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New start, new love. That’s what Honor Sontag needs after her life falls apart, leaving her reputation in tatters and her head all over the place. So she flees her native America and heads for Brighton, England. Honor’s hoping for a much-deserved break and the chance to find the mother who abandoned her as a baby. What she gets is an entanglement with a mysterious male whos New start, new love. That’s what Honor Sontag needs after her life falls apart, leaving her reputation in tatters and her head all over the place. So she flees her native America and heads for Brighton, England. Honor’s hoping for a much-deserved break and the chance to find the mother who abandoned her as a baby. What she gets is an entanglement with a mysterious male whose family seems to have a finger in every pot in town. Martyn Mayfair has sworn off women with strings attached, but is irresistibly drawn to Honor, the American who keeps popping up in his life. All he wants is an uncomplicated relationship built on honesty, but Honor’s past threatens to undermine everything. Then secrets about her mother start to spill out ... Honor has to make an agonising choice. Will she live up to her dutiful name and please others? Or will she choose freedom? * Read Flight to Freedom, the free short-story prequel: http://choc-lit.com/Flight_to_Freedom...


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New start, new love. That’s what Honor Sontag needs after her life falls apart, leaving her reputation in tatters and her head all over the place. So she flees her native America and heads for Brighton, England. Honor’s hoping for a much-deserved break and the chance to find the mother who abandoned her as a baby. What she gets is an entanglement with a mysterious male whos New start, new love. That’s what Honor Sontag needs after her life falls apart, leaving her reputation in tatters and her head all over the place. So she flees her native America and heads for Brighton, England. Honor’s hoping for a much-deserved break and the chance to find the mother who abandoned her as a baby. What she gets is an entanglement with a mysterious male whose family seems to have a finger in every pot in town. Martyn Mayfair has sworn off women with strings attached, but is irresistibly drawn to Honor, the American who keeps popping up in his life. All he wants is an uncomplicated relationship built on honesty, but Honor’s past threatens to undermine everything. Then secrets about her mother start to spill out ... Honor has to make an agonising choice. Will she live up to her dutiful name and please others? Or will she choose freedom? * Read Flight to Freedom, the free short-story prequel: http://choc-lit.com/Flight_to_Freedom...

30 review for Love & Freedom

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    3 ½ stars. A good story. I enjoyed it. Interesting characters. Like her other books this has a women’s fiction feel - a lot of story about everyday characters, but it’s definitely romance. I liked things Honor did to stop a bully from hurting Rufus. I liked the plot of Honor’s current husband doing bad things causing her to leave. Then he wants her back and does more bad things. That was a good story. I did not like the first fight/misunderstanding between Martyn and Honor. He was mad at something t 3 ½ stars. A good story. I enjoyed it. Interesting characters. Like her other books this has a women’s fiction feel - a lot of story about everyday characters, but it’s definitely romance. I liked things Honor did to stop a bully from hurting Rufus. I liked the plot of Honor’s current husband doing bad things causing her to leave. Then he wants her back and does more bad things. That was a good story. I did not like the first fight/misunderstanding between Martyn and Honor. He was mad at something that didn’t feel right to me - like the author was stretching for a conflict to write about. A later separation/misunderstanding was more believable. If you’re looking for steamy sex you won’t find it here. There is one sex scene vaguely done which was good for relationship development. I didn’t think about the narrator Jennifer Woodward, which means she was good. DATA: Narrative mode: 3rd person. Unabridged audiobook length: 10 hrs and 34 mins. Swearing language: strong but rarely used. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: one. Setting: current day England. Book copyright: 2011. Genre: contemporary romance, divorce.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    This book is absolutely brilliant and I can't recommend it highly enough! Sue is my friend and fellow author, so I might be accused of bias, but honestly, I just loved this story and both the hero and heroine are wonderful! If you're looking for the perfect summer read, this is the book for you. I couldn't put it down! This book is absolutely brilliant and I can't recommend it highly enough! Sue is my friend and fellow author, so I might be accused of bias, but honestly, I just loved this story and both the hero and heroine are wonderful! If you're looking for the perfect summer read, this is the book for you. I couldn't put it down!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Blodeuedd Finland

