Summer of Love by Kate Fforde
Genres/Themes: Chick Lit, Romance, Single Mother, Contemporary
*I received this book through netgalley in exchange for a honest review*
This was an incredibly charming book.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Sian Bishop has only ever experienced one moment of recklessness – a moment that resulted in her beloved son Rory. It’s not that she doesn’t love the outcome of that wild night, but since then she has always taken the safer route. So when dependable, devoted Richard suggests a move to the beautiful English countryside, she leaves the hustle and bustle of the city behind, and she throws herself into the picture-postcard cottage garden, her furniture restoration business, and a new life in the country.
Her good intentions are torpedoed on a glorious summer’s evening with the arrival of Gus Berresford. One-time explorer and full-time heartbreaker, Gus is ridiculously exciting, wonderfully glamorous and a completely inappropriate love interest for a single mum. But Gus and Sian have met before…
Sian has no use for a fling, she simply mustn’t fall in love with the most unlikely suitor ever to cross her path – even if he has now crossed her path twice. But who knows what can happen in a summer of love…
Usually, only fantasy books capture my attention but, I make myself read outside of the genre occasionally and this book was the one I picked to freshen my palette. I’m always apprehensive about chick lit books and I was hesitant to start.
Truly, the beginning was pretty ordinary but, at about 20% into the book I was pretty hooked!
I won’t go as far as to say this is a favorite book of mine but, probably one of my favorite chick lit books.
The characters were so well rounded and I loved all of them… except Melissa…she’s the only one! How dense or mean can a person really be??
The romance was meh. It was there but, I didn’t think there was much progression. There is a bit of a love triangle but, if this is a concern for you I wouldn’t worry too much. It is set up as a love triangle but, it is more of the classic questions ‘Love or Money?’ or ‘Security or Uncertainty?’ that kind of triangle.
Really enjoyed reading this book and I’m looking forward to reading more of this author’s books in the future!
I recommend this book to people who like little English village settings and/or charming chick lit novels that warm the heart and put a smile on your face.