Monday 11 May 2020

One Summers Night - Kiley Dunbar || Netgalley Review

The path of true love never did run smooth…did it?

Kelsey Anderson is stuck in a rut so big, she’ll need a 4-wheel drive to get out. She’s just been made redundant from her dead-end job, and boyfriend Fran is so busy climbing up the career ladder that he’s forgotten how to have fun. She needs to change her life – and fast.

Stumbling across an advert for tour guides in Stratford-Upon-Avon seems like the perfect way to bring the sunshine back. In an impulsive move, she moves from her small Scottish village to Shakespeare’s birthplace, armed only with a suitcase and her battered copy of Shakespeare’s Sonnets.

Kelsey quickly falls in love with the place, her job as a tourist guide allowing her to explore every inch of the picture-perfect town, from cosy cafes to the picturesque banks of the river.

But it’s not just the town that captures her heart, as she finds herself torn between the actors Will and Jonathan who both vie for her affections.

But will beautiful Peony, the lead actress at the Oklahoma theatre company where Jonathan is playing Oberon in A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, play a role in keeping Kelsey and Jonathan apart?

Or will flirtatious, charming Will, the fellow tour guide who has set his sights on Kelsey, keep the star-crossed lovers from finding their happy ending?

Look at the cover, if that isn't dreamy enough to make you want to pick it up then i don't really know what is. Kelsey has just been made redundant, with very career opportunities surrounding her and a boyfriend who is wrapped up in his own career path - she really doesn't know where to turn. Having almost feeling like she has lost her focus and sparkle she needs to change her life for the better and very soon.

When she is starting her now daily job hunt she seems to be having very little luck but by pure chance she stumbles across an advert for tour guides in Stratford-upon-Avon. The place she has dreamt about for years since their family holiday when she was young. On a whim she applies but doesn't even tell her long term boyfriend because well - he would only shoot her down and she probably wouldn't get it anyway.

Except she does - and she is going to grab this chance, so heading off for the summer armed with her battered copy of sonnets, her case and a bit of cash. Kelsey sets off an adventure that is going to change her life and i know as a reader, I couldn't wait to join her.

" Meanwhile, deep down in the very heart of England, white swans glided silently across the moonlit Avon casting in their wake shimmering silver ripples. Kelsey Anderson could feel the impact of every wave"
This read was delightful. Kiley has a wonderful way of writing that had me clearly envisaging everything that was happening in the bustling town of Avon. I was dreaming of taking picnics and reading Shakespeare. Her descriptions are crystal clear and i fully indulged in all they had to offer.

Kelsey was a great main character and whilst i rooted for her to get her chance at finding her way in life, i did find she had a bit of a case of insta-love however - if you can't have insta-love in this romantic town then there really isn't that much hope at all. Still feeling a little lost as she settled i really wanted to sit down for a gin and chat and help her find her way, especially as her so called "boyfriend" hadn't even been in contact. Yet Kelsey has some wonderful friends - old and new who have taken to spending time with her and it was great watching her flourish.

I really enjoyed the narrative - with just enough drama between the love interests to keep it all flowing without too much tension that i felt stressed. Thats another thing i enjoyed - Will & Jonathan. So different but equally as charming and as a reader you get to discover them both as Kelsey battles with her own feelings.  I had a lovely reading experience that brightened up my day endlessly. I cannot wait to delve into more from Kelsey.

If you want to pick this read up for yourself then you can do so here & at the time of typing this, its only 99p on Kindle!

I was gifted an e-arc from netgalley - this is my own honest review

Kiley Dunbar is the author of heart-warming, escapist, romantic fiction set in beautiful places.


Kiley is Scottish and lives in England with her partner, two kids and Amos the Bedlington Terrier. She writes around her work at a University in the North of England where she lectures in English literature and creative writing. She is proud to be a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and a graduate of their New Writers' Scheme.

Kiley's third novel, Summer at the Highland Coral Beach (27th March 2020), the first of the Port Willow Bay Series is on sale right now!

One Summer's Night was Kiley's first novel (published by Hera Books) and is also on sale now.
Don't forget there's also a fabulous audiobook narrated by Eilidh Beaton.

1 comment :

  1. This sounds like a really charming book. Sometimes you need those feel good reads and you're right, the cover is completely dreamy. Lovely review.

    Lindsey |


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