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The Summer of Serendipity: The magical feel good perfect holiday read Paperback – 13 Jul 2017
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A funny and romantic tale with an added dollop of magic - just fab (Heat)
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The setting of Ballykiltara is so exquisitely described that you cannot help but imagine the hotel, the wonderful woodland walks, The Welcome House or even just the general tranquillity of it all. Ali McNamara’s writing transports her readers to the settings she writes about, and has them invested in the characters being written about. The way that relationships develop through the book is interesting, seeing the ups and downs of friendships makes this feel realistic as well as makes the characters stand out. The way that they come to life from the pages is another reason to love this book, Kiki is a fantastic character, so lovely and endearing. Her muddling of words just makes her even more appealing and she works well as a contrast to Ren. Ren, whilst a friendly and cheery person has secrets she keeps locked away and sometimes forgets to take her business hat off. Finn, well what can I say about the dishy hotel manager? His charm and impish ways are so well written that I could almost see him as I read (swoon!).
This book has almost everything you need for a holiday read (whether it’s a staycation or far flung destination), it’s humorous, it’s magical and it’s so full of delightful charm that you can’t help but enjoy it!
There is something just a bit magical about this book, and the legends surrounding the Welcome House in Ballykiltara. When Ren and Kiki first encounter the welcome house they are convinced they have found the property they are looking for, for their customer, so long as Ren can find the owner and persuade them to sell.
Just one small snag local folklore believe the house is magic and that it has now owner, or caretaker or anyone in charge of it at all. Then there are the legends that state that the search for the truth will result in your own downfall. Plus there are many other bits of Irish folklore that appear to have made it into the book.
There is a couple of large mysteries as the heart of this book, and I was fascinated to see how they would resolve. Although not normally a fan of history, and there is a fair amount of ancient history in this story, I couldn't help but be drawn in by the suggestive writing, that captured my imagination.
The setting of Ballykiltara is beautiful, and the area of Ireland will be familiar to fans of Ali McNamara, and those that have read Breakfast at Darcy's. Given I really can't remember the details of that book I wouldn't worry if I hadn't read it, as its not relevant to this new book, other than providing some updates to various characters.
Kiki is an amusing and lovable character, especially with her ability to mix up words at time. She is a great sidekick for Ren, who seems to be Kiki's total opposite. There is definitely romance in the air in Ireland, and the place just weaves a spell over those that stay there, and in my case those that read the book!
In my eyes this isn't the best or my favourite book by the author, but it is an incredibly enjoyable story that I did love a lot, even as a skeptic towards almost all mysticism.
Thank you to Netgalley and Sphere for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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