One Last Summer

One Last Summer

by Victoria Connelly

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Overview

They have the whole summer ahead of them. Is it enough to rekindle the friendship they once shared?

Harriet Greenleaf dreams of spending the summer in a beautiful ancient priory on the Somerset coast with her two best friends—but her dream is bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s a chance to reconnect three lives that have drifted apart; on the other, she has a devastating secret to share that will change everything between them forever.

First to arrive is Audrey—the workaholic who’s heading for a heart attack unless she slows down and makes time for herself. Then Lisa, the happy-go-lucky flirt who’s always struggled to commit to anyone—or anything. Ever the optimist, can Harriet remind them of the joy in their lives and the importance of celebrating good friendship before it’s gone?

Through the highs and lows of a long, glorious summer, these three women will rediscover what it means to be there for each other—before they face the hardest of goodbyes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542041744
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 505,092
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Victoria Connelly studied English literature at Worcester University, got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and now lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a young springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens.

She is the author of two bestselling series, Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in 2008 by Ziegler Films in Germany. The Runaway Actress was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Novel award.

Ms Connelly loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden, with either a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.

Her website is www.victoriaconnelly.com, and readers can follow her on Twitter @VictoriaDarcy and on Instagram @VictoriaConnellyAuthor.

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One Last Summer 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
GraceJReviewerlady More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that I won't forget in a hurry having closed the last page not, as expected, with tears in my eyes but instead with a smile both on my face and in my heart. Harriet - known as Harrie has two friends whom she has been very close to for over two decades. It has been a number of years since they had a holiday together and she sets out to rectify that by renting a beautiful renovated priory for several summer weeks. Little do the others know that Harrie is hiding a life-changing secret which will cast a shadow over all their lives . . . Surprisingly, this is a really upbeat, uplifting read! These three women have a very special relationship, nurtured over the years to the point where they know everything about each other - or do they? This summer, the bones of their friendship are laid bare and it makes for an eloquent and deeply thoughtful read. The characters, whilst not flawless, are each beautifully rounded and come alive on the page; the writing is beautifully structured and so very easy to read. It's the type of novel which touches a part of you that you weren't really aware was there, and it's a memorable read from an accomplished and talented author. Anyone who has read Victoria Connelly's previous novels will love this one and to others for whom this is a new author, I would urge you to try this .. it's a gorgeous read!
GraceJReviewerlady More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that I won't forget in a hurry having closed the last page not, as expected, with tears in my eyes but instead with a smile both on my face and in my heart. Harriet - known as Harrie has two friends whom she has been very close to for over two decades. It has been a number of years since they had a holiday together and she sets out to rectify that by renting a beautiful renovated priory for several summer weeks. Little do the others know that Harrie is hiding a life-changing secret which will cast a shadow over all their lives . . . Surprisingly, this is a really upbeat, uplifting read! These three women have a very special relationship, nurtured over the years to the point where they know everything about each other - or do they? This summer, the bones of their friendship are laid bare and it makes for an eloquent and deeply thoughtful read. The characters, whilst not flawless, are each beautifully rounded and come alive on the page; the writing is beautifully structured and so very easy to read. It's the type of novel which touches a part of you that you weren't really aware was there, and it's a memorable read from an accomplished and talented author. Anyone who has read Victoria Connelly's previous novels will love this one and to others for whom this is a new author, I would urge you to try this .. it's a gorgeous read!
Doreena Silva More than 1 year ago
Ahhh this was a beautifully written story of the love, friendship and the meaning of Girlfriends. So emotional and thought provoking. I loved this book and everything about it, the locale, the characters and just the entire storyline. I definitely plan to read more from this author.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: He was the head of the maths department and she’d told him that she’d always hated figures and he’d made some wisecrack about liking hers. Harrie’s diagnosis. D-Day, she called it, and now her life seemed to be divided between everything that had happened before D-Day and everything that had happened after. Kindness. That was the trait she’d come to value most in recent years. You realised that as soon as you became ill. Kindness trumped absolutely everything else. … the likelihood was that she wasn’t going to see her birthday. How strange a thought was that – to know that you have seen your last birthday? A moment of stillness and wordlessness passed between the two women. It was a strange feeling because Harrie didn’t feel any sort of closeness to Mrs Ryder, but this confession – this sharing of intimate pain – now connected them. Harrie had found that her journey with cancer had linked her to so many people in this way – people she probably would never have spoken to. Lisa, aligning my chakras and teaching me how to breathe through one nostril isn’t going to save me… This thing’s got me good and proper. They say laughter is the best medicine… but I don’t think it’s going to cure what I’ve got. I know he’s the father of my daughter and there’s a part of me that will always love him, but he’s moved on now. He’s married to Lizzie, who has big hair and wears tight tops. So, you see my health isn’t his concern anymore. My Review: Knowing her days were numbered, Harriet, Harrie for short, splashed out a fortune to provide one last hurrah to host a peaceful summer vacation with her two oldest and dearest friends of twenty years, who are unaware of her dire health issues. This wasn’t a highly eventful or active story but a slowly evolving character-based study of coming to grips with mortality, as well as how that was processed and dealt with within complicated relationships and personalities. Each woman possessed a distinct and complex identity with vastly different temperaments, life goals, and levels of accomplishment, yet they cared about each other and fussed like siblings. The premise was relevant and thought-provoking while the writing was emotive and thoughtfully insightful with recurrent themes of interpersonal tension, poignancy, melancholia, angst, and wry humor. The main characters were well fleshed out, although the character of Audrey was the most difficult for me to warm up to as she was the type of person I generally make an effort to avoid in real-life; she was stubborn, bristling with self-importance, driven, highly opinionated, and abrupt. I actually found the local workers to be the most compelling and interesting and greatly enjoyed their addition and contributions to the story. New additions to my Brit Word list include plimsolls – which are rubber-soled canvas shoes; slap-up – a large and sumptuous meal; and supply teaching – what most Americans know as substitute teaching.
