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One Summer Between Friends

– tekijä: Trish Morey

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Coming home was never going to be easy ... With a failed marriage behind her, and her career dreams in tatters, Sarah returns home to Lord Howe Island to run the family store. Paradise to most, Lord Howe is the last place Sarah wants to be, trapped on an island with her two ex-best friends, Floss and Jules. Floss has the life she always wanted: married to her high school sweetheart, Andy, with five gorgeous children. But something is missing from her marriage. And now she has a secret that threatens to tear her happy family apart, and the only person she can talk to is the woman who pushed her away. For Jules, forgetting the past is impossible. Her four-year-old daughter is an everyday reminder of the friendships she has lost. But when a discovery turns her life upside down, she knows this is an opportunity to set things right. This summer, can these women overcome the pain of the past and find their way back to the friendship they once had?… (lisätietoja)
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I’ve really enjoyed Trish Morey’s category romances, so I was pleased to receive a copy of her latest novel about three ex-friends, their problems and the island they’ve called home. It’s a sold summer read that screams to be read with an iced coffee!

Sarah, Floss and Jules all grew up together on Lord Howe Island and were the best of friends until an unforgiveable moment turned them into bitter enemies. Now they can hardly stand the sight of each other, but recent events find them back on the island. Sarah thought she’d escaped the island, but after she is passed over for a promotion and her mum has an accident she returns home to look after the family store. Floss and Jules never left. Floss has everything she wanted – marriage to Andy and five children. But now Andy is acting distant and both she and her kids are moving in different directions. Jules is happy with her unexpected daughter, but a shock diagnosis means she needs to confront the ‘what ifs’ in regard to her family.

The story is told from the perspectives of all three women, gradually filling in the background of their pasts and the events that caused the destruction of their friendships. It also reveals how each woman is grieving for something she feels she has lost – motherhood, health, love and youth. What I enjoyed was just when I thought I had their histories straight, there was a nice curveball thrown into the plot and I had to think again. Seeing their fractured relationships slowly come back together (with realistic setbacks along the way) was also a highlight. The subplot involving a romance with a relieving policeman, Noah, is also good fun as he’s a cute character!

I did find it harder to relate to Floss and Jules than Sarah in One Summer Between Friends. For me, I found their choices to remain on the island from childhood to adulthood a bit puzzling. I could relate to Sarah more, who had studied and chosen a career and life away from the island due to a multitude of factors. I just wondered why they hadn’t chosen to expand their horizons in one way or another. But possibly the biggest character of all is Lord Howe Island itself. It’s written beautifully as a tranquil but fascinating place that opens its arms to tourists (not an easy thing to do). The inconveniences of its residents are also portrayed well, such as having to travel to the Australian mainland for medical procedures and waiting for supplies.

A fun light read, perfect for a lazy day.

Thank you to Harlequin for the ARC. My review is honest.

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  birdsam0610 | Jan 1, 2020 |
An engaging contemporary novel about friendship, and forgiveness, One Summer Between Friends is the latest offering from bestselling Australian author, Trish Morey.

“Best friends in the world. Best friends in the universe. Best friends forever.”

One Summer Between Friends unfolds from the perspectives of Sarah, Floss, and Jules, three women in their thirties, who have not spoken to one another in more than five years, their friendship since childhood having imploded in a rather spectacular manner. When Sarah reluctantly returns to Lord Howe Island, the three women realise they can’t avoid the past forever.

The major themes of the novel are those of friendship and forgiveness as Sarah, Floss, and Jules struggle to accept and atone for the betrayals that divided them. I thought Morey’s exploration of the issues between the women were realistic and thoughtful.

As Morey explores the women’s individual lives she also touches on a myriad of other themes including infertility, infidelity, unplanned pregnancy, breast cancer, alcoholism, and grief. I empathised with Sarah’s pain, Floss’s insecurities, and even Jules’s regret. There is a touch of romance too which I thought was lovely.

The primary setting for One Summer Between Friends is Lord Howe Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site, 700km northeast of Sydney in the Tasman Sea. The tiny crescent shaped island, about 10km long and 2km wide with a population of less than 400, is a wonderful setting for the novel. Morey describes the delights of the area, from Ned’s Beach to the spectacular views, with affection that suggests she has spent some time there.

Moving and enjoyable I thought One Summer Between Friends was a wonderful read. ( )
  shelleyraec | Dec 11, 2019 |
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Coming home was never going to be easy ... With a failed marriage behind her, and her career dreams in tatters, Sarah returns home to Lord Howe Island to run the family store. Paradise to most, Lord Howe is the last place Sarah wants to be, trapped on an island with her two ex-best friends, Floss and Jules. Floss has the life she always wanted: married to her high school sweetheart, Andy, with five gorgeous children. But something is missing from her marriage. And now she has a secret that threatens to tear her happy family apart, and the only person she can talk to is the woman who pushed her away. For Jules, forgetting the past is impossible. Her four-year-old daughter is an everyday reminder of the friendships she has lost. But when a discovery turns her life upside down, she knows this is an opportunity to set things right. This summer, can these women overcome the pain of the past and find their way back to the friendship they once had?

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