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Book Review: The Summer by the Lake – Mandy Baggot ⛸⛸⛸⛸⛸

Robyn Mathers is heading home to Michigan. It is the first time that she has been back since she left aged just sixteen – nine years ago. Her Dad is seriously ill in hospital and somebody needs to be there to run his business and be the coach of the town’s ice hockey club. Leaving London isn’t hard but going back home could be the thing that finally breaks her.

At the airport with little time for her to make the connecting flight, the handle on her carry-on luggage breaks. Rushing to her rescue is Cole Ryan who is heading for the same flight she is. Tall, dark and handsome he is the perfect gentleman and the chemistry between them is instant. After their short flight they are soon good friends. Robyn is nervous about trusting anyone with her feelings especially as the secrets of her past are back with a vengeance as she goes back home.

Cole is looking for a new start as well. Betrayal and hurt feature in his recent past and he is just looking to bury himself in his new job and maybe play a little hockey. The feelings that have surfaced after his chance meeting with Robyn are startling and a little daunting. Can he share his secrets and his past and learn to move on?

As always Mandy Baggot’s books are filled with likeable and relatable characters that you want to be best friends with. The small town setting sounds pretty idyllic. In an odd turn of events I find myself reviewing two consecutive books set in Michigan. It wasn’t planned and I honestly can’t remember any other books set there but they have ice hockey and nice diners so it sounds pretty good to me. If this latest book by Mandy Baggot sounds a little familiar it was previously published under the title Taking Charge.

Supplied by Net Galley and Aria in exchange for an honest review.

UK publication date: Jun 4 2020.

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Categories: 5 Stars Book Review

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Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. Sharing my house with a gorgeous cockapoo called Harry who has taken over completely.
I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.


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