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Returning home is never smooth sailing…
Summoned by her childhood best friend, Kate Vincent doesn’t stop to think. Instead she books at one-way ticket from New York back to Wigtown, Scotland, leaving her glittering new life behind. Scenes of idyllic holidays at Bluebell Bank with the Cotton family dance in her mind, but not everything has stayed the way it once was… Especially when her first love, Luke, returns to town.
Emily Cotton never expected one email, sent off in a wine-fuelled daze, to bring her old friend barrelling through the front door of her dismally failing bookshop. But life for the Cottons isn’t what it once was; Emily’s brothers are hardly speaking, her beloved grandmother isn’t quite the same and Emily…well, Emily is the one most in need of Kate’s help.
Kate has given herself until the end of the summer to stay in Wigtown. Can she bring the Cottons back together, and save the family who once saved her?
What an Outstanding Read!
I can hardly believe this is a debut novel, it is so beautifully written and such an encompassing read. From the very beginning you can tell it is polished to perfection and so easily slips under your skin.
Kate Vincent didn’t have much of a family life growing up but when she moved to Edinburgh and became friends with Emily Cotton at school, that all changed. From then on she spent her holidays on the Solway coast with Emily and her brothers at their grandmother’s home where she became anointed as one of the family
Now aged 30 and living in New York, Kate receives a message from Emily telling her she needs her and without hesitation she ditches her job, romance and life there and hops on a plane to race to the rescue. Thus starts the story of friendships forged many years previously and getting to grips with how things are now and how they develop with Kate’s return.
Set in an area I have visited several times this book does great credit to the area. I’m not surprised to read it’s Jen Mouat’s region – her love shines throughout this novel, and the characters are so well created and defined that I would expect to bump into any of them were I to visit again.
This is a tremendous story – bursting with love, happiness, reminiscences and even a bit of sadness which all add up to an awesome novel. It has been such a joy to read and I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending it to others.
I received an arc via NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased review, and my thanks go to HQ Digital for agreeing to let me read this.
Tags: friendship, romance, Scotland
Summer at Bluebell Bank is Jen Mouat’s debut novel.