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summer of love book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

Single mother Sian Bishop has just moved from the busy city to a quiet country town with her son Rory. Determined to create a new life for her son, Sian busies herself with organizing their small rented cottage. She soon meets her new neighbor Fiona, whom she immediately bonds with, and Fiona works to get Sian acquainted with her neighborhood and the characters within it.

Sian is shocked to encounter Rory’s father when he turns up at a dinner party, and it is announced that he is Fiona’s son. Having not seen him since their one night together several years ago, Sian agonizes over telling him and Fiona the truth about Rory’s connection to them. Will she tell them the truth? And if she does, will she lose them forever?

Katie Fforde’s Summer of Love is a wonderfully told tale of romance. The perfect late summer read, you’ll get swept up in Sian’s story as she decides what her future holds. Will she choose a quiet life with her lifelong friend Richard, who encouraged her move? Or will she find a way to be with Gus, whose free spirit caused her to quickly fall for him all those years ago?

I loved the characters in this novel, along with the quiet town that served as its setting. Sian is a wonderfully flawed yet completely relatable character. You’ll root for Sian and Gus to reunite, and fall in love with Fiona’s effervescent personality and humor. This fun read is one you won’t soon forget.


Meg lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Ryan. Library professional by day, freelance writer by night, Meg writes about life, entertainment and everything in between.

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