    Should I say it again? Ok I will. I like Moorcroft's books because they feel so real and at the same time they are sweet and romantic. And they are so British, you have to love that feeling you get how you just want to go in live in the novel. To the story then. Honor leaves Connecticut because of troubles. I am not going to tell you what since we do not know it at once, but I do understand why she wanted to leave everything behind and start new. She is also looking for her mother who she has nev Should I say it again? Ok I will. I like Moorcroft's books because they feel so real and at the same time they are sweet and romantic. And they are so British, you have to love that feeling you get how you just want to go in live in the novel. To the story then. Honor leaves Connecticut because of troubles. I am not going to tell you what since we do not know it at once, but I do understand why she wanted to leave everything behind and start new. She is also looking for her mother who she has never known. Those two things are the troubles in her life. She has had her share of hard times but she still has a positive outlook on life and I really liked her for that. She has a good degree but she is willing to work as anything (except as what she know). Sure she could have told certain people certain things but life is not easy and she acted like anyone would act. To the man then, Martyn, and now I do not want to say more so not to spoil things. Let's just say he is really hunky, he does have a wandering eye (in the past that is) cos he has been hurt so he keeps things casual. But when these two meet they become friends since they are thrown into each other's lives at times. The attraction is there and building but neither wants to act. That is what I like about her books, people take things slow, they talk, they laugh and they fall in love. And it's England, they eat fish and chips, drink tea and say English things (which of course Honor does not understand what they mean but I have no trouble with. Used to that.) There is just something about a good British novel. So yes it is a novel about finding your freedom and falling in love. About meeting new friends and doing what you want to do instead of what other people want you to do. And last yes there is drama too, this drama comes in form of a big jerk whose ass I wanted to kick. But you can't let jerks hold you down and no one can hold Honor down any more. Conclusion: This was a lovely story that I read through fast. I was very interested in finding out who her mum was and what happened back home, and of course when she and Martyn would get together. It was sweet, uplifting and real. Moorcroft has not disappointed me so far and I hope she will write many more wonderful novels. I do recommend her novels. They are not contemporary romance and not quite fiction but a lovely middle thing in my eye. Rating: Good

  4. 5 out of 5

    RLA

    The blurb and the beginning of the book really whets your appetite and makes you want to keep reading. From the word go I was desperate to find out what it was that the heroine was running from. I loved reading all the interactions between the hero and heroine, there is plenty of spark and lots of great dialogue. I felt the hero and heroine clicked right from the start, they were both searching for something more in their lives and recognised this in each other. Oh, and a hero who is a male model The blurb and the beginning of the book really whets your appetite and makes you want to keep reading. From the word go I was desperate to find out what it was that the heroine was running from. I loved reading all the interactions between the hero and heroine, there is plenty of spark and lots of great dialogue. I felt the hero and heroine clicked right from the start, they were both searching for something more in their lives and recognised this in each other. Oh, and a hero who is a male model? Yes please! The only thing I found a little frustrating is that this book has a slightly unhinged/stalker-esque ex plot... as do the previous two books I have read by this author. While this part of the story is very well written and works well with the story I feel that I wanted something a little different in this book, but as I said it works. The love story between the hero and heroine builds beautifully; it's sweet and deep and feels natural. One thing I like about this author is that her characters are normal people, with flaws and everything. Superb writing, the story flows easily and had me absorbed all the way through, worth every minute spent reading it. Very enjoyable. Originally posted at http://everyday-is-the-same.blogspot....

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carol W

    Just look at that cover! I was in love with this book on looks alone! :) We first meet Honor as a damsel in distress saved by Martyn Mayfair and his sister. Honor is an American coming to England to find sanctuary and her mother. She blends in with the locals a lot better than she does the weather! Honor has some great insights into how an American sees our English ways. Martyn is not, as he first appears, just an ordinary guy. If your looking for a hunk this summer season, look no further. He is Just look at that cover! I was in love with this book on looks alone! :) We first meet Honor as a damsel in distress saved by Martyn Mayfair and his sister. Honor is an American coming to England to find sanctuary and her mother. She blends in with the locals a lot better than she does the weather! Honor has some great insights into how an American sees our English ways. Martyn is not, as he first appears, just an ordinary guy. If your looking for a hunk this summer season, look no further. He is sizzling. First impressions do not count as Honor discovers. Martyn and Honor's paths cross often at the start of the novel because Honor is renting a bungalow from Martyn's sister. They begin a friendship and start to find out more about each other. The chemistry between Martyn and Honor is white hot! I loved the way the author revealed secrets about the characters at a teasing pace. The story flowed well with a satisfying conclusion. The characters, including the Mayfair sisters, the gang at The Teapot were exciting and each had their little secrets to be unravelled. This is on my list of top summer reads for 2011! 5 out of 5 for me! Thanks to ChocLit for a review copy. This did not influence my review in any way

