#BookReview: The Heart of Summer by Felicity Hayes-McCoy @fhayesmccoy @HachetteIre #TheHeartOfSummer
Book length - 392 pages
Publisher - Hachette Books Ireland
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ABOUT THIS BOOK
It's summer in Finfarran on the west coast of Ireland. Librarian Hanna Casey is looking forward to al fresco lunches with friends, and balmy evenings with her boyfriend Brian in their stunning new home in the beautiful Hag's Glen.
With family drama and a painful divorce behind her, Hanna is browsing romantic holiday brochures and making plans with Brian for the future. Then, unexpectedly, Brian's adult son moves in with them, and Hanna re-encounters Amy, one of three girls with whom she shared a London flat in her twenties. And all of a sudden, Hanna begins to question her apparently perfect life.
When Amy suggests a visit to London's bright lights and a flatmates' reunion, Hanna accepts. But, while it might be a short hop to England, somehow she feels like she's leaving Brian too far behind.
And when Hanna is given a new opportunity, the chance to be more than a local librarian who's settled back into the little rural community where she grew up, she realises she has tough choices to face...
A gentle and enjoyable read, THE HEART OF SUMMER by Felicity Hayes-McCoy is the perfect book to curl up with in the garden and get lost in for a few hours.
Summer has arrived in the little town of Finfarran and with it, changes are coming. Hanna Casey has a job that she enjoys, even if it wasn't always her dream, her boyfriend Brian, that she has moved in with who loves her, and her daughter who seems to be happy for the first time in a long time. If her mother drives her mad sometimes and the locals stick their noses into her business on the odd occasion, it's a small price to pay for living in such a beautiful, peaceful place away from her hurtful past. But when Brian's grown-up son comes to stay and she has the chance to go to London for a reunion with her old flatmates, Hanna jumps at the chance. She needs some time to figure things out and maybe some things need to change. Meanwhile, things continue in the village with unexpected business opportunities taking centre stage, some surprising news for one couple, and plenty of ups and downs for the villagers that feel like family.
THE HEART OF SUMMER by Felicity Hayes-McCoy is the kind of story that you just fall into and while this is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone story - but why have one good book when you could have more! The characters are relatable, especially Hanna's relationship with her mother, and I loved getting to know the other characters in the community. There is laughter, tears, misunderstandings, and guilt, and so much more hiding amongst these pages, and I highly recommend THE HEART OF SUMMER to fiction fans everywhere.
Felicity Hayes-McCoy, author of the best-selling Finfarran series, was born in Dublin, Ireland. She studied literature at UCD before moving to England in the 1970s to train as an actress. Her work as a writer ranges from TV and radio drama and documentary, to screenplays, music theatre, memoir and children's books. Her Finfarran novels are widely read on both sides of the Atlantic, and in Australia, and have been translated into six languages.
She and her husband, opera director Wilf Judd, live in the West Kerry Gaeltacht and in Bermondsey, London.
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