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Review : The Summer Trip by Isabelle Broom

I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts about The Summer Trip by Isabelle Broom.

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Book cover for The Summer Trip by Isabelle Broom.  A woman in a yellow sundress and straw hat is walking along a jetty and looking out across the sea
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09QM3ZGWJ
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hodder & Stoughton (23 Jun. 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2706 KB

What if your life worked out perfectly . . . for someone else?

It’s been 18 years since Ava spent the summer on the Greek island of Corfu, but she has never forgotten what happened during those months – or who she left behind.

Now single, estranged from her family, and preparing to wave her daughter off to university, Ava’s life seems a million miles away from the one she dreamed about as a teenager – a life now being lived by her sister instead.

When Ava decides to return to Corfu for the summer, she knows she must finally face the place and the people that broke her heart. But with old resentments festering, long-buried secrets lurking, and familiar feelings resurfacing, it looks set to be a holiday that will change all their lives forever. . .

Book Review

Parents stop interfering with your life once you’re an adult, right?  WRONG.  As if!  Ava’s mum sneakily sets in motion events to sort out her daughters’ relationships with each other – with unexpected consequences that turns lives upside down …

37 year old Ava is living in Brighton with her 17 year old daughter Rosie and when the opportunity arises, and with a big push from Rosie, they set off to Corfu. 

When they get to Mattie’s villa, it’s not what Ava thought it was going to be and the atmosphere is tense.  She unintentionally overhears a conversation that puts her in an awkward position.  Then their sister Lia turns up with her friend Sam.  And with Sam fuelling flames, the dynamics and focus change.  When their mum and dad turn up, the hurt and pain gear up another notch until it’s all ready to explode.

Ava’s experiences in Corfu 19 years ago give us greater understanding of the conflict today.  I was reeled in emotionally and knew what I wanted to happen! 

This story has the best anti-hero I’ve read in a long time.  From the beginning, I had really strong feelings of dislike and knew what he was up to.  Only Ava has her suspicions though so it takes a while to build up to the climax (a good thing!).

I was savouring every word, soaking it all up, until we race to the resolution.  OMG, it really was nerve wracking.  I couldn’t read the words fast enough (and was even tempted to scan ahead, something I very rarely do). 

One character surprised me.  From the way we see her express her disdain, I didn’t think for one moment that she could be supportive.  Hidden depths 🙂

Isabelle Broome writes the best settings.  I felt so inspired, I designed a crochet blanket with a Greek theme.

The Summer Trip was such an emotional read.  I loved how complicated it all was. Relationships need untangling at times don’t they and family ones can be the hardest of all.  Truths need to be heard, so lives move forward. 

Another outstanding read from Isabelle Broome.

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Isabelle Broom was born in Cambridge nine days before the 1980s began and studied Media Arts at university in London before a 12-year stint at Heat magazine. When she is not travelling all over the world seeking out settings for her escapist novels, Isabelle can mostly be found in Suffolk, where she shares a home with her two dogs and more books than she could ever hope to read in a lifetime.

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