What if your life worked out perfectly… for someone else? It’s been 18 years since Ava spent the summer on the Greek Island of Corfu, but she has never forgotten what happened during those months.
Or who she left behind.
Now single, estranged from her family and preparing to wave her daughter off to university, Ava’s life seems a million miles away from the one she dreams about as a teenager – a life now being lived by her sister instead.
When Ava decides to return to Corfu for the summer, she knows she must finally face the place and the people that broke her heart, but with old resentments festering, long buried secrets lurking, and familiar feeling resurfacing, it looks set to be a holiday that will change all their lives forever…
Thanks so much to Jenny at Hodder for inviting me to be involved with this blog tour celebrating publication of The Summer Trip, as someone who is heading off to Greece for the summer I jumped at the chance for some pre-holiday escapism! And that is certainly what I got.
Set on the Greek Island of Corfu, Ava and her daughter Rosie are tricked into going there for the summer, thinking she and her sister are swapping houses, Ava arrives to discover Mattie and Nico know nothing of this plan and they end up putting aside past differences and agreeing to two weeks together. Unexpectedly young sister Lia arrives with ‘friend’ Sam in tow and it is not long before the siblings parents arrive, to make this impromptu family reunion complete.
But Nico was Ava’s first love and she would’ve loved to spend her days living and working on this beautiful island, but no one knows this secret and despite the chemistry remaining she cannot betray her younger sister. And Rosie, on the brink of adulthood is set for her own dramatic summer, not to mention Lia!
This is advertised as an escapist read and it absolutely is. The island location is stunning and the descriptive content made the reading experience tangible. The notion of a relaxing holiday, with all these undercurrents made for a fantastic read, supported by a cast of mostly likeable and engaging characters.
Told from the perspective of Ava in the present day, there were short intermittent chapters set 19 years previous when Ava and Nico met for the first time. The chapters were short and that added to the already compelling nature of this read and kept me turning the pages.
A perfect summer read, set in an idyllic location, rich in family drama and romance. Perfect!!
About the Author
Isabelle Broom was born in Cambridge nine days before the 1980s began and studied media arts at university in London before a 12 year stint at Heat Magazine. When she is not travelling all over the world seeking out new settings for her escapist novels, Isabelle can mostly be found in Suffolk, where she shares a home with her two dogs and more books than she could ever hope to read in a lifetime. From backpacking across Greece and Croatia, to scaling mountains in Sri Lanka, Isabelle travels far and wide to research her novels, making them wonderfully authentic and escapist reads.