Sunday, 18 September 2016

Book Review - A Summer At Sea by Katie Fforde

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Title: A Summer at Sea
Author: Katie Fforde
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 11th August 2016
Rating: 5 Stars

Emily is happy with her life just as it is. 

She has a career as a midwife that she loves . She enjoys living on her own as a single woman. But she’s also feels it’s time for a change and a spot of some sea air. 

So when her best friend Rebecca asks whether she’d like to spend the summer cooking on a ‘puffer’ boat just off the Scottish coast, she jumps at the chance.

But she barely has time to get to grips with the galley before she finds herself with a lot on her plate. 

Rebecca is heavily pregnant and is thrilled to have her friend on board doing most of the work. Then there’s Emily’s competitive and jealous kitchen assistant who thinks she should be head-cook, not Emily. 

And there’s Alasdair, the handsome local doctor who Emily is desperately trying not to notice. 

Because if she falls in love with him, as he appears to be falling for her, will she ever want her old life back again?

I really don't know what to say, I feel like I have waxed lyrical about Katie Fforde's books a fair amount in the past, and no idea how to come up with anything original to talk about how brilliant A Summer At Sea is. 

Because needless to say I absolutely loved this book, from the first few pages I was drawn into another cosy  and comforting story that this always talented author has written. With a great location of the wilds of Scotland, and Emily has two jobs which are both very interesting. Normally she is a midwife, and after particularly awkward birth, she is finding herself a bit disillusioned. 

Enter Rebecca her heavily pregnant best friend, who offers her the chance to work as a cook on their puffer boat that does Scottish Island tourist trips for the summer. I loved all the action on the boat, and thought it was a bit of a different setting for a story. 

The scenery in Scotland was breathtaking too, watch out for some very cute wildlife making an appearance, as well as an adorable 9 year old girl, and her dishy doctor dad! 

The action was pottering along at a reasonable pace that I was enjoying and then suddenly there was a period of the book that became energizing and unputdownable, while a multitude of things happened, and from there a good become great. 

I always have the sense of walking away from a big comforting hug when I finish a Katie Fforde book, and this was no exception. The characters were all believable and likeable, the story was interesting and at times compelling and the descriptions of both setting and jobs were superb. All in all another masterpiece from one of the great women's fiction writers around. 

Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 


  1. Awww, love this: "the sense of walking away from a big comforting hug when I finish a Katie Fforde book". Fab review, Rachel. Thanks for sharing! :) xx

  2. that's a lovely review, Rachel. I'll have to read this book now :)


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