Sweet Home Summer
What’s a Matchmaker? I’m thinking a really, really old Irish version of Tinder…
Isla Brookes was terrified of leading a little life in the small New Zealand town where she was born and where her gran and mum were also born and bred. To escape their fate, she breaks it off with her teenage sweetheart and runs away to London. She’s spent the last ten years climbing the interior design career ladder and meeting the wrong kind of man until one day she wakes up and wonders what it’s all been for. Leaving her latest unsuitable man and job for dust Isla winds up sitting on a beanbag in therapy at a Californian retreat, where she realises it’s time to go home.
They breed em tough on New Zealand’s West Coast. A fact Isla’s grandmother, Bridget prides herself on. Her heart was broken once, and she won’t let it happen again, but now ever since her husband passed away, someone’s been sending her Valentine’s Day cards.
When the dance hall, the scene for this heartbreak, falls into decline, Bridget decides the link to her first love must be restored even if the events of long ago can’t be put right. She’s never heard of dating apps, so in a nod to her Irish ancestry, she decides to hold a fundraising Matchmaker Festival.
Then Rohan Sullivan blows into town on a strange wind offering his services as a bona fide matchmaker; suddenly it’s time for both women to remedy the mistakes of their past.
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About Michelle Vernal
Hello, my name is Michelle Vernal, and by way of introduction, I’m Mum to Josh and Daniel and am married to the super supportive Paul. We live in the garden city of Christchurch, New Zealand with our three-legged, black cat called Blue. BC (before children) Paul and I lived and worked in Ireland, the experiences we had there have flavoured my books.
I’ve always written, but it was only after my first son was born that I decided to attend a creative writing course at Canterbury University. Oh the guilt dropping him at pre-school so I could learn the basics of story writing, but oh the joy of having conversation to contribute other than the price of nappies that week! The first piece I ever penned post course was published by a New Zealand parenting magazine. I went on to write humorous; opinion styled pieces of my take on parenting, but when the necessity for being politically correct got too much, I set myself the challenge of writing a novel. Six books later and a publishing deal with Harper Impulse here I am. These days I write for a lifestyle magazine and my latest book Sweet Home Summer has just been released by Harper Impulse.
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4 Sweet Home Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟
This book left me with a smile on my face and an urge to go visit New Zealand…. this is a book about going home, new beginnings, second chances, friendship, romance, and family…. all set in the quaint and charming small town of Bibury, New Zealand….
Isla has returned home after living for 10 years in London… she moves in with her grandmother Bridget who has a past that Isla knows nothing about….. The majority of the book is set in present time following Isla…. as she builds a new life in her hometown and possibly rekindles an old romance… or not? We also got little snippets of Bridget’s life in her late teens in the late 50s…. grandmother and granddaughter have more in common than they ever knew…..
This was such an enjoyable read filled with such lovely characters…. characters you would want to become friends with…. sometimes it is nice just to read a peaceful book and enjoy the characters and the setting…. although there was even a bit of a twist at the end of this book and it worked nicely and it didn’t alter my perception of the book or the characters….
This is a perfect summer beach read… although I spent half the time needing to remind myself that New Zealand’s summer is our winter…. I have such a hard time correlating Christmas with summer and I live in California… so no snow…..
Strongly recommend when you are in the mood for that fun beach read, with fabulous characters, and a lovely setting…
~~~ thank you to the publisher for a copy of this book ~~~
Hope you enjoy! Berit💛