Friday 11 May 2012

Book Review: Summer Daydreams by Carole Matthews

Name: Summer Daydreams
Author: Carole Matthews
Publisher: Sphere
Release Date: 24th May 2012
What if you had always dreamed of something more....?
Nell McNamara has a happy life: her boyfriend Olly adores her, their four-year-old daughter Petal is the centre of their world and Nell has a steady job in the local chip shop. When the chippy needs a makeover, Nell jumps at the chance to unleash the creativity fizzing inside her.
Inspired by what she can achieve- and encouraged by the very best friends a girl can have- Nell is determind to try something new. Waving goodbye to the chip shop, she starts up a new busines making her own line of must-have handbags, which are soon flying off the shelves.
It seems Nell's dreams are finally coming true, but her success doesn't come without a price. Before too long, Nell has to ask herself if it's really possible to have it all.

What can I say? I have now read three of Carole Matthews novels and I've fell in love with each of them.
With ease and charisma she creates loveable characters, and in all the books I've read they've been strong females. Which is always a win to read. It gives you a girl power feeling inside.
I read the extract for 'Summer Daydreams' in the back of 'Wrapped Up In You' back at Christmas and I had been on tenderhooks for this novel ever since.
'Summer Daydreams' is an uplifting book that has kept me entertained during these rainy days.
But as much as it's a loveable read with a dreamer ending, it also has it's fair share of ups and downs a complete rollercoaster ride with many shocks and twists. 
Some good some not so good.

I also love that Carole again writes a Dear Reader page at the beginning it gives it a more personal edge and it's like you've met the author and had a chat- I know that may sound kind of strange. I also enjoyed reading the Q&A with Helen Rochfort  at the back of the book. It gave an added extra to the inspiration of the story. 
What I loved was how characters like Olly and Jen surprised you in so many ways. 
One minute you're like omg NO and the next minute you're overtaken with emotion.
Nell's story is beautiful, chaotic, exciting and the dreamer in us all will be inspired.
Carole has also added an extract of her next read 'With Love At Christmas' as we're in May I decided not to read the extract yet as I know I'll want it now.


The Literary Darling said...

I have not read anything by this author, but it looks like a good story. Thanks for sharing :)

Dark Readers said...

Thanks for the comment I have read three of her books and have reviewed two on here.

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