Tuesday, March 22, 2022

BLOG TOUR - The Villa


One perfect family. Two weeks in the sun. A secret that will tear them apart.

Nora just wanted some time with her daughters, away from everything, in the stunning stone villa under the heat of theFrench sun. Lazy days by the pool, freckles appearing on tanned cheeks, laughter over cocktails on the terrace. She’s so proud of her girls. They might have their differences, but they’ve grown into confident, independent young women, with their own way of seeing things.

But when Nora gathers everyone around the table on that first night, she realises it’s time to tell them. And as she tops up her wine, her hand shakes. She knows nothing could have prepared them for what she’s about to say. But what she doesn’t know, is that hers is not the only secret…

A heartbreaking and totally addictive page-turner about motherhood at its best, and its worst, and the lies we tell to protect the ones we love. Anyone who adores Liane Moriarty, Jodi Picoult and Kerry Fisher will stay up all night reading.

Title:   The Villa
Author:  Clare Boyd
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Women’s Fiction 
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   331
Date of Publication:   March 17, 2022
My Rating:   4 Stars 

It’s not just another family vacation, at least to Nora. No, she pulls her family together and they spend two weeks in a gorgeous setting. While this family vacation might be a time to pull everybody together,  instead it tears them all apart.

Nora has something to tell her two daughters and she knows that once she tells them her secret that she has been hiding that it is only the beginning of the end. Emma and Libby love their mother and these two weeks and plan on spending together should be idyllic. Instead, it proves to be nothing like they had imagined. Instead, they hear news that totally destroys them and other news that Nora has in mind is even more devastating.

Meanwhile, there are some deeper and broken facets within their family structure that could really destroy them. This devastating story takes more than one turn, showing that life can truly be a game of delicate balances. Will Nora, Emma and Libby be able to navigate these difficult waters and come out of this even stronger than they were before?

They were parts of this book that were difficult to read and assimilate. As a reader who has the tendency to try to fit into a book, I could not imagine being in the place of any of these women. With sadness and regret I continued on hoping to find that they would all come to peace with the secrets, lies and decisions each of them had to face. With a lovely setting, interesting points of view and intense family drama, The Villa proved to be a captivating read. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Clare started writing more seriously ten years ago after having flirted with musical theatre and occasional writing in her youth.

Since then she has written & produced several stage plays, has four self-published books, has acted in several independent films and is currently in the final stages of production of her feature horror film, Penny for the Guy.

She now writes full time as well as co-owning a film, photography & video production company located in the heart of Redditch town centre.

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