Thank you to NetGalley and HQ for allowing me to read and review Summerhouse by the Sea. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
I’ve just finished reading this delightful, feel-good book. I think that it is a must read for the summer holidays, but even more so, this beautifully written story explores family relationships, how they affect us in ways not always apparent and how we can rise above them to become our own person.
This is an intelligent, well written, touching tale of love, loss and realising what truly matters in life – contentment and acceptance.
This story revolves around siblings, Rory and Ava Fisher, whose mother, Isabel, was a famous singer. She deserted them to all intents and purposes when they were young. Their father is a somewhat distant figure, but luckily they holidayed frequently with their grandmother, Val, and she provided some much needed stability and love to their lives.
When their grandmother passes away, Rory wants to sell her home, the Summerhouse in Spain, but Ava decides to stay on for a while after the funeral, taking a leave of absence from work and renting out her flat in London. Rory, a filmmaker, suffers a professional mishap and needs to escape his failing career so he joins Ava, along with his son, Max. His wife, Claire, is left behind in London as she has work commitments.
The wonderful supporting characters, who were friends of Val such as Flora, Gabriella, Rosa, etc., enrich this charming and funny story, and play an important role in influencing the life decisions ultimately made by Rory and Ava. Let’s not forget about Tom either, Ava’s one time celebrity crush.
Without giving too much away as this book is only available for pre-order at the moment, both Rory and Ava have to acknowledge how much their disaffected parents have influenced their personal relationships. To move on from this realisation, they have to accept themselves and decide what they want out of life. An interesting underlying thread running throughout this story is the impact that technology has had on their lives and that having a detox from their phones, etc., enabled them to discover what was truly meaningful.
This book is full of humour, warmth, love and a touch of romance. It will leave you feeling uplifted and is guaranteed to make you smile.
It is full of happy endings! I loved reading it and I’m sure that you will too.
This charming book deserves a celebrated