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?
The Summer House is an absolutely gorgeous, heart-warming summer romance, about the importance of family, not keeping secrets, and learning how to open your heart.
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As always, it’s such a pleasure to be on a Jenny Hale blog tour! Big thank you to the lovely, Kim, from Bookouture, for inviting me to take part in such a summery blog tour.
You all should know by now that I am a cover worshipper (that’s the polite way of saying it!), and yes, I do judge a book by its cover #sorrynotsorry. With that in mind, can I just take a moment to point out how STUNNING Jenny Hale’s book cover is?! It’s so open and breezy, it really made me get into the zone for her new book, The Summer House.
There’s nothing like seeing your dreams become reality, especially when those dreams harbour so many memories for more than one person. Callie and Olivia, have decided to follow their heart and live their dream via a beach house. Now, it’s not just ANY beach house, no, it’s a place that both ladies hold very dear to their hearts. A place where they spent their summers as children. A place which has been the heart of the community for many, many years; even when it had no-one living in it. Callie and Olivia have decided to resurrect the true essence of the beach house, by opening it up as a bed and breakfast. With the beach literally on their doorstep, it’s the perfect location to just…be.
Whilst all of that sounds incredible and plain sailing, it feels like I’m missing something doesn’t it? Oh, wait, I know. A man. No, I’m not missing a man, it just seems to be going so smoothly in my description of the storyline, and I just realised why. I hadn’t mentioned THE MAN, and, in books like these, there is always a man to distract ladies from the task in hand. No pun intended.
If I’m honest, I have never read a Jenny Hale novel which I didn’t like. Ever. There’s just something so comforting about picking up one of Hale’s novels, confidently knowing that you’re not going to be disappointed by what you read.
Thankfully, The Summer House was another one of those comforting reads. This storyline in particular though, was incredibly calm to begin with as each of the characters were finding their feet, the foundations of the plot were being laid, and pieces of the jigsaw puzzle were being scattered ready for piecing together along the way.
Personally, I felt that the romance part of the storyline was a teensy bit predictable. Don’t get me wrong, the author still executed it in a lovely way as it still was a joy to read about, I just felt like it could have been a little more unique.
The Summer House has the type of storyline that seems calm before the storm. Literally. There was the odd bump in road in terms of family secrets, but as soon as the storyline had unfolded to its full potential – wowza, Jenny Hale flourished. The pace increased dramatically (as did my heart rate). The level of uncertainty was severely gripping and quite emotional to read. The romance aspect seemed to show itself in a completely different light, and I loved it. I probably shouldn’t say this given the nature of the events that unfolded, but, for me, those parts of the novel were my absolute favourite. The author showed a different side to her writing ability, which completely blew me away and gave the storyline incredible depth.
I truly loved this sunshine on a rainy day type novel; Jenny Hale has outdone herself once again by creating raw, emotional and extremely thought-provoking situations, all of which were surrounded by the serenity of the beach house.
Reading The Summer House felt like I had come home, I wish I could explain why, but it just did. This book made me realise the importance of listening to your heart, trusting your instincts, staying true to yourself and your beliefs, but most importantly, moving heaven and Earth for those you love. Jenny Hale has incorporated such deep and meaningful messages into such a relaxing, yet deep, storyline.
If Jenny Hale bottled the intense emotions of her book and sold it, I would buy it in no time. Everyone needs a book like this on their shelves. Wait, no, everyone needs THIS book on their shelves. Trust me.
Thank you Bookouture.
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.