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Honor Lefevre is an American, over in Brighton for a few months to both get away from her husband and to try and find her birth mother. Renting a bungalow by the sea from Clarissa Mayfair, Honor is rescued from serious sunburn (she falls asleep, from jet lag, whilst sitting out on the patio) by Clarrissa’s brother, Martyn. A solid piece of hunk, he’s a figure of mystery and the object of attraction for Robina, who runs the teashop where Honor finds part-time work. Very quickly, family ties becom Honor Lefevre is an American, over in Brighton for a few months to both get away from her husband and to try and find her birth mother. Renting a bungalow by the sea from Clarissa Mayfair, Honor is rescued from serious sunburn (she falls asleep, from jet lag, whilst sitting out on the patio) by Clarrissa’s brother, Martyn. A solid piece of hunk, he’s a figure of mystery and the object of attraction for Robina, who runs the teashop where Honor finds part-time work. Very quickly, family ties become knots and nothing is quite what it seems, as Honor and Martyn begin an affair which her husband and Robina desperately try to stop. This is another cracking novel from Sue Moorcroft (who, as a point of interest, I know), with a quick pace that never flags, from the first rescue to, quite literally, the last. Filled with bright, well-rounded characters, a keen sense of place and a love for Brigton and its surrounds (whilst never being blinded to the seemier side of the seaside resort), this works on every level and kept me gripped from start to finish. Very highly recommended and well worth a read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    Once again, I've got to be careful with what I say so I don't give some of the twists away. I would love to discuss this book in depth, but if you haven't read it, and you're going to, I wouldn't want to spoil some of the little surprises in it. Honor has fled to England and on the first page is rescued by Martyn Mayfair. I'm a big fan of Sue's books, Starting Over being my favourite, because of the delicious hero in that book. Martyn gives Miles (aka Ratty) a run for his money. The guy is super Once again, I've got to be careful with what I say so I don't give some of the twists away. I would love to discuss this book in depth, but if you haven't read it, and you're going to, I wouldn't want to spoil some of the little surprises in it. Honor has fled to England and on the first page is rescued by Martyn Mayfair. I'm a big fan of Sue's books, Starting Over being my favourite, because of the delicious hero in that book. Martyn gives Miles (aka Ratty) a run for his money. The guy is super fit, super hunky and even Honor can't believe her luck! He has his faults, like all men do, but he's got some great qualities too. You will fall in love with this hero, or at least want Honor to. If you're looking for a light romantic read, with the satisfaction of 'ah' factor happy endings, then this is the book for you.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    I had the opportunity to meet Sue at R.T. in 2013. The event she hosted was fantastic, and she had read from the book. So I wonderful pleasure of actually listening to her voice and ascent in my head, as I read this fantastic page turner. It was a book I just didn't want to put down, until the very last page. A must read great, great book!!!! I can't wait to read more from she. I had the opportunity to meet Sue at R.T. in 2013. The event she hosted was fantastic, and she had read from the book. So I wonderful pleasure of actually listening to her voice and ascent in my head, as I read this fantastic page turner. It was a book I just didn't want to put down, until the very last page. A must read great, great book!!!! I can't wait to read more from she.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    I really loved this book.. Not sloppy or slushy, just how i like my books..

