Review: Summer by the Sea

Posted 5th September 2016 by Emma in Blog Tours, Reviews / 1 Comment

Review: Summer by the Sea

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Summer by the SeaSummer by the Sea by Jenny Hale
Also by this author: Coming Home For Christmas, A Christmas to Remember, The Summer House, We'll Always Have Christmas
Published by Bookouture on 12th June 2015
Genres: Chicklit, Humour, Love & Romance
Pages: 286
Source: from Netgalley
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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?

Thank you to Bookouture for accepting my request to review via Netgalley. I have previously read Jenny’s first book Coming Home for Christmas and I adored it. I have been collecting Jenny’s books ever since but for some unknown reason they have all sat on my TBR pile. When I decided to to do a month of Bookouture books Jenny’s was the first one I picked.

This book is set in the outerbanks in the most beautiful beach house. I adored the setting. I loved its simplicity, it’s natural beauty.

This book follows Faith and her family during their two week holiday in North Carolina. Faith has’t seen her sister for many years but she thinks its finally time to put the past behind them and re-build the relationship they once had. What Faith doesn’t realise is this may be harder than she first thought, especially when hot handyman Jake appears.

Faith first meets Jake when she’s having lunch before meeting up with her family. She notices him from across the outside seating area and is immediately drawn to him.

What I loved about this story was not only the setting but the bonds between the women. Faith and her Nan are clearly very close and all Nan wants is for the family to be together again. Nothing makes her happier than seeing her girls happy.

This story will transport you to your own little strip of paradise without ever leaving your sofa. If you’re missing out on a holiday this year or you’re yearning to go back Jenny easily takes you there with this book. I can’t wait to read the rest of my collection of Jenny Hale books.

About Jenny Hale

When I graduated college, one of my 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 me.

Sometimes our friends can see the things that we can’t.

While I didn’t start straight away, that comment sowed a seed and several years, two children, and hundreds of thousands of words later, I completed a novel that I felt was worthy of publication. The result is Coming Home for Christmas, a heart-warming story about friends, family, and the magic of love at Christmas.

I released my second book, Love Me for Me, this past summer, and my next novel, A Christmas to Remember is out now.

When I’m not writing, I’m a District Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages, a mother of two boys, and a wife to a very supportive husband.


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