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Publisher's Summary

A brand-new summery story about returning to your past and finding a new beginning, from best-selling author Jenny Oliver!

Every Summer has its own story....

For Ava Fisher, the backdrop to all her sun-drenched memories - from her first taste of chocolate-dipped churros to her very first kiss - is her grandmother's summer house in the sleepy Spanish seaside town of Mariposa.

Returning for one last summer, Ava throws herself into a project her grandmother would be proud of. Café Estrella - once the heart of the sleepy seaside village - now feels more ramshackle than rustic. Just like Ava, it seems it has lost its sparkle.

Away from the exhausting juggle of London life, Ava realises somehow her life has stopped being...happy. But being back at the summer house by the sea could be the new beginning she didn't even realise she needed....

©2017 Jenny Oliver (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

Praise for Jenny Oliver:
"Brilliantly written, this is packed full of humour and there is a wonderful thread of love.... A perfect holiday read." (The Sun)
"This book made me want to fly to Spain and dance on the beach with a glass of sangria in my hand. The perfect summer read." (Sarah Morgan)
"Jenny Oliver writes contemporary women's fiction which leaves you with a warm, fuzzy feeling inside." (Books with Bunny)
"Intelligent, delightful and charming! The writing is exquisite." (What's Better Than Books)

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  • Jody in Minneapolis
  • 06-06-2017

Misleading title and synopsis

I loved the reader. However the story is about 30 something siblings and their Mommy Dearest opera singer mother and a run down café and its regulars. It's about a dysfunctional family and beloved granny has passed away. Nothing about the house except the bed chamber dressing room. Not light and fluffy. The best thing is the reader.

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  • Jan
  • 18-08-2017

Boring

This book just rambles about a dysfunctional family. I read the synopsis and book was not what I was expecting.

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  • carol anderson
  • 20-08-2017

The summerhouse

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, made you want to hear more and more and not put the book down even my husband enjoyed it to my surprise.
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  • nina jarvis
  • 15-07-2017

Very enjoyable and lighthearted

Just what I was hoping for, easy to listen to, a story for summer with substance and despite the formula not predictable or corny.

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  • debbie cooper
  • 29-07-2021

Great Summer Romance

Loved this book, great characters and story
Definitely recommend this book , if you like modern romance

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  • Archer60
  • 11-02-2019

Easy listening feel good

Loved this book was easy to listen to and I wanted to keep on listening. Feel good book

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  • Andrea Dring
  • 29-06-2018

good listen, lively tale

really enjoyed this, great vibrant story, multi layered, not too obvious as it unfurls. I thoroughly enjoyed listening. Narator great and multi faceted.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-09-2017

Lovely story

Really enjoyed this story and beautifully read would love to know if there is a follow up story

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  • CharleyB
  • 14-08-2021

Summer holiday escapism

A nice story, read well. Enjoyed it so much I want to go and live in that village!

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  • Ruth
  • 07-08-2021

Light summer listen

Lovely, light, summer chick lit. No surprises but a good listen. Well performed and well written - I could see myself in Spain having churros at Cafe Estrella!

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  • 22-07-2021

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I had to stop listening quite early in the book. Unsympathetic characters, and terrible narrator. Montone delivery snd it sounds like she has a blocked nose which is really distracting

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  • A Ervine
  • 30-10-2018

Great see read (listen)

A lovely book to read.....great description of characters and setting. Well read by narrator who captures the book beautifully.

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