Today I am closing up the blog tour for One Summer Weekend, the new novella by Juliet Archer. My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on to the tour and to NetGalley and ChocLit for the copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly and impartially. We have a giveaway of paperback copies of two of Juliet’s previous books below so make sure you scroll to the bottom of the review to enter.
“One summer weekend can change everything …
Alicia Marlowe’s life as an executive coach is well under control – until she meets her new client, Jack Smith. Jack’s reputation precedes him and Alicia knows immediately that he spells trouble. Not least because he reminds her of someone else – a man who broke her heart and made her resolve never to lower her guard again.
Taking Jack on as a client is a risk, but one that Alicia decides to take for the good of her career. As long as she keeps him in his place, she might just make it through unscathed. But Jack has other ideas – including a ‘business’ trip to the Lake District. One summer weekend with him is all it takes to put Alicia’s carefully organised world in a spin …”
This book is a short and sweet summertime read about misconceptions, hang ups and reluctant attraction. Alicia has a troubled romantic past and has no intention of getting involved with a man again, especially a client, and especially one with as bad a reputation as Jack Smith. But you shouldn’t believe everything you read in the gossip columns.
This story is told from Alicia’s perspective (I believe there is a sequel coming which is Jack’s take on the story) so is entirely coloured by her world view and life experiences and, boy, is she quick to jump to conclusions! In fact, she’s made up her mind about Jack before she even meets him and doesn’t really give him a chance. She came across to me as a bit pompous and judgmental to begin with, but the reasons for that become a little more obvious as the story unfolds.
Jack was easy to like and he made me wish Alicia would give him the benefit of the doubt, which was the point of the story. It does not delve too deeply into his history and I feel there is more to Jack than we discover in this book, so I’m looking forward to the sequel.
The setting of the story – mainly in the beautiful Lake District – was wonderful, the author did a great job bringing its splendour to life and I was charmed by the whole section involving Bill and Midge in their holiday home (the book cover perfectly encapsulated how I imagined their cottage to look in my mind). I was less happy about how dire she made the location of Jack’s factory sound; it was a bit of a stereotype of a ‘it’s grim up North’ industrial town that, as a Northern girl, I didn’t entirely appreciate but it is a minor niggle and I’m guessing she did it to contrast with the beauty of the Lakes but it could have done with being reined in a tiny bit!
Despite being very short, Juliet packed a lot in to the book and made a good job of it not being too obvious what was going to happen. One twist I thought was coming didn’t and then the book took a completely unexpected turn, so it kept me on my toes which is refreshing in a book of this nature. On the down side, given how much Alicia banged on about professionalism, I was surprised and a bit unconvinced about how quickly she herself abandoned these principles but, this is a summer romance not a gritty real-life memoir so I decided to go with it and enjoy it for what it is.
This book is a short and easy read with a beautiful setting and likeable characters and enough action to keep you interested for the couple of hours it will take you to read it. If you are looking for something undemanding to take to your lounger on a lazy, summer afternoon, this book will be perfect and I’m looking forward to the sequel.
One Summer Weekend is out now and you can buy a copy here.
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About the Author
Juliet Archer writes award-winning romantic comedy for Choc Lit and Ruby Fiction. She has been known to spend many happy hours matching irresistible heroes with their equally irresistible chocolate counterparts – watch out for the dark nutty ones!
Her debut novel, The Importance of Being Emma, won the Big Red Read Book of the Year 2011 Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the 2009 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance. Her second novel, Persuade Me, was shortlisted for the 2011 Festival of Romance Best Romantic Read Award.
Juliet’s third book, One Summer Weekend, is out in June 2018. You can also read her short stories: Incense & Insensibility in the Choc Lit Love Match anthology, and Love Rules in Choc Lit’s Kisses & Cupcakes anthology.
Juliet was born and bred in North-East England and now lives in Hertfordshire. She gives talks all over the UK and in the USA about the classic authors who inspire her work. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Society of Authors and the Jane Austen Society. Her non-writing career has spanned IT, acquisitions analysis, copy editing, marketing and project management, providing plenty of first-hand research for her novels.
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