Lainey Summers feels blessed to have her dream job writing for a renowned foodie magazine. And the day she goes to interview chef Rick Oliver at his new restaurant—Aleatory—in London’s popular Piccadilly, is the start of an unexpected journey.
When Rick is offered the opportunity to jet off to a monastery in Andalucía, to film a cookery competition for Spanish TV, Lainey goes too, to cover the story.
Spending a month filming in the stunning Spanish countryside, soaking up the sights, sounds, smells and of course the cuisine, Lainey and Rick start to enjoy each other’s company. But their time together flies by too quickly, and before they know it, Rick and Lainey have to face going their separate ways.
With both their worlds shifting beneath them, the call of Andalucia and the call of happiness grows ever stronger. But with everything at stake, will they be able to take the chance of a happy-ever-after…
I have been a fan of Lucy’s work for a little while now. I love the fact that her books have travel in them in that you are whisked away from a damp and chilly Britain to a bright and sunny destination, which in this case is Andalucia. I read the synopsis for ‘Summer In Andalucia’ and it certainly sounded like I was in for a treat and then some. So without further ado, I grabbed a cup of tea, grabbed my Kindle and settled down for an afternoon’s reading. I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Summer in Andalucia’ but more about that in a bit.
It took me next to no time to get into this story. In fact the bright and breezy cover as well as the promise of sunnier climes was enough to draw me in. As soon as I started to read the story that was it. I knew that it was pointless planning to do anything else for the rest of the afternoon as I just couldn’t put the book down for any length of time. It was as though the book had developed a hold over me and it was a hold that I wasn’t willing to break. I would pick he book up only intending to read a couple of chapters to fill in the odd half hour or so but I would become so wrapped up in the story that I would read way more than a couple of chapters. I think that I was enjoying the exotic locations too much (Andalucia may not seem that exotic to some but living in Lockdown Britain anywhere outside of the house is exotic!). I seemed race my way through the story. All too quickly I reached the end of the book and I had to say ‘goodbye’ to the various characters.
‘Summer In Andalucia’ is well written but then that is true of all of Lucy’s work in general. She has one of those writing styles that is easy to get used to and easy to get along with. In fact, reading one of Lucy’s books seems more like a chat between friends than reading an actual book. I love the way in which she describes the locations in the story so beautifully that if I closed my eyes, it would be easy to imagine that I was there in Andalucia with the sun beating down on my face. I felt as though I was part of the story which is all thanks to Luc’s very vivid and realistic storytelling. I found ‘Summer In Andalucia’ to be a joy to read, which kept my attention throughout and it certainly cheered me up.
In short, I really enjoyed ‘Summer In Andalucia’ and I would recommend it to other readers. I will certainly be reading more of Lucy’s work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.