Friday, 7 August 2015
Series: Book 1 of 2
Release Date: 3rd August 2015
Genres: Contemporary Fictiona Rafflecopter giveaway
After a long-buried secret tears her family apart, Jess Hayden moves to the South Devon village of Lynbrook to live with her uncle. Rufus owns the village pub, The Black Bull, and having visited before, Jess knows the villagers well…especially one of them.
Talún Hansen has a reputation, making him the kind of man no decent girl should get involved with. Jess, however, has been under his spell from the moment they first met. Although they always seem to bring out the worst in each other, there is no denying the attraction that simmers between them - an attraction Jess knows she needs to keep under control after repeated warnings from her uncle.
As she settles into village life she begins to learn more about this wild, dark-haired gypsy with the compelling eyes, and realises their lives hold many similarities. Despite her uncle’s warnings, she begins to spend time with him. For Jess, the coming summer holds passion; for Talún the hope that he has at last found someone who truly cares for him.
But as autumn approaches, a dark shadow from Jess’s past returns, bringing far-reaching and unwanted changes for both of them.
I just love Jo Lambert's writing style. It flows so easily and at a pace that keeps the reader fully engrossed throughout. Having read Jo's previous books I really looked forward to reading Summer Moved On. As per usual, Jo did not disappoint and provided an interesting and engaging story. Poor Jess is quite a mature 18 year old who lives constantly in the shadow of her father's disapproval. He is a cold, uncaring and unloving man yet Jess tries her hardest to make him proud of her. However, she does lose her patience with him more at his treatment of her beloved uncle who seems to care more for Jess than her own father does. Throughout the book I become just as frustrated with her father. What a horrid man! But all becomes evident deeper into the story. When her lovely uncle Rufus buys a village pub and Jess works there for a few weeks during school holidays she experiences village life at its best and becomes popular. It is here that she meets Talun who she likens to Heathcliff and I think that it is a very good comparison as he is indeed dark and brooding.
A bit of a womaniser, Talun suddenly finds himself both infuriated and fascinated by Jess. The pair have a love-hate relationship and the sexual chemistry between the pair is palpable. However, Jess has a boyfriend who she is perfectly happy with and her father has her whole life mapped out for her, ultimately leading to marriage. Talun himself is a man of hidden depths despite his reputation as a love them and leave them type of man and that soon becomes evident throughout the course of the book.
Things take on a strange turn of events when Jess's uncaring and cold father suddenly takes an interest in a local waitress, taking her under his wing. She is out to cause trouble for Jess and certainly succeeds in doing so. I loved how Jess was so grown up in her attitude to many things and mostly very sensible. As were many of her friends. Coming from a fairly well-to-do family, Jess is not a spoiled brat in any sense and settles into village life so well, she becomes an instant hit with the villagers. She is confident and caring and I loved that about her. I loved Talun and his complexities. This is a story rich in interesting characters and an equally interesting plot.This book has lots of twists and turns and I'd highly recommend it. Great reading! I look forward to the next book in the series!
About Jo Lambert
Jo Lambert was born and brought up in rural Wiltshire in a small village on the edge of Salisbury Plain. She has spent most of her working life in Senior PA or Admin Management roles both in the private and public sectors. Her love of reading soon spilled over into writing and her first novel When Tomorrow Comes was published in 2009. Four other books – Love, Lies and Promises, The Ghost of You and Me, Between Today and Yesterday and The Other Side of Morning followed. They formed a series following the lives and loves of four Somerset families.
Jo lives on the eastern side of the Georgian city of Bath with her husband, one small grey feline called Mollie and a forty eight year old white MG Midget called Bridget. She loves travel, red wine, rock music and cooking for friends.
Summer Moved On, her sixth novel, is the first part of a two book love story set in South Devon.