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That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Mia Flanagan has never been told who her father is and aged ten, stopped asking.

Haunted by this, she remains a dutiful daughter who would never do anything to bring scandal or shame on her beautiful and famously single mother.

So when Archie Fitzgerald, one of Hollywood’s favourite actors, decides to leave Mia his Irish estate, she asks herself - is he her father after
Kindle Edition, 430 pages
Published February 8th 2018 by The Paris Press
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Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story goes thus Archie is dying and wants to meet up with Mia( Fenella's daughter) to Galty House in Ireland. Mia had always wanted to know who her father was. Mia arrives at Galty House along with her mother, Fenella and realizes that there are sub currents surrounding Archie and his decisions.
The author, Adrienne Vaughn, has written the book with a flair and panache which is quite rare. The characters all seem larger than life. There are layers surrounding Archie, his will and inheritance
Mairead Hearne (
'One family, one secret –

that changes everything forever’

That Summer at The Seahorse Hotel is the latest novel from Adrienne Vaughan. A story bursting with secrets. A story about family and relationships where resentments have festered for years, yet where love is also very evident.

Mia Flanagan is the child of renowned actress Fenella Flanagan. Reared on an estate in Co. Wexford, Mia never knew who her father was. Born out of wedlock, Mia relied on others, in her mother’s rather chaotic life
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
This book really was everything I wanted it to be, written with all the style and panache I’d hoped for – a wonderful sweeping story, with tragedy and secrets, passion and heartbreak, a hidden history to be uncovered, more than a touch of glitz and glamour, the world of the silver screen combined with a wonderful cast of (mostly) loveable eccentric characters in a perfectly drawn Irish setting. My word, I so enjoyed this book… and if you don’t mind, I think I might just gush a little!

At its hear
Judith Barrow
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
 I did enjoy That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel, I really did. Whether it was the actual story, the way the narrative flows, the many differing characters, the sense of place that is so evocative throughout by the descriptions... I'm not sure. The reason I'm hesitant to say why I enjoyed this book is that the narrative actually goes into all the characters' heads; we hear all their points of view, even the minor characters, sometimes only for a sentence or two. It's odd, this usually irritates me ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliant story, with a huge cast of wonderful characters that stay in your mind long after you finish the book. I was rooting for the heroine and fell in love with the hero. Also totally fell in love with the setting – a huge old house on the east coast of Ireland – so want to visit that country now! It sounded absolutely fabulous and the author makes you feel as though you’re really there, seeing the sights, breathing in the tang of the sea and hearing the local dialect. Loved it!
Joanna Lambert
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book. Brilliant characters, a beautiful setting and a multi stranded plot which keeps you totally on track.

I finished in two sittings - a really addictive read.
Jessica | Booked J
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way.

There was something very striking about That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel. Something that I can't find a way to describe. You grow invested in this book and in the character development; the way that Vaughan's prose curls around you. I wasn't sure what to expect from the novel and requ
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-first-reads
Mia is a young lady born out of wedlock in Ireland in the 1970's. Her mother, a famous actress named Fenella, believes Mia's father abandoned her when he found out she was pregnant. Back then, a baby born out of wedlock was a huge disgrace. She kept the identity of Mia's father a secret.
Mia is currently a dresser on movie sets. Not only did she have her famous mother- but her mom's best friend is a world known actor as well, Archie. Archie is one of those people who is unforgettable and larger
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding book with a sting in the tail.

Oh such a joy to read this glorious uplifting family saga with such suspense Archie was such a charismatic character that we would all love to have in our families
Rosie Amber
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, family-saga
That Summer At The Seahorse Hotel is a romance set in Ireland.

It began with a summer of love for a group of five teenagers; one summer filled with carefree fun, friendship and forbidden love. Years later, world famous actor Archie Fitzgerald is dying, and he requests the return of Mia, the daughter of his best friend Fenella Flanagan, to Galty House, so he may put his life in order before it ends.

