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Hi I'm Janna and I am a book whore! I started this blog after being a part of another for years. While being a big blog may be nice I like to stay true to me having a love for books, that's why I blog. I love books and I want to share that love with my readers of this blog. I love to read, books are my escape and a huge part of my life besides my husband and two children. I am honest and sometimes sassy in my reviews but never mean. Some of my favorite authors include Kristen Ashley, Penelope Douglas, T.M. Frazier, M.N. Forgy, Rachel Van Dyken, Meghan March and Vi Keeland to only name a few!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Summer of Love by Katie Fforde

Sian Bishop has only ever experienced one moment of recklessness – a moment that resulted in her beloved son Rory. It’s not that she doesn’t love the outcome of that wild night, but since then she has always taken the safer route. So when dependable, devoted Richard suggests a move to the beautiful English countryside, she leaves the hustle and bustle of the city behind, and she throws herself into the picture-postcard cottage garden, her furniture restoration business, and a new life in the country.

Her good intentions are torpedoed on a glorious summer’s evening with the arrival of Gus Berresford. One-time explorer and full-time heartbreaker, Gus is ridiculously exciting, wonderfully glamorous and a completely inappropriate love interest for a single mum. But Gus and Sian have met before…

Sian has no use for a fling, she simply mustn’t fall in love with the most unlikely suitor ever to cross her path – even if he has now crossed her path twice. But who knows what can happen in a summer of love…

I was charmed by this book from the first offered cup of tea, so about page 2.  This is a book that you use to escape, to be charmed, to enjoy a story that you just love, without a lot of angst, of tension, or drama.  It's a perfect relaxing Summer read.

This is not to say that it lacks depth or character, it definitely does not.  Each character is developed, not only on their own but within the rich world of relationships that the author creates.  The book is charm and character driven more than it is event and story-line driven, which lets you know the characters in a way that you don't with an event driven plot.

The writing was strong and wonderful.  The characters felt real, they were charming, I want to go have a cup of tea and hang out with them.  The intricacies of the relationships. the one night stand, the single mother, the child, the woman down the street...they all draw you in and make you want to spend time with them.  I was sad to see this end, as the end of the book felt a little like saying goodbye to friends.

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