporary romantic fiction readers will want to add to their must-buy list: Christine Stovell!
Julie, Single Titles
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This one was another lovely story, and it had this kind of calm pace that fitted it. Things happened and all that (arson for instance), but there was a nice lingering feeling over it all. It was like you were there in this run-down town where people struggled to go on and there was no hope for the town. But then something started to build, and build.
Linda, Books for life blogspot, Finland.
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noveliciousI was hooked from the very first page and thoroughly enjoyed the vivid way Christine Stovell eloquently depicts the events and setting in her book. From the beautifully drawn characters to the intriguing setting of Little Spitmarsh, the story takes you through the twists and turns of Harry’s dilemma, making you wonder how she’ll ever be able to cope with the obstacles she faces, and what the outcome will be between her and the delectable Matthew Corrigan.

Harry isn’t your typical heroine. She wears ancient overalls and hasn’t been near a hairdresser for as long as she can remember; whereas Matthew is everything you want a hero to be. He’s handsome, clever and doesn’t give in easily. He knows what he wants and is pretty sure how to get it, so when he comes up against the feisty girl from the boat yard he gets more opposition than he could ever have bargained for.

Definitely a well-deserved 10/10
Debs, Novelicious
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The bottom line is this is a fabulous summer read – romance, escapism and chuckles galore – but it is also intelligent, exploring business head versus vulnerable heart, natural beauty threatened by modern progress and the pain of losing an idolised parent, all while neatly avoiding cliché and schmaltz. I would love to go to a rugged coastal town and re-read this compelling novel in a complimentary setting, but it was vivid and absorbing even when wedged against a fellow commuter’s shoulder or in a city park surrounded by noisy teenagers and daytime drunks. Huge credit to Stovell’s talent as an author – she paints the quaintest seaside setting, complete with flaws, and makes her reader care about it so fervently that they begin to feel fiercely defensive of Harry and her quirky home. The chemistry between the two lead characters is tangible and the obstacles dividing them excellently placed. Even if you are nautically ignorant, the sailing theme gives you a taste of the freedom and beauty of our native waters, and Harry is the ultimate independent woman, mastering manual labour and tempestuous seas if not her own desires. As the last chapter came to a close, I got off at my station, sat on a bench in the sun and postponed my walk home by ten minutes or so to enjoy the last few pages uninterrupted, a little oasis of sublime romance in my rushed day. I knew from the first time I picked up Turning the Tide that this was a chance to renew my friendship with reading, and I greatly look forward to enjoying more of Christine Stovell's animated and intricate storytelling in the future. If your mind needs a little break from urban life, take a trip to Little Spitmarsh and fall in love with the sensation of diving into a Great Read again.
Miss Write, Turning Points
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Christine Stovell’s story is set against the beautifully depicted backdrop of a down-at-heel coastal village. You’re seduced as much by life in the sleepy boatyard as by the infuriating but gorgeous Matthew Corrigan. Turning The Tide is a real holiday read.
Laura Fraine for Mslexia Magazine.

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chocheart four19ReviewedAtCTR02Turning the Tide will take you back to the good old times of rich classical romances with irresistible characters and substantial depth. Ms. Stovell tells the story of a woman and a town coming back to life and falling in love with the same man. A story of two completely different individuals--one a representation of the past and the other a symbol of the future--coming together and finding the most satisfying and happy medium. I really enjoyed watching the reinvention of little Spitmarsh and its people. I also found Harry’s struggle with her pride against falling in love with Matthew, and Matthew’s prejudice against all she represents from her tomboyish looks to her primitive ways of living quite gripping. Add to this the element of suspense in exposing old secrets paired with touching moments as well as funny ones, and you have got yourself a great novel.
Dina, Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More
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