I absolutely adore a good bit of chick lit. The amazing mix of strong female characters, a good dose of drama and a sprinkle of incredible friendship and romance make them such feel good novels, they’re hard to resist. However, it’s been a long time since one has engaged me as much as Ruth Saberton’s Escape for the Summer*, which has set itself firmly in my list of favourite books.
Escape for the Summer tells the tale of three friends Andi, Angel and Gemma who leave their dreary lives in London and head off to the glamorous Cornwall town of Rock for the summer to chase their dreams. Here their new lives take many twists and turns (and of course introduce them to lots of new men!)
Sensible Andi has been cheated on and lied to by her scrounging boyfriend. Her younger sister Angel longs to live the TOWIE lifestyle she so desires and bag herself a rich Made In Chelsea style boyfriend. Their friend Gemma is desperate to shed the pounds and shrink down to a size 10 so her acting career will finally have a chance of taking off.
Andi becomes firm friends with Jonty, an odd job man living with his millionaire brother’s family for the summer, who – like Andi – is trying to sort out some financial complications and get over a nightmare ex. Viscount of Kenniston Laurence is Angel’s perfect man – rich, handsome and all together charming, but is he too hiding some secrets? And finally Callum South, the one time poster boy of football, like Gemma has gone to Rock to slim down, so that he can keep his place in a new TV show.
I absolutely adored all three of the main girls. Each one was very well rounded and Saberton lets us get a real good glimpse into each of their characters. I found I identified with each one in different ways, which I think is really important, and I loved that in this book I found a real bond with each one in turn. For me, Gemma was the one I felt the strongest connection (with a shared love of baking, eating and acting!) However I also identified with Angels’s longing to have fun at all times, and adoration of celebrity culture, as well as Andi’s determination. There really is someone for everyone! Ruth Saberton writes each character beautifully and I saw not only some of myself in each, but also aspects of each of my friends too, making them very likeable and relatable.
The boys are also really well rounded and well written. Laurence, Callum and Jonty are all exciting to read about and it is really easy to feel like you’re discussing boys with your best friends at the pub in real life whilst reading about the relationships between them all! Jonty was definitely my favourite however and I defy anyone reading the book not to fall a little bit in love with his kind nature, relaxed attitude and surf dude style!
The storyline meanders along at a lovely pace which matches the relaxed summer vibe of Rock, and is filled with humour and laugh out loud moments. I loved the number of pop culture references Saberton uses which also makes the story current and relevant.
What are your favourite summer reads?
*Thank you to Ruth Saberton for sending me an Advanced Review Copy of Escape for the Summer to review. All thoughts are honest and my own. Please see my Disclaimer Page for further information.
Here’s the official blurb:
Can Andi Evans find the strength to start again?
Betrayed and broken-hearted, Andi’s redundancy is one shock too many. Suddenly single and in debt, a summer working in the pretty Cornish town of Rock seems the perfect solution.Determined never to trust again, will a chance meeting with a stranger change her mind?
Andi’s sister, Angel, is determined to find a man who can keep her in style. Heading to Rock, summer playground of the rich and famous, seems an inspired idea until a misunderstanding threatens to end a romance that has started to mean more to her than she ever expected…
Actress Gemma is no stranger to diets and disappointments. As the future of her career hangs in the balance, Gemma hopes a summer in Cornwall solves her problems. With a reality TV show being filmed in the seaside town surely she can avoid the pasty shops and win herself a role.
Arriving in idyllic Cornwall, all three girls are hoping for a holiday to remember. But will this be for the right reasons? Or, as emotions run higher than the tide, will the summer escape turn their lives upside down?
I live in Brixton in London. I eat out far too much, am always planning my next trip and have a borderline unhealthy obsession with Harry Potter.