It’s Always Yes
There are some wonderful descriptions that make the book come alive for the reader. We ‘feel’ welcomed in the pub, on the farm and at the beach. We ‘feel’ included in the story.
Community is important as everybody looks out for everybody else. “One of the perks of growing up in a small town… everyone kind of adopts each other.” Small town living definitely has big advantages.
The cold, clinical atmosphere of Heathrow contrasts sharply with the huge welcome in an English pub. The world seems to move from a harsh blueness to a warm glow, making everyone feel better.
Self sustaining farming and local crafts are another important part of the novel. Locally sourced goods help to reduce the carbon footprint.
Family is important. Family pulls together. “We come as a package deal.”
A breakdown of a marriage is always sad. If we are not careful, we will find that life has a habit of pulling us apart. “A slow slide of conflicting work schedules.”
There is the theme of loss. Death is just so final. It is traumatic for all but especially for small children. There is the theme of taking care of the fatherless.
It is never too late to have a second chance. Sometimes fear immobilises us but we need to push fear aside and begin to live again.
Summer At Lavender Bay was such a wonderful read. It will warm your heart and leave you smiling.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.