“When Allegra North parted from first love Francis after a decade together, she poured all her regret into a letter. He didn’t reply. A year later, her job brings her back to the beautiful Devon coast where their romance blossomed and she hopes that they can start a new chapter.
As summer storms circle, the exes juggle rebellious parents, vengeful family members and a very reluctant celebrity author who holds the key to everybody’s future …”
I was lucky enough to win this book from a giveaway on Sarah’s Book Reviews.
It begins with various emails being sent back and forth, I love books that have emails and texts etc in them because it always makes me feel like I’m getting a more personal view of a character.
I liked the sound of the synopsis but honestly I feel like it doesn’t actually do the book justice, I quickly realised that it wasn’t at all what I expected and it was in fact miles better! Occasionally I found that I was a little bit unsure about what was going on but once I figured it out I discovered a very funny and totally unputdownable book. I was surprised to find myself thinking about the characters when I was trying to do every day things – I practically ran home from taking the kids to school so I could read more.
Allegra was a brilliant main character, she was funny, flirty and outspoken, all of which made her a great character to read about. The banter between her and the other characters was one of my favourite parts of this story. In particular, her chats (usually via email) with the intriguing and mysterious Gordon were something I really enjoyed.
Things became very complicated for Allegra when she went back to Farcombe, a shocking discovery at her family’s holiday home and a bizarre request from her ex are just a couple of the disasters she faces on her arrival. Throw in a confusing encounter with a mysterious Irish man known only as Mr Byrne and things really spiral from there.
I found all of the characters interesting, especially the eccentric ones, during the many unexpected twists and turns there were times when everyone actually seemed slightly crazy and I absolutely loved that, it really made me laugh!
I couldn’t wait for the day of the festival to arrive but before it did there were so many exciting, funny and surprising moments that had me turning page after page. I didn’t want the book to finish but when it did I felt that it ended in a good way with no questions left unanswered.
A fun and intriguing book that captured my interest from start to finish.
To find out more about Fiona Walker visit her website here.