In a beautiful southern Spanish town, where the sea sparkles and orange blossoms scent the air, the gates of a brand new apartment complex, La Joya de Andalucía, glide open to welcome the new owners. Anna and Austen MacDonald, an Irish couple, are preparing to enjoy their retirement to the full. But the demands of family cause problems they have never foreseen and shake their marriage to the core.
Sally-Ann Connolly Cooper, a feisty Texan mother of two young teenagers, is reeling from her husband’s infidelity. La Joya becomes a place of solace for Sally-Ann, in more ways than one.
Eduardo Sanchez, a haughty Madrileño, has set out with single-minded determination to become El Presidente of the complex’s management committee. But pride comes before a fall.
Jutta Sauer Perez, a sophisticated German who aspires to own her very own apartment in La Joya, works hard to reach her goal. Then the unthinkable happens.
As their lives entwine and friendships and enmities develop, it becomes apparent that La Joya is not quite the haven they all expect it to be…
I had been looking forward to reading this new Patricia Scanlan book and decided to save it until my holidays, as it’s the perfect holiday read.
As always, Patricia Scanlan creates very authentic characters and interweaves their lives so well.
The story begins at the start of the Celtic Tiger era, where so many people were investing in property, particularly second homes for holidays. It’s interesting to meet these characters, who have bought properties in this exclusive development, and to follow their lives over the next few years, as things change for them all, both on a personal level, and in context of the greater global economy.
It is a very readable book, very evocative of the beautiful Spanish coast, and filled with wonderful characters.
A lovely summer read.
MY RATING: ****