Monday, 21 July 2014

Escape for the Summer - Ruth Saberton

About the book...
Can Andi Evans find the strength to start again?

Betrayed and broken-hearted, redundancy is one shock too many for Andi. Suddenly single and in debt, a working holiday in the Cornish seaside town of Rock appears the perfect solution. Determined never to trust again, will a chance meeting with a stranger change her mind?

Disillusioned with useless boyfriends, Angel is set on finding a man who will keep her in style. Heading to Rock, summer playground of the rich and the royals, seems an inspired move until a case of mistaken identity threatens a romance that has started to mean more than she expected...

Actress Gemma is no stranger to diets and disappointments. When the future of her career hangs in the balance, she prays moving to Rock solves her problems. With a new reality TV show being filmed in the idyllic seaside town, 
surely she can avoid pasties and ice creams for long enough to win a role?

Arriving in beautiful Cornwall, all three girls are hoping for a holiday season 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?

About the author...

Ruth Saberton always knew she wanted to be a writer. From an early age she was busy filling note books with stories and rather than hero worshipping Wham and Duran Duran (which ages her!) Ruth's heroes were Jilly Cooper and Jackie Collins. Several attempts at bodice rippers later, Ruth turned her attention to romance and now focuses on writing romantic comedies. Her debut novel, 'Katy Carter Wants a Hero' was championed by Richard and Judy and nominated for the RNA's Romantic Comedy of the Year Award as well as being described by Heat Magazine as, 'the heir apparent to Bridget Jones'. Ruth writes under her own name, but also has several pen names which include Jessica Fox, Georgie Carter, Holly Cavendish and Lucy Hepburn. Her boyfriend says he has many women all rolled into one! 

Ruth is published by Orion, Pan Macmillan, Harper Collins and Notting Hill Press. Although she loves the UK, Ruth now lives in the Caribbean where she continues to write romances, teen novels and planning that bodice ripper! 

Ruth loves to to talk to her readers. Interact with her on her website www.ruthsaberton.co.uk on Twitter @ruthsaberton or via Facebook www.facebook.com/ruthsabertonauthor

My thoughts...

I was given an ecopy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review which I'm more than happy to give.

Three very different friends, each with their own set of woes, job issues and man troubles decide to head to Cornwall for the summer, to take stock, charge the batteries and escape the day to day issues of their lives.  

One wants to blend into the background and lick her wounds, one wants to bag herself a millionaire playboy and one is desperate to get on a tv show that's being filmed in the area.

Ruth has created characters you can't help but love, I laughed and grimaced in equal measures at their antics.  They reminded me very much of those care free days, before long term relationships and financial commitment. The days when the questions never needed to asked, spontaneity was a given and consequences not thought about. I did think  that essentially having three 'leading ladies' might be too much, each attracting an additional set of support acts along the way but they wove themselves in and out like little cogs, each driving the main story along seamlessly.

This book will take you on a nostalgic journey, back to the carefree days of youth, when a job, mortgage and bills are for 'really old' people. With the girls equally matched by the men they meet - nobody is actually a 100% upfront with each other.  Everyone playing a part, keeping their cards close to their chest for their own reasons - displaying persona's they think the others want to see.

I really bought into this story and cared about each of the girls, wanting the best for them.  Willing each to have a happy ending.  Willing them to open up and show their true identities, complete with baggage and all.  I loved how the characters developed and were enhanced along with their tans,  I for one would happily spend an evening with them, sitting at a quayside bar, sharing a chilled bottle of wine, whilst the sun dances on the bay.

This was chick lit at its best, humorous and traumatic, with the characters going on journeys of self discovery.  A lesson learned I think - if you're happy in your skin, life seems a whole lot easier.  Thank you Ruth for an indulgent, nostalgic, slice of summer.

I gave this book 5/5 stars