The Summer Getaway by Tilly Tennant

51f5aG7OBDLSynopsis: Ashley Moon is all set for a dream holiday with her daughter in the glittering French Riviera. But nothing can prepare her for the shock of discovering who’s staying in the villa next door…

Ashley Moon got much more than a suntan on her first ever foreign holiday; one whirlwind romance and nine months later she had a daughter,Molly.

Too heart-broken and proud to ever contact the father, Ashley made a decision to go it alone and raise her daughter herself. Fifteen hard and lonely years later, she finally has the chance to take Molly on her first ever holiday; a gorgeous, all-expenses paid trip to the charming French resort of St Raphael.

It is the perfect setting for a week of quality time together; they plan to cycle through the sun-drenched vineyards, lounge by the glistening pool and practice their French on friendly locals. And just when Ashley thought things couldn’t get any better, comes the news of a handsome new occupant to the villa next door. 
But fate has other plans for Ashley. One look in to her neighbor’s dark hazel eyes is all it takes to give her the shock of her life. Standing in front of her is Haydon, Molly’s long lost father and the holiday fling she thought she’d never see again.

As the temperature on the Cote D’Azure steadily rises and Ashley and Haydon begin spend more and more time together, will Ashley find the courage to tell him who she is – and more importantly, who Molly is?

Kat’s Rating: 3/5

Kat’s Review: I was really undecided whether to rate this 3 or 4 stars but ultimately I did really enjoy the majority of it but just couldn’t muster up enough enthusiasm to rate it any more than a 3. For some reason this book just wasn’t quite a s good as Tilly’s other books in my opinion. Ashley and her daughter Molly are our leading characters in the begining and as the synopsis explains we already know the situation about Molly’s dad before the story really takes off. Ashley had a one night stand on a holiday in Ibiza and as such when she got home to find she was pregnant had no way of getting hold of the guy she had met. Fast forward 16 years and a holiday in France means a chance encounter with Haydon and his daughter Ella. Of course (again no real spoilers as this is in the synopsis) Ashley instantly recognises Haydon as the guy she had met all those years before.

I think this was my biggest problem with this book, was that all the revealing of a story line is already out there and as much as I don’t mind the fairy tale and romance element of romance books this ‘chance encounter’ maybe felt like one step too far. That aside, there wasn’t much else to criticise. Haydon and his daughter Ella were lovely and very readable as were Ashley and Molly. Unfortunately Ashley’s Mum Sue I didn’t warm to all that much. This was certainly a good read in the sense that I wanted to know what happened but there were parts that felt a little dragged out and in all honesty there were no big secret reveals or anything that the reader didn’t know about beforehand. It all felt a little like we were just waiting around to see the outcome of this chance encounter. It certainly wasn’t a bad book, just not one of my favourites from her.

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