The Summer Getaway: A feel good holiday read

The Summer Getaway: A feel good holiday read

by Tilly Tennant


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ISBN-13: 9781786813770
Publisher: StoryFire LTD
Publication date: 07/11/2018
Pages: 330
Sales rank: 464,248
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.69(d)

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The Summer Getaway: A feel good holiday read 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Ashley and her daughter Molly have had an us against the world mentality since Molly was born. While Ashley’s mother and stepfather are close by, Ashley has made it a point of pride to do all she can to provide for her daughter, especially since Molly doesn’t know her father, and Ashley had no way to reach him after an ill-advised romp in Ibiza, a dodgy phone number and more action than conversation meant they never reconnected. But, Maurice’s great Aunt Violet is turning 100 years of age, and the whole family is gathering for a week of celebration, sunshine and bonhomie. Since Ashley’s mother and stepfather are going, and the weather in York is perfectly grey without a hint of sunshine, and Ashley can get the time off from her work at the care home, it is decided that she and Molly will go to France with her mother and stepfather for a week. Haydon and his daughter Ella are off for a solid week of Daddy-Daughter time in the south of France, at a house let that one of his cello student’s father lets to tourists: an unexpected cancellation means that Haydon gets some unexpected and concentrated time with Ella, time that he may not have much of considering she’s getting older, and her mother and step-father are planning to move to London, hours from his home. They’re just soaking up the scenery, eating the food and having fun in the market when he spots someone who looks familiar. But, she has a girl with her, one that looks to be close to Ella’s age, and really, she moved to quickly to be sure. But coincidence and a bored teen means that Ella and Haydon are face to face with Molly and Ashley, with the added bonus of a very Parisian teenaged boy down for the party – the kids have plenty of distraction. Which only leaves Ashley with a conundrum. She likes the Haydon she’s coming to know, but what if this is merely the “charming” man and not the real man who left her with a dodgy telephone number and a baby on the way. Oh – and we can’t forget that he doesn’t know about Molly, or she about him, or Ella about any of it. Tilly Tennant took us through their reunion, one that was near it’s end before truth was shared. Ashley was more than a bit difficult and judgy, her mother was far too pushy, and Haydon was, more often than not, a bubbling mass of insecurities where women were concerned. What made up for the whole ‘unsettled” vibe from him was his honest intention to do the right thing and consider everyone else. I’m not a fan of ‘secret baby’ tropes at all, and while the ‘reveal’ to Haydon kept delaying, it was obviously on a collision course to coming out in the worst possible way, at the worst time. And it did. Spectacularly. But, not shying from the shock, difficulty or time needed to process all of this information, Tennant allows those ugly and often understandably unreasonable moments to unravel, all helping to heal and provide new territory and options for this newly found relationship to grow and build. While perhaps not my favorite of her books, mostly due to the ‘you know this will happen’ set up, the characters and the situations felt real and plausible, even if I wanted to alternate strangling Ashley, her mother, or Haydon frequently. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
DNF at 74%. I tried really hard to finish this book but frankly I found all of the characters to be unsympathetic, verging on dis-likeable. Sixteen years ago Ashley Moon went on a summer holiday to Ibiza she would never forget, a one-night stand with a boy called Haydon (no surname) left her pregnant with a bogus phone number. For the first time in forever she and her daughter Molly are going abroad on holiday - to France to celebrate Ashley's step-father's mother's 100th birthday (I hope that made sense). Haydon is a music teacher and divorced with a fourteen year old daughter called Ella. His ex-wife and her new boyfriend are thinking of moving down to London and taking Ella with them so Haydon decides to take advantage of a late offer from a pupil's father and rent a villa in France for a week's holiday with Ella. Imagine Haydon and Ashley's surprise when they discover that after sixteen years of no contact they are staying next door to each other in France. So, here I am, 74% of the way through the book, six days into Ashley's holiday and she STILL hasn't told Haydon that Molly is his daughter. Nevertheless the four of them, plus various wider family members, have managed to spend several days together. Ashley has to be one of the most infuriating characters I have ever read. She hasn't seen this guy in sixteen years. They had a one-night stand. She gets jealous if she sees him with another woman. She thinks she can't trust him. So she won't tell him he has a daughter. Her own mother can't understand what is taking so long. Haydon on the other hand is one of those parents who thinks that others need to tip-toe around their precious baby. His daughter gets upset and he thinks it's the fault of the other children instead of the natural outcome when there are two fifteen year olds and a younger child. Goodness only knows why he likes Ashley, she's wetter than a cold weekend in Seattle. The book was too slow, do we really need 245 pages of Ashley faffing about before she tells Haydon he has another daughter? I suppose realistically I wanted the novel to be about what happens AFTER she breaks the news not this will-she, won't-she wobbling. Maybe I'm too old, I identify more with Ashley's exasperated mother than I do with her? It's a pity because I've read Tilly Tennant books in the past and really enjoyed them. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
Sixteen-years-ago Ashley Moon had a one night stand whilst on a girls holiday in Ibiza. The guy left early to catch his flight home leaving just his phone number, which turned out to be bogus. All Ashley knew of this lad was that he was called Haydon, oh and that he was the father to her daughter Molly who was the result of that one night stand. Present day and single mum Ashley has been persuaded by her Mum and Step-Father Maurice to travel with them to the South of France to a little place called Saint-Raphael, for one of Maurice’s relatives 100th birthday. Haydon is now a successful music teacher and divorced father to Elle aged fourteen. Ella’s Mum and Step-Father are planning on moving to live in London and Haydon is not happy. After being offered the chance of a cheap holiday from one of the parents of a boy he tutors, Haydon decides to take his daughter and have some father-daughter time in the South of France. After sixteen years apart Ashley and Haydon end up holidaying in villas next-door to each other. But will Ashley have the heart to tell Haydon who she really is and more importantly that Molly is his daughter? I have read a lot of Tilly Tennant’s books so when I heard she had another book out I jumped at the chance to read it. Her books have always had great settings to them and this was no different. Saint-Raphael sounds like a gorgeous part of the world. Old style villas surrounded by wildflowers and wall to wall blue sky above. For me, the first half of the book was where the magic happened. Getting to know the characters and enjoying spending time with them individually. Once they met it became a waiting game to see how long it would be before Ashley told Haydon that Molly was his daughter. If I’m perfectly honest I feel that this was strung out a little bit. I could feel myself tensing up every time Ashley had the chance but never took it. The characters were all unique and far from perfect, whilst they were a joy to spend my time with they were also quite annoying at times. Ashley moaned too much and was so pig-headed. Haydon thought the sun shone out of his daughter’s back-side and everything was always someone else’s fault and don’t get me started on Ashley’s mother. That’s the beauty of books though, getting emotionally involved with them. Yes, the characters were annoying at times, but so are people in everyday life, which to me showed how realistic Tilly Tennant has written her plot. This is a lovely summery read that would be perfect to settle down on your sun-lounger with and enjoy spending your time in the most glorious place.