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The Summerhouse by the Sea: The best summer beach read of 2017 by [Oliver, Jenny]
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PRAISE FOR JENNY OLIVER

‘Brilliantly written, this is packed full of humour and there is a wonderful thread of love… A perfect holiday read.’ – The Sun

‘This book made me want to fly to Spain and dance on the beach with a glass of sangria in my hand. The perfect summer read.’ – Sarah Morgan

'Jenny Oliver writes contemporary women's fiction which leaves you with a warm, fuzzy feeling inside.’ – Books with Bunny

‘Intelligent, delightful and charming! The writing is exquisite.’ – What’s Better Than Books

‘a very uplifting story full of happy endings and guaranteed to make you smile….’ – Goodreads

‘A perfect summer read’ – This Price Is Usually Right

'A sprinkling of festivity, a touch of romance and a glorious amount of mouth-watering baking!' – Rea Book Review

'…it was everything I enjoy…I couldn’t find a single flaw in the book.' – Afternoon Bookery

‘Gorgeous descriptions [and] copious amounts of delicious baking that’ll make your mouth water…what more could you ask for?' – Bookboodle

‘I didn't want to put the book down until I had reached the very last word on the last page.’ – A Spoonful of Happy Endings

About the Author

Jenny Oliver wrote her first book on holiday when she was ten years old. Illustrated with cut-out supermodels from her sister's Vogue, it was an epic, sweeping love story not so loosely based Dynasty. Since then Jenny has gone on to get an English degree and a job in publishing that's taught her what it takes to write a novel (without the help of the supermodels).


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 957 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HQ (18 May 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N2JF2E6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #473 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Summer House by the Sea is set in fictional Mariposa on the Spanish coast in Catalonia. The actual Summer House is but a taxi ride from Barcelona airport.

Ava has suffered a near death experience with the number 281 bus (which would make West London the setting for this particular incident), whilst checking her WhatsApp feed. She then has to face the funeral of her beloved Grandmother, Val, in Spain. Together with her brother Rory, who is cranky, determined and work obsessed, she has decisions to make, not only about the future of the house – the Summer House of the title – which their grandmother has left, but also about her own life. Ava wants to keep the house, Rory wants to sell, things can surely only come to a head?

Ava soon has the bit between her teeth and wants a spell of reflection to go through her life’s story contained in the house in Spain. So she promptly returns to Spain. Her own mother, it transpires mainly from letters, was not a very good mother to her children. The truth of her behaviour is quite a blow.

Meanwhile Rory, back in England, is trying to fire up his waning career. He is covering the cute scenario of a goose and a swan shacking up together in an upturned shopping trolley in the middle of a pond – #swanlovesgoose. But nothing much happens and he resorts to desperate tactics which become public knowledge. A Twitter storm ensues from which he has to escape. And escape he does to the Summer House taking his young son Max with him. Of course, Ava is already there!

The siblings are now in retreat from the internet, it’s time for a digital detox as they bask in the sun, and chew over their joint and individual lives.
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By Gilbster TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 May 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
Spanish summery fun, full of sand, sea, a summerhouse and a whole lot of sensational sounding Spanish sustenance, set in the stunning Mariposa.

With a rather dramatic start to the story, I really wasn't sure what to expect, but it served as a wake up call for Ava, who after attending her grandmothers funeral in Mariposa, decides her life needs a new direction and a summer in Spain sorting out the summerhouse and finding herself is in order.

It's slightly further in when Rory, Ava's brother, receives his own wake up call, and its one which initially had me laughing my head off for! Rory's storyline though touches on twitter shaming though, and also on digital detoxing which is a lot easier said than done.

In some respects it was Rory's story I was more interested in, seeing how he changes as a person. To start with he is a rather set in his ways sort of person and seeing his exchanges with his family he is rather hard to like. When he has no real choice but to follow Ava to Spain for the summer, with son Max, you slowly see a whole other side of him emerge.

I loved Max, he is 10 years old, and is as that great age between child and teen, where he is wanting to look cool in front of new friends, has some interest in girls, but also still has some childlike qualities.

Ava and Rory used to spend their summers in Mariposa and are shocked at the change in fortunes of the Cafe Estrella, and seem to be determined to make it shine brightly again like its name. Seeing the Cafe slowly come back to life was great to see, and it was some of the most initially unlikely people that set it into motion properly.
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Format: Paperback
What a first chapter, I finished the page thinking "OMG what just happened"! Don't you just love a striking start to a book, I know I do.

The writing was fun and fast-paced with characters who were easy to visualise. The descriptions of Ava's Spanish retreat were wonderful, I could almost smell the orange trees and feel the warmth of the sunshine on my skin.

Ava and her brother Rory were very different characters indeed. Rory, a workaholic who was so engrossed in his own little world that he forgot about those nearest to him. Ava seemed unsettled, she wasn't sure which direction her life should take. When their lives became too complicated, a spot of role-reversal took place - an entertaining twist I must say.

The summer house itself held secrets that inevitably would be uncovered but I felt like the house and its secrets were the key to the siblings being able to find their path in life. The house contained what they needed to heal.

I had a few favourite amusing moments: a conversation about FOMO, a flying iPhone, a digital detox and hip wiggling in the kitchen!

Memories of days gone by mingled beautifully with the possibilities of a new future in this sparkly, summery read.
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After Ava Brown’s grandmother dies at her home in Spain, Ava and her brother Rory find themselves on a holiday of discovery, not just the beautiful village of childhood memories but of themselves, their mother and new beginnings.
A beautiful story, well written, atmospheric, charming and a joy in which to immerse yourself away from the real world.
I would not usually wax lyrical about a ‘Chick Lit’ type of story but it really was good. The characters were all lovable and multi -dimensional, brought to life along with the descriptions of hot sunny day, aroma of Tapas and sun cream, sounds of happy times on holiday. I felt I was there and living life with Ava and her friends.
I am going to look out for more of Jenny’s books as it was a great and enjoyable change from my usual book genres.

Helen

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