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Kat’s Review of Summer by The Sea by Jenny Hale

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Synopsis: 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?

Kat’s Rating: 4/5

Kat’s Review: I have only read one of Jenny Hale’s books but enjoyed it immensely so was looking forward to reading this latest release. Faith is at the centre of the story and we start off by seeing her make her way to the beach house that used to belong to her Grandmother. The intention is to gather her family which consists of her sister, niece, mother and Grandmother all together for a two week holiday. The first thing that struck me was the fabulous descriptions Jenny hale makes of this beautiful beach village. I didn’t necessarily warm to Faith as she seemed like she was almost stuck in a rut and it was clear from the early chapters that there was a long running feud between her and her sister Casey.

The story became a lot more interesting as we see her arrive at the beach house only to come face to face with Jake Buchanan the owner. Jake instantly captured my attention, as did the beach house. It truly sounds like somewhere I could visit myself. When Casey and Faith’s Grandmother and Mother join the story a lot more is revealed about both Faith and Casey and I became more and more embroiled in their tale.

There was certainly quite a lot going on regarding the whys and how’s of both women Faith and Casey arrived at the cottage in the situation they are both in. At times I felt like maybe the insight into their emotions dragged a little but nothing too much to upset the apple cart so to speak. If anything there was a certain inevitability about where the story would end but overall I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can also say in all honest that the Epilogue was nicely well rounded and gave me a certain feeling of satisfaction at the end of this book. This was certainly another solid read from Jenny Hale and I will look forward to her next one due out (I think) in time for Christmas!

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