A Summer Reunion by Fanny Blake
Publishing Date: 13th June 2019
Source: Received from the publisher in return for an honest review, thank you!
Number of pages: 320
Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Women’s Fiction
One perfect villa, four old friends, and a holiday that will change everything…
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…?
The main characters in “A Summer Reunion” are Amy, Jane, Kate and Linda. They’re all in their sixties now, and used to be inseparable childhood friends, until the event that has changed Amy’s course of life. There are still things open and so Amy decides to invite all three to her house in Mallorca, in the hope to uncover what has really happened all those years ago and maybe to reconnect. However, as it turns out, they all have secrets and not all of them wants for those secrets to see the light of the day.
I loved the fact that the characters in “A Summer Reunion” are mature and already experienced, that they really have something to tell. There was wisdom in them, although it doesn’t mean that they weren’t still making mistakes, because they were, but it only made them feel more realistic in my opinion. I simply think that Fanny Blake has brilliantly captured the personalities of her characters, got under their skin and made them living, breathing women who tried their best but not always succeeded, with their lives full of trials and tribulations.
The story is told from different points of view, as we have four main characters here. Mostly it wasn’t confusing, except for the chapters that were told from the first person’s narration, I always had to wonder which one of the women it is. But other than that you really don’t have to worry, simply go with the flow. Though the characters weren’t totally likeable for me, I must admit, or at least not all of them, they were for sure relatable, and the one that I liked most must have been Kate, a total housewife, but also relaxed and – at least I had this feeling – taking things with a grain of salt. Well, she had to, with the big family, right?
What surprised me was the fact that this story is not, like I expected, sunshine, cocktails and funny childhood memories, as the cover may suggest. There is so much more to this book than meet the eye, guys, there is depth to it, there is mystery and drama and it went so well with this gorgeous setting and complex, well – drawn characters. You know from the very beginning that Amy, Jane, Linda and Kate were best friends but something bad has happened and they haven’t seen each other for years, and I liked that it didn’t take the whole book for the secret to be revealed, enlightening what has caused the mutual aversion and all the changes. And it was shocking, this revelation, trust me guys, and it was absolutely well handled by the author. Even though I guessed who it was right from the beginning, it didn’t spoil the joy of reading this interesting book, and I wanted – as much as Amy – get a full closure.
Altogether, “A Summer Reunion” was a gripping and thought – provoking story about the fact that grass is not always greener on the other side, about appearances and about appreciating what you have in life, but also not taking this life for granted and grabbing it by the horns. It was wise, it was light – hearted but also poignant and with some heavier issues touched upon. It was a deep, moving but also heart – warming story with a gorgeous setting in sunny Spain about friendship, also the toxic one, full of drama, lies and secrets but also more relaxing moments. It was raw and gritty and bitter – sweet and it pulled me into its midst. Recommended!
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