Tilly Tennant comes to the blog today with a new contemporary romance, this one set on the French Riviera. Please read on for my review of
The Summer Getaway
Ashley and her daughter Molly have had an us against the world mentality since Molly was born. While Ashley’s mother and stepfather are close by, Ashley has made it a point of pride to do all she can to provide for her daughter, especially since Molly doesn’t know her father, and Ashley had no way to reach him after an ill-advised romp in Ibiza, a dodgy phone number and more action than conversation meant they never reconnected. But, Maurice’s great Aunt Violet is turning 100 years of age, and the whole family is gathering for a week of celebration, sunshine and bonhomie. Since Ashley’s mother and stepfather are going, and the weather in York is perfectly grey without a hint of sunshine, and Ashley can get the time off from her work at the care home, it is decided that she and Molly will go to France with her mother and stepfather for a week.
Haydon and his daughter Ella are off for a solid week of Daddy-Daughter time in the south of France, at a house let that one of his cello student’s father lets to tourists: an unexpected cancellation means that Haydon gets some unexpected and concentrated time with Ella, time that he may not have much of considering she’s getting older, and her mother and step-father are planning to move to London, hours from his home. They’re just soaking up the scenery, eating the food and having fun in the market when he spots someone who looks familiar. But, she has a girl with her, one that looks to be close to Ella’s age, and really, she moved to quickly to be sure.
But coincidence and a bored teen means that Ella and Haydon are face to face with Molly and Ashley, with the added bonus of a very Parisian teenaged boy down for the party – the kids have plenty of distraction. Which only leaves Ashley with a conundrum. She likes the Haydon she’s coming to know, but what if this is merely the “charming” man and not the real man who left her with a dodgy telephone number and a baby on the way. Oh – and we can’t forget that he doesn’t know about Molly, or she about him, or Ella about any of it.
Tilly Tennant took us through their reunion, one that was near it’s end before truth was shared. Ashley was more than a bit difficult and judgy, her mother was far too pushy, and Haydon was, more often than not, a bubbling mass of insecurities where women were concerned. What made up for the whole ‘unsettled” vibe from him was his honest intention to do the right thing and consider everyone else. I’m not a fan of ‘secret baby’ tropes at all, and while the ‘reveal’ to Haydon kept delaying, it was obviously on a collision course to coming out in the worst possible way, at the worst time. And it did. Spectacularly. But, not shying from the shock, difficulty or time needed to process all of this information, Tennant allows those ugly and often understandably unreasonable moments to unravel, all helping to heal and provide new territory and options for this newly found relationship to grow and build. While perhaps not my favorite of her books, mostly due to the ‘you know this will happen’ set up, the characters and the situations felt real and plausible, even if I wanted to alternate strangling Ashley, her mother, or Haydon frequently.
Title: The Summer Getaway
Author: Tilly Tennant
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Setting: France
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 11 July, 2018
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Ashley Moon is all set for a dream holiday with her daughter in the glittering French Riviera. But nothing can prepare her for the shock of discovering who’s staying in the villa next door…
Ashley Moon got much more than a suntan on her first ever foreign holiday; one whirlwind romance and nine months later she had a daughter,Molly.
Too heart-broken and proud to ever contact the father, Ashley made a decision to go it alone and raise her daughter herself. Fifteen hard and lonely years later, she finally has the chance to take Molly on her first ever holiday; a gorgeous, all-expenses paid trip to the charming French resort of St Raphael.
It is the perfect setting for a week of quality time together; they plan to cycle through the sun-drenched vineyards, lounge by the glistening pool and practice their French on friendly locals. And just when Ashley thought things couldn’t get any better, comes the news of a handsome new occupant to the villa next door.
But fate has other plans for Ashley. One look in to her neighbour’s dark hazel eyes is all it takes to give her the shock of her life. Standing in front of her is Haydon, Molly’s long lost father and the holiday fling she thought she’d never see again.
As the temperature on the Cote D’Azure steadily rises and Ashley and Haydon begin spend more and more time together, will Ashley find the courage to tell him who she is – and more importantly, who Molly is?
A wonderfully heart-warming story of first love and second chances for fans of Jenny Oliver and Lucy Diamond.
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.
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