Summer of Love by Katie Fforde
Release Date: March 17, 2011
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Sian Bishop has only ever experienced one moment of recklessness – a moment that resulted in her beloved son Rory. When dependable, devoted Richard suggests a move to the beautiful English countryside, she leaves the hustle and bustle of the city, and throws herself into the cottage garden, her furniture restoration business, and a new life in the country. But who knows what can happen in a summer of love…
I liked this book and felt it was the perfect book to read at the start of summer. It was the sort of book that you read in the bath or sitting curled up in a chair with a cup of tea. It was a sweet and simple read that was lots of fun.
The characters were all interesting and unique in their own ways. There were points in the book where their actions were a little predictable, and basically all of the major plot twists weren't very shocking. I guess this book isn't meant to be that mind-blowing, just exciting enough to keep you reading.
The plot was your average chick-lit kind of plot; a secret that has to be kept, a woman who has several love interests and an older woman who acts as a guiding figure. There were no surprises in the plot progression; it literally goes the way you expect it go. There was a love triangle that became a major plot device but a lot of the conflict is actually in other topics: 'love vs money' and 'security vs uncertainty'.
I liked this and would recommend it to people who love chick-lit and cute stories set in small English villages. It is a guilty pleasure book for sure, and will be good as a pick-me up.