Title: A Summer to Remember
Author: Sue Moorcroft
Publication Date: 02 May 2019
Genre: Romance, General Fiction
Clancy’s had a heartbreak. Her boyfriend and would-be-husband left her for his ex-flame. Clancy decides to go to Nelson’s Bar, a small village on the coast. Alice, Clancy’s cousin was supposed to marry Lee De Silva. But at the last-minute, Alice ran away, leaving Lee alone at the altar. But this was six years ago and Clancy feels people might have forgiven her.
As she returns to Nelson’s Bar, she realizes that she’s not welcome. Especially when the holiday cottages where she wants to work is partially owned by Lee’s brother Aaron. Nelson’s Bar is cut-off from the hustle and bustle of city life. And it doesn’t end there. With no mobile signal or WiFi, nelson’s Bar is a no-spot zone.
Aaron and Clancy shared a kiss on the night before Lee’s wedding. Six years later, do they still have the hots for each other? Will Clancy be ever forgiven for her cousin’s mistake?
A Summer to Remember was an okay read. What I didn’t understand is why Clancy had to suffer for what wasn’t her fault. It was Alice who ran away on her wedding day. All Clancy did was tell Lee that Alice’s fled.
Clancy’s had a rough life. Her parents travelled all around the world and until the age of 18, Clancy travelled with them. She longed to settle down in a place and when she finally could, her fiancé was caught making love to his ex-girlfriend during a teleconference! And, Clancy had to pay the brunt. The company that she and Will (her ex) started along with three other friends was now in jeopardy, thanks to Will! Monty, one of the co-founders asks Clancy to take the blame. He wanted her to tell the press that Will was doing her during the teleconference. Clancy refuses to lie and she’s thrown out of her own company!
At Nelson’s Bar, Clancy is again blamed for what wasn’t her fault in the first place! I didn’t understand why Clancy did not stand up to all of this. Yes, initially she doesn’t come with an exit strategy when thrown out of her company and she wants the co-founders to suffer too. But then, all of a sudden she decides to go to London and settle the issue. I wish there was some explanation as to how Clancy came to make such a decision.
Will sends a message to Clancy saying that she has to do a pregnancy test. He later apologizes by saying that the message was for his wife. (yes, weeks after he broke up with Clancy, he married his lover) Though Clancy believes his goof-up, I felt Will had purposely sent her the message – to make things worse. Aaron’s love for Clancy is reignited halfway through the book. Some steamy scenes are involved in here too…
The first half of the book was very slow. And too many things seemed to happen in the second half. I was almost put off by the slow beginning. The conversations were dull. The writing wasn’t up to my liking either. Overall, the story could have been better if the first half was a bit interesting and the ‘too many things’ in the second half were in balance with the first half. Also, just before the ending, Clancy is still indecisive. Of course, the ending is good but throughout the story, the reader is given a gist of Clancy’s inability to make a firm decision so I expected her to work on it halfway through the book/story.
This is one of the stories where I liked evil characters more than the good ones! Alice, Gen and Will’s character portrayals were excellent when compared to that of Clancy, Aaron and Lee. This book has a lot of 4 and 5-star ratings on Goodreads but as I wasn’t very happy with the story, I am not going to talk about recommendations here And If you like stories filled with drama and romance, then go ahead and give this book a try.
I received this ARC from NetGalley and Avon Books UK in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.