Seven Days in Summer by Marcia Willett

EXCERPT: Baz looks serious and her heart thumps anxiously.

‘But everything’s okay, isn’t it?’ she asks him.

He has that odd look he was wearing yesterday at the Beach Hut and she reaches for her hand. He holds her hand tightly, but he still looks thoughtful.

Nothing has changed,’ he says. ‘Not the way I feel about you, anyway. It’s just those ghosts I mentioned yesterday. I’ve been thinking about them and I think I should try to exorcise them. I thought it would be better to wait until I’m back in Bristol, but now I think it’s only fair that I should tell you before you go.’

She feels quite frightened now.

‘What, here? Now?’

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Busy mum of twins Liv is looking forward to summer at the Beach Hut in Devon, even if she feels that she and Matt left things on a strange note. She’s sure it’s just that he’s too busy at work to join them on holiday, not that he wants time alone…

Baz loves having his family to stay by the sea, but when an unexpected guest arrives, he finds himself torn between the past and the future…

Still reeling from a break-up, all Sofia wants is a quiet seaside summer – until she meets Baz and her plans are turned upside down. She knows she’s rushing into things, but could this summer at the Beach Hut be the start of something new?

And back home, Matt might be missing Liv and his young family, but when an old friend appears he finds himself distracted… What does she know about his family’s past that she’s not letting on?

As summer tensions rise, the holiday at The Beach Hut begins to take an unexpected turn…

MY THOUGHTS: Seven Days in Summer is an utterly delightful read, which is what I expect of Marcia Willett. If, like me, you are a long time reader of this author, you will recognize some old friends from previous books. If you are a new reader of this author, you will enjoy a pleasant interlude, complete with a few bumpy patches, with a wonderful family and their friends. You needn’t worry about not knowing the back stories because, although her books have followed a group of families over several decades, each book is written as a complete stand alone.

Willett’s characters are remarkably ordinary, just like you, me, and our friends. They are not rich, nor famous. They live ordinary lives, fall in, and out, of love, experience times of wild certainty, and bouts of insecurity. They are vivid and appealing, well most of them are.

Baz is visited by ghosts from his past, ones that he needs to make peace with if his life is to change. And Liv is becoming restless with living in Truro, missing the moors, beaches and surfing of her childhood. She believes that it is time for her and Matt to move on, but Matt is not convinced. Liv has the feeling, while they are apart, that there is more than just miles separating them.

Seven Days in Summer contains a little mystery, a romance and an unrequited attraction, some dodgy artwork, an epiphany or two, and a vacuum cleaner named Henry.

Written with great warmth and honesty, this is a lovely read.

⭐⭐⭐⭐.2

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‘Men love their women, women love their children, children love their animals.’

‘It’s odd that all parents want their children to be happy although we only have to look around to see how unlikely a proposition that might be.’

Old sins cast long shadows.

THE AUTHOR: Born in Somerset, in the west country of England, on the day the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Marcia Willett was the youngest of five girls. Her family was unconventional and musical, but Marcia chose to train as a ballet dancer. Unfortunately her body did not develop with the classical proportions demanded by the Royal Ballet, so she studied to be a ballet teacher. Her first husband was a naval officer in the submarine service, with whom she had a son, Charles, now married and training to be a clergyman. Her second husband, Rodney, himself a writer and broadcaster, encouraged Marcia to write novels. She has published many novels in England; A Week in Winter was the first to be published in the United States.

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Thomas Dunne Books, St Martin’s Press via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Seven Days in Summer by Marcia Willett for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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Author: sandysbookaday

I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbled. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone – the 50 Million Reviews mark!

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