Swallowtail Summer by Erica James *Publication Day 11th July 2019*

Swallowtail Summer

Swallowtail Summer by Erica James

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Linston End has been the summer home to three families for several decades. The memories of their time there are ingrained in their hearts: picnics on the river, gin and tonics in the pavilion at dusk, hours spent seeking out the local swallowtail butterflies. Everyone together. But recently widowed Alastair is about to shock his circle of friends with the decisions he has made – and the changes it will mean for them all… Can these friends learn to live life to its fullest?

My Thoughts:
I loved reading this book – a wide number of characters with lives interwoven over almost 50 years coming to terms with how life changes after the sudden death of one of the group.

I’m glad I didn’t read the other reviews until after I had read the book – I must admit that I do wonder if I’ve read the same book as some of the other reviewers.

I have read a number of other books by Erica James and have always enjoyed how well written they are. This book features families, friendship, romance, tragedy, jealousy, secrets, sailing and food set in the Norfolk Broads.

There are a lot of characters, but all are brought to life convincingly and it is similar to watching a TV show such as Cold Feet, where two generations are being followed at the same time. The book had lots of twists and turns in the story as secrets were uncovered, and I hadn’t expected the ending to turn out the way it did. My poor dog had to wait his walk so I could finish the book yesterday.

Well worth reading and definitely worth 5 stars.

Thank you to NetGalley for this digital copy in return for a honest review.

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By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum of teenagers. Adopter of dogs.

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