Turning The Tide

Turning The Tide All s fair in love and war Depends on who s making the rules Harry Watling has spent the past five years keeping her father s boat yard afloat despite its dying clientele Now all she wants to do is e

  • Title: Turning The Tide
  • Author: Christine Stovell
  • ISBN: 9781906931254
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Paperback
  • All s fair in love and war Depends on who s making the rules Harry Watling has spent the past five years keeping her father s boat yard afloat, despite its dying clientele Now all she wants to do is enjoy the peace and quiet of her sleepy backwater.So when property developer Matthew Corrigan wants to turn the boat yard into an upmarket housing complex for his exotic newAll s fair in love and war Depends on who s making the rules Harry Watling has spent the past five years keeping her father s boat yard afloat, despite its dying clientele Now all she wants to do is enjoy the peace and quiet of her sleepy backwater.So when property developer Matthew Corrigan wants to turn the boat yard into an upmarket housing complex for his exotic new restaurant, it s like declaring war.And the odds seem to be stacked in Matthew s favour He s got the colourful locals on board, his hard to please girlfriend is warming to the idea and he has the means to force Harry s hand Meanwhile, Harry has to fight not just his plans but also her feelings for the man himself Then a family secret from the past creates heartbreak for Harry, and neither of them is prepared for what happens next

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    1. Turning the Tide is set in the sleepy backwater town of Little Spitmarsh where five years ago Harriet Watling, or Harry as she prefers to be called, inherited her father’s boatyard and hired help, George. Not wanting to move forward she remains set in her ways and is desperately trying to live up to her own idea of what her father would have expected of her. With only the help of old George she attempts to keep her father’s boatyard business going in the traditional way it has always been ru [...]

    2. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters are really well drawn - the sort you miss when you’ve turned the last page. The setting is a faded and struggling seaside town in Norfolk, and I found myself wanting a good outcome for it, almost as much as for its residents. I loved the central story of Harry (Harriet) Watling’s struggles to save her boatyard, and her relationship with Matthew Corrigan, but also enjoyed the drama of life in the broader community. The protagonists all felt real, [...]

    3. Oh I adore Little Spitmarsh with all it's quirky characters - I wish I lived there! A beautiful debut novel from Christine Stovell, I felt I was part of village life from start to finish. I can't wait to read her novel Move Over Darling.

    4. I ended up listening to the second book before the this one, but that didn’t really ruin anything for me. It was kind of fun to get some backstory for the characters who started a little in the second book.This book was filled with a lot of things. I really liked the story, which I feel was more about family and change, than the typical romance - even though there of course was romance in this - I liked this very much.I was really intrigued the whole way through!

    5. Harriet Watling has been fighting an uphill battle ever since her father died. With his passing Harriet ‘Harry’ became the owner and proprietor of his failing boatyard, in the miniscule seaside town of Little Spitmarsh. Harriet is struggling to keep her father’s business afloat when Little Spitmarsh comes to the attention of real-estate entrepreneur, Matthew Corrigan. Matthew has grand plans to put Spitmarsh on the map by building a first-class restaurant.All the locals are on board with M [...]

    6. Harriet (Harry Watling has done everything to keep her dear father's boat yard running. The clients are turning away and Harry has to struggle with money. But with help of George, a man who was Harry's father's best friend, she has been able to keep the yard running. Everything changes when Matthew Corrigan, a property developer comes into the picture.Matthew has bought an old clubhouse next to Harry's boat yard. He is confident that he will be able to persuade Harry Watling to sell him part of [...]

    7. his one was another lovely story, and it had this slow pace that fitted it. 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.The story is about Harriet, aka Harry who took over her father's boatyard when he died. it's not easy, and the bills are piling up. In waltzes Matthew Corrigan with big plans. He has bought a place nearby and is turning it into a fancy restaurant and now he wants her land to build luxury houses. She is not [...]

    8. 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 a captivating story of one young woman's determination and struggle to hang onto the boatyard that she sees as her only link to the past and her dead father. It leads to her clashing with a de [...]

    9. This is a very atmospheric book. It describes the sea and the bleak, beautiful watery landscape near Little Spitmarsh with so much affection that you can’t help falling a little in love with the setting yourself.Harry Watling runs an ailing boat yard and loves Little Spitmarsh exactly the way it is. Matthew Corrigan is a property developer who has started renovating the old boat house next door and has big ideas on how to turn the town around. The best thing about Harry and Matthew’s relatio [...]

