The Summer We Danced, Fiona Harper
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction
I’ve read a few of Fiona’s books, but not for a while so I looked forward to reading this one. Its been a fun read but it didn’t really engage me in the way others of hers have. She had this kind of easy to read style thats perfect when you just want something light and easy that can be put down and picked up later.
Poor Pippa, bad enough that she’s supported her husband all the while he searched for fame, and then when he found it she was effectively dumped in front of the nation, via a reality show. That must be awful, everyone knowing your humiliation, discussion your affairs that should be private, and she felt she needed to get away.
She returned to the village she was brought up in, and tries to pick up the threads of her life. I can’t imagine how awful, how gutting that must be, when it seems like all the world is [passing judgemnt over you and finding you lacking. she’s put on weight, left herslef and her appearnace and hidden away, and now she decides to go to a dance lesson in the village, still run by her former tutor Miss Mimi, now in her eighties. She loved dancing as a child but it got left behind while she was busy supporting her husband.
There’s a problem with the school and Miss Mimi and Pippa soon finds herself in the thick, trying to save it. Along the way she meets her old crush Tom, back in the village bringing up his daughter. He’s very different to the man she remembered but along the way they become closer, finding their old selves as they work to keep the school afloat.
I didn’t get as engaged with this as I have others by Fiona, somehow couldn’t really get a sense of Pippa, didn’t feel the connection between her and Tom. Maybe I’ve just read too much NA/Drama type romances and didn’t appreciate the subtlety of this one…It was still a fun read, one thats perfect for when you can only read a few chapters at a time and need to put aside.
Stars: Four, a fun read but not one I’d read again
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers