Book Review: The Summer We Ran Away by Jenny Oliver.


It's been a while since I picked up a Jenny Oliver book, although I'm pretty certain I've read the majority of them. You can probably find them on this blog if you search! When I saw the cover of her latest one in Tesco, I couldn't resist it. It's gorgeous! 

The Blurb.


It was meant to be the party of the summer…
In Cedar Road, everyone is preparing for Lexi’s ‘White Hot’ summer party. For one night, parking squabbles and petitions are put aside as neighbours sip Prosecco under the fairy lights and gather by the hot tub to marvel at Lexi’s effortlessly glamorous life with Hot Hamish.
For Julia, it’s a chance to coax husband Charlie out of his potting shed and into a shirt so they can have a welcome break from the hellish house renovation they’ve been wrestling with. And it’s a chance for Julia to pretend – just for a night – that her life is as perfect as Lexi’s.
But when, during the party, one of Julia’s WhatsApp messages falls into the wrong hands and reveals her most intimate thoughts, things reach boiling point…

And when all the neighbours know exactly what you’re thinking, there’s only one thing to do.
Run away.
It’s going to be a summer Julia will never forget…
Warm, funny, and feel-good, The Summer We Ran Away is the ideal uplifting read for fans of Veronica Henry, Milly Johnson, and Carole Matthews.


My Review.


It took me a few chapters to connect to Julia just because I didn't want her getting caught up in Lexi's life and looking at all of the things she didn't have. While I can understand it and have had my fair share of moments like that scrolling through Instagram, I didn't like her dwelling on it and wanted her to focus on her own life. It's a process, I know and the more I read, the more I grew to enjoy Julia's and her story of getting to that point of concentrating on what she had rather than what she didn't. 

I for one think it would be kind of fun to run away in a cool camper van and spend a few days going with the flow. I adore camper vans and often dream of one decked out like a 50's diner inside, but cosy too - ahh the dream!! It made me smile that Julia ended up on this adventure and I thought it was good for her. She needed to get away and she needed to regain some clarity of what was important. It took her time, but I found myself routing for her and learning with her. 

I enjoyed the comrade and the friendships Julia made. Jenny did a great job and creating this lovely friendship group that by the end of the story I couldn't help but feel all happy inside at how everything turned out for everybody. Especially Julia and Charlie - oh how I loved them getting back on track. This made for some very sweet messages and some very funny moments, which I absolutely loved. I think Charlie might actually have been my favourite character. I felt like I understood him. I liked that he seemed calm and collected, but was vulnerable and took risks, some that didn't always pan out quite smooth, but he was trying. I loved that about him and the way he was with Julia. They didn't give up! 

If you're looking for your next summer read and want to get lost in adventure, French patisserie and friendships, then 'The Summer We Ran Away,' is the book for you.

Happy Reading!
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