The Summer Trip by Isabelle Broom

What if your life worked out perfectly . . . for someone else?

It’s been 18 years since Ava spent the summer on the Greek island of Corfu, but she has never forgotten what happened during those months – or who she left behind.

Now single, estranged from her family, and preparing to wave her daughter off to university, Ava’s life seems a million miles away from the one she dreamed about as a teenager – a life now being lived by her sister instead.

When Ava decides to return to Corfu for the summer, she knows she must finally face the place and the people that broke her heart. But with old resentments festering, long-buried secrets lurking, and familiar feelings resurfacing, it looks set to be a holiday that will change all their lives forever. . .

Isabelle Broom has swept me up from the cold English summertime and deposited me on the island of Corfu for her latest sumptuous book The Summer Trip. I love Greece, especially Corfu which has a very special place in my heart as we honeymooned there 34 years ago and have been frequenting it as a favourite holiday destination ever since. But Covid brought our Greek love affair to an abrupt halt and this will be our third summer without a visit to our spiritual home from home. So I was thrilled to receive a review copy of The Summer Trip and return to Corfu-if only between the pages of this fictional escape.

Ava and her daughter Rosie are looking forward to a summer spent in the Grecian sunshine-a place that evokes very emotional memories for Ava. Her sister Mattie is living on the island and living the life that Ava wishes had been hers. But their arrival doesn’t go as planned when Ava realises she has been the victim of her mother’s interference…

This is a beautifully written book with strong and relatable female characters facing each other and themselves in an enviable environment. If I closed my eyes I could practically smell the souvlaki cooking on the grill and feel the sun gently crisping up my skin! But Ava couldn’t look beyond the envy she felt about her own circumstances and what might have been. I actually really liked her and could see and understand her actions in a way that others couldn’t due to her lack of honesty about the past.

The Summer Trip is the perfect holiday read for those escaping to the sunshine abroad this summer but for those of us not leaving our UK shores, it will transport you to the stunning island paradise of Corfu. This is escapism at its very best and I found myself not wanting to leave the characters even after the book had finished-I wanted to stay with Ava and make sure she got the life she deserved.

Highly recommended!

Isabelle Broom was born in Cambridge nine days before the 1980s began and studied Media Arts in London before a 12-year stint at heat, the UK”s top celebrity magazine. Always happiest when she’s off on an adventure, Isabelle travels all over the world seeking out settings for her escapist fiction novels. Currently based in Suffolk, where she shares a home with two dogs and approximately 467 spiders, Isabelle fits her writing around a busy freelance career and tries her best not to be crushed to oblivion under her ever-growing pile of to-be-read books.

Find Isabelle on Twitter @Isabelle_Broom, Instagram @Isabelle_Broom_Author, Facebook/IsabelleBroomAuthor and on YouTube/IsabelleBroomAuthor, where she hosts a weekly author interview series called Hello (Again). To learn more about her books, view location galleries, read excerpts and sign up to her monthly newsletter, visit her website http://www.isabellebroom.com

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