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Friday, August 12, 2016

Book Review - A Summer at Sea by Katie Fforde

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Review by Suze
Emily is a midwife and she loves her job. She's happily single and likes her life. When her friend Rebecca has a tough pregnancy she asks Emily to help her out. Emily takes a sabbatical to work as a cook on her friend's puffer. Rebecca and her husband James organize boat holidays at sea close to the Scottish coast. Emily now has to cook for a lot of people in the galley of the boat and at first that isn't as easy as she thought it would be. Soon she feels very much at home though. Every now and then she has a day off and she likes spending time with Alasdair, James's brother, and his daughter Kate. Because of her close friendships and maybe even love Emily is getting more and more attached to her new surroundings. Will she be able to leave it all behind at the end of the summer?

A Summer at Sea is such a wonderful book. I loved the cozy and warm atmosphere. I immediately felt the great vibe of the story. Emily is such a sweet and strong woman. She can stand up for herself and she knows what she wants. I liked that a lot about her. She cares about people, both young and old. She's a fantastic main character. I loved reading about her adventures. She isn't afraid to try new things and she's always there for everyone who needs her. She isn't perfect, she's just very much herself. The story is already really amazing because of who she is. There are plenty of other fabulous main characters as well though, which is making it even better.

The setting is fantastic. The beautiful Scottish coast is the perfect place for a romantic story. A Summer at Sea is sweet and fun. It's a heartwarming story filled with love. I really like it when a book makes me feel happy. It was easy to picture the guests and I enjoyed reading about them. I loved the descriptions of the boat and the easygoing way things are being managed. The food descriptions are mouthwatering and I kept wishing I could have a taste. I like Katie Ffordes writing style, it's vivid and easy to read and it has a great flow. I think Summer At Sea is a fantastic, romantic read and I highly recommend it.


  1. Sounds great. I love the blurb of the story and I do enjoy reading cozy and warm atmosphere in a book.

  2. Sounds like an amazing book, thanks for the review!

  3. Food descriptions and based on the Scottish Coast, sounds like a really interesting book for me.
    Thanks. Amanda.

  4. Sounds great! I love sweet, fun and romantic stories, and Emily sounds like an amazing character. Oh and I love that cover, it's so beautiful!
    Great review!

  5. Lovely cover and sounds good :)
    Thanks for the great review Suze!

  6. Amazing review, Suze! this one sounds like a sweet summer romance with incredible, realistic characters and a swoon-worthy romance. The setting sounds beautiful and I can just imagine falling in love with the descriptions of the Scottish coast.

  7. I'm swooning! This lovely book's title, cover, and tagline lured me in from the get-go. And Suze! This review really seems to capture the essence of enchantment and warmth that I sense is at the heart of "Summer at Sea."
    This book might be just what I need right now, and I thank you for introducing me to it.

  8. Scotland's scenery, culture and food (not to mention Scottish men) ARE swoon-worthy!