Holy moly. I'm not sure just how many tissues I went through reading this book but once I got past page 90, I was a goner.
Well written, emotional, with wonderful characters and a hint of magic. You'll definitely love Jamie and Merri too. Usually, a book this length would take me 3 nights (on average) to proofread. This one took me two. I was that involved in the world of the story, it took me looking at the time on the laptop to realise it was past 3am. It wasn't until I turned it off, that my eyes started to droop - as long as that file was open, so were my eyes and they were quite content to read. Mind you, two nights of past 3am ... I was kinda stuffed the next morning! Dianna sets up the 'what if/what happened?' well, and you'll keep reading just to find out what the hints are all about. Then, when you get a big reveal ... grab tissues. You'll need them. In fact, keep the box and a rubbish bin handy!
This story is written from multiple POV's, which I love, as it gives you more to delve into. We see the world through the eyes of: Merri, Jamie, Candy (Merri's BFF), Pippa (Jamie's sister), Michael, Penny (Merri's mum) and Lesley.
Naturally, you'll have to read the book to find out who all these people are! I'm really hoping this book is a success, because I'd love to see another book in this series take flight. We've already been introduced to, and have delved into the lives of, these characters and I for one would like to find out what the hell happens to everyone else!!
Stop 2: RELEASE DAY!
So, I heard from the blog boss that it was Kink Month over here, and I scoured through my just-released-today-book (plug! plug!) looking for the sexy to share. I’m notorious for giving away some kind of plot or character revelation in my sex scenes, so this is never an easy task for me! But I did manage to find this little excerpt J
He anchored as close as he could to the shore of a small, sandy cove, glad that it was as peaceful and undisturbed as he remembered it. No one ever came here because there was no path down to the beach – you could only reach it by boat.
Merri was sitting, leaning back against the side of the boat; huge, maroon sunglasses on, enjoying the sun, having now lathered herself in factor thirty.
Jamie smiled at the sight. He was so fucking gone, but then he always had been with her. “Ready for lunch?”
She lazily turned her head towards him.
All he could see of her was her small smile for the shades, but he suddenly felt like a deer caught in headlights.
“Does that mean I have to get up?”
“We could eat on the boat, but I thought we might head into the cove. We’ll have to wade through some water though – I can’t take her any closer in because of the rocks.”
She pulled herself up, slowly, still smiling.
What’s with her?
“Guess the dress needs to come off then.”
“It’s only about waist-deep. I don’t think—” And then he didn’t think at all. All words flew right out of his head as yellow cotton went over blonde hair revealing…
Excerpt from The Spell of Summer © Dianna Hardy, 2014. All rights reserved.
Meredith is leading a straight-laced life in London with her straight-laced fiancé, determined to forget her reckless, wild-child past. They're about to get married.
Jamie is an old, poetic soul with a broken heart returning home to Cornwall to get his life back in order.
What binds them?
One chance meeting thirteen summers ago; one innocent spell spoken after one perfect night...
And now history is unravelling; the past and present, merging...
Words can change everything, but can they change your destiny?
And in the messy world of magic, what part does love play?
It's summer all over again, but the spell has only just begun.
Defined as Practical Magic meets a Nicholas Sparks novel, written
'Dianna Hardy-style' - do not miss this summer's must-read story!
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Dianna Hardy is the international bestselling author of The Witching Pen series, and the Eye Of The Storm series. She writes paranormal / urban fantasy and contemporary fiction that's twisted in plot, big on the romance, high on the erotic, with a dusting of humour. She currently lives in Surrey (United Kingdom) with her partner and their daughter, where she writes full-time.
Official site: http://www.diannahardy.com