Sunshine & Cider Cake by Georgia Hill #BookReview #TheGreatSummerStreetParty1 #OneMoreChapter #4.5*

Welcome to Berecombe-by-the-Sea for a year of very special celebrations…

This year sees the seventy-fifth anniversary of D-Day. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to those brave boys who went to fight on French beaches for our freedom.

And now Berecombe is playing host to our American allies once more. All surviving soldiers who were billeted in the town have been invited for street parties, a D-Day parade, a black-tie ball at The Henville and much, much more.

So, come along, get dressed up and join in the fun!

Ashley Lyddon arrives in the quaint coastal community of Berecombe feeling more than a little lost. The former art teacher desperately needs a fresh start after a car accident that cost her everything. How is it that the town’s older residents seem to have more zest for life than she does?

A certain American history lecturer, Eddie McQueen, has also blown into town, just like the GIs did seventy-five years previously. Then, as now, they shook things up, and left secrets trailing in their wake.

Ashley knows all too well, like the D-Day soldiers, that laying the past to rest is easier said than done although her new community seems to believe that tea and cake – lots and lots of cake – solves most of life’s problems.

And as Ashley is forced to admit, they are nearly always right…

A Fabulous Start to a New Series!

It’s so very lovely to be back in Berecombe again!

Ashley Lyddon is at a crossroads in her life; following a serious car accident everything is up in the air and, after finding life with her parents a tad claustrophobic, she jumps at the chance to move to Berecombe and enjoy a little independence again. She finds that, far from the sleepy town she was expecting, Berecombe is a hive of activity as the town plans to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day; to this end they are expecting an influx of American veterans and Ashley finds the friendly community not only welcomes her but soon sets her to work. It doesn’t take long for her to meet American Eddie, a history lecturer relocated to the area temporarily, who is nearer her own age than the locals she has encountered so far. With so much planned for the commemoration, Ashley and Eddie are fated to bump into each other again and again . . .

I’ve always enjoyed Georgia Hill’s novels and, while this series is a return to Berecombe, it has some new characters as the focus of the story but it is a total joy when ones we’ve met before pop up and we get the chance to catch up with their lives. Always thorough in her tales, remembering D-Day is a wonderful centre to the story. Ashley is very likeable and it didn’t take long for me to get rather fond of her, and I’m really looking forward to continuing with this series. Beautifully written – as I expected – with an abundance of detail, this is a fabulous read from beginning to end and sets the scene nicely for the books to come. Very enjoyable and one I’m happy to recommend. 4.5*

I purchased this novel; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: romance saga

Author Details

I’ve always written – journals, diaries, some really bad poetry! And I’ve always talked a lot about writing a novel. When I moved house for about the ninth time in as many years and lost my precious notebooks, I decided the time was right to write! So I began a long short story based on two characters who nagged and nagged until they were written down. I completely rewrote that story and the result was my first novel Pride and Perdita.

I’ve moved on to write warm-hearted and up-lifting contemporary and timeslip romances about love, the power and joy in being an eccentric oldie and finding yourself and your community.  There’s always a dog. It’s usually a naughty spaniel of which, unfortunately, I’ve had much experience! My books are now firmly rooted in seaside towns similar to the one I live in. I love history especially when it insists on rearing up and battering at the present.

As a child I had an invisible friend called Gonky who lived on the third stair  from the bottom (true story). As an adult my invisible friends inhabit my head and refuse to leave until I’ve committed them to paper.

Readers of my books can escape into a warm bath of words and, no matter what challenges I throw at my characters they will, ultimately, have a happy ending.

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