Bella Osborne returns to the blog with a story of second chances, even when you aren’t looking with
The Promise of Summer
Originally released as a four-part serial, this is the complete book: and it flows and moves forward rapidly toward the happy conclusion. Told in third person from the perspective of two major narrators, we meet both Kim and Ruby and see their friendship as the story unfolds. Ruby has recently given up on men – deciding that she’s got a ‘broken picker’ and working for Kim at the florists is all she needs. There is a desire for more, and she’s been scouring the internet to find a sperm donor. Her close relationship with her now deceased mother has been the hallmark of her life – and she just knows that she can be a mother all by herself – giving her own child the same sort of confidence, love and happiness she had.
On the other hand, Kim has been widowed for many years, and has not found anyone who gives her a spark – not that she’s really looking. There is a customer that she has developed a friendship with, and the two have a spark – but neither is acting on it. He’s engaging Kim into taking a chance on a rescue dog, and she’s able to discuss everything with him – if only his daughter didn’t seem so against their relationship, or his devotion to his deceased wife weren’t so present.
When Ruby meets Curtis on the train to her own meeting with her sperm donor, the two are instantly chalk and cheese. Curtis is gorgeous and handsome, with none of the social grace or comfortability that Ruby displays. More reliant on his spreadsheets and things he can ‘see’ the two are a delightful contrast, particularly when Ruby becomes an asset to his work and life – and is willing to ‘coach’ him through the social moments in life. Neither of them sees that the friendship and relationship that they are developing is going to be one that will change both their lives for the better. With plenty of twists, a few secrets unveiled, and some truly dramatic moments, the story brings both Ruby and Kim a new outlook and fresh start on life – and leaves readers with a smile.
Title: The Promise of Summer
Author: Bella Osborne
Genre: Contemporary Romance, British, Dual Narration, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain
Published by: Avon Books UK
Published on: 22 July, 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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The Promise of Summer was originally published as a four-part serial. This is the complete story in one package.
Ruby’s life is about to change for ever…
After years of dating losers, cheats and one guy who did something unrepeatable to her kettle, Ruby has all but given up on romance. But then a stranger sits next to her on a train to London and explains his plan to propose to the woman of his dreams. Maybe true love does exist after all?
When the man accidentally leaves the engagement ring behind, Ruby is determined to save the day. But she hasn't counted on fellow passenger Curtis stepping in and insisting he should be the one to track the stranger down.
As summer closes in, the unlikely pair make a promise to reunite the ring with its owner. But can they find their own happy ever after along the way?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.