Mia has always loved Galty, spending her childhood here with Archie, his sister and the eccentric h
Paula Pugh
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel is a delightful novel with plenty of interesting characters and a captivating plot. I loved that it reads like a play or movie script which fits nicely into the story and the characters. There is drama-par for the course for actors Archie and Fenella- mystery around who Mia’s father is (a long held secret by her mother , Archie and Archie’s long-suffering sister Bernice), tension between Mia and Ross, Mia and her mother, Bernice and Archie and Fenella. All combi ...more
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Being given an ARC of a book always entails a feeling it’s not entirely for pleasure but also that your services are required somehow. I was so totally enraptured by this story that I literally devoured the pages, forgetting the main reason why I was reading it.
WOW! was all I could say when I came to the end, and I had to sit back, relax and let at least a day pass by before I could even try to put pen to paper and try and describe the emotional turmoil I had been left in.
I am still mesmerized b
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story set in Ireland about a young woman who is finally getting the chance to learn about her father. Mia has been raised by her actress mother and learned early in life not to ask who her father was. When Archie, a family friend decides to leave Mia his grand home she has to wonder if he is the man she's been seeking. While visiting him on his deathbed she discovers all the lies, jealousy and madness in her mother's past. While Mia loves her mother she hates the secrets that Fene ...more
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Intrigue, mystery, tension, and some romance all woven together in this tale of love, betrayal, and, errr more betrayal…

Mia is the daughter of a famous actress but has never known who her father is. So when her mother’s old friend Archie decides to leave Mia his estate, the mystery might finally be solved. But Mia has no idea what is coming her way emotionally, both bad and good, in her journey to discover the identity of her father and to heal wounds…

The plot was more twisty (in a good way) tha
Natasha du Plessis
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I just love the cover of this book. This was the first Adrienne Vaughan book that I have read and certainly not the last. This story was a break from reading fantasy and Psychological thrillers and definitely worth while. I loved the setting, the people as well as their interaction with each other. I also really enjoyed Adrienne Vaughan's writing style, everything flowed smoothly from one scene to the other. I wonder if maybe there will be a sequel in the future with Mia meeting her father. I wo ...more
Barb Taub
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
On the surface, That Summer At The Seahorse Hotel is straightforward romance-infused women’s fiction: girl’s boyfriend does her wrong, girl leaves for new life somewhere else, although she denies her attraction to the gorgeous enigmatic stranger there. But what sets this story apart are so many other facets and echoes, tropes from other genres subtly whispering their lures, layered relationships with a dark mystery at their core.

When we meet Mia Flanagan, she’s in love with and engaged to her bo
Cathy Ryan
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With a cast of wonderfully realised characters, this story transported me to Ireland and Galty House, set in the beautifully described coastal location of Rosshaven. Archie Fitzgerald, legendary actor, is dying, but determined to depart on his own terms. He wants Mia, the daughter of his close friend and fellow actor, Fenella Flanagan, to come home to Galty House for what will be their last summer together.

I love the almost ethereal quality of the cover image which compliments the theme of the
Elizabeth Lloyd
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An old house in an estate on the beautiful east coast of Ireland is a perfect setting for romance and mystery. Mia Flannagan is summoned to Galty House by the sad news of the imminent death of Archie Fitzgerald, a celebrated Hollywood actor who took the place of a father for most of her troubled childhood. During a rather distant relationship with her mother, stunning actress Fenella Flannagan, Mia was nurtured by Archie’s family and friends, but even they would never reveal the identity of her ...more
Georgia Rose
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
The romance in this novel is not only in the plotline or between the characters but for me it was in the fabulous setting. A crumbling estate on the dramatic coast of Ireland, what’s not to love.

