Title: Counting Chimneys (Brighton Girls Trilogy 2)
Author: Sandy Taylor
Release Date: 10th June 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture who gave me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
'Counting Chimneys' is a lovely, heartwarming read that continues the story of Dottie Perks from Sandy Taylor's wonderful debut novel 'The Girls from See Saw Lane'. Here we reunite with Dottie as she's making a new life for herself in London, with a job she loves, good friends and a lovely boyfriend. But soon fate takes her back to Brighton and the past she thought she'd left behind.
'Counting Chimneys' introduces new characters who steal your heart from the moment you first meet them, as well as revisiting old friends. It's the perfect book to lose yourself in on a long, hot summer day. A gentle read, moving at times, and one that leaves you with a warm glow when you turn the final page.
Although I did find the story to be a bit too predictable at times, the richness of the characterisation made that less important than it might have been in the hands of a less capable writer. Beautifully written and a lovely continuation of the 'Brighton Girls Trilogy', I look forward to reading the conclusion to this fabulous story.
I would recommend 'Counting Chimneys' to anyone who enjoys a gentle, moving family saga that's easy to read, but is also full of heart and memorable characters.
A heartwarming 4 stars.