‘The Summer Guest’ is being published in paperback by Headline on the 31st July 2014. This is Emma Hannigan’s seventh novel and until now I had never read any of her books.
The story is set in Caracove Bay, Dublin. In the first chapter the reader is introduced to the main characters, Lexie and her husband Sam. Married for fifteen years they have spent ages lovingly restoring their home, No. 3 Cashel Square. Lexie and Sam decided from the start that they didn’t want children, but her mum seems to think that they should now have a baby. What with her art gallery which has really grown plus her rather headstrong niece, Lexie is more than busy.
Lexie arrives home one day to an unexpected letter. A lady called Kathleen Williams has written explaining that she was born in and lived at that very same house over sixty years ago. She would love to be able to revisit her roots by seeing her old home once more. Lexie who has a good feeling about Kathleen invites her around to visit. The two women get on instantly and soon become friends.
I started reading ‘The Summer Guest’ last weekend and I absolutely loved it. With its pretty cover, it didn’t take me long to get into the story at all. I really liked Emma Hannigan’s writing style throughout and I didn’t want this story to finish.
My favourite character was Kathleen. I thought she was smashing. Kathleen was so brave to have travelled all the way from America to Dublin on her own, especially after losing her husband. Her words ‘live for the moment and relish the time you have together’ struck a chord with me. I also really liked Lexie and Sam. Soon after they had met they both realised that they had found their soul-mate. That’s something I can totally relate to.
‘The Summer Guest’ is a beautiful, tender and emotional story.
I give this book 5 out of 5.
Emma, long may you continue to write wonderful books.