Review of In The Summer Time by Judy Astley



Published: 5th June 2014
Publisher: Transworld
Page: 352


It’s twenty years since Miranda, then sixteen, holidayed in Cornwall and her life changed forever. Now she’s back again – with her mother Clare and the ashes of her stepfather Jack, whose wish was to be scattered on the sea overlooked by their one-time holiday home. The picturesque cove seems just the same as ever, but the people are different – more smart incomers,fewer locals, more luxury yachts in the harbour. But Miranda and Clare both find some strangely familiar faces, and revisit the emotions they both thought had disappeared.


Thank you to Transworld for kindly sending me a review copy.

Miranda, her Mum Clare and her two children Bo and Silva are in Cornwall for three weeks of the summer holidays. Miranda and Clare used to visit when they were younger, form friendships and have a sneaky taste of true love. They’re not the only ones who are back in the seaside favourite spot and soon enough, the entire gang are back under one roof enjoying one another’s company. The aspect of there being three generations all together was really lovely and I enjoyed the mixture of view points, but Miranda was definitely a favourite of mine.

The description of Cornwall is magnificent and idyllic. It’s made me really want to spend a couple of weeks there – maybe Summer 2015 will be the year? Clare relies a lot on her daughter Miranda and who can blame her? The other two are hopeless – one is crying about her ex-boyfriend and the other keeps herself shut away in France. I understand why Clare was depending on Miranda so much – she’s just because a widow, but I did hope that Miranda would brighten her horizon and enjoy her life a little more.

Overall, I was pleased that Judy used multiple view points as each character had their own story to tell and with that, they grew in front of our eyes. There were a couple of secrets to be told which Judy placed in all the right chapters. The ending was happy, dramatic and filled with a group of fantastic characters who I would happily read about again. It’s a nice, pleasant easy read for any Summer.

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