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    As well written as you've come to expect from Sue Moorcroft, this is a good story, full of twists and turns, and a thoroughly satisfying ending. And an absolutely gorgeous hero! Very enjoyable... As well written as you've come to expect from Sue Moorcroft, this is a good story, full of twists and turns, and a thoroughly satisfying ending. And an absolutely gorgeous hero! Very enjoyable...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Patsy Collins

    Fun read - likeable characters, well described interesting location, plenty of cake! Would be a good holiday book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    K.B. Walker

    Another lickety-split read, full of believable characters from the pen of Sue Moorcroft. This one was particularly interesting to me as the main character was an American living in England.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Lyndhurst

    You must read this book - it's one of the best novels I've read this year. A keeper! You must read this book - it's one of the best novels I've read this year. A keeper!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nessa

    I listened to this on audio book. So this was first time I listened/read a book by Sue Moorcroft but oh my gods it won't be the last, I absolutely flipping loved this. It was a great story with amazing characters, there was funny moments too which just cracked me up. It's mainly based in Brighton which is one of the reasons I chose this title as I've always wanted to visit there, and the well the story is told, really made me feel like I was there experiencing it all. As a side note the narrator d I listened to this on audio book. So this was first time I listened/read a book by Sue Moorcroft but oh my gods it won't be the last, I absolutely flipping loved this. It was a great story with amazing characters, there was funny moments too which just cracked me up. It's mainly based in Brighton which is one of the reasons I chose this title as I've always wanted to visit there, and the well the story is told, really made me feel like I was there experiencing it all. As a side note the narrator did a marvelous job with all of the jobs, esp the American accent and certain phrases, made it all the more enjoyable in my opinion.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mrs D J Rugg

    Another brilliant page turner Having just discovered this author I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying her books! You find yourself loving the scenery and jumping into her character's lives and hoping for happy endings! Another brilliant page turner Having just discovered this author I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying her books! You find yourself loving the scenery and jumping into her character's lives and hoping for happy endings!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stavriana

    Fun book to pass time with!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Heather Nicol

    Thoroughly enjoyable real yet romantic book. Loved the play on Freedom/Honor names and semantics. Also such creative uses of food to win an argument.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mrs.Janice Major

    A good read This was a good relaxing read. I have read several books by Sue Moorcroft and always enjoyed them and will continue to do so

