I am so excited to be reviewing ‘Annie’s Summer by the Sea’ today for Bookouture, as part of the blog blitz! Huge thanks, as always, to the publisher for the blitz invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:
When Annie Trebarwith unexpectedly inherits Tregavara House, her much-loved family home atop the cliffs of Salt Bay, she begins to wonder: with all the good friends and warm memories she’s made in the village, could it be her forever home?
Luckily her gorgeous Poldark-lookalike boyfriend, Josh Pasco, has exactly the same idea. High on the Cornish cliffs he gets down on one knee, and Annie has everything she’s ever dreamed of.
But when a summer storm causes catastrophic damage to the beautiful but aging house, Annie and Josh are faced with tumbling tiles and a massive repair bill – and a roof that’s leaked straight onto her wedding gown…
Can the Salt Bay community save Annie’s house and her wedding – and give Annie the happy-ever-after she’s always wanted?
What does TWG think?
It is so good to be back in Salt Bay, but it also feels like an end of an era. I can only assume that this is the last book in the series because if it is, I couldn’t have wished for a better conclusion for such a wonderful bunch of characters.
Well, apart from Toby.
I would highly recommend reading this series in order as each book continues the story from the previous novel, making missing out on vital pieces of information incredibly high if you were to read the books out of order.
Annie and Josh’s relationship seems to be going from strength to strength and, seeing as Annie has never felt like she has belonged anywhere, it was truly lovely to finally see her settled in a place that she can call ‘home’.
I became a little bit emotional when I realised that a certain character wasn’t going to be in the spotlight any longer, as because I have read these books from the beginning and followed each characters story, I felt like I was losing a friend. Daft I know.
Toby has made his presence known the whole way through the series, yet in this book he seems to be everywhere! I was hoping that he would see the error of his ways and find someone to give him a personality transplant, but, as nobody was willing, I tried to ignore him. Safe to say it didn’t work and he still got right up by nose! What an arrogant codswallop! Fantastic to read about I must say, definitely entertaining!
For me, the community spirit that laced this storyline, ended up being the star of the show ten times over. The warmth and strength the community gave to Annie and her family in her time of need, was incredibly touching and brought such joy to my own heart whilst I was reading it. The community went above and beyond but to them, it was as though the weren’t doing anything out of the ordinary. Personally, I think that they’re all stars, deserving the spotlight the author put them under.
I loved how cosy this story was, and I especially loved how much I found myself giggling. The author writes in such a natural, heart-warming manner, going between various scenarios flawlessly. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about ‘Annie’s Summer by the Sea’ – it is definitely my favourite book of the series!
A laugh out loud, free-spirited and touching read – can I pack my bags and go live in Salt Bay now, please?!
About the author.
Liz began her writing career as a journalist and press officer before deciding that she’d rather have the freedom of making things up as a novelist.
Being short-listed in the Corvus ‘Love at First Write’ competition and the Novelicious search for a new women’s fiction star gave Liz the push she needed to keep putting pen to paper …. and ‘Annie’s Holiday by the Sea’ (her first published novel) is the result.
Liz lives on the South Coast with her family and, when she’s not writing, likes to spend time walking by the sea, and trying to meditate. Her ambition is to be serene one day …. she’s still got a long way to go.
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