ARC Review: The Summer of Serendipity by Ali McNamara

The Summer of Serendipity by Ali McNamara
Published: July 2017
Publisher: Sphere (Little, Brown Book Group UK)
Format: Ebook
Pages: 368
ISBN13: 9780751566215

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My Review

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for copy, in exchange for my honest review.  I’m so glad I got to read this, I’ve loved other books by Ali McNamara and this one does not disappoint.

I found this to be a magical story, full of folklore, history, mysteries and romance.  It was interesting to read the different legends.  I know it’s a fictional place, but it made me realise that everywhere has these little stories, legends, rumours, whatever you want to call it.  They all stem from somewhere don’t they?

Written well, as always for Ali McNamara. The characters all had feeling, depth, and a likeability that touches you.  There is a lot of eye-rolling though, and winking. What’s that all about? Anyway, I liked all of the characters.  The setting was beautiful, as is all of Ireland.

Ren is determined, stubborn, but a very likeable woman.  Kiki plays well against Ren. For Ren’s matureness, Kiki is the opposite. She’s ditzy, doesn’t get a lot of Ren’s references, but she’s still very likeable.  Finn.  I’ve been trying to find the right words for Finn but I’m struggling.  He’s likeable, you get to see a little of his history, his backstory but on the other hand I don’t know…  I felt like I didn’t get a lot from him.  I don’t know.  All the characters worked well together, there is chemistry between all the characters, a fondness between them.  Kiki and Ren found their home in Ballykiltara and it shows.

It makes a nice change that the loss that a character’s suffers is an animal.  Many stories centre around the loss of a person, not an animal.  People’s lives are affected by the loss of a pet or like Finn, a business.  it shows that it does change the way people are.

This book was just great.  I loved how it was written, I loved the majority of the characters, and I just really enjoyed it.  I give it 4/5.



Reading Slump..

So, I’ve been on a bit of a reading slump the last few days, well week anyway.  Before Monday, I hadn’t read anything properly since reading Another Love by Amanda Prowse. Since then, I’ve found the other ARCs I’ve got a little difficult to get into.  I don’t know if its because I didn’t think very highly of Another Love of what but it’s been difficult!!

So, after struggling with 2 ARCs last week, I decided I needed something that was just easy reading, something light and a it romancy – not a word I know!!! I ended up choosing The Vintage Teacup Club by Vanessa Greene.  This is her debut book, having already had another 2 published since.  I loved this book, it was what I needed to get me back into the swing of things.  It was everything I wanted, no scrap that.  It was everything I needed to see that not all books are awful.  I enjoyed the idea of them (Jenny, Maggie and Alison) going around collecting vintage teacups after sharing the first one they all discovered at a boot sale.  It follows their joint journeys up to Jenny’s wedding, and the things that they  have to overcome and build a reliable, strong friendship.  Just maginificent.  I gave this 4/5 on Goodreads. I also have to say I read this in just a few hours.

The second book this week was The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes.  Yet again, she’s written a delightful book.  This one follows Ellie (Present Day), and Jennifer (1960-Present Day).  Ellie finds a love letter to Jennifer, unaware of who it is too and from.  The book switches between them both, with us learning about Jennifer’s affair, being the married person, and Ellie’s affair, being the mistress.  It was wonderful, and makes me confirm that Jojo Moyes knows what she’s doing with these books!!! This i gave another 4/5 on Goodreads.  This one I mainly read while waiting at the hospital for the Man-Child’s consultant appointment, it kept me entertained. So much so I ended up finishing it last night and brings me to….

…. My Third book this week, My Sister’s Secret by Tracy Buchanan.  This I’ve just pretty much just finished.  I enjoyed it, it was steady going, easy to read and flowed pretty good as well.  It switches between Willow and Charity (Willow’s Mum).  I can’t really say much without giving anything away really.  The twist towards the end of the book did take me by surprise but didn’t totally shock me.  It was more of a “oh, i suppose that makes sense!” than a “Oh My God I Did Not See That Coming!!!!” sort of thing.. Well written and I’ve just added The Atlas of Us to my kindle collection.  I rated this 4/5 on Goodreads but I’m thinking it was more of 3.5 for me.