Another guest review from my lovely mum! She really likes quick reads and short stories. They're a fabulous change from whole novels and are great if you have a short amount of reading time as you can get through the whole thing pretty quickly. Here's what she read:
Jenna is known as The Ice Cream Girl. She doesn't mind the name one bit. After all, it's a happy name, and there are far worse jobs than selling ice creams on Everdene beach.
Craig spends as much time as he can at the beach hut in Everdene he rents with a few of his mates. As a policeman, it is a restful change from his daily life, and he's surfing mad. One weekend he's down there on his own when he notices a girl on the beach. He's young, free and single and she catches his eye.
But on this particular summer weekend, both Jenna and Craig's lives are about to change . . .
Review: This really well written short story, part of the Quick Reads series, had me hooked from the word go. It is highly readable, and well organised into bite size chapters. I found that I just didn’t want to put it down, and polished it off in a very short time. I suggest that it would be an ideal addition to your summer holiday suitcase. Even the cover makes you want to go and sit on the beach and read it whilst listening to the waves lapping back and forwards.
The two main characters in the tale are extremely likeable. They are both facing struggles that are familiar to many of us in this day and age. She has financial problems, while he is trying to cope with a highly stressful career. They are cleverly brought together in strange circumstances, requiring a hard decision to be made, and the reader is left wondering what the outcome will be. You feel maybe you should not approve completely of their actions, but then they are such amiable people. The story comes to a most satisfactory conclusion, but the author keeps us guessing how it will all pan out all the way through.
Veronica Henry is a new author to me, but I shall be looking out for more of her novels, and look forward to reading them.