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PRAISE FOR KAT FRENCH
'This book is a dangerous read for women at a crossroads…Kat French's Greek island is a glorious cocktail of romance, friendship and fun – Shirley Valentine for the twenty-first century. I predict an upsurge in bookings for Greek holidays.
Wonderful escapism that made me want to throw a bikini in my rucksack and dash off on an island-hopping adventure of my own.’ KERRY FISHER
'Warm, wild, witty and wonderful. Kat French at her best!' KATEY LOVELL
‘Clever, funny, sexy & full of heart!’ ANNIE LYONS
‘Make sure you pack this gem alongside your aeroplane tickets and sun cream. It's packed with all the ingredients necessary for a PERFECT holiday’ SAMANTHA TONGE
‘I loved the quirky humour and the pace, not to mention the colourful cast. And the settings were amazing. I really was transported. What a happy uplifting book! Funny and evocative, refreshing as a G and T – this book is as good as a holiday!’ JANE LINFOOT
‘Hot sun, even hotter men and a fab tale of women turning their lives around. Made me long to book a flight to the nearest Greek island!' CATHERINE FERGUSON
‘You'll giggle, gasp, smile, laugh, cry and fall in love with these gorgeous characters. A FABULOUS page turning summer read, five stars!’ COLLEEN COLEMAN
‘Brimming full of joy and sunshine. I thought it was gorgeous, lovely characters, wonderful setting, original ideas and Jesse and Winnie – well what a fabulous love story!’ JULES WAKE
‘A fabulously sexy romp that should be in everyone’s beach bag this summer!’ BELLA OSBORNE
Amazon reader reviews for Kat’s books:
‘Laughter and tears, highs and lows of life, love and yes, even death, in a small, quirky English town.’
‘A sizzling romp with a great cast of characters.’
‘I laughed, sobbed, shouted and sighed all the way to the end.’
‘Romance, hot moments, comic moments, one liners, deep and sad moments too – charismatic rom-com and a great fun read.’
About the Author
Kat lives in England with her husband, two little boys and two crazy cats. She loves all things romance - reading it, watching it, and most of all, writing it. Mildly addicted to wine and fairy lights.
She also writes steamy erotic romance as her USA Today bestselling naughtier alter-ego Kitty French.
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A Summer Scandal’s title couldn’t be more fitting for this fabulous summer read that’s going to to keep you glued to the pages. It did us! To say that we found it unputdownable sounds a tad blasé, doesn’t it? The best word to describe this standalone romance that had us on tenterhooks has to be GRIPPING! French’s story set in a quaint English seaside resort called Swallow Beach we related to with such an ease, it made us smile, swoon and for the joy of a hot summer read, we didn’t want it to end. But what we enjoyed more than anything was the author’s picturesque narrative of a beach town where nudge nudge, an activity or two take place and its Victorian pier which is in bad need of attention. This, and French’s protagonists and her secondary characters alike came alive in our mind’s eyes, keeping our interest flowing without let up.
Violet we fell hard for. She’s an arty, perky and quirky lass whose traits had us laughing out loud. But more important, her insatiable curiosity and energy to find out why secrets had been buried and bring Birdcage Pier back to life showed us that if you really want to do something irrespective of the obstacles, you can. Of course, by throwing in the local’s peculiarities and a drop-dead gorgeous neighbour for good measure, spiced up the read no end. We don’t want to let on too much because you really have to discover what made Violet decide to take on such a huge project for yourselves. But what we can say is it’s by no means all laughs and tomfoolery. The plot has a strong angsty tone, some tough scenarios making us hold our breaths in desperation to see what the next move would be, left us speechless.
“How could they hate a girl with blue hair and candy-stripe nails?”
Thought-provoking moments there are, too. Is Violet moving away from a loving home going to worry her parents, especially her mum who’s afraid her daughter will open up a box mysterious past goings-on? All is cannily entwined to present times and even though we had a teensy-weensy inkling of the outcome, never did we expect such a nail-biting finale. We honestly felt as if we were watching it on the big screen and just something to think about because this folks, would make one hell of a film!
“Your mum really didn’t tell you much at all about this place, did she?”
“Nothing. You were all a big secret as far as I was concerned.”
Observing Violet spread her wings and become her own woman was a delight. Decisions are made with the backing of a motley crew of new friends whose professions are so diverse, you’ll laugh your socks off! The part they all play is an important one that’s never lacking enthusiasm, solutions and encouragement. Some of their comebacks were cracking and we couldn’t help have a special place in our hearts for who would become Violet’s bosom buddy, Keris.
“You heard then.” “You’ve ruffled a few feathers all right.”
“I don’t know how.”
Barty we loved to smitterns. He’s a grandpa we’d love to have as ours and Keris knows she’s lucky to be related to him. A real character and and a half with his stories to tell, he’s also another tenant in the Lido apartment block where Violet resides for the time being. She feels at home in this tight-knit community; however, she does have her doubts that this is the place to settle down for reasons to be revealed. Reasons which are quite shocking and oh boy, did we love the way French had gone all out with a twist we didn’t see coming!
“We are a sordid bunch in the Lido, what with you and your floggers and Keris and her saucy knickers.”
Calvin Dearheart. Honestly, how on earth French came up with a name like his is beyond us! And he is a sweetheart. And he's mouth-wateringly good-looking with a great sense of humour to boot, so a hold of your knickers ladies, you're in for a ride on Cal’s tide! Nonetheless, he has his problems which will really upset the applecart and get ready for the unexpected...we were floored!
“Right, so now you know who you are, that makes us friends. Now take the flowers, let me help you with your stuff, and then let’s gloriously drunk and tell each other our darkest secrets.”
We can’t recommend A Summer Scandal more. The pace is fast, the banter between all involved is incredibly witty, and just enough drama and heart-warming scenarios make this book an epic one. Truly unputdownable lol, it's our kind of stuff! We award five stars without a blink of an eye! Bravo French for brightening up our summer!
Main character Violet is an incredibly likeable and relateable character (despite me not having a creative bone in my body) and I found myself really getting behind her as she uncovers secrets from her family's past and finds who she is. As always French creates a real sense of community in this story and the characters Violet meets are also intriguing, fun and original.
I will admit I wasn't wholly convinced by male lead and love interest Calvin but I did still like the relationship between him and Violet. The author has an incredible knack of creating chemistry between the most unlikely pairings and even though I had a few niggles about them together there was most definitely a spark.
This book isn't only about the romance however as Violet has inherited a link to her grandmother who died a number of years ago in tragic and mysterious circumstances. Feeling a connection to the one member of her family she has most in common with she begins digging into the past, something a few of the locals would rather was left alone. I have to admit I would have liked to have seen this side of the story developed a little more. We get glimpses through a diary Violet finds but it seemed to keep being pushed to the side to make way for the present making the reveals inconsistent and in my opinion incomplete. Having now read the whole thing I'm still not sure I understand everything and I find that frustrating.
Similarly the ending of the book felt a little incomplete to me. Things are resolved too suddenly and I wasn't entirely convinced by how it all played out.
It is however still an entertaining and pretty addictive read and I do still love French's writing and the characters she creates. It's probably not my favorite book of hers but I would still recommend if you're looking for a light and fun holiday read.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of this book. This has in no way influenced my review.
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