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In the Summertime [Hardcover]

Judy Astley
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Book Description

4 July 2013

It's twenty years since Miranda, then sixteen, holidayed in Cornwall and her life changed forever. Now she's back again - with her mother Clare and the ashes of her stepfather Jack, whose wish was to be scattered on the sea overlooked by their one-time holiday home.

The picturesque cove seems just the same as ever, but the people are different - more smart incomers,fewer locals, more luxury yachts in the harbour. But Miranda and Clare both find some strangely familiar faces, and revisit the emotions they both thought had disappeared.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (4 July 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0593067568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593067567
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A light-hearted, romantic and escapist read." (Good Housekeeping)

"Girls, pull up a lounger and enjoy this sparkling sunshiny beach read... heart-tripping surprises lie ahead in this mix of fun and frolics." (Peterborough Telegraph)

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A return to an idyllic Cornish holiday home - what could possibly go wrong?

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4.0 out of 5 stars Review: 'In the Summertime' by Judy Astley 30 July 2013
When she was a 16-year-old girl, Miranda spent her summer holiday in Cornwall, where she experienced certain things that changed her life completely. She's now a 36-year-old woman and going back to that exact same village in Cornwall to spend the summer. Main reason is her mother Clare, who has just lost her husband Jack, and wants to scatter his ashes on the sea near their beloved Cornish holiday home. Miranda's teenage kids, Silva and Bo, have come along on the trip, and it doesn't take long before Harriet, Miranda's sister, joins them as well. Miranda soon realises that in contrast to what she initially expected, there are still lots of familiar faces walking around in Chapel Creek, including her former best friends Jess and Andrew, and her holiday crush Steve. It doesn't take long before forgotten memories and emotions return, and it becomes clear this holiday has much in store for not just Miranda, but the rest of her family as well.

Miranda is such a likeable and warm character; I liked her from the first few pages of the novel. I enjoyed the fact that the story focused on different generations of one family. There's Miranda in the middle (together with her sister Harriet, who is fleeing from her famous footballer boyfriend and the paparazzi); their mother Clare, who is trying to deal with the loss of her husband; and the kids, Silva and Bo, who are both dealing with their own teenage troubles of trying to fit in. Family takes on a central place in the story, and I loved the way Miranda tries to keep them all together. Next to this, the scene setting and the descriptions of Cornwall were fabulous, and they really gave me that summer feeling.

After reading this novel, I found out it is actually a sequel to another novel by Judy Astley, `Just for the Summer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Book! 21 Nov 2013
By jg
I have not read a book by this author previously & was surprsied to find out that this is actually a sequel to another book she has written.
To the authors credit "In The Summertime" works very well as a stand alone novel & I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Lovely characters & really descriptive writing. It was a pleasure to read this & although it moved along at quite a slow pace I felt that this added to the Summer holiday feeling of the novel.
Loved it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is the first of Judy Astley's novels that I've read and right now I'm kicking myself for not discovering her sooner!

Following the death of her Step-Father, Miranda drives her Mother and her two teenage children to Cornwall to finally scatter his ashes in a place he once loved.

Miranda and her family were regular visitors to Chapel Creek, Cornwall when she was a teenager, spending each summer there with annual friends and holiday romances that they were unlikely to see any other time of the year. We soon discover that both Miranda and her Mother, Clare have a few secrets they've been storing for the past twenty years, each with a Cornish skeleton or two that could come back to haunt them.

(Since reading this book, I've discovered that it is sequel to Just For The Summer so people who have already read the original will no doubt know a thing or two about the history of these characters).

Clare, mourning the loss of her Husband wonders if it's too soon to feel something for another Man when Eliot, a Man she once had a brief, lustful moment with twenty years previously arrives in town and old feelings begin to surface. Successful in her career but unlucky in love, divorced Miranda wonders if there is any chance of a recollection with her first love, Steve. Will the crossed wires that are keeping them apart untangle themselves in time for the two to find a way back to each other before Miranda leaves town? Meanwhile Silva and Bo, Miranda's children are discovering love for the first time during their summer break.

I really enjoyed the intertwined stories of the three generations and the differences between their situations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, Amazing and Relatable 22 July 2014
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I have never read a Judy Astley book before so I didn't know what to expect. Though from the first page I was hooked the story is perfectly written and set in summer which is perfect for this time of the year. When reading blurb about In The Summertime it is the type of book that I would read, I also found out that it is a sequel to one of Judy Astley's earlier books called 'Just For The Summer' that follows the story of a younger Miranda.

I have not read the first in the series but this particular book picks up with a a recap on Miranda's life over the years and covering all of the important part that would have been explained in the first book. There are many characters in the book, there is Miranda, Steve, Clare, Elliott, Jess and Andrew. The story picks up in Cornwall and is also many years later from the first book, the story mainly focuses on Miranda but the others are in the book as well as they are a big part of her life.

Miranda has two teenage children and has not long got divorced, her mother Clare has just become a widow, so they both are going through major change in their lives at that moment. So going to Cornwall seems like a good idea to take their minds of the horrible luck they have been dealt. Though going there is not what Miranda thought and she remembers what happened the last time so came to Cornwall over sixteen years ago. Old feelings are rising to the surface and old friends are turning up, but will it be a holiday to remember or a holiday to regret?

This story is amazing to read, one that I could read again to get you in the mood for summer and also give you to feeling of happiness and sunshine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the Summertime
What a fantastic surprise to find this sequel to her Just for the Summer which I read 20 years ago. Great to revisit the old characters. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Mrs C A Gupta
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!
I read Just for the Summer many years ago and was a bit concerned that if I couldn't remember it too well then this book would be less enjoyable. I needn't have worried. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Shelagh2401
5.0 out of 5 stars very good summer read
very good summer read, judy astley has a knack of getting the best storylines to keep you reading, loathe to put it down
Published 8 days ago by michael coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Ideal summer reading.
Published 21 days ago by wendylois
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A comfortable relaxing read, full of sunshine and beaches.
A bit of a sudden end.
Published 23 days ago by Mrs S.
3.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant, light read
I read Just for the Summer when it came out 20 years ago and it was good to catch up with the characters.
A good beach novel.
Published 25 days ago by Jackie Fraser
4.0 out of 5 stars Summer read
Good easy summer read evoked hope in romantic situations that occur throughout life I did not want it to end
Published 1 month ago by Dsh
3.0 out of 5 stars Nat
Perfect holiday read, with a few funny moments. This book makes me want to go on holiday and enjoy the sunshine the charters are enjoying. !!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Book-Shelf
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Friends Revisited
I loved this! I read Just for the Summer and never wanted it to end. When I saw this I had to have it. I read it in a couple of sessions and it did not disappoint. Read more
Published 1 month ago by kimberley
5.0 out of 5 stars A great summer read
It's twenty years since Miranda, then sixteen, holidayed in Cornwall and her life changed forever. Now she's back again with her mother Clare and the ashes of her stepfather Jack,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ms. C. Sabin
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