Absent in the Spring by Carrie Elks – Book Review

Absent in the Spring by Carrie Elks – Book Review

Absent in the Spring by Carrie Elks

Absent in the Spring
Shakespeare Sisters Book Three

Author – Carrie Elks
Publisher – Piatkus
Pages – 368
Released – 26th April 2018
ISBN-13 – 978-0349415543
Format – ebook, paperback
Reviewer – Stacey
Rating – 5 Stars
I received a free copy of this book


Losing control never felt so good . . .

A successful lawyer, and the eldest of four sisters, Lucy Shakespeare is used to being in control of everything and everyone around her, most particularly herself – until she meets the gorgeous Lachlan MacLeish.

Lachlan’s hired Lucy because he needs the best. His inheritance is suddenly in doubt, thanks to his devious half-brother and there’s no way he’s going down without a fight. The very last thing he wants is a distraction, but as soon as he sees Lucy, he knows he’s in trouble.

Despite their efforts to resist, it isn’t long before Lachlan has Lucy longing to break all her careful rules. As they travel from Scotland, to Paris and on to New York, Lucy can’t help but wonder: is it sometimes worth risking it all?

Review 2017

Absent in the Spring is the third book in the Shakespeare Sisters series by Carrie Elks, with Summer’s Lease being book one and A Winter’s Tale being book two.

Each book follows the life of one of the four Shakespeare sisters. This time we get to spend our time with the eldest sister Lucy Shakespeare, who is a lawyer living and working in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Lachlan MacLeish lives and works in New York. His father recently died and in his will left him Glencarraig Castle in Scotland and the Lairdship that comes with it.

However, the will is being contested by his half-brother Duncan MacLeish, as he believes that he should be the rightful heir to the castle and the title, as Lachlan was the illegitimate son of his father, although the oldest of the two.

Lachlan needs the best lawyer in Scotland to help him win the case, so hires Lucy. If anyone can win she can, with her no-nonsense, tough attitude. The two though don’t expect to find themselves highly attracted to one another. Can they manage to keep their relationship strictly professional?

Once again Carrie Elks has written an absolute joy of a book. One that had me hooked from the very first page. The whole setting, from Scotland, New York, Miami, and Paris had me pining for a holiday as the places sounded so amazing. The characters were all such a delight to spend my time with, perfectly realistic and very relatable too.

Lucy is normally a stickler for the rules and a workaholic, but something comes alive in her from the moment she meets Lachlan. She is a very professional woman and doesn’t like feeling like a teenager, having tingling moments every time Lachlan’s name is mentioned.

Lachlan himself is a workaholic too, spending his time between his head office in New York and one of his businesses in Miami. He’s had to work so hard to get where he is now, whilst Duncan had everything handed to him on a plate, so he’s not giving up the castle that easily. His father obviously wanted him to have it, and have it he will.

Both have issues to deal with in regards to ageing, sick parents. Ms. Elks has clearly done her research as these parts were written with such finesse and thoughtfulness. Having watched a member of my family suffer from dementia, I can honestly say that Oliver Shakespeare’s character (The sister’s father), has been written so accurately to what I personally witnessed.

What I truly like about this series is how the sisters from the previous books, make numerous appearances in this one too. I enjoy seeing how their stories carried on after the end of their books.

This is a feel-good, uplifting novel that I enjoyed immensely. I now look forward to reading the last in the series, book four, and getting to meet the last sister Juliet and her daughter Poppy properly. Although I’m not sure that I want the story to end, it has been a wonderful series, one of the best I’ve read in a long time.

Reviewed by Stacey

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About the Author

Carrie Elks

Carrie Elks lives near London, England and writes contemporary romance with a dash of intrigue. She loves to travel and meet new people, and has lived in the USA and Switzerland as well as the UK.

An avid social networker, she tries to limit her Facebook and Twitter time to stolen moments between writing chapters. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can usually be found baking, drinking wine or working out how to combine the two.

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21 Responses

  1. Floryie says:

    Interesting review! I have not seen this author before but you have piqued my interest with “Shakespeare Sisters”.. I am perusing the first book and adding it to my TBR..

  2. Sierra says:

    Sounds like a read i would definitely enjoy!!

  3. Nicole says:

    This sounds like my type of read! What a lovely cover too.

  4. Kiss Like a Girl says:

    Great review, this sounds like such a sweet book! Plus, Lachlan is a great name.

  5. DJ Sakata says:

    This series sounds delightful – thanx for the info

  6. Jo Linsdell says:

    Great review. Sounds like a good series. Do you recommend reading the other books first?

  7. Bentley says:

    The shifting setting to different locations in this really appeals to me! Nice review!

  8. Great review, this book looks and sounds like a heartwarming feel-good kind of book I’m glad you are enjoying the series. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and for putting this book series on my radar.

  9. Tasha says:

    This sounds like a fabulous series. Your review has really drawn to the books.

  10. I love Carrie’s books and their beautiful covers. I haven’t read this one though. Sounds good.

  11. Terri A. Wilson says:

    I wants them all!