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shaz Goodwin

    Honor’s story in England starts with being rescued by her knight in shining armour – which I absolutely loved! It was so unusual that it hooked me in. Honor is suffering from jet lag and falls asleep in the sun – so although Martyn rescues her, it’s all seen from a dream-like perspective. The bungalow Honor is renting is owned by Martyn’s ‘sister’, Clarissa. Through Clarissa and Martyn’s interaction we get the picture that Martyn is not doing much with his life. From the beginning we see the spar Honor’s story in England starts with being rescued by her knight in shining armour – which I absolutely loved! It was so unusual that it hooked me in. Honor is suffering from jet lag and falls asleep in the sun – so although Martyn rescues her, it’s all seen from a dream-like perspective. The bungalow Honor is renting is owned by Martyn’s ‘sister’, Clarissa. Through Clarissa and Martyn’s interaction we get the picture that Martyn is not doing much with his life. From the beginning we see the spark between Honor and Martyn sizzle. They are getting to know each other, sharing backgrounds and experiences but before things can get too hot, Martyn finds out that Honor is married. Having been recently tangled up in a love triangle, Martyn backs off and refuses to take notice of his desires (well, he takes note of them but doesn’t act on them!). On their first run together we meet Robina from a distance. Robina owns the local teashop and is infatuated with Martyn to the point where she is stalking him. Things get complicated when Honor gets a job working for her. Honor takes Robina’s son Rufus under her wing, interceding when the local bully is making Rufus’ life hard. Honor comes across as quite a strong character from the beginning - although we may get a different perspective from her relationship with her American husband Stef, I felt she was the strong one who gave stability and responsibility to that relationship. In England, she doesn’t get pulled in by a local when she’s looking for work, stands up for Rufus and deals with Martyn’s drunk agent with strength and dignity. Honor is a very generous and thoughtful character but I did think that sometimes she put everyone’s needs before her own. Honour does grow with the things she comes to realise. I enjoy seeing lead female characters grow into their own skin. Martyn is ……………….hot …………….. ! not only he is very male but he’s also in touch with his feminine side (he thinks about things, takes note of body language and uses his intuition!) What a very attractive combination …………………. He shows his weakness at times and we get the full force of his anger. I enjoyed the build-up of their relationship including their thoughts as well as their actions. They seem to fit very well together as a couple - Martyn virile and protective while Honor is independent but melting. A blending of yin and yang. Stef (Honor’s husband) intrigued me from the beginning, I wanted to find out from the hints what had actually happened and what type of a person he was. I must admit that when we do get to meet him I didn’t like him at all and it was easy to see how Honor could really come into her own while she was in England. I enjoyed all the feelings we get to experience and loved the humour too. There were times when I couldn’t help a chuckle from escaping. When it was time for the big reveal – I was so stunned (probably more than Martyn!) - I had to read it again, although it made absolute sense I hadn’t seen it coming. I loved that about this story. Sue Moorcraft has crafted a tale that will hold your interest through the strength of her characters and how they interact. The sub-plots and plot will keep you intrigued and wanting to read on to find out more. Love & Freedom is published by Choc Lit on 1 June 2011.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Honor Sontag has travelled to England from her home in Harrison Drives, Connecticut, USA, to leave everything from her life behind for a few months, to escape and have some time and space to think. Honor's 'old life had fractured and she'd crept out of one of the cracks.' She also aims to find and meet her English birth mother for the very first time, having been raised by her American father and by her Grandparents. She rents a bungalow in Brighton owned by Clarissa Mayfair, and at the very sta Honor Sontag has travelled to England from her home in Harrison Drives, Connecticut, USA, to leave everything from her life behind for a few months, to escape and have some time and space to think. Honor's 'old life had fractured and she'd crept out of one of the cracks.' She also aims to find and meet her English birth mother for the very first time, having been raised by her American father and by her Grandparents. She rents a bungalow in Brighton owned by Clarissa Mayfair, and at the very start of the novel, Honor meets Martyn Mayfair in a rather unusual and interesting situation! He immediately becomes her rescuer, and a mutual attraction is sparked. As the story grows, Honor begins to establish a life in and around Brighton, and gets to know more about Martyn. The two of them find they have a lot in common, not least with regards to their unusual familial backgrounds. But Martyn doesn't want to get involved with anyone who isn't single and available, having been hurt before, and Honor had 'come to England to get away from the storms in her life, not to brew up new ones.' Additionally, in Robina, the owner of the local teashop, Martyn has an ardent admirer who doesn't give up easily. Honor befriends Rufus, Robina's son, and takes his side against some local bullies. Honor tries to help everyone out and seems like someone who really wants to make life better for people, especially those she cares about. But will she be able to find, as the title suggests, love and freedom in her own life? This enjoyable romantic novel has a beautiful, kind heroine trying to make sense of her life, a very handsome hero with some interesting relations, a jealous would-be lover who is a real hippy but can bake a great cake, a bullied teenage boy who is under appreciated by his mother, and more! There is a lovely sense of place in the novel, the writer really conjures up the seaside setting and the charming little streets and quirky shops, all of which Honor comes to love. 'She felt more at home here, looking out to the ocean, than she had in any other place.' The story really builds towards the end of the novel when there is a surprise visitor and an unexpected twist in the tale. A sweet, modern-day romantic read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    I was very much looking forward to reading Love & Freedom and enjoyed every word of it. As always with Sue Moorcroft, the characters seem so real, complete with faults which only serve to bring them to life. The story temps and teases you to read on and although you can be pretty certain of a satisfying ending, how you get there is the whole fun of it. The heroine Honor arrives in Brighton to escape difficulties back home in the USA, with a vague idea of finding her birth mother. Here she meets t I was very much looking forward to reading Love & Freedom and enjoyed every word of it. As always with Sue Moorcroft, the characters seem so real, complete with faults which only serve to bring them to life. The story temps and teases you to read on and although you can be pretty certain of a satisfying ending, how you get there is the whole fun of it. The heroine Honor arrives in Brighton to escape difficulties back home in the USA, with a vague idea of finding her birth mother. Here she meets the utterly gorgeous and totally 'wantable' Martyn Mayfair and although they are attracted to each other, both have their own problems, hang ups and family members, well meaning or otherwise, set to hinder the progression of their relationship. And this is what this book is about in many ways - relationships. Other characters in the book have their own problems relationship wise in one form or another and this theme is superbly woven through the story line in many layers. I have always liked Sue Moorcroft's novels, especially those set in the fens, having lived there myself so when Love & Freedom came along, set in Brighton I was delighted as I know the city well, living just along the coast from it for many years now. Sue really brings to life the small communities within and around the large city, capturing the spirit of The Lanes with their lovely little shops and special atmosphere. When the story briefly visited Arundel I was even more pleased, another beautiful town where I have worked and still visit often. The title of the book is great, but you will have to read the book to understand why and Martyn Mayfair, whose surname couldn't be more perfect, is simply to die for.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Samantha March

