I love the village of Middledip where many of Sue Moorcroft’s books are set and must admit I was a tiny bit disappointed to hear that this new book wasn’t going to be set there. But I needn’t have been concerned as I loved the new location of quiet Nelson’s Bar. In many ways, it sounded idyllic. A tiny coastal village in Norfolk with a beautiful secluded beach, a B&B but not much else. I’m not so sure I’d manage the internet and phone ‘not-spot’ though, but can see why it would have its appeal.
A Summer to Remember is about Clancy Moss who takes a job as a caretaker at Roundhouse Row following the rather public breakdown of her relationship and loss of her job. She is delighted to be able to hideaway in Nelson’s Bar and, for a while anyway, take on this undemanding job. Not everyone is pleased to see her though as her cousin Alice, who has a half share in the Roundhouse, is definitely not a popular person in Nelson’s Bar and people associate Clancy with Alice. One person who sees this as very unfair is gardener Aaron.
There are several characters who have been damaged by the break down of relationships sometimes in quite sudden ways. We see the profound effect this can have on someone’s mental health and the different ways of coping. Clancy is such a likeable character and I really admired the way she was determined to put the past behind her and make the most of her new life. On the otherhand, there is the whirlwind that is Alice who comes back to the village oblivious to what this may mean to anyone else. She was rather a selfish person to be honest and just when Clancy was settled, seemed to threaten her stability. Aaron is also a character it was really easy to like. He was of course, rather gorgeous but also a steady, caring and conscientious person. He would always try to stick up for Clancy when his family seemed determined to see and believe the worst of her.
Sue Moorcroft really is a superb storyteller. She writes the kind of books which reflect the highs and lows of everyday life, where life doesn’t always run smoothly but where love ultimately wins the day, whatever form that love takes. As in real life, there are annoying and inconsiderate people and there are caring and thoughtful people, there are obstacles to be overcome, there are worries and sadnesses, there are lighter moments and there is happiness. A Summer to Remember is a really enjoyable book and definitely one to consider if you are starting to plan your summer holiday reading.
My thanks to Sabah Khan at Avon Books for inviting me to take part in the tour and for my review copy of the book. A Summer to Remember is available now in paperback, ebook and audiobook formats. You should be able to buy or order it from your usual book retailer or you can order a copy online here: A Summer to Remember
From the back of the book
WANTED! A caretaker for Roundhouse Row holiday cottages.
WHERE? Nelson’s Bar is the perfect little village. Nestled away on the Norfolk coast we can offer you no signal, no Wi-Fi and – most importantly – no problems!
WHO? The ideal candidate will be looking for an escape from their cheating scumbag ex-fiancé, a diversion from their entitled cousin, and a break from their traitorous friends.
WHAT YOU’LL GET! Accommodation in a chocolate-box cottage, plus a summer filled with blue skies and beachside walks. Oh, and a reunion with the man of your dreams.
PLEASE NOTE: We take no responsibility for any of the above scumbags, passengers and/or traitors walking back into your life…
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About the author
Sue Moorcroft is a Sunday Times bestselling author, an international bestselling author and has held the #1 spot in the UK Kindle chart. She writes contemporary fiction with sometimes unexpected themes.
Sue has won a Best Romantic Read Award, received two nominations at the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards and is a Katie Fforde Bursary winner. Her short stories, serials, articles, columns, courses and writing ‘how to’ have sold around the world.
An army child, Sue was born in Germany then lived in Cyprus, Malta and the UK. She’s worked in a bank, as a bookkeeper (probably a mistake), as a copytaker for Motor Cycle News and for a digital prepress. She’s pleased to have now wriggled out of all ‘proper jobs’.
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