Hello everyone, today as part of An Endless Summer blog tour hosted by YA Bound, I get to share my review with you for a great Summer book. An Endless Summer by C.J Duggan is the follow up book to one of my favourite reads from last year; The Boys of Summer. If you've read my review of this book here, then it's clear that I absolutely adored this book and I couldn't wait to get back with the characters once again! So before I share my review with you here's a bit about the book.
Publication date: 17th July 2013
Sean looked out over the lake, squinting against the sunlight. He turned to me, his expression sobering as his eyes flicked over my face in a silent study. “Come on Amy, I saved you once, I’ll save you again.” I met his stare unflinchingly. “I don’t need saving.” A wicked grin formed slowly. “Don’t you?” After a rebellious summer night that almost claimed her life, Amy Henderson – the Onslow publican’s only daughter – is sent away to suffer a fate far worse than any other punishment: Boarding School. Three years on, a now nineteen-year-old Amy returns to Onslow for the summer. What once was a cauldron of activity with live bands, hot meals and cold beers, the Onslow Hotel now lies dark, deserted and depressing. All fond childhood memories of loitering on the hotel stairs and eavesdropping on customers’ colourful conversations are in the distant past. How had her dad let it come to this? With the new threat of putting the Onslow up for sale, Amy reluctantly turns to a local tradesman for help: Sean Murphy, the very same Onslow boy who saved her life all those years ago. With his help and that of some old friends, the task is clear: spend the summer building the hotel back up to its former glory or lose it for good. In an endless summer, Amy soon realises that sometimes in order to save your future, you have to face your past, even if it’s in the form of a smug, gorgeous Onslow boy.
An Endless Summer was a book I was immensely looking forward to after I literally devoured Boys of Summer at the end of last year. Duggan just had that knack to capture the essence of what summers should be about; having fun, blossoming friendships, a sweet lasting romance and making it a summer you will never forget. And once again Duggan has been able to do that with An Endless Summer.
With An Endless Summer we are given the story of Sean and Amy. I adored Sean in The Boys of Summer; he had that laid back care free attitude about him and that golden smile which could reassure you that everything would be okay. He had a super sweet side to him that I appreciated but also a cocky swagger about him which I adored. Sometimes cocky guys can become hugely infuriating, but with Sean this wasn’t the case at all. So I couldn’t wait to finally have a Sean story, underneath all that bravado, I so wanted him to get his happy ending. Whereas Amy on the other hand didn’t leave the greatest impression with me in The Boys of Summer, she was the type of girl who would throw tantrums and be the one who was throwing death glares at you from the other side of the room. For some reason when I read the blurb, it didn’t click with me that it would be that Amy whose side of the story I would be getting. But I’m glad that despite this I gave this book a try because despite some mix ups and wrong decisions along the way Amy did show some great growth and maturity along the way.
The obviousness of Amy and Sean being totally right for each was so clear very early on. I did enjoy some of the mind games between them, but I wish that they realised sooner well in particular Amy that Sean wasn’t messing around. Because the swoony scenes between them were so worth it!
Once again Duggan was able to mix the story up well, despite the fun nature of everyone getting together at The Onslow Hotel, there was always the potential threat of losing a place they cared about a lot; a place where they share many memories, and which played a massive role in so many characters lives.
Overall An Endless Summer was a cute summer read, with lots of returning characters, fans of the first book will not want to miss out on.
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