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Will It All End As A Summer Of True Love?
Summer of Love - Katie Fforde
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Summer of Love - Katie Fforde
Advantages: enjoyable, feel like i know the characters, lovely writing styles
Disadvantages: predictable at times
*I haven't written many book reviews before so bear with me - I know it isn't amazing but constructive criticism or praise is welcome! :)
Sian Bishop is a girl looking for nothing other than a little country home with her son Rory - no men, no drama and lots of painting. Sian is shocked at how quickly she settles in and finds herself in a close friendship with Fiona - an older lady who lived in the village and had all the knowledge of the locals.
I don't want to give the story away, but Sian definitely does not expect what happens next - finding herself in a love triangle which is tricky and confusing for all involved. Does she follow her head or her heart? Who could provide more for her son? Richard can give her anything she needs, he has a big home, good job and loves her dearly. Sian could grow to love him and knows he will be a great step father to Rory. Gus is an adventurer, he couldn't be completely stable with a job, but he is amazing with Rory and Sian is beginning to fall madly in love with him all over again. This is most definitely a position nobody would want to be in!
Admittedly, I'd never heard of Katie Fford before this book. I brought it on a whim at Tesco due to it being £3 and sounding interesting enough for a long train journey home from my grandparents. The blurb on the back sounded interesting enough, I'm quite into my romantic love stories so I couldn't resist - especially when Katie Price's novel was the only other choice I might like.
Katie Ffordes writing style is brilliant, I was captured from the first word and couldn't put the book down. I would read at night until my eyes couldn't stay open and I physically had to put it down - but I picked it up again as soon as I was on the train in the morning! I don't think I've ever been so into a book before and I would read her work again. I'm searching Amazon as we speak for more titles to try.
I have a bit of an annoyance with books/films that are predictable, which despite being so in parts, I found this book to be sometimes quite unexpected. Certain situations I felt like I knew what would happen but at the same time I didn't expect it when it did happen! The book is written from Sian's point of view which I liked, because I felt like I was being absorbed into the pages and living her life despite knowing she is a seperate person.
I found myself completely absorbed in the story, almost feeling as though I was actually Sian - I put this mainly down to Katie Ffordes writing style. I got annoyed with some of Sians decisions, frustrated with some plots - even found myself teary with certain parts. The connection between the reader and the characters is excellent and following them on their journeys through certain situations really made me feel like I knew them personally, as if they were friends of mine. One of the main things I really liked, was that this story followed the stories of more than one character over the time span of the book. Sian was living her life, but alongside her so were other people - and all of their stories intertwine so they don't just seem like someone hopping in and out of her life. I don't want to go too much into any of the characters because I hate reading reviews which give away the story.
The ending of the book for me, could have been a little better. I felt like I was not only left at a cliffhanger, but hanging half way off the cliff with my rope about to snap. I almost felt like the book ended because Fforde couldn't be bothered to finish it - although some people may enjoy this style of finish. I almost wish there was a part two to this book so I could see how their lives pan out in the future (how sad am I!).
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a romantic love story to get lost into, as this is exactly what I did. Katie Fforde makes it easy to connect with the characters and you will find yourself at the end of the book before you know whats hit you! It is inexpensive to buy and well worth the read.
Summary: worth a read!