Genre: Chick Lit
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication date: June 24, 2020
The cover art makes me feel so hungry. Isn’t it just gorgeous?!
The novel describes how Hetty, an event organizer, decides to revive the Swallowtail Bay Strawberry Festival and turn it into a major food festival, complete with a funfair. The biggest stumbling block — she has only 4 weeks to set it up and needs to convince the reclusive John Thornhill to allow her to use part of the grounds around Thornhill Hall.
The scene where Hetty tries to meet John, get past her assistant Jaz, and convince him to say yes–in just 5 minutes–is highly entertaining.
Hetty’s ability to remain cool under pressure and her conflict-resolution skills impressed me. Single-handedly, she solves quite a few problems that crop up at the food festival including a woman getting stuck in a portable toilet and a child getting lost in the funhouse. Even the way she takes her time to figure out if she wants to get back with her ex-boyfriend, Ben, is commendable. Her financial acumen and organizational skills ensures that she has all the details of the food festival planned in advance.
John is a bit of an enigma in the beginning, but we see him thaw as he spends more time with Hetty. He comes across as a restrained personality (possibly due to the gossip mongering about his family’s financial troubles), but is empathetic and even fun-loving once you can get past his cold exterior. I found it funny how his beard was an important talking point — Jaz makes use of it a few times and Hetty can’t decide if she likes it or not. 🙂
Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Bay is a lovely, feel-good story about taking risks, cherishing relationships, and giving it your all once you’ve taken that first step.
Thank you to the author and Rachel for my review copy!
Part of a series but can be read as stand alone.
Grab your strawberries and cream and get ready to return to the beautiful Swallowtail Bay!
Summer is in full swing and the locals are getting excited for the launch of the Swallowtail Bay strawberry food festival. But will all run smoothly when festival organiser Hetty’s heart is torn between lord of the manor John Thornhill and successful bakery owner Ben?
UK Amazon ebook: https://amzn.to/3bGn0yi
US Amazon ebook: https://amzn.to/2KuIdPf
Amazon India: https://amzn.to/31nLCJp
About Katie Ginger
KATIE GINGER lives in the South East of England, by the sea, and she really wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Bay is her fifth novel. The first, Spring Tides at Swallowtail Bay is available now. Her debut novel The Little Theatre on the Seafront was shortlisted for the Katie Fforde Debut Novel of the Year award, and her stand- alone Christmas novel Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage was a US Amazon bestseller.
When she’s not writing, Katie spends her time drinking gin, or with her husband, trying to keep alive their two children, Ellie and Sam. And there’s also their adorable King Charles Spaniel, Wotsit (yes, he is named after the crisps!).
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