18 Jul 2017

Review: The Summer of Serendipity by Ali McNamara

The magical new summer novel by the author of Little Flower Shop by the Sea
One summer, property seeker, Serendipity Parker finds herself on the beautiful west coast of Ireland, hunting for a home for a wealthy Irish client. But when she finds the perfect house in the small town of Ballykiltara, there’s a problem; nobody seems to know who owns it.
‘The Welcome House’ is a local legend. Its front door is always open for those in need of shelter, and there’s always a plentiful supply of food in the cupboards for the hungry or poor.
While Ren desperately tries to find the owner to see if she can negotiate a sale, she begins to delve deeper into the history and legends that surround the old house and the town. But for a woman who has always been focussed on her work, she’s remarkably distracted by Finn, the attractive manager of the local hotel.
But will she ever discover the real truth behind the mysterious ‘Welcome House’? Or will the house cast its magical spell over Ren and help her to find true happiness?

My Review
I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful story and found I couldn't put it down at times. I do love a charming tale set in the British Isles, and Summer of Serendipity is set in the Emerald Isle itself (that's Ireland in case you didn't know!) which is somewhere I've always longed to visit. Ali McNamara literally made me feel like I'd been transported to a wonderful part of that country – leaving me even more desperate to holiday there myself.
I honestly don't think there was anything about this story that I didn't like. The characters were such fun, believable and I just wanted to be friends with them all. As soon as I discovered the main character's name was Serendipity, I had a feeling I would fall in love with this tale and that's exactly what I did! Not only that but the cover is an absolute delight too – it matches the story perfectly.
All in all, a wonderfully written tale. I shall look forward to reading more by this author.

Ali McNamara attributes her over-active and very vivid imagination to one thing – being an only child. Time spent dreaming up adventures when she was young has left her with a head bursting with stories waiting to be told.
When stories she wrote for fun on Ronan Keating’s website became so popular they were sold as a fundraising project for his cancer awareness charity, Ali realised that not only was writing something she enjoyed doing, but something others enjoyed reading too.
www.alimcnamara.co.uk | @AliMcNamara

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