ARC Review: The Promise of Summer by Bella Osborne


After years of dating losers, cheats and one guy who did something unrepeatable to her kettle, Ruby has all but given up on romance. But then a stranger sits next to her on a train to London and explains his plan to propose to the woman of his dreams. Maybe true love does exist after all?

When the man accidentally leaves the engagement ring behind, Ruby is determined to save the day. But she hasn’t counted on fellow passenger Curtis stepping in and insisting he should be the one to track the stranger down.   

As summer closes in, the unlikely pair make a promise to reunite the ring with its owner. But can they find their own happy-ever-after along the way?


A Promise of Summer is a funny and endearing romantic comedy involving an unlikely pairing and a really slow burn romance.  It’s easy to follow, has an engaging plot and despite being a light romance it has a solid storyline.  Ruby is travelling to London for a very important appointment and gets chatting to Lewis who is proposing to his fiancé later that afternoon at the London Eye.  He accidentally leaves the engagement ring on the train and Ruby is determined to save the day.  She embarks on a mission with Curtis, a fellow passenger, to try to return the ring and the events surrounding this draw Ruby and Curtis closer together.  Although not in the forefront, Kim’s narrative runs alongside that of Ruby’s and the chapters alternate between their love lives and points of view.  I was a little detached from Kim’s story, however there were a few little surprises and twists in there that I wasn’t expecting and I loved following her adoption of the hyper-active Boomer.  

Ruby is a fun loving, humorous and quirky character, who loves dressing in colourful vintage clothing and lives for the moment.  She is a hopeless romantic, but is tired of looking for romance and feels that at 35 years old her time is running out as she desperately wants a child.  She has a kind-hearted nature, is sympathetic and patient and the scenes in the care home showcase her beautiful caring nature.  The complete opposite to Ruby, Curtis is a slightly odd character and definitely goes against the grain as far as male leads in romcoms go.  He is somewhat robotic and unemotional and his life revolves around his career and creates spreadsheets for every event in his life.  He comes across as socially and emotionally awkward, he is easily shocked and does not have a clue what to do in a relationship.  Despite this he is a loveable and endearing character and you can’t help but love him.    

Ruby’s and Curtis’ relationship builds up gradually and although there is little in the way of sexual tension or chemistry there are one or two pulse-quickening moments and some adorable scenes.  This is a really sweet and gentle romance and it’s wonderful seeing their interactions.  The dialogue is amusing and together they make a fabulous double act. 

Don’t be swayed by the cover it doesn’t quite depict what happens in the book, maybe a florist shop, or a beach scene would have been more poignant.  That tiny niggle aside, this is a lovely gentle book with a great storyline, funny situations and some fabulous characters.  The perfect feel-good summer read.  

Publisher:  Avon Books
Publication Date (UK):  22 July 2021
Format:  eArc/eBook
Page Count:  416
Genre:  Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance 
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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