With the summer months approaching, there is nothing nicer than sitting in the sun, with a lovely light-hearted but well-written novel to relax with. It is lovely to be back with the Conwenna Cove characters, but this time with a summer twist. This is not the first book of Darcie Boleyn’s that I have read (and hopefully not the last!) It was just as charming as I remember the series being.
In the latest instalment we get to know Nate better, the local surfer who has big travelling plans to see the world. The main character however, is Zoe. Following a broken marriage and an accident, Zoe escapes to Conwenna where she establishes ‘Zoe’s Diner’ as well as volunteering for the local greyhound sanctuary. Ultimately this is how our two protagonists meet, by both working with the greyhound sanctuary.
With vivid characters and such detailed descriptions of Conwenna, it made you want to go take a trip for yourself, whilst reading this is something I love: being able to visualise yourself there. Although the novel begins with a tragedy, this was dealt with in a way in which it endeared the people involved. Darcie Bolyen has a talent for writing characters and their personalities very well. All of the characters, whether passing or the protagonists, even the animals, were so full of personality and with a bit of humour scattered throughout, it made you want to be friends with them all.
The pacing of the story is also very well thought out, with just the right amount of ebb and flow. Certain things happening throughout the novel, are put in perfect places, so the pacing is another thing I highly enjoyed, Darcie Boleyn always seems to get this right though. Just enough happens to get you reading more and more, whilst not being too hectic that it is confusing. It really is the perfect summer read, and If you aren’t going away this summer, this novel will help you feel like you have been!
It might sound like a very minute detail, but as a dog lover myself the fact that these books, and Forever Conwenna in particular includes animals, specifically dogs, it just added something a little extra for me and made the storyline just that little bit more heart-warming, if possible.
Overall, I don’t think you necessarily had to have read the other books in the series, although it definitely adds to the enjoyment of the series as a whole and gives you a better sense of the community of Conwenna in general, which is something I really enjoy about the series. Forever at Conwenna Cove did not disappoint and I thoroughly enjoyed this latest instalment in Darcie’s beloved series, I can’t wait to read what’s next.
I would highly recommend Forever At Conwenna Cove to anyone who loves reading anything by Holly Martin, Phillipa Ashley and Sarah Bennett.