Sweet Home Summer

Written by Michelle Vernal


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Sometimes, home really is where the heart is…

Leaving behind her hi-flying career in London, Isla Brookes has had enough. Burnt out and tired of an unfulfilling profession and lousy boyfriends, it’s time for her to go home.

Arriving back in cosy Bibury to stay with her grandmother, Bridget, everything is charmingly familiar. Even her childhood sweetheart, Ben, is as handsome as she remembered…

And when she discovers a stack of long-forgotten Valentine’s Day cards, Isla, with the help of Ben, begins to realise exactly what is most important in life.





A Beautiful Story, Well Told!    225

A warm, happy read which will leave you feeling good; this is a truly enjoyable story.

Isla Brookes couldn’t wait to escape the small New Zealand town of Bibury and spread her wings in the big wide world. Having gained qualifications in Christchurch, she then spent several years living in London, enjoying city living and the rewards of her career. Following the end of a very unhealthy relationship, Isla takes time out and heads to a Californian Retreat to lick her wounds and recover her equilibrium. Realising that she wasn’t getting the satisfaction she should be from her high flying life, she decides to return home to the bosom of her family and see where life takes her next.

This is a beautiful story, well told. Not only do we catch up with Isla’s earlier life we also are party to a bit of a mystery involving her grandmother, Bridget. With brief flashbacks to her teenage years we discover the memories which haunt her. Captivating and with plenty going on, this is a novel I’m very happy to have chosen to read. If you enjoy a easy-going book packed with detail, then this is one I’m happy to recommend. A perfect read for this summer!

My thanks to publishers Harper Impulse for approving my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: romance, family



  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 915 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperImpulse
  • Publication Date: 12 January 2018
  • Link to Buy: http://amzn.eu/5wG6pmE


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Meet the Author



Michelle Vernal loves a happy ending. She lives with her husband and their two boys in Christchurch, New Zealand. It’s a city that is slowing rebuilding its happy ending. She’s partial to a glass of wine, loves a cheese scone and has recently taken up yoga―a sight to behold indeed. Her books are written with humour and warmth and she hopes you enjoy reading them.




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