Title: Summer of Love
Published: 16th February 2012
Author: Katie Fforde
Who knows what might happen in a summer of love?
Sian Bishop has left the hustle and bustle of the city behind and has thrown herself into a new life in the country.
With her young son, her picture-postcard garden and her small thriving business, she’s happy and very busy. She is not – repeat not – looking for love.
And then, one glorious summer evening, Gus Beresford arrives.
One-time explorer, full-time heart-breaker, Gus is ridiculously exciting, wonderfully glamorous – and, Sian tells herself, completely wrong for a romantically cautious single woman like her.
But she and Gus have met before. And, despite Sian’s best intentions, it isn’t long before she’s falling for him all over again…
Goes down as another off my 2016 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book by a local author. A great light read that feels like a cosy warm romance novel to get stuck into when it’s wet and windy outside. Really like stepping into a Katie Fforde book as she has the ability to transport you to a rosier existence.
A story of two parts coming together to create an interesting, if at times predicable, love story. Sian is a single mum to Rory her four-year-old son. The result of a magical moment in time with Gus – not that he knows this yet. An explorer who captured her from the moment they met, shame he was leaving a couple days after to travel the world. Feeling the London life was no longer for her and her son she moves out to the country, with the help of her friend Richard. He is a husband/stepfather wannabe when it comes to her and Rory. He presents an easy, safe (if some what boring) option – one at times she seems to consider. At her new home a friendly neighbour Fiona comes to check her out. Loved her from the start, more so when she enlists Sian’s help with Internet dating. A close friendship is formed but you know there’s change coming when she keeps mentioning that her son Angus is coming home. Have him crash into a dinner party and Sian almost forgets to breath. The father of her son just walked in and is looking at her like he would love to continue where they left off. Chemistry and passion can be seen from the start which grows the more time they spend together but with the ticking time bomb of telling him the truth about their son hanging over her how will it play out.
If their romance wasn’t enough to keep you entertained then Fiona’s definitely will. First guy she meets turns into an interesting event. Good job she gets a knight to come to the rescue – well James a bookshop owner really. Theirs is a more mature romance that starts with friendship first. With being older they don’t want to mess around with mixed signals. Just say what you want, and mean, and go for it. Which is something Sian and Gus could do with copying as they do get themselves into a bit of a pickle at times. Loved their son Rory though, such a sweet little boy. The things he came out with sometimes shows the innocence of a child’s point of view.
Love the village settings the author creates. Almost homely with how they are, making you wish you lived in the idyllic places.
4 out of 5 stars