Monday, 13 July 2015
Some Kind of Wonderful by Sarah Morgan
Blurb: "Fiery archaeologist Brittany Forrest has stayed away from Puffin Island, Maine, since her relationship with local bad-boy Zach Flynn went bad – a teen romance that was as intense and irresistible as it was destructive. Their ten day marriage may have been brief, but Brittany still carries the emotional scars, however brave and feisty people think she is….
Brittany was happy to lend idyllic Castaway Cottage to her friends when they needed it but a broken arm means she must return from her Crete dig to her Puffin Island home. But her return trip throws up a surprise - Zach is there too. Under the heat of the Maine summer sun, long dormant feelings start to stir and Brittany realises that while she may hate Zachary Flynn, her attraction to him remains just as strong as it was all those years ago.
Will a summer together help two lovers reunite or will their stormy relationship crash onto the rocks of Puffin Island?"
Sarah Morgan writes warm contemporary romantic fiction which has gained her fans across the globe. Described as ‘full of sparkle’ by Lovereading, she has been nominated three years in succession for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America and won the award twice; in 2012 and 2013.
Sarah lives near London with her husband and children, and when she isn’t reading or writing she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying. Visit Sarah online at www.sarahmorgan.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Author SarahMorgan and on Twitter @SarahMorgan_
I wasn't sure before I started how much I would enjoy this book, but I am happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised. It's a great summer read. There's an interesting plot, well-developed characters and it didn't stray into cheesy with the romantic scenes in the novel, which I thought were well-written. It is worth noting that this book is the second in a series, but I haven't read the first one and I had no problems enjoying the story and wasn't left wondering what was going on. It works perfectly as a stand alone novel, although I am tempted to read the first book now (First Time in Forever, Puffin Island #1).
I found that Zach's character in particular was really interesting and I thought the author handled his past really carefully and astutely.
I really enjoyed the tension between Zach and Brittany and seeing how they gradually start to trust one another again. I also loved Brittany's friendship group as their scenes were funny and Brittany's memories of her childhood with her grandmother which sound idyllic and made me nostalgic for summers spent by the seaside with my family. The descriptions of the scenery around Puffin Island make it sound beautiful and I loved the idea of the small community where everyone knows everyone else's business and supports each other through thick and thin.
This is a great, easy read, perfect for by the beach (I finished it in a day) and I would give it 7 out of 10 :)