Summer is slowly leaving but that’s no reason to grab one last summer read before it is completely gone. A Summer to Remember by Victoria Cooke is the perfect book just for that!
Here is a little about the book:
A Summer to Remember
Sam lives by the mantra that it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
After the tragic loss of her husband, Sam built a new life around friends, her cat Coco and a career she loves. Fending off frequent set-ups and well-meaning advice to ‘move on’, Sam is resolutely happy being single.
But when Sam gets seconded to her firm’s Boston office for the summer, it is more than her career that is in for a shake-up. A spur of the moment decision to visit the idyllic beaches of Cape Cod could end up changing her life forever.
A Summer to Remember is my first book by Victoria Cooke, and it did not disappoint. This novel is a deep heartwarming romcom about a heartbroken woman who has lost her husband in a tragic accident and is trying to move on with her life. Sam seems to be doing well, she is working, she has friends, and she landed the summer trip to Boston for her firm which she has coveted for the past 7 years.
When Sam accepts the job, she couldn’t be happier, a chance to see and do new things, and get away from the friends and life that seem to want her to find a “significant other” to prove she is ok. But once she gets to Boston, her happiness fades when she finds that her dream position is run by a sexist boss who refuses to let her contribute to the team. When she takes a weekend to get away, Sam finds Provincetown, a remote rural beach town where she makes friends and feels relaxed, and suddenly she starts to feel a lot more feelings than she’s emotionally ready for.
Most romcoms are light and airy, and yes, this book is too, but it also has some deep undertones to it as well. My husband called it a rom – drama – com. Named so because it has just a touch more unresolved past emotions that need to be worked through and gave the reader that apprehensive “OMG” feeling almost as if you weren’t sure everything was going to work out in the end. (And you know everything has to work out in the end in our beloved romcoms)! It was this unsure, anxious feeling that Cooke’s writing gave me that kept me reading nonstop until the very end, because there was no way I could put this book down until I knew what happened. (Nope, not going to tell you).
This book gets an easy 4 star rating from me. Victoria Cooke’s characters were likable, relatable, real, and Ethan’s description was downright sexy. Cooke took a simple romance and mixed some very serious yet common personal family topics into the bowl, and came out with a winning recipe. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to more of her writing in the future.
Thank you so much to Victoria Cooke, Rachel Gilbey from Rachels Random Resources, and Harper Collins Publishing / HQDigital for a copy of this book for my honest and unbiased opinion.
About the Author
Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love,’ in 2016.
Her third novel, Who Needs Men Anyway? became a digital bestseller in 2018.
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