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Reviewed by Olivia Folmar Ard for Readers' Favorite
Summer of Love is a sweet romance novel by prolific British author Katie Fforde. After a disastrous try at putting her young son Rory in a London school, Sian Bishop lets her friend Richard convince her to relocate to the country, where his sister runs a daycare. She and Rory rent a sweet little cottage which, while small and imperfect, boasts a lovely garden. Sian hopes to lead an idyllic life here where life moves a little slower, establishing her furniture restoration business. She struggles to decide between continuing on as a single mom or taking Richard up on his offer to marry her and become a father for Rory. But when Gus Berresford makes a sudden reappearance from Sian's past, her decision becomes even more complicated.
As the title implies, Summer of Love is a quick, light read I could see myself enjoying on summer vacation. However, do not mistake me--quick and light does not equal "fluff." The writing is wonderful, the dialogue witty, and the romance spectacular. Along with the fun one expects from romance, Fforde handles weighty subjects such as single motherhood, dating at a certain age, online dating safety, financial distress, forgiveness, unconventional families, and marriages of convenience with a deft hand. Don't get me wrong, that feel-good escapism I've come to associate with and expect from contemporary romance is there in spades, but underneath the warm, fuzzy emotions is a solid story of substance that will stay with you long after you turn the last page.