Book Review

One Last Summer – Victoria Connelly

I am taking part in the blog tour for the lovely One Last Summer by Victoria Connelly today. Many thanks to Victoria and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part, and for providing me with a copy of the book.

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They have the whole summer ahead of them. Is it enough to rekindle the friendship they once shared?

Harriet Greenleaf dreams of spending the summer in a beautiful ancient priory on the Somerset coast with her two best friends—but her dream is bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s a chance to reconnect three lives that have drifted apart; on the other, she has a devastating secret to share that will change everything between them forever.

First to arrive is Audrey—the workaholic who’s heading for a heart attack unless she slows down and makes time for herself. Then Lisa, the happy-go-lucky flirt who’s always struggled to commit to anyone—or anything. Ever the optimist, can Harriet remind them of the joy in their lives and the importance of celebrating good friendship before it’s gone?

Through the highs and lows of a long, glorious summer, these three women will rediscover what it means to be there for each other—before they face the hardest of goodbyes.

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REVIEW:

One Last Summer is a bittersweet novel in the truest sense of the word. On the one hand, spending the entire summer holidays in a beautiful house with my two best friends sounds like heaven. On the other, when you find out why this holiday is so important, then it becomes absolutely heartbreaking.

The priory where the friends stay sounds absolutely breathtaking, and the perfect escape from the stresses and strains of everyday life. To be honest, the idea of spending the summer there to just relax and read sounds like total heaven.

I fell in love with taciturn Samson and straight-talking Mrs Ryder. They say that sometimes people come in to our lives for a reason, and that certainly seemed to be the case for these two quirky characters and Harrie.

The reason behind the holiday is not an easy subject to write about, and at times the rollercoaster of emotions that the characters experience brought tears to my eyes. That said, although obviously the situation that triggered the holiday is always there in the background, this book was about more than that. It was about friendship, those true friends who it doesn’t matter how long it’s been since you saw them or even spoke to them, and it doesn’t matter how different your lives and personalities have become. All that matters is that you know that if you needed them, they would come, and that is a beautiful thing.

You might want to keep the tissues and the chocolates on hand for this one as you will be laughing and crying along with the friends.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Victoria Connelly studied English literature at Worcester University, got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and now lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a young springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens.

She is the author of two bestselling series, Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in 2008 by Ziegler Films in Germany. The Runaway Actress was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Novel award.

Ms Connelly loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden, with either a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.

Her website is http://www.victoriaconnelly.com, and readers can follow her on Twitter @VictoriaDarcy and on Instagram @VictoriaConnellyAuthor.

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Book Review

The Things We Leave Unsaid – Megan Mayfair

Today I am bringing you the touching The Things We Leave Unsaid by Megan Mayfair.

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Is it the things we don’t say that haunt us the most?

Clare is anxious to start a family with adoring husband, Pete. When she takes on the seemingly simple task of obtaining her late mother’s birth certificate, she finds herself in a family history search that will challenge everything she thought she knew about her life. 

Scarred by her parents’ ill-fated marriage, Tessa lives by three rules – dating unavailable men, building her café into a food empire, and avoiding her father. However, when her carefully planned life is thrown into chaos, Tessa is forced to decide which of these rules she’s willing to break. 

As Clare and Tessa’s paths cross and their friendship grows, can they both finally unlock their family secrets in order to realise their futures?

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REVIEW:

Told from the interchanging points of view of Clare and Tessa, The Things We Leave Unsaid is a tale of three of my favourite things, good coffee, great cake, and even better friends. Although strikingly different at first glance, Clare and Tessa have a great deal in common under the surface and as they each deal with their very personal struggles in their own ways, their friendship grows.

Megan Mayfair has a warm, inviting style of writing, which brings a sensitivity to the way she tackles an array of delicate issues in this book. I have laughed and cried with her beautifully developed characters, and found myself willing each of them on to find their own definition of a happy ending.

The timing of the arrival of this book in my life was somewhat serendipitous, coming as it did at the exact time that I was witnessing the rapid decline into dementia of my beloved grandmother, to the point that when I was about three quarters of the way through the book, we were called in to the nursing home to say our goodbyes. Fortunately, this turned out to be somewhat premature. Picking this book up I did wonder if it was the right time for me to be reading it, with Tessa’s struggles with her mother being somewhat similar. However, rather than finding it difficult to read, I actually found this book to be reassuring. It made me feel a little less lost, and I will always be grateful for that.

You can buy The Things We Leave Unsaid from Amazon, here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Megan Mayfiar

Megan Mayfair is a Melbourne-based writer who draws inspiration from her beautiful hometown and regional Victoria to create contemporary women’s fiction, containing a big dash of romance and a spoonful of family intrigue.

With a background in public relations, copywriting and higher education, Megan is passionate about words and loves to bring them to life on the page. Megan holds a Master of Arts in professional communication and is a member of Romance Writers of Australia and Writers Victoria.

Megan is married with three children, loves a good cup of coffee and believes you can never have too many scarves.

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Many thanks to Megan and Rachel Gilbey from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in this tour and for providing me with my copy of the book.

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