I don’t think I’ve ever taken part in a “price drop promo” before, but I’m delighted to be part of this one! One Endless Summer by Laurie Ellingham is just 99p until 31st August, and you can buy it here. A lot of books are price-reduced from time to time – I often tell you about them on my Facebook page – but this is a book that I particularly enjoyed, and I’d hate anyone to miss the deal.
How long can you keep a secret?
Three best friends are embarking on an all-expenses paid trip of their dreams. The only catch? Every moment will be documented on film.
Lizzie is finally ready to embrace adventure for the very first time. It’s their last three months together, but it is Lizzie’s time to finally start living!
Jaddi is known for her stunning looks, flirtatious attitude and many conquests. But Jaddi has a secret and on this last trip together she needs to decide whether her best friends will ever know the real her.
Samantha has always been the ‘grown up’ of the group, the one with a five year plan. What Lizzie and Jaddi don’t know is that Sam is trapped, and her perfect life isn’t quite what it seems…
As they trek across the globe Lizzie, Jaddi and Samantha must come to terms with loss, love and trusting one another. But will it all be too late…
I remember exactly where I was when I read this one – on the roof terrace of the flat I rented to be near my mum while she was in hospital in Madeira, with the sun beating down. And if you’re planning some time in the sunshine soon, I’d highly recommend this one for your kindle. Rachel said she was “speechless at just how breathtaking this book really is”, Kaisha at The Writing Garnet called it “mind-blowing, enchanting, heart-breaking, moving, spell-binding and emotional”. So here’s a reminder of what I thought…
Amazon told me this book was “heartwarming and uplifting” – “the perfect holiday read” it said. And do you know, I wouldn’t argue with a word of that? I loved Lizzie from her first appearance – three months to live, and so many experiences to pack into the time remaining. Her friends were wonderful, uncomplicated joy in each others’ company – but with depth and secrets beneath that were so well handled, with some real surprises.
The travelogue aspect of the book was so well done – vivid descriptions of many locations I’ve visited myself, which made it particularly fascinating – and I really liked the “reality TV” element of the story, the larger than life characters, the way the celebrity side of things sometimes made life considerably more difficult. And I particularly liked the fact that the story really didn’t unfold in the way I’d rather expected it to – there are weepy moments, but not the ones I’d rather expected, and the author handles the many different character-driven stories that make it a compelling read with tremendous aplomb.
Uplifting? Most definitely, with well drawn characters and real feelings. And did I mention that the author writes like a dream? The book is a real page turner, wonderful escapism but with a firm grounding in reality, characters you feel for and believe in. Perfect holiday reading it might be, but there was far more depth to this book than I ever expected – and it was an absolute joy to make that discovery.
About the author
When I am not running around after my two children, my husband, our cockerpoo Rodney, or just plain running, I love nothing more than disappearing into the fictional world of my characters, preferably with a large coffee and a slab of chocolate cake to hand. I have a degree in Psychology and a background in Public relations, both of which help me in everything I do.