Eve Edwards comes to the blog with a story of determination and reframing a life with
The Summer of Wishful Thinking
Gemma has managed her own life, for better or worse, since having her son Leo at age fifteen. Fourteen years on and Leo’s father is still wholly irresponsible, Leo isn’t like “other boys”, and the constant financial struggles mean that replacing what her ex has stolen is near impossible. She’s working all hours, as a Registrar for the council she’s recording births, deaths and performing weddings. And this weekend’s ceremony is a wedding at an estate that has been bought by a “Londoner” who has plans to create a destination wedding venue.
Sam is struggling: the gardens are overrun, the buildings need tons of work, his list is never-ending and money is tight. This wedding, with all the running about and juggling vendors and spaces means that he’s only got the briefest of time to ‘prep’ the officiants (Gemma and her best friend Diana) before the service. He’s less than welcoming, but the estate, despite being decrepit and in need of massive work, delights Gemma, the history buff.
Far from an expected story: Gemma’s worry for her son and about her ex and his bad influences, as well as worry about finances soon mean that Gemma and Leo are Sam’s tenants in a small cottage. The same day that Sam had to gather his father, now suffering with dementia, as his care home closed. We also have Gemma’s struggles with her parents, with her son, Sam’s worries for his father and his own issues of grief and guilt from a past relationship: as well as other struggles with budgets, councils, a threat to Gemma and a relationship that both Sam and Gemma are too afraid to categorize or define. Sometimes, in the midst of all the rehab of the estate, both find some sort of ‘self-building’ plans that are exacerbated by their budding relationship; giving them both that chance at a reformed and reframed happy ever after.
Title: The Summer of Wishful Thinking
Author: Eve Edwards
Genre: British, Contemporary Romance, Family Saga, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain
Published by: One More Chapter
Published on: 8 May, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Gemma Whitehall helps people tie the knot as the local registrar, but watching loved-up couples exchange their vows serves only to highlight what’s missing from her own life. Gemma can’t ignore the fact that life – and love – are slipping through her fingers.
Sam Ranworth has spent the best part of a decade building walls around himself after tragedy struck. The last thing he wants is to get tangled up in Gemma’s messy life.
When Gemma rents the ramshackle cottage on Sam’s neglected country estate, neither of them can ignore the spark of attraction. Can they leave the past where it belongs and take a chance on happiness?
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.