An uplifting, romantic comedy from a new voice in women's fiction! If you love Jenny Colgan and Sarah Morgan then you will adore Cathy Bussey.
We meet Faith, who should have been over the moon when boyfriend Rob proposed to her, instead Faith wanted more, Rob was safe, reliable and nice, but ultimately boring, and who can blame Faith, we have all had that feeling at some point in our lives, where we feel like we are stuck in a rut or 'just settling'.
One long summer changed Faith forever...
Faith ultimately moves back to her childhood home of Hollyhock House, the family home of her best-friend Minel, also belongs to the boy who meant so much to her all those years ago...
Can Faith come to terms with her past? Did she make the wrong decision in breaking up with Rob? Or does her heart really lie at Hollyhock House?
You could not help but champion Faith. That feeling of something not being quite right and wanting the best for yourself is relatable. Faith is a very likeable and relatable character, we root for her the whole way through. Along with GT the adorable dog.
I got into the story and with a sense of who the characters were fairly quick. Eventually I got so into the story and the writing style. It is very enjoyable and the style is easy to follow but authentic and really carves out Cathy Bussey as a wither to look out for, in regards to her future work. The end is predictable too, however with romance novels, I normally seem to work out the endings, this didn’t in any way detract from my enjoyment of it.
It is a light laugh out loud story, with real life elements. New relationships, taking risks and owning decisions. Most importantly about falling in love again. The characters are very likeable and fun to read. Cathy Bussey has a way of making the characters seem like old friends and most importantly believable. With a happy and well-rounded finish, the lively dialogue between characters and funny scenarios, such as Faith falling into a pond and bumping into her ex whilst trying to control GT. My most favoured aspect of the story is of Faith rediscovering herself. She knew what she wanted to do with her life, even if she hadn’t made those decisions yet. Ultimately, Summer at HollyHock House is a well-written, read.
A perfect summer read, a recommended novel if you need a fun, yet touching read!
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