The Summer We Ran Away – Jenny Oliver #BookReview #HQDigital #NetGalley #4.5*


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A moment of madness. A summer of a lifetime.

It was meant to be the party of the summer…

In Cedar Road, everyone is preparing for Lexi’s ‘White Hot’ summer party. For one night, parking squabbles and petitions are put aside as neighbours sip Prosecco under the fairy lights and gather by the hot tub to marvel at Lexi’s effortlessly glamorous life with Hot Hamish.

For Julia, it’s a chance to coax husband Charlie out of his potting shed and into a shirt so they can have a welcome break from the hellish house renovation they’ve been wrestling with. And it’s a chance for Julia to pretend – just for a night – that her life is as perfect as Lexi’s.

But when, during the party, one of Julia’s WhatsApp messages falls into the wrong hands and reveals her most intimate thoughts, things reach boiling point…

And when all the neighbours know exactly what you’re thinking, there’s only one thing to do.

Run away.

It’s going to be a summer Julia will never forget…


Warm, funny, and feel-good, The Summer We Ran Away is the ideal uplifting read for fans of Veronica Henry, Milly Johnson, and Carole Matthews.


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Funny & Entertaining!      stars 4.5


I really enjoyed this one – quite fancy running away for a weekend now!

Julia and Charlie bought and moved into a ‘do-er upper’ in a road when the other side has much more upmarket houses – and the posh neighbours to go with them. So when they’re invited to the summer party in the neighbourhood at Lexi’s home, Julia dreams of a night of fun and glamour as a change from stripping wallpaper. But when one of her WhatsApp messages falls into the wrong hands, she can’t get far enough away . . .

I thought I would know how this one would play out, but I got that wrong. Not the romantic escapade I expected, this was much more fun! Once more I found myself lying in bed, desperately trying to giggle quietly and without disturbing my sleeping husband – I’m very lucky he’s a heavy sleeper! There is a good, solid story in this novel and it’s packed with laughs. A well-thought out tale with cracking characterisation and smoothly flowing writing, it kept my focus until the very end, and I closed my kindle with a smile and a lightness of heart.  A terrific summer read, perfect for the back garden or, if things change, poolside or on the beach. Either way, it’s definitely worth adding to your reading list – trust me, you’ll feel better for it! Absolutely a 4.5* read.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: women’s humorous fiction
  • Format: ebook, paperback, audiobook
  • Size: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HQ Digital
  • Publication Date: 11 June 2020
  • Links: Goodreads
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Author Bio


Jenny OliverJenny Oliver is a bestselling author of contemporary fiction. Twice nominated for the RNA Best Contemporary Novel award, Jenny’s books explore the ups and downs of relationships and an unwavering belief in happy ever after. In the past she has had jobs ranging from an elf in the Disney store, a personal trainer, journalist, editor and now, by far the best, a writer. In her spare time she can be found cajoling her family out to car boot sales, trying to reign in her competitiveness on the netball court and subtly eavesdropping on strangers’ conversations as inspiration for her next book.

Jenny’s new book, The Summer We Ran Away hits the shelves in June 2020. If you are looking for some bite-size reads why not try her Cherry Pie Island novella series. Or if it’s YA you love – check out Chelsea High, coming August 2020!


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