A Country Rivalry by Sasha Morgan
Pubished: 19th March 2019
Available on Kindle and in Paperback
Life in the beautiful Cotswolds village of Treweham could never be described as boring, but the arrival of a documentary film crew means that things are even busier than normal.
For the ever-so dashing Lord of the Manor Tobias Cavendish-Blake and his new wife Megan, it’s a great advertising opportunity as they’ve recently opened up their home, Treweham Hall, to the public. And for the chef at the local pub The Templar, Finula, the arrival of the brooding director Marcus Devlin, means her love life is looking up.
Whilst at the racing stables, jockey and trainer Dylan Delaney is hoping the exposure will help him find new owners and horses for him and his partner Flora to train. But there is more to Marcus Devlin than meets the eye, and he has very personal reasons for heading to the Cotswolds.
And once his plans become clear, life in Treweham may never be the same again.
A Country Rivalry is Sasha Morgan’s second novel and follows on from A Country Scandal published last year. It can easily be read as a standalone as Ms. Morgan provides a brief background to each of the characters stories in the first few chapters. Just like her previous novel Ms. Morgan has managed to weave together the stories of eight characters to form this novel, something which I feel takes great skill as each character does have a distinctive voice so once you’ve worked out who’s who it’s an enjoyable read.
The main focus of A Country rivalry is the arrival of Marcus Devlin and his film crew stirs up daily life in Treweham. Centring his life around Treweham Hall and the Cavendish-Blake family does Marcus have his own reasons for portraying Tobias in a bad light and what will happen with his budding romance with Finula when the real reason he’s here comes to light. Along with this story we also find out more around Tobias’s brother Sebastian and see the development of the relationship between Dylan and Flora.
I did feel in this book there were perhaps too many characters and leaving some out for another book may have been a better option. The brief mentions of Gary and Tracy Belcher, lottery winners from the previous book didn’t add much too this story but made me remember I loved them in the previous book and would to know more about them.
This is an entertaining read which kept the drama going right until the last page. Sasha Morgan has really brought the village of Treweham and its inhabitants to life and I can’t wait to read more from her.
Thank you to Aria for sending me a copy to review and inviting me on the blog tour.
About the Author
Sasha lives in a rural, coastal village in Lancashire with her husband and Labrador dog. She has always written stories from a very young age and finds her fictional world so much more exciting than the real one.
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