Thursday, January 20, 2022

A Secret at Tansy Falls by Cate Woods

A Secret at Tansy Falls

About the Book

The old farmhouse at Tansy Falls. A little patch of paradise in the hills of Vermont. Home to happy couple Connie and Nate. And a long-buried secret that will ignite a devastating spark…

As the summer sun sets over the sleepy Vermont town of Tansy Falls, Connie is reminded of how lucky she is. Every day, when she leaves the job she loves, managing the Covered Bridge Inn with her best friend Piper, she looks forward to returning to the farmhouse she shares with her husband Nate. At home, her flowerbeds overflow with day lilies and the weathered brick walls of her beautiful house glow in the evening light. The air is filled with the scent of the puffed apple pancakes she prepared that morning.

But one night, when Nate returns home, he is distant. He and Connie have been married for a long time, and while the laughter and lingering kisses have dwindled, Connie believed they would be together forever. So when a stranger arrives on their doorstep with a shocking secret about Nate, Connie’s life changes beyond all recognition.

Connie never thought she’d need to start over and live a life without Nate by her side. But as her heart breaks, Piper and the team at the inn are ready to help stitch it back together, with thoughtful advice washed down with warm spiced cider. As Connie begins to feel whole again, distraction arrives in the form of olive-skinned, broad-shouldered newcomer James. Nate has taught Connie that she doesn’t need a man, but James’s arrival helps her discover that she can follow her own dreams too. But as more secrets come to the surface, Connie wonders if she’ll ever truly be able to leave behind her past for good…

If you love gripping, heartbreaking romantic stories by Elin Hildebrand and Robyn Carr, you will be hooked by A Secret at Tansy Falls. A completely compelling read about secrets and betrayal that will have you reaching for the tissues.

About the Author

Cate Woods made the most of her university degree in Anglo-Saxon Literature by embarking on a career making tea on programs including The Big Breakfast, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and French & Saunders.  After narrowly missing out on a chance to become a Channel 5 weather girl, she moved into the world of magazine journalism, then ghostwriting, and now writes novels under her own name.  She has two best-selling romantic comedies.  They are Just Haven't Met You Yet and More Than a Feeling.  Cate also wrote The Christmas Guest under the name Daisy Bell.  Cate lives in London with her husband and two children. 

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My Thoughts

A Secret at Tansy Falls by Cate Woods is the second novel in the Tansy Falls series.  Each novel in the series is a standalone.  It was great to return to Tansy Falls, Vermont with its charming shops and homes as well as the friendly residents.  Connie is the manager of the Covered Bridge Inn and lives in a restored farmhouse with her husband, Nate.  Nate has been out of work since he was deemed redundant at the travel magazine where he worked as an editor.  It has really affected his self-esteem.  Connie has noticed that their marriage has been on a downward spiral since Nate last his job.  There is a lack of communication and intimacy.  Connie has no idea how to fix her marriage.  To help their financial struggle, the couple take in a charismatic boarder.  Connie is flattered by the boarder’s attention especially since she has not been feeling attractive or wanted.  In the meantime, Connie is working on a special press weekend for the inn.  A new hotel is being built and Connie wants to make sure they loose as few customers as possible.  The weekend turns out to be a challenge.  Connie’s customer service skills and patience will be tested.  Can Connie save her marriage and keep the inn profitable?  A Secret at Tansy Falls takes us back to the charming town of Tansy Falls, Vermont.  I would love to live in such a cozy town.  Nell from The Inn at Tansy Falls is barely mentioned in this book.  There are a couple of different intersecting narratives that tie to Connie.  Her son is under investigation at his college, her father has a new girlfriend, a flirtatious artist, an enigmatic boarder, a pregnant boss, an upcoming press weekend, and the boss’s cantankerous grandparents.  We get to follow Connie as she goes about her life and deals with the various problems.  I did feel that the ending was rushed.  I loved the descriptions of Tansy Falls.  Tansy Falls is such a friendly town and there is plenty to do all year round. I hope there will be another novel in the Tansy Falls seriesA Secret at Tansy Falls is an emotional story with a distressed son, an uncomfortable marriage, a grumpy grandmother, pregnancy problems, an alluring lodger, problematic press, and a tempting town.

A Secret at Tansy Falls is available from Amazon*, Apple, Kobo, and Google Play.  The first novel in the Tansy Falls series is The Inn at Tansy Falls.  You can find Cate Woods other novels here.  Thank you for stopping by today and reading my review.  I will return tomorrow to share my thoughts on Stitched in Crime by Emmie Caldwell.  It is the second A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery.  I hope that you have a day filled with joy.  Take care of yourself and Happy Reading!


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