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Wednesday, 1 June 2011

It happened one summer - Polly Williams

After years of romantic drought, Nell is enjoying a thrilling fling with a sexy new man and loving London life, somehow managing to juggle single motherhood with a busy career. Plus, in the city it's easy to avoid her sister who is about to marry Nell's ex. (Yes, messy.) Then she gets the news. Please could she return to Tredower, the crumbling old family home in Cornwall for the summer? Disaster. Tredower has no wifi, harbours her big dysfunctional family, and, far worse, memories of her passionate love affair with the man who is about to become her brother-in-law. The past is another county. Can she go there? Another woman is making her way west too, carrying an explosive secret. Love will be lost, broken, and found, lives changed forever...
The annual hog roast ended badly for Nell when she found out her sister had feelings for Nell's boyfriend. Their relationship ended as did Nell and her sister's, Heather. The book tells the story of the summer Nell ends up back at Tredower, caring for her mum, and meeting her sister again. The book is the development of their relationship, but also that of Nell rebuilding her life, becoming a full time mum to her young daughter, the adjustment to a slower life and her enjoyment of the life at Tredower - it sounds like a lovely life and I for one, would love to visit the area, the village life sounds perfect.
There is also another storyline throughout the book, that of April, who is visiting the area on a painting course, however there appears to be some link to either the family or to Tredower, the house. It is an intriguing story, to which the reader is not told until near the end of the book but is not what I thought it was - a nice little surprise.
I really enjoyed this book, easy to pick up and get lost in. A perfect holiday read, one to put in the beach bag or to read on a lazy weekend. The writing style was great and I will be looking out for more of this author's books to read in the future.
I would recommend this book to chicklit lovers everywhere or someone who wants a summer read for their holiday.
Thank you to Headline for sending me the book to review.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like my kinda read.
    Thanks for the review.
    Wishlist +1