Friday, 1 May 2015

Book Review - Runaway Summer: Polwenna Bay 1 by Ruth Saberton

Happy Publication day to Ruth Saberton for this fantastic new release. 

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Title: Runaway Summer: Polwenna Bay 1
Author: Ruth Saberton
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Review copy from Ruth
Publisher: Notting Hill Press
Publication Date: 1st May 2015
Rating: 5 Stars

Lose your heart to Cornwall’s Polwenna Bay. Watch fishing boats dance in the harbour, hear the waves breaking on the beach and explore the pretty village where new friends wait and there’s love to be found, warmer than the summer sunshine... 

Running Away… 

Since leaving Polwenna Bay for the bright lights of London, actress Summer Penhalligan has tried her hardest to never look back; Jake, her childhood sweetheart, let her down terribly and the beautiful Cornish village holds nothing but painful memories. It’s only when a volatile relationship threatens to destroy all she holds dear that Summer finds herself returning to the place she knows so well. 

Jake Tremaine has travelled the world but reluctantly finds himself drawn back to Polwenna Bay to run the family marina and take care of his unruly siblings. While Jake knows his attention should be on the rescuing the business, determined Ella, daughter of a wealthy hotelier, is set on working her way into his affections and beneath his sheets. The last thing Ella will tolerate is the reappearance of a rival… 

As the holiday season approaches and seaside life gathers pace, Jake suspects that Summer is keeping a huge secret from him. But Summer is not the only person in the village with something to hide. Is she just an echo of Jake’s past or are there far more important matters at stake?

Actress Summer Penhalligan is running away from London, and her relationship with fiancee Justin. She leaves in a rush without a phone or purse, gets into her car and heads to Cornwall, to Polwenna Bay. This is the first time that Summer has returned to her childhood home village in many years, having tried to forget about her childhood sweetheart Jake. 

Jake Tremaine, comes from a huge family which he takes a lot of responsibility for. He is trying to rescue the family businesses and could do without the return of Summer. He is somewhat distracted by Ella. who is determined that Jake should be hers. Ella is not overly impressed to hear that Summer is back, and that Jake is no longer angry with Summer. 

I found Runaway Summer started really slow, with chapters filled mainly with background information and description, however it turns out that due to the amount of characters and stories that are touched upon in this book, it was all really relevant information. 

I loved the descriptions of Polwenna Bay, it sounds very picturesque, the sort of place that would be lovely to go on holiday, and seems like a wonderful place to set a series of novels. 

The characters are all really well written, and you end up with large amounts of sympathy for Summer, and the hidden depths and secrets that all the characters have is simply astounding. Once this book gets going properly, it becomes for the second half of it, completely unputdownable. I ended up going to bed at 2am, on a work night, purely because I needed to know what happened. 

This book contains so much action, emotion and romance. It is a very enjoyable story, which I am delighted to have discovered. 

The epilogue hints at what the story and character focus for the next book in the series may be about, and if I'm right, then I can't wait to see what Ruth Saberton has in store for us next in this new Polwenna Bay series. 

Runaway Summer is out today, and I would like to thank Ruth Saberton for giving me an advance review copy. All views expressed in this post are my own. 

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