Emily is happy with her life just as it is. She has a career as a midwife that she loves . She enjoys living on her own as a single woman. But she also feels it's time for a change and a spot of some sea air. So when her best friend, Rebecca, asks whether she'd like to spend the summer cooking on a 'puffer' boat just off the Scottish coast, she jumps at the chance. But she barely has time to get to grips with the galley before she finds herself with a lot on her plate.
Rebecca is heavily pregnant and is thrilled to have her friend onboard doing most of the work. Then there's Emily's competitive and jealous kitchen assistant, who thinks she should be head cook, not Emily. And there's Alasdair, the handsome local doctor whom Emily is desperately trying not to notice.
Because if she falls in love with him, as he appears to be falling for her, will she ever want her old life back again?
©2016 Katie Fforde Ltd (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks
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It held a lot of promise, but it's boring, nothing ever happens, and the constant 'go get yourself a man and start breeding' is incredibly irritating. In 2016 surely it can be recognised that a single woman can indeed have a rich and fulfilling life.
The boat and the islands were interesting, along with the politics and conflicts surrounding the practice of midwifery. Hard to say which was least interesting as there wasn't much that grabbed me at all.
Yes, I've always liked her. In this instance, she was great with all her accents and characters - with the exception of Maisie, which was so piercing I couldn't listen to it.
God no. Not people you want to meet again.
I love Katie Fforde's books and usually fly through them, but this one is a total disappointment. I could not stick with it to the end, despite trying, as I couldn't engage with any aspect of it. This makes me sad as I was so looking forward to it.
"You would think it was written in the early 80's."
I never normally write reviews but this was probably the worse book I have ever listened to.
* Emily acts like she is in her 70's not 35!
*No real story - could have ended in two chapters.
*Really irritating accents.
*Story jumps around.
*Details of irrelevant things.
*Felt like writer was struggling to fill the book.
*Hardly any mention of the modern world - when there's a 'crisis' at home Emily needs to fly back - when it could have been sorted with a phone call.
Don't waste your time .
"Katie Fforde does not disappoint"
I enjoyed the narration of this new book (well done Jilly Bond). The leading man was obvious to me from his first appearance and, this being Katie Fforde, we know that it will in due course end happily (and that Emily's midwifery skills will be put to good use at some stage in the book). At 35, Emily is a little older than some of the heroines of earlier novels and the issue of single parents remarrying is addressed. I wondered if the demographic of Katie's readers is getting older too!
Katie's books give much enjoyment (though I enjoy some more than others). Summer at Sea gave me a good deal of pleasure.
Listened as my downtime from studying and it was delightful. Would definitely recommend as good escapism
"Perfect easy listening."
I love a happy ending.
Although the heroine always gets her man in Fforde books, there is something endearing about a saccharine story line.
It's easy to get enthralled in the fantasy that is not real life but should be!!
I like the intimations in Jilly Bonds voice.
A perfect easy listening combo!!
I love Jilly Bond's narrations normally, but her Scottish accents are ghastly (from the point of view of a Scot!)
I know the puffer in the book, but had no idea that this book was going to be about it and the lovely area on the Argyll coast, so for me that, was the most memorable part.
Story is great but I found the narration over exagerated. Would prefer more gentler delivery
Great listen , great story, well read,laughter,sadness, tears
intresting, funny, love this book so much
"Loved it Katie fforde never disappoints"
Loved it Katie fforde never disappoints!!!!!! Great story, makes you want to up sticks to Scotland!
"Comfortable, enjoyable, and predictable"
Some people criticised this book as being old-fashioned. I disagree, it is a pleasant change from the 'gritty' tales of modern life where heroines have to behave like men in order to prove they are 'equal'. I liked the background of midwifery, Katie Fforde has researched it well and it was interesting and believable that the heroine decided to take a sabbatical up in Scotland helping her old friend on a tour boat.
Of course the tale was predictable, but isn't that what we seek in romantic fiction? A manly hero with a softer side once it is revealed, some side plots that are knitted into the fabric of the tale, and a few twists and turns that were interesting and serve to delay the happy ending. Great escapism, and a nice change from the grittier thrillers I also enjoy.
Contrary to some readers views, I thought the accents achieved by the narrator were mostly believable, although, for obvious reasons, there were some difficulties with the men's voices. The only one I didn't think came off very well was the voice of her best friend's husband. But you can't win them all.
Some of Katie Fforde's books have become very Mills and Boon in style, but I really enjoyed this book which whiled away several journeys pleasantly. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
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