Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Book Review - The Summer Hideaway by Jenny Hale

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Title: The Summer Hideaway
Author: Jenny Hale
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 1st June 2018
Rating: 5 Stars


An absolutely beautiful summer romance that will make you laugh, cry and stay up long past your bedtime.

Alice Emerson and best friend Sasha Miller have made a pact. They’ve decided to swap city living for the beautiful white beaches of the Outer Banks and pour everything they have into launching an ice cream shop in the little house by the sea where Alice spent blissful childhood holidays with her grandfather. As Alice and Sasha add color to the walls of the beach house and tempt the locals with their delicious recipes, their fresh new life begins to take shape.

Swept away by her plans, love is the last thing on Alice’s mind. But she keeps running into mysterious doctor Jack Murphy, and finds herself falling for his golden charm and warm smile. As they laugh through sunshine-filled days and long romantic evenings, Alice tries hard not to think he could be the one for her – Jack is only here for the season, and Alice has had her fair share of heartbreak.

Just when Alice’s summer couldn’t be more perfect, she discovers an old letter tucked away in the beach house. It contains a family secret that turns Alice’s world upside down and threatens the future of the ice cream shop. And then Jack reveals a secret of his own...

Will Alice have her dreams shattered and her heart broken, or can she find true happiness this summer?

Jenny Hale has once again written a wonderfully sunny and summery book, which really transported me to Outer Banks and I could visualise it all so clearly. 

The stars of the book without a doubt were Henry, Alice's 5 year old son, and Einstein their dog  - such an adorable pairing and its clear boy and dog had a very close bond, which was relied upon with all the upheaval in Henry's young life. 

Sasha who is Alice's best friend agrees to move to Outer Banks with her so they can set up an ice-cream parlour in Alice's grandpa's old bicycle shop., however it soon becomes apparent that Sash is hiding something. 

This is a lovely warm hug of a book, with friendship and family the key themes.  There are secrets and coincidences, fabulous writing, some ice-cream and generally just a lovely feel to this story. 

It is a very enjoyable book to sit in your garden with, soak up the rays, as you make whole new friends within the pages.  There was a bit of a mystery in the book too, but its not at the heart of the book and the second I had a bit more info I had guessed the outcome first but loved seeing the characters reactions to it. 

I swear this is an author that just keeps getting better, already excite to see what the next book will be. 

Thank you Netgalley and Bookouture for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.  

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