Thank you to Fanny Blake and Orion Publishing for a copy of this novel in return for an honest review and to Tracy Fenton for oganising this blog tour.
Amy, Linda, Kate and Jane were best friends at school. Now, years later, they have grown apart. When Amy discovers her husband has been stealing from her successful interiors business, and with a milestone birthday looming, she decides it is the time to reach out to her old friends once again.
So, she decides to invite the other three to her beautiful villa in Mallorca for a reunion weekend. As the four friends gather, secrets are unearthed, old scores settled and new friendships forged. Will this holiday bring them together or tear them apart? And will each of them grasp their second chance for happiness…?
‘A warm and uplifting read. I really enjoyed it’ Rosanna Ley, author of The Lemon Tree Hotel
‘A skilfully woven story of old friendships, secrets and lies set against the sun-soaked backdrop of Mallorca. The ideal summer read’ Sarah Morgan, author of One Summer in Paris
A Summer reunion focuses on a group of four school friends who haven’t really kept in touch since an unknown incident at school. One thing they have in common is they all seem to have aspects of their lives they are unhappy with. When one of the ladies, Amy , suggests a long weekend break at her villa in Mallorca they all reluctantly attend in the hope of salvaging their friendship, figuring out their own lives and hopefully solving issues of the past.
What I found refreshing about this novel is that the four main protagonists are all older characters, making them more relatable to a lady of my age than some characters can be. Some of the ladies are more likable than the others but I think any reader would recognise aspects of themselves and their own friendship groups in all of them. Each character is written beautifully to be individual from the others and to have real life flaws that most of us can identify with.
The setting is stunning and I defy anyone who reads this not to want to buy a villa in Mallorca. Rather than a complete beach setting, Ms Blake has opted for a more picturesque mountain view in a stunning location. despite all the drama in the story plot, it’s difficult not to get lost and enjoy the surroundings.
The plot is a page turner and is far from being a simple light story about friendship. It deals with many issues around love, parenting friendship in a mature a sensitive way. Throughout the main story arc, gentle clues are offered to an event that happened when the girls were close to finishing school. This is described and referred to as an event that had a big impact on the girls and changed the course of their lives. The manner in which this event is carefully and daintily woven into the story line makes it impossible to put this book down until you know what it is….and I’m not telling you!
This book is the perfect summer read with a hint of suspense and a beautiful setting.
Author Bio – Fanny Blake
Fanny Blake was a publisher for many years, editing fiction and general non-fiction before becoming a freelance journalist and writer. She has written several bestsellers and acted as ghost writer for a number of celebrities. She is also Books Editor of womanandhome magazine. Her novels include The Secrets Women Keep (Orion) and With a Friend Like You (Orion).