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In the Summertime Hardcover – 4 Jul 2013
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"A light-hearted, romantic and escapist read." (Good Housekeeping)
"Girls, pull up a lounger and enjoy this sparkling sunshiny beach read... heart-tripping surprises lie ahead in this mix of fun and frolics." (Peterborough Telegraph)
A return to an idyllic Cornish holiday home - what could possibly go wrong?See all Product description
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Miranda is such a likeable and warm character; I liked her from the first few pages of the novel. I enjoyed the fact that the story focused on different generations of one family. There's Miranda in the middle (together with her sister Harriet, who is fleeing from her famous footballer boyfriend and the paparazzi); their mother Clare, who is trying to deal with the loss of her husband; and the kids, Silva and Bo, who are both dealing with their own teenage troubles of trying to fit in. Family takes on a central place in the story, and I loved the way Miranda tries to keep them all together. Next to this, the scene setting and the descriptions of Cornwall were fabulous, and they really gave me that summer feeling.
After reading this novel, I found out it is actually a sequel to another novel by Judy Astley, `Just for the Summer.' I had absolutely no idea about this when I started reading `In the Summertime', but I never had the feeling as if I was missing bits of information. Astley has made sure everyone can read and enjoy this novel, and now I am actually looking forward to reading the prequel to see what the characters were like in their younger years! `In the Summertime' is a lovely holiday read about a variety of characters, spread over three generations, which will warm your heart and make you long for sunshine and long days on the beach!
The picturesque cove seems just the same as ever, but the people are different - more smart incomers, fewer locals , more luxury yachts in the harbour. But Miranda and Clare both find some strangely familiar faces, and revisit the emotions they both thought had disappeared.
I got into this book straight away and didn't want to put it down. I then discovered that it is the sequel to Just for the summer but I was enjoying this book too much to put it down and purchase & read that one. This book filled me in with what I had missed by not reading the first book.
The characters were well wrote and very likeable apart from Cheryl and Geraldine, who I took an instant dislike to.
My imagination really came to life reading this book , Miranda's cottage I imagined to be just like my great grandmothers who also had a larder where food was stored.
This would make make a great drama for TV, I could imagine Olivia Coleman as Miranda.
I enjoyed this book so much , going to read other ones by Judy Astley now.
Following the death of her Step-Father, Miranda drives her Mother and her two teenage children to Cornwall to finally scatter his ashes in a place he once loved.
Miranda and her family were regular visitors to Chapel Creek, Cornwall when she was a teenager, spending each summer there with annual friends and holiday romances that they were unlikely to see any other time of the year. We soon discover that both Miranda and her Mother, Clare have a few secrets they've been storing for the past twenty years, each with a Cornish skeleton or two that could come back to haunt them.
(Since reading this book, I've discovered that it is sequel to Just For The Summer so people who have already read the original will no doubt know a thing or two about the history of these characters).
Clare, mourning the loss of her Husband wonders if it's too soon to feel something for another Man when Eliot, a Man she once had a brief, lustful moment with twenty years previously arrives in town and old feelings begin to surface. Successful in her career but unlucky in love, divorced Miranda wonders if there is any chance of a recollection with her first love, Steve. Will the crossed wires that are keeping them apart untangle themselves in time for the two to find a way back to each other before Miranda leaves town? Meanwhile Silva and Bo, Miranda's children are discovering love for the first time during their summer break.
I really enjoyed the intertwined stories of the three generations and the differences between their situations. Each character is either discovering or re-discovering themselves in their own way yet they blend well together and make a very believable family.
Old friendships are reconciled as Miranda's friends Jessica and Andrew are also having summer breaks in their old holiday spot. Each with their own tale, remembering what used to be and trying to resolve past disputes whilst filling in the gaps from the past twenty years. New friendships are found between Miranda's children and Lola, Jessica's daughter and Andrew's teenage son, Freddie with the summer the teenagers are spending together bringing back strong memories to their parents.
My only real issue with this book was the use of teenage language, attempting to depict how these youngsters are speaking. Phrases such as "Yuck. That's like well gross? They've been in like, mud?" from Silva, I found quite irritating especially when at other times she seemed to be able to talk like a perfectly normal human being ... "Oh, come on, just for a giggle?", works much better for me!
Thankfully this didn't take too much away from what is a perfectly good novel. There may not be any dramatic storylines, the twists are minimal and you can probably guarantee that things will work out as you'd expect but what you do get is a good summer/beach read, with great characters and a little sprinkle of love. I'll definitely be reading more Judy Astley novels, beginning with the prequel to this book.
My Rating 4/5 - A perfect summer read with great characters and a terrific blend of family and romance. This may not be the best novel I've ever read but it kept me entertained to the end and I really cared about what happened to the characters. If you're looking for something easy to read on your holidays this summer, I'd highly recommend In The Summertime!
I received an Advance Reading Copy (ARC) from Random House Books in return for an honest review. I have not received payment for my review and all opinions given are my own.