    Honor Sontag has always done the right thing. Plays by the rules, is fair, does what is expected of her. But when she is pushed too far, she flees her home in Connecticut and heads to England in search of her birth mother, and some much needed clarity. While there, she befriends her landlord’s family, especially the only male among the bunch, Martyn Mayfair. While sparks fly between Honor and Martyn, both hold back for different reasons. Martyn has been hurt in the past before, and Honor, well s Honor Sontag has always done the right thing. Plays by the rules, is fair, does what is expected of her. But when she is pushed too far, she flees her home in Connecticut and heads to England in search of her birth mother, and some much needed clarity. While there, she befriends her landlord’s family, especially the only male among the bunch, Martyn Mayfair. While sparks fly between Honor and Martyn, both hold back for different reasons. Martyn has been hurt in the past before, and Honor, well she is still legally married. Their romance is thrown other hurdles- Martyn’s stalker that happens to be Honor’s new boss, Martyn’s career as a hottie underwear model, and Honor’s secrets that she is keeping hidden from Martyn. Can Honor finally find her love and freedom in England? Or will always doing the right thing keep her from Martyn and a chance at true happiness? Love and Freedom is a really sweet romance from Sue Moorcroft. I had a lot of fun reading the British terms and getting to know both Honor and Martyn. Honor is the perfect heroine- a good person with a big heart but riddled with flaws and confusion, not sure which way to turn. I thought the beginning was just a touch too slow, and I was a little hesitant about where the story would lead me. But after just a few chapters I was hooked, and there are some stunning bombshells that are dropped along the way that made my mouth drop open. This was a great romance with a lot of drama built in, and I think chick lit readers will appreciate the plot and the characters that are along for the ride.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Hines

    Honor Sontag has troubles at home and decides she needs a break. So she rents a small house in England...far away from home. There, she decides to ignore her many degrees in finance and find a waitressing job to support her until she decides what she wants to do. When Honor was a baby, her English mother left her with her American father. She is hoping her time spent in England will give her ample time to find out more about her enstranged mother or any other relatives. Martyn Mayfair is a good Honor Sontag has troubles at home and decides she needs a break. So she rents a small house in England...far away from home. There, she decides to ignore her many degrees in finance and find a waitressing job to support her until she decides what she wants to do. When Honor was a baby, her English mother left her with her American father. She is hoping her time spent in England will give her ample time to find out more about her enstranged mother or any other relatives. Martyn Mayfair is a good looking man who is just trying to be helpful by waking up Honor, who fell asleep in the sun. His sister asked him to check on her new renter, and he doesn't mind helping out. He didn't plan on Honor being so pretty or likeable. Martyn has been a playboy for years and is not looking for a serious relationship. But Honor may change Martyn's mind. They begin to fall in love, but Honor's troubles at home that she hasn't talked about with Martyn may be the downfall of their new and tenacious relationship. Also, the secrets about her mother, when revealed, may ruin everything. Will Honor and Martyn be able to push past these troubles and form a life together? LOVE AND FREEDOM is an engaging and compelling romance with undertones of suspense and drama. Honor's troubles are not immediately known and are slowly revealed to the reader. Martyn and Honor's romance blossoms slowly and will capture your heart. Great writing and a page-turning plot will keep you thoroughly entertained! *Courtesy of Romance Junkies

