Today is Ellen’s stop on the blog tour for The Summer House by Jenny Hale ad she’ll be sharing her review with you all. First though, here’s the all-important bookish information!
About the book:
Some summers will stay with you forever…
Callie Weaver and best friend Olivia Dixon have finally done it: put their life savings into the beach house they admired through childhood summers, on the dazzling white sand of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. They’re going to buff the salt from its windows, paint its sun-bleached sidings, and open it as a bed and breakfast.
Callie’s too busy to think about her love life, but when she catches the attention of local heartthrob Luke Sullivan, his blue eyes and easy smile make it hard to say no. He’s heir to his father’s property empire, and the papers say he’s just another playboy, but as they laugh in the ocean waves, Callie realizes there’s more to this man than money and good looks.
Just when true happiness seems within reach, Callie and Olivia find a diary full of secrets… secrets that stretch across the island, and have the power to turn lives upside down. As Callie reads, she unravels a mystery that makes her heart drop through the floor.
Will Callie and Luke be pulled apart by the storm it unleashes, or can true love save them?
The Summer House is an absolutely gorgeous, heart-warming summer romance, about the importance of family, not keeping secrets, and learning how to open your heart.
About the author:
When she graduated college, one of Jenny’s friends said “Look out for this one; she’s going to be an author one day”. Despite being an avid reader and a natural storyteller, it wasn’t until that very moment that the idea of writing novels occurred to her.
Sometimes our friends can see the things that we can’t. Whilst she didn’t start straight away, that comment sowed a seed and several years, two children and hundreds of thousands of words later, Jenny finished her first novel – Coming Home for Christmas – which became an instant bestseller.
What a refreshing breeze of a read!! After a run of crime and thrillers it was lovely to dip my toes back into the realm of chick lit/romance and The Summer House was everything I’d expect. A heart-warming tale set in the Outer Banks, North Carolina. There is friendship and romance but also a little mystery which was a pleasant addition. The discovery of a diary inside The Beachcomber threatens to rock the boat in this little town. The descriptions of The Beachcomber and its’ surroundings were sublime; I could feel the boards creaking under my bare feet, the white sand between my toes and the warm sea breeze on my face. Reading this book was like being on a virtual vacation.
Callie Weaver is the central character and I loved her friendship with Olivia. We all have that best friend who has been by our side forever, who knows what makes us tick and when we are not being honest with our feelings. Callie is a reserved person but the renovation of The Beachcomber and her relationship with Luke Sullivan really makes her bloom.
Now, let’s have a word about Luke Sullivan….I have been warned off previous book boyfriends so am claiming this one as my own! A gorgeous, kind-hearted, generous millionaire. What’s not to like? I liked that the facets of his personality were slowly revealed; emerging from a rich playboy to easy going, loveable man. To be honest I loved him from the first time he appeared but Callie is a little slower in her thawing towards him.
An absolute scorcher of a Summer read, I will definitely be reading more from Jenny Hale and loved embracing my chick lit light side for a change – five stars.
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