All Summer With You, Beth Good
Well, I’m a sucker for fame romance trope, so of course this appealed. I loved the setting, the rural retreat, adored Nellie and the goats but the romance angle? Well, it didn’t really work for me.
I found it difficult to see that Alex, who valued privacy so much, would really welcome Jennifer in his home even if his reasons were valid. He just doesn’t know her, doesn’t know what sort of person she is, and given he thought he’d got a male tenant til he met her then clearly there wasn’t much in the way of background checks done. So I just couldn’t see how he would open himself up to that vulnerability, when the media pays thousands, hundreds of thousands some times, for info on celebrities.
I did like the way his backstory came out slowly, explained his surliness at times, things like that really do affect us, and it had made him look closely at his way of living, and at himself. That’s hard in a world where for those who are celebrities everyone around them tells them what they think they want to hear, not what they actually need to hear. His friend Brodie was one of the few who would talk to Alex the man, not Alex the star, and he needed that. I loved the way he was so close to his nan, so worried about her. She was a real character, so close to Alex and his sister.
I enjoyed this story but it felt a little too light and fluffy to be more than a three. I enjoyed the writing style, but though there were some interesting side plots ( the Cornish connection, the folklore, the tarot and witchcraft parts, I just felt it was lacking in a solid story for me. I would try another from Beth, she created some great characters, and hopefully its just this one story that’s a good read, a fun beach/holiday read, but not a great one for me
Stars: Three, I enjoyed reading about the characters and their lives, loved the setting, but as a romance it didn’t quite work for me. It’s a case of its me not the book. Reading tastes are so subjective.
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