Today I hand back to Mandie who has a blog tour review of One Summer’s Night by Kiley Dunbar. Thanks to publisher Hera Books who provided an advance copy of the book for review and to Tracy Fenton for inviting us to join the tour. Here is what the book is all about.
The Bookish Bits
The path of true love never did run smooth…did it?
Kelsey Anderson is stuck in a rut so big, she’ll need a 4-wheel drive to get out. She’s just been made redundant from her dead-end job, and boyfriend Fran is so busy climbing up the career ladder that he’s forgotten how to have fun. She needs to change her life – and fast.
Stumbling across an advert for tour guides in Stratford-Upon-Avon seems like the perfect way to bring the sunshine back. In an impulsive move, she moves from her small Scottish village to Shakespeare’s birthplace, armed only with a suitcase and her battered copy of Shakespeare’s Sonnets.
Kelsey quickly falls in love with the place, her job as a tourist guide allowing her to explore every inch of the picture-perfect town, from cosy cafes to the picturesque banks of the river.
But it’s not just the town that captures her heart, as she finds herself torn between the actors Will and Jonathan who both vie for her affections.
But will beautiful Peony, the lead actress at the Oklahoma theatre company where Jonathan is playing Oberon in A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, play a role in keeping Kelsey and Jonathan apart?
Or will flirtatious, charming Will, the fellow tour guide who has set his sights on Kelsey, keep the star-crossed lovers from finding their happy ending?
A gorgeously uplifting, feel good romance that will captivate readers of Holly Martin, Cathy Bramley and Milly Johnson.
For me this book is going to be hard to review, not because I didn’t enjoy it as I really did. It’s hard because every now and then I struggle to put into words exactly what I enjoyed about a book without giving away what happened and spoiling it for others who have yet to read it. So I apologise in advance if I accidentally give anything away.
Kelsey Anderson had been working in a camera shop in Edinburgh until the owner had to close it for good making her redundant. After a bit of time feeling sorry for herself she sees an advert for tour guides in Stratford that tugs at a memory of an enjoyable time she spent there as a teenager. Although it is only a temporary position she decides to up sticks and go.
Kelsey is a fun character, who despite often questioning her abilities and where she is going with her life always manages to remain upbeat and see the best of everyone in her life. Her kindness really shows when you see how, despite her boyfriend treating her a bit like a doormat, she still doesn’t want to hurt him when she realises they have drifted apart and no longer want the same things or if they ever did in the first place. It’s nice to watch her finally find her feet and decide what she wants to do with her life as she mixes with people from different backgrounds and countries. If there was one character that annoyed me it would have to be Will Greville. A tour guide by day but also an aspiring actor he could be charming, however he was not beyond manipulating situations and people into what he wanted.
For me I loved Kiley’s descriptions of both locations in the story as although I know the camera emporium is fictitious, I could still picture a lot of the places in Edinburgh, having spent a lot of time there recently. It has also made me want to go back to Stratford for a proper visit as I have only paid a couple of fleeting visits in the past. One Summers Night is a great read for the holidays. You can quite happily curl up and enjoy following Kelsey as she discovers what she really wants from life and what makes her truly happy.
About the Author
I’ve spent the last decade teaching English Literature at a University in the North of England. This involved researching and writing for academic publications (stuff that only a handful of fusty boffins will ever read). I’ve finally turned my hand to writing the romantic fiction I’ve always dreamed of and I hope my readers enjoy my sweet and feisty characters and dreamy locations.
The heroine of my first novel One Summer’s Night works as a tour guide in the beautiful theatre town of Stratford-upon-Avon. I too spent a working summer in Stratford where I found my very own leading man. We got engaged four days after we met. This tells you that I’m A) not exactly risk averse and B) a true romantic.
Twenty years on we live in Cheshire with our kids and Bedlington Terrier.
I’m a proud Romantic Novelists Association Member and in 2019 I’ll graduate from the New Writers Scheme which really helped me shape my debut novel.
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