Mia is a dresser on film sets (I thoroughly enjoyed the attention given to the detail of her work) and is the favourite of an aging film star, Archie Fitz, who has been great friends with Mia’s mother, Fenella, another film star, for many years. Sadly, Archie is dying and as friends and family gather aro
Nikki Bywater
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mia cannot escape the thoughts of her past. Growing up not knowing who her father has left Mia with a lot of unanswered questions, questions her mother, a successful and well-known actress is not prepared to answer. So when Archie a close friend of her mother and also a member of the Hollywood acting elite makes Mia a generous offer and a grand gesture in his will leaving her with something extraordinary, will this lead to Mia finally getting all the answers that are necessary in the search of j ...more
June Kearns
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This seductive story - the latest lovely read from Adrienne Vaughan -is set around coastal Rosshaven, a wonderful place of mists, myth and seemingly, magic.
It concerns a secret - closely guarded and long held, by famous actors and life-long friends, Fenella Flanagan and Archie Fitzgerald. A secret which has always been resolutely kept from Fenella's only daughter, Mia - a film costumier.
During the course of an eventful summer - as characters of both generations circle cautiously around each oth
Anne Harvey
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The stunning cover of this book would have made me want to buy it had I not been awarded a copy as a prize in a competition. It has to be one of the best covers I’ve seen in a long time. The contents of the book don’t disappoint either! Set on the East Coast of Ireland, the cast of colourful characters are pretty unique too, from initially-understated heroine Mia Flanagan; her film star mother, Fenella, actor Archie; who might or might not be Mia’s father; Leela, the lynchpin of the often chaoti ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
There are some authors that you just know won’t disappoint, and Adrienne Vaughan is definitely one of them. This is another lovely novel, full of warmth, drama, romance, but, as always, with that little something extra, something a little dark, to lift it up from other novels in the genre.
Mia is a lovely main character, realistic, clever, tenacious and insecure, like a lot of women. Her mother, Fenella, is so strikingly portrayed, you can almost hear her theatrical voice. And Archie is lovely, a
Lizzie Lamb
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just the thing to read as summer is drawing to a close. Or if you want to be reminded how it felt to fall in love and of the obstacles fate often puts in the way. Recommended.
Madalyn Morgan
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A lovely book. The coastal locations are beautifully described. The characters are interesting, often eccentric, and yet very real. I loved the relationship between the flamboyant Archie and the down to earth Mia. And the portrayal of the theatre people was spot on. It is so easy to make actors too big, too loud, but Adrienne Vaughan got the theatrical characters right. It's an intriguing story that takes us from present day back to the summer of 1970 where secrets are exposed. I loved the poem ...more
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Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel by Adrienne Vaughan has received a Chill with a Book Readers' Award.

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Lizzie Lamb
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable read from this Irish author. I've never been to the Emerald Isle but every time I finish one of her books I think I should rectify that. Scenery aside, another thing I like about this author's style is that she weaves a good tale and skillfully introduces the reader to colourful, interesting characters. I won't issue any spoilers but will say that eager to find out the resolution to all the plot threads woven into this novel I spent a snowy day powering to the end. At the end o ...more
Colleen Maclennan
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it
The book can be categorized as woman’s fiction. It is the story of Mia born out of wedlock. The book returns to an earlier time when Mia ‘ s mother falls in love with an individual whose destiny has been prearranged. Mia ‘s mother befriends individuals who become life time friends and protect her. Archie is one such person who not only is close to Mia’s mother but also Mia. The book whose main setting is on the beautiful east coast of Ireland follows Mia as she finds herself and her roots.

Jessie Cahalin
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Open Adrienne Vaughan’s That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel to enter the world of Hollywood glamour. Allow the camera to reveal a bird’s eye view of the enchanting Irish coast. Observe the long shot of the ‘regal and resplendent’ Georgian mansion. Pan across to the sea lapping, like a temptress, on the shore. Dissolve to the medium closeup of a red-haired beauty sitting at the water’s edge like a mermaid. Cut to the hero and fade… Don’t worry if you can’t imagine these scenes, just let Adrienne Va ...more
Natalie Keene
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel is the fourth novel I've read from Adrienne Vaughan and they just keep getting better. This enchanting tale combines Hollywood glamour, family secrets and the promise of new romance against the backdrop of the stunning Irish coast. Adrienne's characters instantly come to life; largely due to her accurate dialogue. I was captivated by Archie, found myself rooting for Mia, intrigued by Ross and as for Pearl, what can I say? Adorable. Comedy, passion and drama have ...more
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Adrienne Vaughan has been making up stories since she could speak; primarily to entertain her sister Reta, who from a very early age never allowed a plot or character to be repeated – tough audience. As soon as she could pick up a pen, she started writing them down. It was no surprise she wanted to be a journalist; ideally the editor of a glossy music and fashion magazine, so she could meet and ma ...more

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