With an air of faded splendour, Willoughby Hall was an idyllic childhood home to Ruben de Lacy. Gazing at it now, decades later, the memories are flooding back, and not all of them are welcome…
In a tumbledown cottage in Willoughby’s grounds, Dolly and Olive King lived with their eccentric explorer father. One of the last things he did was to lay a treasure hunt before he died, but when events took an unexpected turn, Dolly and Olive left Willoughby for good, never to complete it.
But when Ruben uncovers a secret message, hidden for decades, he knows he needs Olive and Dolly’s help. Can the three of them solve the treasure hunt, and will piecing together the clues help them understand what happened to their families that summer, all those years ago?
A glorious summer read with a delightful cast of characters from the bestselling author of The Summer We Ran Away.
Growing up in the picturesque Willoughby Manor wasn’t quite as perfect as others might have imagined for Ruben De Lacy. Despite it’s idyllic location, the only thing that seemed to keep him going throughout his childhood was the friendship he formed with Olive and Dolly, sisters who lived in a small cottage within the estate alongside their free spirited mother and rather eccentric father.
The three teenagers soon became inseparable, making memories and forming a connection that would last a lifetime – or so they thought. Now a fully grown adult, Ruben returns to the place he once called home and is greeted with a tirade of memories – not all of which are welcome ones – as he as he prepares to sell up. As he is clearing things away, he comes across a clue to a treasure hunt that has remained hidden for decades, and he knows just who he needs to help him solve this mystery.
He calls upon Dolly and Olive, and as the three estranged friends are once again reunited, they have to work together to uncover what was hidden all those years ago and finally uncover the secrets of their past. As they embark on the treasure hunt that Mr King had set up before he passed away, the connection they all shared comes back with a renowned strength, alongside a blossoming romance….but you will have to read the story to find out more about that!.
As soon as I pick up a book by Jenny Oliver I just know I am in for an absolute treat, and One Lucky Summer certainly goes above and beyond all of my expectations once again. This is far from being your typical romance, as there is humour and a lot of emotional depth entwined throughout the story, all of which – when combined provide us with an unforgettable story about love, loss, and the importance of friendship.
Each of the characters have their own hidden depths which are explored as the story progresses, allowing the reader to connect with them as individuals. All of them are well fleshed out and have realistic traits that have an impact on the narrative of the story throughout. With a truly delightful plot that flows effortlessly from beginning to end, this is an absolute must read for the summer!.
About the Author
Jenny Oliver is a bestselling author of contemporary fiction. Twice nominated for the RNA Best Contemporary Novel award, Jenny’s books explore the ups and downs of relationships and an unwavering belief in happy ever after. In the past she has had jobs ranging from an elf in the Disney store, a personal trainer, journalist, editor and now, by far the best, a writer. In her spare time she can be found cajoling her family out to car boot sales, trying to reign in her competitiveness on the netball court and subtly eavesdropping on strangers’ conversations as inspiration for her next book.
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*Thank you to HQ Stories and Jenny Oliver for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*