Sunday, 29 November 2015

Summer by the Sea by Jenny Hale


From Goodreads

They say there’s always one summer that changes you.

For Faith the one summer she can’t forget is when she fell in love as a teenager – only for her sister, Casey, to steal her man. Now, at the request of her beloved ninety-year-old Grandmother, Faith has agreed to a family holiday – at their childhood beach house, where it all began.

Faith hasn’t seen her sister in years but is finally ready to forgive and forget, enjoy the sunshine and relive happy memories. What she’s not ready for is meeting Jake Buchanan – the owner of the beach house – or the long-forgotten feelings he ignites in her.

Can Faith overcome the hurt of the past, rekindle the close bond she had with Casey and make this summer THE ONE to remember?

My thoughts

Thanks to the Publishers (Bookouture), who are fast becoming one of my favourite Publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this story in exchange for an honest review.

I gave this an 8/10 and devoured it in two days.  This is a perfect holiday read, but is also more than suitable as a wintery day read as it'll take you away from the dreary weather that we find ourselves coping with.

This is the first book that I've  read by Jenny Hale.  She is an American Author, this story takes place along the coast in America, in a place known as Outer Banks whether this is a fictional area or not I'm not sure, but that matters not a jot.

Jenny Hale has a knack of weaving a story and relates the relationships among all the characters in such a way that make you feel as if you're experiencing the events with them.  Faith the main female character and her sister Casey had a falling out years ago when they were youngsters over a young man.  They always holidayed in the same beach resort area year after year.  As their Grandma approaches 90 years old, she wants to holiday the way she used to do with her family and it's at their Grandma's request that they all find themselves thrown together again.  How long will it be before past problems rear their ugly head and will Faith and Casey ever make up for what happened previously and become close again OR will fate repeat itself when they both become acquainted with Jake Buchanan?

I really enjoyed this story and felt that Faith always appeared to get overshadowed by her sister Casey and just seemed to tae a back seat whenever she was around.  Faith seemed to lack confidence at times and needed to become more proactive in how she handled Casey.  I will be reading more books by this Author and can thoroughly recommend this story to lovers of a good romantic read.   

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