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Review books I've read this summer: Adult fiction

I've read some brilliant review books this summer. These are the adult fiction titles I've read and loved.

The story of our lives by Helen Warner

Four friends. Twenty years. One powerful secret. Everyone remembers where they were on 31st August 1997, the day Princess Diana died.
Sophie, Emily, Amy and Melissa certainly do -– a beautiful cottage in Southwold, at the start of an annual tradition to have a weekend away together.
Every year since, the four best friends have come back together. But over time the changes in their lives have led them down very different paths. And it’s when those paths collide that the secrets they’ve been keeping come tumbling out.
One Day meets Big Little Lies in this unputdownable read about four friends, one long-buried secret and the histories we all share.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It features a group of friends and comes back to them every year. I enjoyed it because I liked seeing how their story developed over the years and seeing how their lives progressed year in year out. I loved that the book featured adult female friendships as I haven't seen enough of that in fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be looking out for more from the author.

The very white of love by SC Worrall

Torn apart by war, their letters meant everything…
‘My love. I am writing to you without knowing where you are but I will find you after all these long months…’

3rd September 1938. Martin Preston is in his second year of Oxford when his world is split in two by a beautiful redhead, Nancy Whelan. A whirlwind romance blossoms in the Buckinghamshire countryside as dark clouds begin to gather in Europe.

3rd September 1939. Britain declares war on Germany. Martin is sent to the battlefields of France, but as their letters cross the channel, he tells Nancy their love will keep him safe. Then, one day, his letters stop.

3rd September 1940. It’s four months since Nancy last heard from Martin. She knows he is still alive. And she’ll do anything to find him. But what she discovers will change her life forever…

This book is really enjoyable. It was written based on the author's mother's letter from a man she loved before and during World War Two. I loved following the story through the letters and seeing the romance develop over the course of the book. I obviously loved the setting as I love good World War fiction.   

How to keep a secret by Sarah Morgan

When three generations of women are brought together by crisis, they learn over the course of one hot summer the power of family to support, nourish and surprise

Lauren has the perfect life...if she ignores the fact it's a fragile house of cards, and that her daughter Mack has just had a teenage personality transplant.

Jenna is desperate to start a family with her husband, but it's... Just. Not. Happening. Her heart is breaking, but she's determined to keep her trademark smile on her face.

Nancy knows she hasn't been the best mother, but how can she ever tell Lauren and Jenna the reason why?

Then life changes in an instant, and Lauren, Mack, Jenna and Nancy are thrown together for a summer on Martha's Vineyard. Somehow, these very different women must relearn how to be a family. And while unraveling their secrets might be their biggest challege, the rewards could be infinite...

Heartwarming and fresh, Sarah Morgan's brilliant new novel is a witty and deeply uplifting look at the power of a family of women.

Such a lovely novel which I really enjoyed. It features many points of view from several generations of the same family. I loved seeing how the stories interweave and interacted with one another. I particularly loved the different relationships between the different characters. A lovely summer read which I really enjoyed.