Thursday, 15 June 2017

The Summer House – by Jenny Hale

My own copy
Original Cover

The blurb:

Some summers will stay with you forever... 

Callie Weaver and best friend Olivia Dixon have finally done it: put their life savings into the beach house they admired through childhood summers, on the dazzling white sand of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. They’re going to buff the salt from its windows, paint its sun-bleached sidings, and open it as a bed and breakfast. 

Callie’s too busy to think about her love life, but when she catches the attention of local heartthrob Luke Sullivan, his blue eyes and easy smile make it hard to say no. He’s heir to his father’s property empire, and the papers say he’s just another playboy, but as they laugh in the ocean waves, Callie realizes there’s more to this man than money and good looks. 

Just when true happiness seems within reach, Callie and Olivia find a diary full of secrets... secrets that stretch across the island, and have the power to turn lives upside down. As Callie reads, she unravels a mystery that makes her heart drop through the floor. 

Will Callie and Luke be pulled apart by the storm it unleashes, or can true love save them? 

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

 Callie and her best friend Olivia have put their savings together and they have bough the The Beachcomber. It’s a lovely beach house on the Outer Bnks of North Carolina. Their dream is to open it as a bed and breakfast and Callie spends every day getting the house ready.

However, she catches the attention of gorgeous Luke Sullivan, who comes across as a bit of a player. Callie gets to know him though and realises that he is different. I loved reading about these two together. Their relationship developed slowly, smoothly and sweetly. Jenny Hale captured it all beautifully.

Callie and Olivia find a diary full of secrets, which will add a lot of drama, involving Luke and some of their friends. It’s intense and it tests them on several levels, which added a lot of great excitement to the story. Then there was also a hurricane coming closer, so they had their fear of The Beachcomber being destroyed in their minds as well.

I absolutely adored this lovely bunch of characters, all so well lined out, all of them adding a spark to the story and of course they got their story told as well, without taking away space from Callie’s story. Luke is probably my favourite character, he is so thoughtful and just a sweetheart. Callie is a very relatable character and she goes through a real journey in this book, learning to trust again and not building too many walls around herself. Jenny Hale managed to include it in the story in a great and exciting way.

Jenny Hale has a real talent when it comes to describing places and settings. She did it again in this book, her descriptions are so vivid and real, it really feels like you are there with the characters.

This is your perfect summer read. It’s full of emotions, colourful and mesmerizing descriptions, lively and authentic characters, love, romance and much more.


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About the author

When she graduated college, one of Jenny’s friends said “Look out for this one; she’s going to be an author one day”. Despite being an avid reader and a natural storyteller, it wasn’t until that very moment that the idea of writing novels occurred to her.
Sometimes our friends can see the things that we can’t. Whilst she didn’t start straight away, that comment sowed a seed and several years, two children and hundreds of thousands of words later, Jenny finished her first novel – Coming Home for Christmas – which became an instant bestseller.

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