Thursday, 9 June 2016

Release Day Review: Summer At Oyster Bay by Jenny Hale

The bit on the back…

They say falling in love is easy. But what if you know it’ll break your heart?

For Emily Tate, returning to her charming childhood home Oyster Bay is like coming up for air after the fast pace of her city life. At the farm her grandfather built, surrounded by sister Rachel’s chatter, Gram’s buttermilk biscuits, and the soft, white sand, Emily is reminded of exactly who she is and what she holds most dear.

When Emily starts work at elegant Water’s Edge Inn, Charles Peterson, the handsome new owner, asks for her help. He wants to expand and needs Emily to teach him the local ways, so he can convince the planning commission. Emily vows to make him fall in love with her hometown, just the way it is.

At work, Charles is reserved and serious, yet once Emily has him kicking off his shoes in the sand and sailing across the glistening Chesapeake Bay, she sees another side to him, and their easy rapport feels like the start of something big.

But when it becomes clear Charles’s plans for the inn involve bulldozing Oyster Bay, Emily is heartbroken. Will she lose her home and Charles all at once, or can she save Oyster Bay, and give true love a chance?

Firstly thank you to Bookouture for the review copy of this title via NetGalley. Jenny’s books are always up there with my most anticipated reads for the year and this was no different. This is Jenny’s 3rd Summer novel after Love Me For Me and Summer By The Sea.

The story is all about Clearwater resident Emily Tate. Emily moves back to her childhood home to find that just when she needs some stability back in her life, everything looks as though it's changing.
One of the things I love about Jenny’s books is the vivid way she brings the setting to life. From the locals to the local cuisine Jenny thinks to include little bits of everything so that you can build a picture of exactly what it's like to live where her characters do. This story is no different and if I close my eyes I can still picture the house at Oyster Bay in Emily's coastal hometown Clearwater.

The story follows Emily as she returns home to Oyster Bay to take up a new job at Water's Edge Inn. Emily's trying to hold onto everything from her past that she holds dear and her new boss Charles, and the new owner of Water's Edge Inn, is making it hard for her. The closer Emily gets to Charlie the more difficult it is to separate her feelings for him from her feelings towards his vision for his new business.

Emily's family plays a big part in the story and Jenny has created some very authentic, down to earth characters to compliment Emily. You will definitely need your tissues for some of the more touching and poignant parts of this lovely, summer read. If you enjoy Paige Toon, Rachael Lucas and Rachel Dove you will enjoy Jenny's novels. Roll on Christmas!

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