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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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Firstly, just look at that absolutely gorgeous, vibrant cover for A Summer Scandal; doesn’t it just scream summer at you and make you want to pick it up and run straight to the beach, the garden, the pool…anywhere just to delve in immediately?!
The story follows 25 year old, Violet Spencer, who after her grandfather passes away finds she’s inherited a pier and a top floor apartment overlooking Swallow Beach (she knew of it’s existence but thought it was all in her families past; all locked up since her grandmother died 40 years ago!). When her Boyfriend Simon proposes, Violet realises that as lovely as he is, he’s not who she wants, or loves and finds it’s the perfect opportunity to pack her bags for the summer and head to Swallow Beach. Unknowingly, this pier hosts a lot of it’s own secrets…
Violet’s a free spirited, quirky, colourful, bold and artsy character and has her own business making costumes. When she starts to build friendships with some other Swallow Beach residents, including Cal (her very HOT top floor neighbour) and Keris (also living in the apartment block) she comes up with the idea of renting the pier out to ‘adult’ themed businesses. Of course, this is bound to ruffle one or two feathers along the way…
I don’t think I’ve ever read about an inheritance of a pier, it was definitely an unusual and unique one, but it was incredibly captivating, with a sense of seaside nostalgia there as well. I absolutely loved the picturesque location which was so well described that I could feel it coming to life on the page and the huge glass dome on the end of the pier looking out over the sea was a real charmer for me.
This novel was a tale of two halves. On the one hand there’s the inheritance of the pier and a granddaughter who wants to discover and understand the grandmother she never met. This part is full of mystery, family secrets unfolding and of 2 different generations of women ultimately seeking love – it provides a layer of depth to the novel. On the second hand is the refurbishment and reopening of the pier itself. Fun, flirty and down-right fabulous is this part, I love how the author provides a wonderfully colourful and eclectic cast of characters to tackle a (still) taboo subject! I would of liked a little bit more on the goings on of the little businesses and their owners on this side of the story, purely because I loved them so much and felt the other part just got a little more attention.
A story of new beginnings, new friendships and self discovery. I was completely transported away reading this novel and I loved every page of it. Romantic comedies/chick-lit is still to this day frowned upon by many people and it makes me so angry because when it’s well written (like this book is) it’s an absolute joy to read and can just instantly uplift you and refresh you! I spent a wonderful weekend escaping with this novel and If I could of physically jumped into it; I would have!
Hilarious antics, heart-warming moments and sizzling chemistry make A Summer Scandal not only the perfect summer romp, but Kat French’s best book to date!
Following her grandfather's death, Violet Spencer learns she has inherited a pier and apartment overlooking charming Swallow Beach. After her boyfriend proposes to her she realises she's not living her best life, and so she ups and leaves for Swallow Beach, where she soon discovers long buried secrets are waiting for her to unravel.
Along the way she falls madly in love with not only her new home, but the friends she makes there and the grandmother she never had the chance to meet.
I loved how original this story was, I've certainly never read a book where a pier takes centre stage after being inherited, and I found it incredibly moving how violet was able to reach out and connect with her grandmother across the eras.
Touching and heart warming as always, this novel provides all you could want from a summer read.
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