Sunny Skies & Summer Kisses by Eliza J Scott is the most delightful contemporary novel. It is the seventh book in the Life On The Moors series but can be read as a stand-alone.
This was my first book by Eliza J Scott and it was absolutely charming. As I was introduced to the characters, they were all warm and welcoming. The community atmosphere in the North York moors is alive and kicking. The villagers all pull together. Where they see needs, they are met.
At the heart of the village are the pub and also the community hub where new ventures are encouraged and where they thrive.
Characters are supported and encouraged to be the best version of themselves. When a character who was gaslit by a previous partner, is being stalked by him, the community rallies round in support. No one is ever alone in the village.
Being hurt in the past has meant that a character has walled up her heart to protect. Far from protecting, her life was constricted. The walls need to come down. A heart needs to take a chance on love.
There is much freedom and fresh air in the landscape. Here, characters can bud and blossom, being free to be themselves.
Family is important. The village feels like a family and there are individual families that show so much love.
I loved the inclusion of dogs – naughty and mischievous, they turn a house into a home. Bob was very much a character in his own right.
There were some serious themes but also a lot of warm-hearted fun. Some of the verbal exchanges were absolutely hilarious. This was a delightfully warm read which I adored.
I received a free copy from Rachel’s Random Resources for a blog tour. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.
Sunny Skies and Summer Kisses
No matter how hard you fight it, love will always find a way…
Ever since she was a little girl, dance teacher Anoushka Cartwright has dreamed of opening her own dance studio near her home on her beloved North Yorkshire Moors. And when she gets the chance to do just that she can hardly believe her luck!
Life is sweet. Or it would be if it wasn’t for her relationship with Damon which has been growing increasingly toxic, much to her family’s concern. Critical of her dreams he can’t understand why she won’t move to the city of York and live with him. He refuses to accept their relationship is floundering until the day Anoushka breaks up with him.
Popular indie/folk singer, Gabe Dublin, hails from Southern Ireland. He’s been head-over-heels in love with Anoushka ever since he first set eyes on her at a wedding two years earlier. She’s the reason he keeps returning to the area, staying with his friends, Lady Caroline Hammondely and her husband Sim, at Danskelfe Castle. Gabe and Anoushka have become good friends, but she’s always made it clear they could never be anything more, which is tearing Gabe’s heart in two. He knows he won’t be able to love anyone else the way he loves Anoushka.
Her family and friends can see how perfect they are for each other but Anoushka is adamant, after her experience with Damon, she has no room for a man in her life. She makes a pact with herself to focus all of her attention on her dance school. And she intends to keep it. The only thing is, it’s not as easy as it seems.
When an unexpected situation throws them together, Anoushka’s feelings are exposed for the world to see. The question is, will she act on them or will she stay true to her promise to herself?
Join Anoushka and Gabe – and all the other Life on the Moors Characters – for the latest heartwarming visit to the characterful village of Lytell Stangdale in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors.
Author Bio – Eliza lives in the North Yorkshire countryside with her family. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book/glued to her kindle or working in her garden, fighting a losing battle against the weeds.
Eliza is inspired by her beautiful surroundings and loves to write heartwarming romance stories with relatable female characters. Her books will always have happy endings.
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Julia, thank you for the insights. Sounds like this novel will be a fun read!