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Summer with my Sister [Kindle Edition]

Lucy Diamond
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Polly has always been the high-flier of the family, with the glamorous city lifestyle to match.

Clare is a single mum with two children, struggling to make ends meet in a ramshackle cottage. The two sisters are poles apart and barely on speaking terms.

But then Polly’s fortunes change unexpectedly and her world comes crashing down. Left penniless and with nowhere else to go, she’s forced back to the village where she and Clare grew up, and the sisters find themselves living together for the first time in years. With an old flame reappearing for Polly, a blossoming new career for Clare and a long-buried family secret in the mix, sparks are sure to fly. Unless the two women have more in common than they first thought?

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"This is a warm and witty read for sisters of all ages."--Candis

"Seamless, engaging, believable, fun and heartfelt... A skilfully executed and charming tale that you'll want to pass on to all your friends"

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New beginnings and an old flame. Summer just got hotter...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1567 KB
  • Print Length: 465 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1445022265
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007G7IVSI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,048 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in Nottingham, Lucy Diamond has lived in Leeds, London, Oxford and Brighton, but now lives in beautiful Bath. She is married with three children.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One for the Summer! 15 Jun. 2012
By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 500 REVIEWER
The book begins by introducing us to the life of high-flyer Polly. She's moved away from the small village she grew up in, and now lives in a flash London apartment, gets paid a lot of money to work in the financial sector, and loves to live her life to the full - she's not afraid to splash her cash either. So when she is suddenly made redundant without warning, Polly feels life crumbling around her, and is forced to return home to live with her parents. Sister Clare, a divorcee and mother of two makes ends meet by working as a doctor's receptionist, and making homemade gifts for her friends and family. When her successful sister is suddenly back in her life, Clare becomes resentful of Polly's attitudes, and the women fail to get along. But they are both hiding guilt over something that happened in their pasts. Will they get past it to finally realise the importance of their sister?

There was something about this book I just loved. I loved that there weren't too many characters to get confused with, I loved that the book had a point and got to it straight away re Polly and Clare not getting along as sister's, and I loved the development of the story as it went on. I found Diamond's writing was easy to read and enjoyable, and really brought the characters to life with ease. Polly was a bit of stuck-up snob at the beginning of the book, and as we aren't immediately told why, it's difficult to be sympathetic towards her in any way. I found Diamond's descriptions of Polly and her lifestyle really good, and made it vivid in my mind. It was hard to feel sorry for her, even when her life started crumbling, but something bout her made me like her in a small way.

Clare was the character I could really relate to - a single mum working hard to do her best for her family.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable! 23 Jun. 2012
By The Little Bookworm VINE VOICE
I have never read a Lucy Diamond before, despite having had 'The Beach House' on my shelf for a while. I was attracted to this one simply because of the beautiful cover. It really is lovely and very summery! The synopsis sounded good as well.

The story follows Poppy, a workaholic who, for reasons I won't reveal, has to move back home. Claire, her sister, is the complete opposite and not at all happy about her sister moving back home, especially as she hasn't paid a bit of notice to her niece and nephew since they were born! However, as the story goes along, they begin to appreciate each other more. There is also a more serious storyline which is dealt with really well. I like how this isn't just a 'light' read.

I really enjoyed this book and felt like I really got to know all the characters. I think Diamond's strength with this novel is that she hasn't got a great big cast list and this really allows you to build up a relationship.

A perfect book for Summer. I will be hunting out more of Lucy Diamond's work in the future!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable feel-good read. 13 Jun. 2012
By C. Colley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Sisters, Clare and Polly have never had what you call a sisterly bond, but that's all about to change.
Craving success, Polly had turned her back on her family several years ago. Her demanding, high powered job in London, with glamourous lifestyle to match helped her to forget the past and being successful was more important to her than anything else.
However, Polly's life changes when she loses her job and home. With no money and nowhere to go, she finds herself living back with her family.
Single mum Clare still lives in the village where Polly and Clare grew up. She struggles to make ends meet, working part time at the medical centre, but her parents and friends are close at hand and always there to support her.
Clare is not exactly pleased with the news of Polly's return and reluctantly decides to help out. Polly comes to stay for the summer - it's an eventful one, but by the end of it, the future looks better for both of them and in more ways than one.
This is a great read. I instantly warmed to Clare. Polly is not so easy to like initially, but she learns to be true to herself and as the story progresses, I really warmed to her.
The story has several themes; family secrets, sisterhood and romance, to name a few, and all combine to make an entertaining read. The story also has a deeper side and a good balance of funny/light and serious moments.
Yes, the plot is a little predictable on the romance side, but the believable characters and really good storyline make this book a very worthwhile read.
I've only recently discovered Lucy Diamond's books and have been delighted so far. Lucy's last novel, The Beach Café, is a wonderful read with a warm central character, and a stunning location - a café on a Cornwall beach. Pure escapism!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice easy read, perfect for the beach 30 Aug. 2012
I've previously read other Lucy Diamond books and knew i'd like this one. It didn't disapoint, I read it really quickly and enjoyed it alot. Great storyline, a little predictable but then most 'chick lit' is!

The story revolves around 2 sisters, Polly who is a high - flyer in London and Clare, a single Mum trying to make ends meet and struggles with day to day life. The characters are realistic, down to earth and easy to relate to. When Polly is unexpectedley made redundant her life is turned upside down and she has to go and start a new life in the quiet village where she grew up. The story continues with Polly in an almost self discovery and Clare venturing into new territory and branching out doing new things.

It's a lovely, heart warming story and thouroughly reccommed for beach/pool side reading!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the summer
What would you do when things don't go they way you think they should? Find out what Polly does. Good story line, not too many characters. Easy and enjoyable.
Published 3 days ago by Mrs. H.
5.0 out of 5 stars worth a read
An easy read. Easily reflects the often hidden relationships we have with our siblings that evolve in our own imaginations.
Published 10 days ago by prew
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read!!
Fantastic read,
Published 11 days ago by Sarahg
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
Loved this story which had you beating your head against the wall at times! Heartwarming story about coming home! Perfect
Published 14 days ago by Looby
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming read usual high standard of writing from this author
Really enjoyable read this author never disappoints ! Full description t ion of characters easy to visualize them. Look forward to her next book.
Published 17 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this book, whizzed through it couldn't put it down!
Published 29 days ago by Karen Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book from start to finish
Published 1 month ago by Julie Ferguson
5.0 out of 5 stars easy read
Really enjoyable, easy read
Published 1 month ago by New mum
5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to read
This book starts off by introducing us to Polly a typical workaholic bankers who's life is completely devoted to her high flying job , on the other end of the spectrum her sister... Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. E. Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars A pool book.
Not in the least demanding & a bit predictable, this is a great book to read by the pool. Would have had more stars without the Anglo-Saxon language - am I the only person who can... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Janie S
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