Top positive review
Charming, quirky and enjoyable
13 September 2018
Summer at the Dog & Duck is a perfect read for the summery months when you want to zoom through a book pretty quickly, but still be utterly absorbed by charming characters and settings.
I loved Winter at the Dog&Duck - the first installment in this series, and our first introduction to Ellie, Max and the residents of Little Leyton. Summer follows on from a lot of things that happened at the end of Winter, and we see how Ellie is getting on. I loved Ellie's character development in the Winter and this is continued in Summer as she really comes into her own as The Dog&Duck landlady. It's great seeing her taking charge, and sometimes even giving the older male customers a telling off when they need it.
I wasn't as mad on the romance between Ellie and Max in this one, maybe because for a while things seemed a bit stagnant between them and a lot of what Max was doing was really annoying me. I loved that Ellie bonded with Max's sister though, and there were some really nice scenes.
I definitely saw the reveal near the end happening pretty early on. You read enough books and it's easy to pick up on the tell-tale signs but I still enjoyed the events leading up to the twist.
Summer is just as charming, quirky and enjoyable as Winter and I definitely recommend it for any time of the year. I just hope this isn't the last we see of Little Leyton.