Thursday, May 11, 2023

BLOG TOUR - Secrets of Clearwater Castle


A heart-warming, gorgeous story of family secrets, lost loves, and one woman’s fresh start in the most unexpected of places.

 Lowri Morgan, a young Welsh widow, is finally packing up her beloved husband’s belongings, her young daughter Wren asleep at her side. Then, hidden amongst the very last pile of papers, Lowri finds an official-looking letter – and her whole world shifts…

Her husband had a secret inheritance, one he’d never mentioned or done anything about. And now, it seemed, somewhere called Clearwater Castle was hers – and, in time, little Wren’s. How could he have hidden this from her and why? And what on earth was she going to do?

Arriving in Clearwater village, Lowri doesn’t find the fairy-tale home she’d pictured. The castle is near-derelict, a tiny cottage in the grounds barely liveable, and her responsibilities – as outlined by the ruggedly handsome but prickly local stonemason 
Huw – are overwhelming. This is not the future she’d imagined for her and Wren, but as the only link left to her husband, she’s determined to make the best of it.

Lowri never asked for a new start, but it seems fate has decided she needed one. As she and Huw reluctantly begin to work together, sparks start to fly between them. Can they find a way to save Clearwater Castle and bring life back to the village? What will they find out about themselves – and the mystery of the hidden inheritance – in the process? And will Lowri, heartbroken once already, find the courage to give love one more chance?

Fans of Susanne O’Leary, Liz Eeles and Tilly Tennant will adore this totally uplifting and page-turning romantic mystery.



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Title:   Secrets of Clearwater Castle
Author:  Emma Davies
Series:  Clearwater Castle #1
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Women’s Fiction; Romance 
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   383
Date of Publication:   May 10, 2023
My Rating:   5 Stars

Lowri is about to begin a new life with her young daughter Wren. Although widowed for two years, she is just learning of an inheritance left to her husband. It appears that Lowri is now the owner of a place that is called Clearwater Castle, but she soon learns that she owns far, far more than that. She decides to take up residence on the property, although her future is really undetermined. 

Just as the inheritance was kept secret from Lowri, she learned that her husband held other secrets. As she decides to set things right for the Castle, as well as other issues around the village, a stonemason named Huw offers to help her rebuild. Why is he offering? This is a question that she cannot help but to ask. Meanwhile, Lowri finds herself drawn to the quiet and enigmatic Huw. She also finds friends and acceptance in her new life. However, there are problems that must be sorted out. 

I loved Lowri‘s determination in this wonderful story. As I began reading this book, I quickly felt like I was in a warm, welcoming place. That was definitely true with these characters and the story as it developed. I love that this is the first book in a new series, and I cannot wait to see what else happens in Clearwater Village. 

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


Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous (and not necessarily true) anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: 'I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.' Well the job in the design studio didn't work out but she's now a forty something mother of three and is happy to report the rest of her dream came true.

She now lives in rural Shropshire with her three children, and two guinea pigs where she writes full time from a shed in the garden.

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