whatsbetterthanbooks More than 1 year ago
Pensive, heart wrenching, and moving! One Last Summer is a beautifully written, touching novel that takes us into the life of Harriet Greenleaf as she spends her last summer enjoying time with those she loves, reaping as much pleasure and joy out of each day, savouring all the little things, and having no regrets before her battle with terminal cancer comes to an end. The prose is reflective and eloquent. The characters, including all the supporting characters, are strong, unique, compassionate, and endearing. And the plot is a compelling, highly emotional tale of life, love, friendship, kindness, generosity, honesty, humour, acceptance, and contemplation. Overall, One Last Summer is a charming, insightful, bittersweet tear-jerker that does a lovely job of highlighting that life is short and should always be lived to the fullest, and that true friendship is supportive, unconditional, powerful, and endless.
LlamaJen More than 1 year ago
This wasn't my favorite book. I just lost a friend to breast cancer earlier this year and wasn't sure I would be able to get through the book without crying nonstop. The cover is beautiful and I so wanted to love the book, but sadly I didn't. The story is incredibly sad and it's hard to prepare yourself for losing a dear friend. I hate to say it, but I didn't connect with the characters. Harriet, Lisa and Audrey were just blah for me. They were all supposed to be best friends but Harriet never shared the truth about what was happening to her until the very end. Honor is mad Harriet's friends aren't acting a certain way. How should they act they don't even know their best friend has cancer?! I don't mind books that don't have a lot of action, but the three friends did absolutely nothing for six whole weeks. In the end, Audrey and Lisa figure out how to change their life for the better. I loved the description of the priory and gardens. It all sounded beautiful. The book just wasn't meant for me, so I do recommend the book for others. I enjoyed the writing style, so I look forward to reading more books by the author. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Amazon Publishing UK through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
KerryACroucier More than 1 year ago
This novel was beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. It also hit very close to home, as I am about the age of the three main characters. I spent a good bit of the end of the book teary-eyed. Harrie, Audrey, and Lisa have been friends for almost 30 years. They haven’t been together as much the past few years and Harrie decides to rent a large, beautiful old house in the English countryside where they can spend the summer together, enjoying each other and their time together. This was a beautifully written novel that deals with a subject that could be difficult or depressing, but the author did a wonderful job of keeping it out of that realm, while, at the same time, keeping it realistic. Victoria Connelly’s writing made me feel I was there with them and her characters were three-dimensional and felt like they could be anyone I knew. This novel has made an impression on me, giving me a lot to think about. It is going to linger in my thoughts for quite some time. #OneLastSummer #VictoriaConnelly #LakeUnionPublishers
lauriesophee More than 1 year ago
Harrie needs to reconnect with her two best friends. Time is of the essence. Harrie rents a special old Priory for the entire upcoming summer and invites Audrey and Lisa to join her in the hope of creating new memories together and rekindling their friendship. She also needs to reveal a secret that will change all of them. The gardens, the chapel, the architecture are breathtaking and the ladies find new goals, new spirit and new memories in this sacred summer space. "Could she hope to still live in the memory of those she had known?" Harrie will try. This is a thought provoking novel of love, friendship and truth. I loved the details of the beautiful surroundings that the characters resided in for the summer. I could feel each women's emotion as the plot began to unfold.
lsmoore_43 More than 1 year ago
This is such a good, inspiring, sad, emotional, touching, insightful, loving, heart wrenching, beautiful book. From the very first page to the very last word you won’t be able to put it down. It will touch your heart and soul in ways that you won’t soon forget. I cried so hard in places then laughed out loud in others. The three main characters in this book are so wonderful. So loving to each other and so hell bent on having a great summer despite the outcome of one’s life. The love of friends is endless. The friendships here are so beautiful and so inspiring. From college to the end of one’s days they are the best of friends. Even after they will reign as the best of friends. A mother, daughter, best friend. Harrie just wants one more summer with her best friends. Just one more chance to have time with them and tell them what is going on. How do you plan your life for the end. To tell the ones you love that you will be leaving them and that you are ready to go. That you love them and will miss them dearly. How to you tell your best friends to move on and enjoy, cherish life before it’s to late. Harrie is just that kind of friend. She has always put everyone before herself. She’s kind to a fault almost. Each woman is special in her own right. Each has dreams and loves the others deeply. It’s a story of true friends who would do anything for each other. This book made me weep in parts and wonder if any of the people I have known who had cancer felt like Harrie. Did they know it would be their last time here. Did they enjoy their time? Or did they hide scared. I don’t have a clue how I would handle it but hope that if I did I would be like Harrie. Strong and outgoing. Take a chance and love life. Live it. Eat it. Drink it. Enjoy... I have to thank NetGalley, Lake Union, and the wonderful author Victoria Connelly for this beautiful written book. It’s a definite 5 stars and should be way more. Thank you for the honor of reading this. I highly recommend it. The characters are all likable. You won’t find fault with a single one. It came from the heart. At the end, the Author’s Notes is a must read also. It was a very touching tribute. I loved it!!!