Wednesday, 6 July 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #83
The Last Summer of Being Single - Nina Harrington
Mills and Boon RIVA
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2011
From the back cover:
"Rescued – in the nick of time!
Sebastien Castellano, high-flying CEO extraordinaire, may bring some much-needed excitement to Ella’s sleepy French village, but Ella is sceptical about why the prodigal city-playboy has finally returned home after all these years. Her little boy doesn’t care – dazzled by the sheen of Seb’s aviators and glamorous gadgets, he thinks Seb is cooler than his favourite superhero!
Too gorgeous for his own good, more like. But as the long hot summer begins, and Ella gets to know the real Seb behind his guarded façade, she has to admit he does have some superhero qualities! Ella has grown so used to living life as a single mum that she’s almost forgotten how much fun the ‘single’ part can be…"
What made me want to read this book more than anything is the cover, isn't it just gorgeous! What's even better is that the book lived up to it's beautiful cover, I really enjoyed it.
The books begins with the hero Sebastien returning to the small French village where he spent the first 12 years of his life before moving to Australia after the death of his mother. At his former family home he meets housekeeper Ella, the heroine, and her little son. Both Ella and Sebastien are at crossroads in their lives; Ella is still coming to terms with the death of her husband and being a single mother, as well as dealing with disapproving in-law's and the loss of her music career. Sebastien is on the verge of a huge and important business deal he has been working towards for years as well as a recent discovery that his father is not his biological father. They both feel a connection to one another and help ease each others loneliness, but they are both reluctant to change their lives in order to make a relationship work.
This is a really nice book to read, nice being the operative word there. It is an enjoyable love story with some really well written characters. What I found particularly interesting in this book is that the relationship develops very naturally and there is no black moment/external conflict (bitchy other woman, accusations, etc) that dominates the story. The character's issues and the relationship felt very real and 'normal', which worked perfectly.
I loved the setting and Nina Harrington's writing really made me feel engrossed in the story.
Read this for a fun, sweet and enjoyable read!