Saturday, 30 March 2019

Book Review - The Summer of Chasing Dreams - Blog Tour

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Title: The Summer of Chasing Dreams
Author: Holly Martin
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 29th March 2019
Rating: 5 Stars

This year everything is about to change...

Eva Blue is quite content with her life in London. In her job as a cover designer, she works at home, and often in her cosy pyjamas. She's happy to stay in her safe little world and not explore much outside of it.

She is the opposite of her mum, a free spirit who craved finding adventure and thrills in all corners of the world. But on the day her mum’s will is finalised, Eva finds a list of all the dreams her mum wanted to achieve in her life. Things she never did because she fell pregnant with Eva.

Eva decides these dreams will not go unfulfilled - she is going to be brave and complete them for her mum. As Eva has no experience travelling the world, she hires a guide to go with her on this trip of a lifetime.

Gorgeous but rude Thor Anderson is not the person she would choose to accompany her on this adventure, but somehow she gets stuck with him. As they discover the world together Eva starts to think he might not be as bad as she first thought. She is swept away by Thor's kindness and mischievous sense of humour. While Eva wrestles with moving out of her comfort zone, Thor is running from a past heartache. Sparks fly between them, but will a simple holiday romance be enough or can they put aside their pasts to embrace their futures?

Without a doubt my favourite Holly Martin book of all time, and easily the best one she has written since One Hundred Proposals.   This feels like vintage Holly Martin - a fabulous feel good factor, some incredibly romantic scenes and gestures, some wonderful creativity, had me laughing and smiling throughout and generally just wow. 

As someone that loves travel, loves going on holiday and also loves reading books set around the world - what better for me than The Summer of Chasing Dreams that features a round the world trip. 

I can't imagine the amount of research the author put into this to make each section in each country feel so  authentic, and real.  I could picture everything so so clearly, and really had a sense of every little thing that Eva and Thor were experiencing. 

Eva discovered her mum's chest of dreams written when Juliette was only 18, just before falling pregnant with Eva.  With the money that Juliette left her, Eva decides to travel around the world and experience the dreams for her, and also write postcards to her mum the whole way through.

I loved how the postcards were used to move the trip onwards and give a taste of some of the places, without us experiencing every last moment  of the holiday- just all the key ones.   

There are scenes that had me laughing out loud, including a sink in a hotel room in Belgium, conversations that made me fall for Thor, such as the ones about sex in Amsterdam,  there a memorable moments involving giraffes,  the scenery descriptions involved in a hot air balloon ride has made me determined to experience one of those. 

There were also moments where Thor's kindness and thoughtfulness had me almost in tears especially with  one surprise he had for Eva. 

Thor though was not meant to be Eva's travelling companion, and was sent as a replacement from the travel company when her original female escort became injured.  Even the initial stages of their interactions were amusing, and did think he seemed on first impressions rather too sure of himself. But as we got to know both him and Eva,  I could understand them both incredibly well. 

This is perfect holiday reading, or like me, a cold winters day read, where I get to think and virtually travel to warmer places.  I adored every single moment of this fabulous book and it already feels like one of my top romantic comedy reads for the year.   

Or if you thought all of that was too long to read - let me sum it up for you the easy way - go buy and read this book, and enjoy your virtual travels and romance! 

Thank you to the author for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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