  24. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    For some reason I just couldn't get into this book at all. The premise is interesting enough, sure, but it's just not executed well enough for me. The beginning didn't grab me at all, and I must admit, I was struggling to carry on after 20 pages. I made it to 50 proper pages and then I started skimming, because nothing was happening. I was expecting Honor to start looking for her mother, as the blurb suggests but she does nothing for the first 100 pages except... well, nothing. She finds a job, For some reason I just couldn't get into this book at all. The premise is interesting enough, sure, but it's just not executed well enough for me. The beginning didn't grab me at all, and I must admit, I was struggling to carry on after 20 pages. I made it to 50 proper pages and then I started skimming, because nothing was happening. I was expecting Honor to start looking for her mother, as the blurb suggests but she does nothing for the first 100 pages except... well, nothing. She finds a job, she goes sight-seeing, she nearly burns to death, nothing that kept me hooked. Because the book wasn't going anywhere for me, I decided to skip ahead to see who Honor's mother turned out to be and I didn't know whether to laugh or cry at the absurdity of who her mother turned out to be. There's fiction and then there's jumping the shark. If I had kept reading and found out who Honor's mother was that way I'd have been angry, because it's stupid. It's like a one of those made for TV movies. I feel rather disappointed. From the beautiful cover featuring Brighton Pier I expected a lot more. It's rare I don't finish books but if I'd tried to finish this it'd have taken me weeks. Both of the Sue Moorcroft novels I've read now haven't been entirely to my taste, so I probably won't pick up her books in the future. For some reason they just don't agree with me.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Moon Love

    This is the latest book by Sue Moorcroft and it was great. Honor Sontag has fled Connecticut for England. She needs some space and thought it might be a good time to look up the mother who abandoned her 30 years ago. She's renting a nice cottage from Clarissa Mayfair. Honor meets Martyn Mayfair when he rescues her from being completely barbecued from sun exposure. He's handsome looking fellow and he's attracted to Honor and she can't help but be a little smitten. Martyn has his very own stalker, This is the latest book by Sue Moorcroft and it was great. Honor Sontag has fled Connecticut for England. She needs some space and thought it might be a good time to look up the mother who abandoned her 30 years ago. She's renting a nice cottage from Clarissa Mayfair. Honor meets Martyn Mayfair when he rescues her from being completely barbecued from sun exposure. He's handsome looking fellow and he's attracted to Honor and she can't help but be a little smitten. Martyn has his very own stalker, but the largest impediment to the growing attraction between Honor and Martyn is something from Honor's past, which threatens to rear up and destroy something still in the growing stages. It was really easy to get into the book. I had planned on stopping at a point, but when I got there, I found I could not put the book down, and just had to finish it. The characters were all well written and the descriptions of the beautiful scenery were so vivid, I could picture them in my mind. They also made me want to go and visit the villages and castles named in the book! Plus the surprise twists in the book were just delicious as the descriptions of Robina's cakes! I am hoping I do not have to wait a long time to read Sue Moorcroft's next book!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I thoroughly enjoyed this light-hearted and warming read. I loved the way that all the lives of the characters were entwined, and the way the author formed the relationships between all the characters. The book was well written and very descriptive. I love a book where you can actually picture the characters easily as it helps me form the story better in my mind. If I can't connect with the characters I tend to give up easily! There were many light hearted moments in the book, and I absolutely lov I thoroughly enjoyed this light-hearted and warming read. I loved the way that all the lives of the characters were entwined, and the way the author formed the relationships between all the characters. The book was well written and very descriptive. I love a book where you can actually picture the characters easily as it helps me form the story better in my mind. If I can't connect with the characters I tend to give up easily! There were many light hearted moments in the book, and I absolutely loved the way the author used the quirkiness of the English language, where many things are lost in Translation. "No tan lines! Good boy. Been sunbathing in the nuddy?" "Whats the nuddy?" If you are American and you don't know what this means, you really do need to read the book and all will become clear. I didn't want to put this book down and read it in two settings. This is now the second Sue Moorcroft book I've read and I'll certainly read all the others without hesitation. If you want a book that's not heavy and will leave you with a smile on your face, then I definately recommend this! Thanks to Choc Lit for allowing me to review this book. I was not paid for my review

