This is a really lovely summery story telling the gentle love story between Faith and Jake. When I started reading this, despite it being June, it was a very wild, windy Scottish day and I really was hoping to be transported to somewhere warmer! And I was with this book. The descriptions of Outer Banks, a North Carolina coastal tourist destination, were lovely. It is clearly a beautiful area and I could almost imagine the gorgeous views, the blue sea and the lovely sandy beaches. I had a look at some photos of the area online and it looks just as lovely as I imagined. It’s so well described that you will probably want to go there yourself!
Faith has many happy memories of coming here as a child to the family cottage, which was later destroyed by a storm. She has very mixed feelings about this family gathering in a newly built cottage, as her mother, sister and niece get together for her grandmother’s 90th birthday. She hasn’t seen her sister for years after Casey married the man Faith loved. A lot of the story was about the relationship between the sisters as they begin to reconcile, though it’s not all plain sailing. It seems this situation may all happen again as Faith feels Casey is throwing herself at Jake, the attractive handyman who Faith is developing feelings for.
Faith is a very engaging character, someone you feel you could easily be friends with and confide in. She is a bit of a worrier though and has been left lacking in self confidence when it comes to romantic relationships. She does tend to overthink situations though and there were a few times I wanted to say to her – for goodness sake, stop thinking and just enjoy! Her blossoming friendship with Jake seems to be going well when she discovers something about him that is completely at odds with her own feelings and that she feels isn’t the true Jake either. How this situation is resolved is recounted very well by Jenny Hale and all comes to a satisfying ending.
All in all, a very enjoyable read and definitely one to enjoy on a warm summer’s day. I hadn’t read anything by Jenny Hale before but will look out for her other books.
My thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the review copy. Summer by the Sea is published as an ebook on 12th June 2015 and you can pre-order a copy HERE
What the book’s about:
Summer by the Sea is a beautiful, heart-warming summer read about sisters, first love and not always getting what we want – but sometimes ending up with exactly what we need. They say there’s always one summer that changes you. For Faith the one summer she can’t forget is when she fell in love as a teenager – only for her sister, Casey, to steal her man. Now, at the request of her beloved ninety-year-old Grandmother, Faith has agreed to a family holiday – at their childhood beach house, where it all began. Faith hasn’t seen her sister in years but is finally ready to forgive and forget, enjoy the sunshine and relive happy memories. What she’s not ready for is meeting Jake Buchanan – the owner of the beach house – or the long-forgotten feelings he ignites in her. Can Faith overcome the hurt of the past, rekindle the close bond she had with Casey and make this summer THE ONE to remember?