Kathleen is eighty years old. After a run-in with an intruder, her daughter wants her to move into a residential home. She’s not having any of it. What she craves – needs – is adventure.
Liza is drowning under the daily stress of family life. The last thing she needs is her mother jetting off on a wild holiday, making Liza dream of a solo break of her own.
Martha is having a quarter-life crisis. Unemployed, unloved and uninspired, she just can’t get her life together. But she knows something has to change.
When Martha sees Kathleen’s advert for a driver and companion to take an epic road trip across America, she decides this job might be the answer to her prayers. Travelling with a stranger? No problem. She’s not the world’s best driver, but it couldn’t be worse than living with her parents again. And anyway, how much trouble can one eighty-year-old woman be?
As these women embark on the journey of a lifetime, they all discover it’s never too late for adventure…
The Summer Seekers is an entertaining and fun read and I thoroughly enjoyed following Kathleen and Martha on their journey along Route 66, their adventures and all the places they visited along the way. The imagery the author created here is fabulous and also at Oakwood Cottage, the beach, the weather and the food all sounded beautiful and idyllic. There is a good solid page-turning plot which is really well thought through from the beginning to the end. I enjoyed the touches of humour sprinkled throughout and there are some lovely heartwarming moments.
The characters are well developed and extremely likeable. The story centres around three multigenerational women in various stages of their life. Kathleen, the older woman is in her eighties but young at heart and is itching for adventure and a little taster of the life she once had. Liza is Kathleen’s daughter, she has two teenage daughters and is practical and dependable in every way. She organises her family’s life to the letter and they seemingly cannot cope without her. Her family rely on her too much and she never takes any time for herself and craves some alone time. Martha is the youngest at 25 years old and trying to get her life back in order after recently finding herself unemployed and recovering from a relationship breakup. I loved Martha, she’s exuberant, funny and never stops talking. She loathes driving and she only took the job as Kathleen’s driver to escape her oppressive home life and the breakup. It was wonderful to see the development of the close friendship she formed with Kathleen over the course of the car journey. The combination of age ranges worked really well and made for an upbeat and interesting story, some of the scenes towards the end were quite emotional and it was adorable seeing all of the relationships fall into place.
The Summer Seekers is a riveting story with the perfect combination of adventure, humour and romance. The ideal summer read which you will not be able to put down.
Publication Date (UK): 27 May 2021
Page Count: 459
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance
Thank you to the publisher for the gifted eARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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