Another Summer Paperback – August 14, 2016
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The story revolves around two young people. They are in love, the sex is fantastic and everything seems blissfully awesome. But (we cannot go anywhere without a “but’’) then something happens and “happily ever after’’ tale between our two lovers is coming to its end. And this is actually the best part of the novel. Even though most of us know that many authors constantly use this formula and even though it is nothing actually new, it works every time! What happened when “he’’ was ‘’there’’? Who is that new woman and why did he did what he did? Questions like these urge us to press forward until we finish reading the novel and until we finally discover “the secret’’. And this one is nicely written. I mean- I’m not a fan of novels of this genre, but the author knows how to “draw’’ you into the plot and this is something commendable. All in all – 4/5.
Evie (16) and Joe (19) now: they fall in love; the sex is great; she gets pregnant; after some nonchalance at the pregnancy, Joe virtually talks himself into a marriage, and Evie promptly agrees. Evie chafes at the quality of her life with Joe; Joe disappears without a word; she goes off to her grandmother’s cottage for the Summer while her mother has the baby, Claire. Joe has had another sex life with artist Kat, she in her turn, “just ups and leaves” him. Joe sets out to find Evie to reconcile with her.
Evie/Joe (past): tells of Joe’s early life and relationship with Evie, and the first and subsequent sex encounters.
Evie/Jake now: with Joe away, Evie begins a steamy sex relationship with Jake, in marked contrast to her life with Joe. Jake is not ‘brutal’, but he is decidedly ‘brutish’ in his manner and approach.
Joe/Lisa now: Joe helps a young pregnant girl Lisa to get to her home in a trip involving distance, clothing, nakedness, solicitation – but no sex! Joe does not push it though he had opportunities. The Lisa connection comes over dubiously as to value in the book. Perhaps it was to give Joe a base to show his wife that he had changed, but Evie did not believe his deed was without sex.
Joe/ Evie/Jake now: Joe arrives at Eve’s house to finds her having sex with Jake. Joe punches Jake, and then becomes a hero by saving both Evie and Jake from a swirling river. Joe seldom, if ever, mentions his heroic deed as a major point in his reconciliation attempt. Evie has told Jake that their affair is over; Joe pleads his case, with a business proposition, and even promising to renew vows.
The author does a very good job presenting the events of the sections without losing the characters by keeping the chapters of the book at an appropriate length. Her writing is clear and straightforward. While there are emotional turns throughout, they are not startling or mind-bending.
I did not like was the tremendous amount of drinking the characters engaged in – before sex, after sex, or just because of a dry mouth. It may have been the lifestyle, but they were nearly all relatively young persons.
Evie’s character has certainly grown from the 16 year old she began as. The many associations of the word ‘always’ with Joe in the book tells a story in itself. Evie’s resolve seems to be dissipating (Claire, of course, would need a family), but frankly, I do not take Joe too seriously. (How can I?): “What?” she gasped. “How can you sit there reminiscing? After all the lies you’ve told me?” “I didn’t lie, not exactly. I just avoided telling you the truth.”
Top international reviews
When Evie leaves Joe and rushes off to her Grandma's cottage for space and time to clear her head, you really hope that she does leave Joe behind. Then she meets Jake and you think she may have finally found something special! However, you soon start to sympathise with Joe as you learn more about him and follow his journey too. The way that Sue Lilley tells both of the character's stories in alternate characters, and most from the past to the present really helps to wrap you up in the madness that was their relationship. The many different perspectives and the timeline jumping really helps to keep the book interesting! You feel like you really get to know the couple and their relationship and that's a really rare thing to find in a book!
Evie's character is so easy to relate to. Her own power struggle is something many females face and have faced and it makes her such a fantastic character!
There are plot twists and surprises throughout the book, so expect the unexpected! A great read for anyone who loves a little bit of romance!
Lilley writes in a liltingly lyrical style that draws you through the twists and turns of this romantic tale.The characters are well rounded, and believable. The settings are artfully detailed. I could almost smell the mustiness of the old furnishings in the cottage it became so real to me, and so much rain! As I read I became attached to the two central characters as their back stories were revealed. The plot was so engaging I read it in one sitting as I could not put it down. I was willing the story to work out, but I was kept on tenterhooks until the end.
This is not your average romance, it is well constructed, well written and most enjoyable.Chick lit at its best.
If you enjoy escaping into a good book; one that you simply can't put down, and like the romance genre, then I'm sure that you will love this first offering from this talented new writer.
I cannot recommend this highly enough, and eagerly await future works from Sue Lilley.
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