Summer Island

Natalie Normann

Contemporary Romance
He never meant to stay. He certainly never meant to fall in love… Summer Island off the coast of Norway was the place London chef Jack Greene should have been from. He’s an outsider in the community that should have been his family, and now he’s setting foot on the strange land he has inherited for the first time. The welcome is a mix of distrust and strange gifts of food, especially from enigmatic Ninni Toft, his nearest neighbour, who has arrived for the season to get over a broken heart. Her wild spirit and irrepressible enthusiasm for the quirky locals are a heady brew for city-boy Jack, who is discovering the simple pleasures of island life – and what it means to belong. To a place. To a people. To one person in particular… Home is where the heart is, but is Jack’s heart with the career he left behind in London, or on the wind-swept shores of Summer Island, with Ninni?

Welcome back everyone, I feel like I’m finally making a dint in my NetGalley ARCs. Right in time for that to be spoiled by heaps of new review tours and a few series by authors who are giving me ARCs as well.

So much for reading more of my TBR this year. Maybe next year?

Harper Collins Digital has started letting me know more often when they have new books coming out that they think they’d be interested in. Which is how I heard about this one!

Being set in Norway on a small island I wasn’t expecting the level of drama that happened. Or should I have expected drama because it’s a small community and everyone knows each other?

I really wish I had have had more than 15 minutes here or there to read this because every time I got to read it I was loving it and enjoying the cultural differences and everything that small island life entails. I don’t know much (aka, anything really) about Norwegian culture, but since it’s an own voice kind of story, I think it’s safe to say the use of Norwegian language, culture, festivals etc would be pretty accurate.

I really wish I could describe more of this book but I’m honestly struggling because I read the book in such small snippets and it’s been almost a week since I finished it when I’m writing this review. I know I enjoyed it a lot, I loved the banter between various characters although I did find some moments and interactions confusing.

I was wondering at the time whether I didn’t like those interactions because the character was meant to be someone we didn’t like. Or whether this was something that was “normal” in Norway. The only reason I wondered that was because many of the other characters didn’t seem to mind the attitude that I didn’t liking.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review; on Sunday I’ll be reviewing Return of the Disappearing Duke by Lara Temple.

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2 Replies to “Summer Island – Natalie Normann”

    1. YEAS! I imagine it’d be so beautiful and this book made me realise there’s probably more to Norway than I realised so I’ll need to do heaps of research before going to make sure I make the most of it!

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