    10. For five years Harry Watling has been looking after her father’s legacy, his boat-yard Watlings and is happy trundling along in life in Little Spitmarsh. Until property developer Matthew Corrigan comes calling, wanting to buy Harry’s land so he can build a housing complex to go alongside his new restaurant. Harry is determind to fight Matthew tooth and nail in her bid to keep Little Spitmarsh as it is until she learns Matthew has the means to quite literally force her out. As she tries to sa [...]

    11. A really good first novel for this author. It was a feel good light-hearted read. I really enjoyed reading about the small town of Little Spitmarsh and the people who live there. It isn't just a love story between the main characters of Harry and Matthew, it is also about the people who live in the small town and the hope they have of improving things in their town and putting it on the tourist map. I found Harriet "Harry" a little annoying at times, very stubborn, and always jumping to conclusi [...]

    12. I absolutely loved this book! Admittedly, at the beginning, I found this book a tad confusing as quite a few characters are introduced around the main one's, so I took a few pages to get properly 'into' the story. However, once I was in - that was me! Christine's heroine Harriet 'Harry' Watling is a strong, hardworking woman who is striving to keep her fathers boat yard afloat during hard times. She is instantly lovable but not without her human flaws, such as being hardfaced and sometimes a lit [...]

    13. This book is amazing! I just could not get enough of it! I love Harry Watling! She's such a strong character. She's fighting against the world to hang onto her late father's dock and boat business. All she has is the memories of her father and George, the crusty sailor who is as much as a liability as he is help. Her biggest nemesis is Matthew a hot shot property developer who has roared into Little Spitmarsh and is determined to bring it back to life. I loved the chemistry between Harry and Mat [...]

    14. I've greatly enjoyed this. It's very good. Romantic fiction with a few more dimensions. Published by Choc Lit, a company dedicated to publishing quality romantic fiction. First and foremost, it's a novel set in the world of sea and sailing. It's set an a small English seaside town. It's very educational in a lot of ways. It has a lot to say on the subject of development too. Development should have a heart, should have people at the centre of it. There's more to life than just making money - or [...]

    15. A great Kindle freebie about Harry (Harriet), the owner of a boat yard in a stagnating village on the English coast, who is in conflict with Matthew Corrigan a property developer who intends to open a Michelin star (type) restaurant and wants to buy some of her land to develop for new housing.Whilst arguably the village is full of stock caricatures (the gay florists, the sulky teenager, the over-endowed barmaid etc) the story shows how both Harry and Matthew learn to compromise and appreciate ea [...]

    16. As a first novel by Christine Stovell this book is a great start. I read this as an eBook and on the Nook it has 700 pages. This is the story of Harry Watling and the small slowing dying town of Little Spitmarsh. I liked the character of Harry but at times I found myself wishing Harry would hurry up and get with the program. The residents of Little Spitmarsh are a great group that would be interesting to hear more about. I would definitely read another book by this author. Christine's second boo [...]

    17. My Rating System3 stars - Good book. I enjoyed it.4 stars – Struck a chord, made me think or question5 stars – Something about it haunted or stayed with me long after I finished it. Unforgettable.*****************Overall, I enjoyed the story. The things that bothered me about it were everybody and his brother got their POV includedeven the dogs. The story lagged and dawdled around with so much useless information, it could have been half as long if it had gotten to the point. The romance was [...]

    18. I really enjoyed this novel! Wonderfully written with a likeable cast of characters -- each with their own quirks and stories -- Stovell captures the spirit of Little Spitmarsh perfectly. I could smell the salty sea on almost every page. I loved Harry, the main character, and her never-say-die attitude.

    19. I didn't know whether I wanted to mother main character Harry - or to smother her! She did grow on me but her (self-appointed) nemesis Matthew is instantly likeable and that's not only a good mix but a MUST for a Choc Lit novel. Cinderella does eventually get to the HEA Ball but Christine Stovell very skilfully gives her heroine plenty maritime equivalents of cul-de-sacs along the way.

    20. This is another book from the same publisher as Sue Moorcroft's novels. Again I was really hooked from the first page. Very different from Sue's novels but a great book by all counts. Read in two days! Fantastic story.

    21. I loved Matthew Corrigan and Harry Watlings story.It took me a while to get to grips with the story and the various extra characters, however once I worked out who's who, it was a very enjoyable book and an excellent debut.

    22. Could not get into this book. Harry Watling was just such an annoying character. She was always angry and negative, always on the attack. I couldn't see how any romance would develop with her attitude.

    23. 3.5 stars. Would have been 4 but sadly the ending felt very abrupt and really marred the reading experience.

    24. Chic Lit is not normally my thing but this book is really good. The plot whizzes along and the prose actually engages you. Highly recommended.

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