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Sand in My Shoes: A Summer Novella by [Harper, Jenny]
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Length: 95 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 355 KB
  • Print Length: 95 pages
  • Publisher: Accent Press (4 July 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00YEV1HQW
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,071 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A beautifully written, evocative summer read. Just the right length for reading while lying on the beach or journeying there by plane (or train). The main character, Nicola, is lovely, the Scottish and French settings gorgeous. Thoroughly recomment.
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Nicola Arnott has been through some difficult periods in her life, mainly becoming a widow and single mum at a young age after the completely unexpected death of her husband. Yet, Nicola managed to raise her daughter and build up a career for herself, leading a calm and careful life. So, when her life is shaken up by a cancer scare, Nicola decides she deserves a break. She goes back to the French small town of Arcachon where she spent some wonderful summers when she was a teenager. It also makes her think of her first love, French medical student Luc. Nicola doesn't expect to run into Luc again, but when she does it raises a few questions. Will they be able to pick things up from where they left it all those years ago, or has too much happened to the both of them...?

I really enjoyed this short story with a summer feel by author Jenny Harper. The story focuses on a fascinating protagonist whom I straight away liked; Nicola has dealt with a lot of things in her life and after a recent cancer scare she decides to take a break from it all. While there's usually not a lot of space and time in short stories to really provide the reader with a lot of detail, I really felt like I got to know Nicola and was curious to see what this trip to France would lead to. The story also includes some flashbacks, going back to the time when Nicola was a teenager and fell in love with French student Luc. The chemistry between the two of them is definitely there, and I loved being able to go back in time to see what happened to young Nicola and what this period meant to her.

Jenny Harper's writing is a true pleasure to get lost it and really suitable for a quick and entertaining but also touching summer read like this one.
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A short story packed full of big themes: friendship, love, loss and rekindling of past romance.

This is a perfect travel read - I was immediately taken with this story's heroine, Nicola: her story told partly in flashback where we meet her first love, Luc, in the small French town of Arcachon where Nicky's parents have taken her for her last family holiday. We learn that she was a passionate and romantic teenager, quite different to how she presents herself to family and friends in the present day - but, as becomes clear for Nicola, none of us are very different 20 or so years on to our 17 year old selves!

A really lovely and enjoyable short story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review: 'Sand in my Shoes' by Jenny Harper 31 Aug. 2015
By Jody - "A Spoonful of Happy Endings" - Published on Amazon.com
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Nicola Arnott has been through some difficult periods in her life, mainly becoming a widow and single mum at a young age after the completely unexpected death of her husband. Yet, Nicola managed to raise her daughter and build up a career for herself, leading a calm and careful life. So, when her life is shaken up by a cancer scare, Nicola decides she deserves a break. She goes back to the French small town of Arcachon where she spent some wonderful summers when she was a teenager. It also makes her think of her first love, French medical student Luc. Nicola doesn't expect to run into Luc again, but when she does it raises a few questions. Will they be able to pick things up from where they left it all those years ago, or has too much happened to the both of them...?

I really enjoyed this short story with a summer feel by author Jenny Harper. The story focuses on a fascinating protagonist whom I straight away liked; Nicola has dealt with a lot of things in her life and after a recent cancer scare she decides to take a break from it all. While there's usually not a lot of space and time in short stories to really provide the reader with a lot of detail, I really felt like I got to know Nicola and was curious to see what this trip to France would lead to. The story also includes some flashbacks, going back to the time when Nicola was a teenager and fell in love with French student Luc. The chemistry between the two of them is definitely there, and I loved being able to go back in time to see what happened to young Nicola and what this period meant to her.

Jenny Harper's writing is a true pleasure to get lost it and really suitable for a quick and entertaining but also touching summer read like this one. I already feel like I had some sort of connection with the characters and wouldn't mind reading more about them! The setting of the short story is perfect for a summer read and will make you long for a holiday to the beautiful town of Arcachon yourself! Overall, 'Sand in My Shoes' is a thoroughly enjoyable, fast-paced and touching read by an author whose work I am starting to enjoy more and more. A great novella to pick up if you're looking for a quick summer read, and I personally already can't wait to pick up Jenny Harper's next novel!
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely and thought provoking 19 July 2015
By Sarah Adam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A short story packed full of big themes: friendship, love, loss and rekindling of past romance.

This is a perfect travel read - I was immediately taken with this story's heroine, Nicola: her story told partly in flashback where we meet her first love, Luc, in the small French town of Arcachon where Nicky's parents have taken her for her last family holiday. We learn that she was a passionate and romantic teenager, quite different to how she presents herself to family and friends in the present day - but, as becomes clear for Nicola, none of us are very different 20 or so years on to our 17 year old selves!

A really lovely and enjoyable short story.
5.0 out of 5 stars A warm and moving book 19 Aug. 2015
By Gillian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A beautifully written, evocative summer read. Just the right length for reading while lying on the beach or journeying there by plane (or train). The main character, Nicola, is lovely, the Scottish and French settings gorgeous. Thoroughly recommend.
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