blog tour, books, reviews

Blog Tour: The Summer Fair – Heidi Swain

Beth loves her job working in a care home, looking after its elderly residents, but she doesn’t love the cramped and dirty house-share she currently lives in. So, when she gets the opportunity to move to Nightingale Square, sharing a house with the lovely Eli, she jumps at the chance.
 
The community at Nightingale Square welcomes Beth with open arms, and when she needs help to organise a fundraiser for the care home they rally round. Then she discovers The Arches, a local creative arts centre, has closed and the venture to replace it needs their help too – but this opens old wounds and past secrets for Beth.
 
Music was always an important part of her life, but now she has closed the door on all that. Will her friends at the care home and the people of Nightingale Square help her find a way to learn to love it once more…?

My thoughts: this was lovely and heartwarming and really hit the spot. I’ve been a bit down recently due to a bereavement and I didn’t realise how much I needed an uplifting book with a happy ending, but I really did.

Beth works at a care home and lives in a horrible house share. Her only real joy is the collection of house plants she tends, but when a resident at the home introduces her to the residents and delightful location of Nightingale Square, she realises she wants more. Becoming Activities Co-ordinator at work means she can afford to rent a room in Kate’s cottage and begin to build a happier life. And maybe fall in love…

Featuring some of the recurring Nightingale Square residents and introducing some new faces, this is a lovely, sunshine filled story about friendships, community and love in various guises. And it’s very cheering.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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