Second up, is a review on the blog tour of Summer in the City by Fiona Collins.  A wonderful and heartwarming tale…….

Title: Summer in the City
Author: Fiona Collins
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Romance
Series/Standalone: Standalone
Estimated word count: 398
Formats available: Paperback and eBook.
Publisher: Transworld Digital (27 May 2021)

about summer in the city

Prue is not someone you would notice willingly. She likes to keep herself to herself and fade into the background. If it were not for the birthmark on her left cheek, she might actually succeed at becoming invisible.

She spends all of her time with her blind father, Vince. Together, they sit in silence and ignore the vibrant city just on their doorstep. Life is as good as what’s on TV. That is, until something forces them both to go outside and see what they have been missing. For Vince, that means discovering how to see the world without his sight. For Prue, that means finding the courage to finally love and be loved in return.

A story about family, friendship and facing your fears head on, this is a heart-warming story that will stay with you long after you have finished the last page.

Purchase links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US

my thoughts

 Having given up work a few years ago, Prue looks after her blind father.  But all they do is sit in their flat and the furthest they venture out is the doctors surgery or the local charity shop.  Both stuck in a rut, Prue is happy to stay away from the world and live their routine.

Then one day something happens, and it is suggested that Prue takes her Dad out and about.  What follows is trips around London, where Prue and her Dad rekindle their father-daughter relationship and realise what they’ve been missing.  And for Prue, after she receives the attention of the mysterious Salvi – has to rethink her own confidence; and put herself out there. But will she find love? And is Salvi the right man for her?

This was such a heartwarming, yet at times, heartbreaking story.   Prue is nearing 50 and it’s so sad that she’s missed so much of life because of her own insecurities from the things she has experienced throughout her life.  The way she has been treated at time is awful, and it was horrible to learn about them, but at the same time really helped me to get to know her, and why she is the way she is.  At times she can be cold, but that’s usually through self-preservation.  The fact that she has dedicated so many years to being there for her Dad says it all.  Her Dad is wonderful – at first a sad, grumpy old man but he really comes out of himself and it’s lovely to see.  Again, you get to learn his backstory and come to understand why he is as he is in the beginning.  Salvi and Kemp…..well I’ll let you decide for yourself! However what I will say, is I wanted to give Prue a little kick at times!

I loved the little day trips into London! Some of the places I’ve never been to or heard of, and the way they have been described by Collins, helps you to bring the setting to life.  I felt like I was on the trips with them – there by their side!

I really enjoyed the plot and watching the characters change and grow.  At times, I wanted things to speed up a little but only because I wanted to see what was going to happen in the end!  The narrative is easy and enjoyable to read.

So overall, an enjoyable, heartwarming tale of family, insecurities, friendships and love that will take you on a wonderful journey.  Recommended by me.

about the author

Fiona Collins grew up in an Essex village and after stints in Hong Kong and London returned to the Essex countryside where she lives with her husband and three children. She has a degree in Film and Literature and has had many former careers including TV presenting in Hong Kong, traffic and weather presenter for BBC local radio and film/TV extra. You can find her on Twitter @FionaJaneBooks.

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Thanks to Anne at Random Things Tours for inviting me on to the tour, and to the author and publisher for a copy of the book.  All views and opinions are my own.

Have a wonderful rest of the day.

Chelle x

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