Sweet Home Summer written by Michelle Vernal, publisher HarperImpulse, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
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Sometimes, home really is where the heart is…
Leaving behind her hi-flying career in London, Isla Brookes has had enough. Burnt out and tired of an unfulfilling profession and lousy boyfriends, it’s time for her to go home.
Arriving back in cosy Bibury to stay with her grandmother, Bridget, everything is charmingly familiar. Even her childhood sweetheart, Ben, is as handsome as she remembered…
And when she discovers a stack of long-forgotten Valentine’s Day cards, Isla, with the help of Ben, begins to realise exactly what is most important in life.
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting Michelle Vernal’s latest novel: Sweet Home Summer.
This was a lovely family saga, a story of two halves and told in two voices; gran Bridget’s coming of age and falling in love story set in 1957 and forward to the present day grandaughter Isla moving back home after 10 years in London following her burn-out professionally and personally.
After 10 years in London Isla Brookes was ready for a change, exhausted from work and her love life strains a new work-life balance was needed and Isla felt like the place to reflect on her future was back home in New Zealand. Moving back in with her beloved gran Isla was ready to start again looking for a certain something to inspire her. However, when she left home years ago she broke not only her own heart but another. Seeing Ben again after so long has ignited a slow burning for her old flame but the timing is not right now as Ben has moved on. Inspiration comes from an unlikely location but Isla feels a pull and feels totally reinvigorated with this new dream that is building inside her.
Living with her gran has given Isla some wonderful moments of nostalgia and when she unearths a secret her gran has kept hidden for so long Bridget soon starts reminiscing about the past. A past that held a beautiful, touching blossoming love that was sadly thwarted by prejudices and tragedy. Once Bridget starts unravelling her past she vows to make things right and sets a plan in action with the help of her granddaughter and her new friends.
I loved Isla’s relationship with her gran they were quite similar in personality and their love of baking I felt opened up the emotions from both gran and granddaughter. Isla’s mother and father were a great pairing, her mum was so vivacious and young spirited, I loved the sound of the new keep-fit class NLNL. Isla’s dad loved his hobbies and liked to spread this love to all around him. The author, Michelle Vernal, has woven some humorous scenes in the storyline bringing much charm and character. I also loved the sense of community spirit involvement helping out one of their own and also to a local cause that was an essential place to all in the village. The secrets that started unravelling brought many mixed emotions and gave all those concerned reflection to what was important in the whole scheme of life.
A charming time-slip story filled with nostalgia, love, tragedy, inspiration and warmth.
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