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    The story is about Honor, a young American woman who has decided to try and find her mother’s family in the South of England. It’s a story of discovery, and of the inevitable relationship that develops between two young people: prickly at first, fraught with misunderstandings, and then a growing friendship. Sue Moorcroft creates three dimensional and believable people, and while some of her minor caricatures were rather stereotyped, I liked the two main protagonists, and also a teenage boy who i The story is about Honor, a young American woman who has decided to try and find her mother’s family in the South of England. It’s a story of discovery, and of the inevitable relationship that develops between two young people: prickly at first, fraught with misunderstandings, and then a growing friendship. Sue Moorcroft creates three dimensional and believable people, and while some of her minor caricatures were rather stereotyped, I liked the two main protagonists, and also a teenage boy who is badly bullied at school. The ending takes a direction I wasn’t expecting, revealing more about Honor’s past and also her marriage, and then eventually leads to the expected and satisfactory conclusion. Overall I liked this book, and am glad I read it; but don’t feel that I can recommend it to friends due to the ‘adult’ nature of so much of the language and some detailed bedroom scenes later in the book which don't suit the author's style and rather spoiled the flow of the otherwise enjoyable book. Three and a half stars would perhaps be fairer. Read on my Kindle while travelling.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mina Singh

    Loved it. I had a great time with this book from start to end. The two main character Honor and Martyn build quite a chemistry and I enjoyed their banter. Other characters, like Rufus, Robina, Sophie, Clarisse also were quite integral to the story. A bit about the book: Honor is an American who has taken some time out and gone to England in search of her mother who left her when she was a baby. Honor is going through a difficult time in her life and chosen to find the mother that abandoned her. Loved it. I had a great time with this book from start to end. The two main character Honor and Martyn build quite a chemistry and I enjoyed their banter. Other characters, like Rufus, Robina, Sophie, Clarisse also were quite integral to the story. A bit about the book: Honor is an American who has taken some time out and gone to England in search of her mother who left her when she was a baby. Honor is going through a difficult time in her life and chosen to find the mother that abandoned her. In the process, she meets Martyn Mayfair, a charismatic guy, who happens to be the younger brother of Honor's landlord, Clarisse, who is renting her place to Honor while she sorts stuff out. Honor and Martyn start to fall in love and that is when old unresolved issues start to pop up causing them both to rethink and decide what course of action to take. I personally enjoyed the story a lot and even though some aspects were quite predictable. They did not deter from the overall feel of the book. I would definitely recommend it to others.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Aunty Janet

    I really enjoyed this story, with quirky and surprising characters and a very satisfying ending. ''New start, new love. That’s what Honor Sontag needs after her life falls apart, leaving her reputation in tatters and her head all over the place. So she flees her native America and heads for Brighton, England. Honor’s hoping for a much-deserved break and the chance to find the mother who abandoned her as a baby. What she gets is an entanglement with a mysterious male whose family seems to have a fi I really enjoyed this story, with quirky and surprising characters and a very satisfying ending. ''New start, new love. That’s what Honor Sontag needs after her life falls apart, leaving her reputation in tatters and her head all over the place. So she flees her native America and heads for Brighton, England. Honor’s hoping for a much-deserved break and the chance to find the mother who abandoned her as a baby. What she gets is an entanglement with a mysterious male whose family seems to have a finger in every pot in town. Martyn Mayfair has sworn off women with strings attached, but is irresistibly drawn to Honor, the American who keeps popping up in his life. All he wants is an uncomplicated relationship built on honesty, but Honor’s past threatens to undermine everything. Then secrets about her mother start to spill out ... Honor has to make an agonising choice. Will she live up to her dutiful name and please others? Or will she choose freedom?''

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rhoda Baxter

    Having read nearly all of Sue Moorcroft's other novels, I jumped at the chance to read Love and Freedom as part of a bundle of ebooks that Choc Lit had on special offer. Honor Sontag is American and in England to search for her biological mother. Martyn Mayfair is British and a fairly well off hunk. There are some really kooky secondary characters in this book and the themes of family and identity are well explored. The idea of mothers being awful to their children, was quite through provoking ( Having read nearly all of Sue Moorcroft's other novels, I jumped at the chance to read Love and Freedom as part of a bundle of ebooks that Choc Lit had on special offer. Honor Sontag is American and in England to search for her biological mother. Martyn Mayfair is British and a fairly well off hunk. There are some really kooky secondary characters in this book and the themes of family and identity are well explored. The idea of mothers being awful to their children, was quite through provoking (in a good way). I enjoyed Honor's voice - it was American enough to be a contrast to the Brits, but not so over the top as to make you notice it. Martyn Mayfair is a really lovely character, all the big hunky gorgeous type atributes, plus a healthy dose of good humour. I enjoyed this book. Not least because Honor says 'dumbass' a lot (which makes me laugh because I'm childish like that).

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