Tuesday, 23 April 2019

One Last Summer by Victoria Connelly

Today I am pleased to share with you my review for this brilliant and heart felt read from Victoria Connelly. Thank you to Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me to take part and for my copy of the book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. 

Book Description
They have the whole summer ahead of them. Is it enough to rekindle the friendship they once shared?
Harriet Greenleaf dreams of spending the summer in a beautiful ancient priory on the Somerset coast with her two best friends—but her dream is bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s a chance to reconnect three lives that have drifted apart; on the other, she has a devastating secret to share that will change everything between them forever.
First to arrive is Audrey—the workaholic who’s heading for a heart attack unless she slows down and makes time for herself. Then Lisa, the happy-go-lucky flirt who’s always struggled to commit to anyone—or anything. Ever the optimist, can Harriet remind them of the joy in their lives and the importance of celebrating good friendship before it’s gone?
Through the highs and lows of a long, glorious summer, these three women will rediscover what it means to be there for each other—before they face the hardest of goodbyes.

My Review
This is an absolutely fantastic read that had me absorbed from start to finish and had me reaching for the tissues. 
Harriet has a secret that she is desperate to keep so that she can have one last Summer with her closest friends. So she decides to rent out a beautiful Priory in Somerset for six weeks of the summer so that they can all just spend some quality time together just like they used to when they were all students many years ago. 
The three friends are made up of three very different characters but they all help build and support each other. 
The first friend who appears at the priory is Audrey. She is a massive workaholic and has even brought work with her on the holiday, much to the others disgust, her friends are worried she is working too hard and that she is going to burn out. 
The last of the small group of friend to appear is Lisa. Lisa is a carefree girl with a free spirit that doesn't want to be tied down. 
What follows in the story is what happens with the group of friends as they spend the summer together. They share memories and look back at the past they all share and about how much they have all been through together over the years. But is the friendship strong enough to get through the secret that Harriet is hiding and will they all be strong enough to say goodbye?
This book is so well written. It keeps you absorbed page after page with the memories shared between the three women and each of them have some secrets and struggles that they are all keeping to themselves. I really admired the strength that Harriet displayed within the book and I understood her reason for keeping her secret to try and protect her friends. 
Audrey was a very interesting character to read as you do understand the pressures around her to make her business work but you do worry for her at what cost the will be to her and her family. 
Lisa is a great character to read you and you realise that she may not be s free spirited as you first think and she needs more support from her friends than she thinks. 
The setting of the ancient Priory for this book sounds idilic and brings a much needed injection of sunshine on a cold and dreary day. 
This is the first book I have read by Victoria Connelly but I can assure you that it will not be the last one I read and I am looking forward to what adventures are coming next. 

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About the Author

Victoria Connelly studied English literature at Worcester University, got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and now lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a young springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens.
She is the author of two bestselling series, Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in 2008 by Ziegler Films in Germany. The Runaway Actress was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Novel award.
Ms Connelly loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden, with either a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.
Her website is www.victoriaconnelly.com, and readers can follow her on Twitter @VictoriaDarcy and on Instagram @VictoriaConnellyAuthor.

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