One Summer Between Friends by Trish Morey. (2019).
**4 out of 5 stars**
**Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free advance reading copy of this novel; due to be published 16 December 2019**
With a failed marriage and her career dreams in tatters, Sarah returns home to Lord Howe Island to help her family run the family store. It’s the last place she wants to be, trapped on an island with her two ex-best friends; Floss & Jules.
Floss is living her dream life, married to her high school sweetheart with 5 kids. But something is missing from her marriage and now she has a guilty secret. For Jules, her 4 year old daughter Della is an everyday reminder of the friendships she has lost. But when a shocking discovery turns her life upside down, maybe it’s a chance to set things right. This summer, can these women overcome the past and find their way back to the close friendship they once had?
This author is well established and popular, but this is my first experience of her writing and I can confirm that I really enjoyed it! There are a lot of serious themes at play in this book including infertility, alcoholism, cheating in a relationship, cancer, spouse/parent death and friendship breakdowns. Yet it was a really easy read that just flowed well; I read it within a 24 hour period. The chapters switch between the point of views of Sarah, Floss & Jules. All of these women are likeable, relatable and slightly flawed which made them seem very realistic to me. Keep your eye out for scenes featuring Sarah’s mum Dot who frankly is a nightmare haha!
I’d happily recommend this novel and I think it would make a fabulous holiday read.