Summer in the City by Fiona Collins

Thank you to Penguin Random House for the review copy to read. The paperback will be available to purchase today in the UK.


Prue is not someone you would notice willingly. She likes to keep herself to herself and fade into the background. If it were not for the birthmark on her left cheek, she might actually succeed at becoming invisible.

She spends all of her time with her blind father, Vince. Together, they sit in silence and ignore the vibrant city just on their doorstep. Life is as good as what’s on TV. That is, until something forces them both to go outside and see what they have been missing. For Vince, that means discovering how to see the world without his sight. For Prue, that means finding the courage to finally love and be loved in return.

A story about family, friendship and facing your fears head on, this is a heart- warming story that will stay with you long after you have finished the last page.

My thoughts:

I enjoyed relaxing on a sun lounger with this book over the sunniest May Spring Bank Holiday weekend I can remember in the UK. This is the story about how Prue and her dad, Vince became trapped in the flat above a Tube station, both sinking further with depression and anxiety until a summer of change.

The catalyst for the change happened after Prue had a counselling session and was encouraged to take her dad out, to be his eyes. As London swelters through a heatwave, Vince and Prue start to visit places on Vince’s wish list. As they walk and explore, and share stories about the places they visit, they start to finally talk to each other, finding the words they haven’t been able to use for many years.

This isn’t a light hearted read, a possible suicide stopped Prue’s train journey, Prue has been badly treated in the past and we slowly find out why her dad lost his sight and then his independence, and why her mum and her sister left.

I’m happy to recommend this beautifully written emotional book about how Prue and Vince begin to change their lives, with a little help from friends and the hidden treasures of London. I enjoyed reading this book, my first by Fiona Collins and I’m looking forward to reading her debut novel, You, Me and the Movies later this year (I bought it on my Kindle in 2020).

Author Bio:

Fiona Collins grew up in an Essex village and after stints in Hong Kong and London returned to the Essex countryside where she lives with her husband and three children. She has a degree in Film and Literature and has had many former careers including TV presenting in Hong Kong, traffic and weather presenter for BBC local radio and film/TV extra. You can find her on Twitter @FionaJaneBooks


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. Adopter of dogs.

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