Publication Date: 1st October 2013
Book Source: Harlequin Mira
Synopsis: At the age of eighteen, Julia Jones left her hometown — the small beachside town of Middle Point — with a head full of grand plans. Plans for an exciting life in a town that didn’t involve a main street with one pub or a particular boy named Ryan Blackburn.
But after fifteen years and a lifetime later, Julia’s forced to put her career and big-city life on hold when she returns home to finalise her mother’s estate. Which is exactly where she runs smack-bang into the town’s hero, Ry. As in Ryan Blackburn.
The sensible thing to do? Stay the hell away from him and head back to Melbourne as fast as her stilettos can carry her! But instead, Julia finds his offer of a helping hand and a hot body too delicious to refuse.
Soon, Julia’s ignoring her better judgement and diving into an ‘I’ll think about it tomorrow’ fling with Ry. But what she doesn’t realise is that tomorrow has a way of sneaking up on you...and that saying goodbye to her home town — and to Ry — is so much harder the second time around.
I loved, loved, loved the setting, the small fictional beachside town of Middle Point on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. And you don't need to have been to know, Victoria Purman's descriptions are so vivid, you can feel the sea breeze as you take in the stunning view, taste the salt, smell the coast. It's a Sea Change without leaving your loungeroom.
Julia Jones is back in Middle Point to settle her mother's estate and running into her old love Ry Blackburn, plays havoc with her head and heart. Sizzling chemistry mixed with nostalgia, hurt, regret and mistrust, what a melting pot of unresolved history.
Despite Julia having a chip on her shoulder that made me want to give her a good slap, I enjoyed her growth over the course of the book, she wasn't afraid to take an honest look at herself, her perceptions and prejudices and make decisions on what was really important in life. Both Ry and Julia felt very real to me and Victoria Purman sure knows how to turn up the heat, those steamy sex scenes weren't a hardship to read ... nope, not at all.
Nor does the author skimp on minor characters or friendships (I loved Lizzie's humour and loyalty) or the challenges facing residents in a small coastal town, their survival dependent on the influx of holiday season tourists. Kudos to Victoria Purman for a debut novel that feels like a breath of fresh air.
What more could you want?... sand, sea, surf, good love, good friends and good wine. *Sigh* ... idyllic.
Up next in the Boys of Summer trilogy, Dan & Lizzie, I like them already and can't wait to watch their story unfold.
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