Twin sisters. One scorching summer. A bucketful of secrets.
Diana’s life is perfect. Her twin sister, Josie’s – not so much. But when secrets are revealed this summer, everything will change.
Diana has a rich and successful husband, two talented youngsters and an adorable dog. She always looks as if she’s stepped from the cover of a magazine. Her immaculate second home by the sea, for idyllic summers with her perfect family, was actually featured in one.
Josie has a messy, compact flat, dates, but not relationships, and she can’t even keep a houseplant alive. She moves from job to job, goes clubbing with her friends and often looks as if she’s fallen through a hedge.
Although Josie loves Diana deeply, each year she declines the invitation to spend the summer with her sister. Or any other family holiday. Because Josie has a secret.
But is Diana’s life so perfect? Or is she also hiding something? When secrets are revealed this summer, everything will change. Josie could finally have the life she’s always wanted … if she’s brave enough to take a chance.
I have been a fan of Emily’s work for a little while now. I haven’t quite caught up with everything that she has written (she has written quite a lot of books), but I try to keep pace with her new releases and I read one of her earlier books when I get the chance. Emily’s latest book is called ‘Summer At My Sister’s’ and it was released on 31st July 2020. It really is another cracking read from Emily Harvale and I thoroughly enjoyed every single minute of it but more about that in a bit.
I became addicted to this book from the moment I read the synopsis never mind from when I started to read the story itself. For me, ‘Summer At My Sister’s’ was a real unputdownable, page turner of a read. I only intended to put a toe in the water so to speak and just read the odd chapter or two to get a feel for the story and the characters. Let’s just say that I became so wrapped up in the story that I read way more than a couple of chapters. I was so taken by the characters and by the idyllic sounding Seahorse Harbour that I couldn’t stop reading. In fact I was all set to pack a bag and set off for Seahorse Harbour. I read ‘Summer At My Sister’s ‘ in one long reading binge and I was sad to have to bid farewell to the different characters. I soon cheered up when I realised that this was only the first standalone book set in Seahorse Harbour and that hopefully I might see some of the characters in future books set in Seahorse Harbour.
‘Summer At My Sister’s’ is superbly written but then I have come to expect nothing less from the excellent Emily Harvale. She creates easily likeable characters, who you can’t help but take to and you hope that things work out for the best for them. Reading one of Emily’s books is more like a chat between friends than reading an actual book. I know that sounds daft but that’s the only way I can describe it. Emily writes so realistically and uses such vivid descriptions that I felt as though I was part of the story myself. ‘Summer At My Sister’s’ was a delight to read. It was an uplifting, heart warming romantic tale that is perfect for holiday reading.
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Summer At My Sister’s’ and I would definitely recommend it to other readers. I will certainly be reading more of Emily’s work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.