Back at Hope Island, which I first visited in Spring at Blueberry Bay, we are now familiar with the surroundings and some of the characters.
This time the story focuses on Rome Lancaster – having lost what he thought was his true love at an early age, grief is still running through his veins and he throws himself into his work and women.
Freya Greene found solace in Hope Island when she escaped from an unhappy relationship. Finding that Hope Island was the place she wanted to be, she became friends with Eden and her brother Rome, as well as Bella and Isaac the principal characters from the first novel.
Rome even offers her work at his workshop and the flat above as well. It seems that Freya has found a base at last, there is only one problem – she is in love with Rome.
Working together and laughing together are not enough for Freya, she wants more. And as Rome’s behaviour changes towards her, is she perhaps reading far too much into innocent remarks, touches and looks?
Only Rome knows the truth and when he wants to resolve one problem between them, he seems to open up another lot of problems that they have to somehow solve.
Freya has the answer – leave the island and hope that her heart can forget Rome.
Rome has other ideas.
I thoroughly enjoyed going back to Hope Island and seeing how the relationship was forming between these two characters. I had my doubts, thinking it would simply be a carbon copy of the first book. Whilst of course, two people coming together and the setting is the same – the way they get there provided me with heart stopping moments, tears of joy and a lot of laughter too.
A book for the perfect escape, along with the wonderful setting and the beauty that can be seen not just in love but also in the surroundings and the art that can be created through the medium of glass. What a simple idea but sometimes I am sure the heat that is created in the book – could have melted more than just glass!
I look forward to the third novel and finding out all about Eden and Dougie and of course revisiting Hope Island at a very different time of year.
Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the opportunity to read this book.
The Summer at Buttercup Beach is out now.