Summer by the sea – Jenny Hale
Title: Summer by the sea
Author: Jenny Hale
My rating: ★★★★★
When I heard that there was a new book available from Jenny Hale I just had to pre-order it. Last week we were in the middle of a heatwave and I decided that was a good moment to read a book called Summer by the sea. Since I am not going anywhere with my pregnant belly, I could at least read about the sea.
What the book is about
They say there’s always one summer that changes you.
For Faith the one summer she can’t forget is when she fell in love as a teenager – only for her sister, Casey, to steal her man. Now, at the request of her beloved ninety-year-old Grandmother, Faith has agreed to a family holiday – at their childhood beach house, where it all began.
Faith hasn’t seen her sister in years but is finally ready to forgive and forget, enjoy the sunshine and relive happy memories. What she’s not ready for is meeting Jake Buchanan – the owner of the beach house – or the long-forgotten feelings he ignites in her.
Can Faith overcome the hurt of the past, rekindle the close bond she had with Casey and make this summer THE ONE to remember?
What I think about the book
Once again Jenny Hale wrote a wonderful and romantic story with a lovely main character. Faith is definitely not perfect, but she is kind and she loves her family a lot. You can feel that she is anxious to see her sister again after so many years, but that she’s also looking forward to a lovely summer holiday at the beach.
Faith has been through a lot, but she has learnt from the mistakes she has made in the past. Even though the bond with her sister is still a bit of a tough one (and hey, jealousy is kind of a bitch too!) and they have some issues to talk about, Faith can cope much better than before. She is also willing to take some risks for the sake of love. She does get a few tips and some guidance from her old (and wise) grandmother.
Jake Buchanon really is something else. He seems to be the handy man who is working at the cottage they have rented, but there’s more to him. At times he seems very sweet and loving, but the next moment I was wondering if that was the real him or if there was more to it. Of course it all becomes clear throughout the book.
All I can really say is this: If you love romantic novels, Summer by the sea is definitely worth putting on your to read list for this summer.