Imagine this. While getting ready for your church’s Easter Sunday service, you struggle to put down an excellent book. It has been half an hour since you stepped out of the shower and in that time you’ve had your head stuck in Kiley Dunbar’s debut novel and not got out of your polka dot bath robe. You don’t like to keep God waiting, especially on Easter Sunday, but you can’t stop reading this story. It’s a tough situation for any book worm. At one point you even consider switching handbags to fit your Kindle in. You tell yourself God will surely understand if you sneakily read a few pages while the congregation waits for the service to start. God also knows how Kiley’s beautiful book cover resulted in you making sweet cooing sounds from the sofa as you downloaded it onto your Kindle.
On the other hand this is quite a big day for God and seeing as you are behind on your appearances at church, perhaps you should take a teeny weeny break from reading?
Readers, this was my difficult book predicament back in April with Kiley Dunbar’s wonderful novel, One Summer’s Night.
Let me tell you, being a book worm is tough!
I am currently loving fictional characters, like Kelsey, in this book, who take charge of their life and go off to follow their dreams. We need more of these uplifting stories because so many people are doing this right now.
Like Kelsey and her surprise tour guide job application, ordinary people are summoning up the courage to take risks and do something crazy, altering the direction of their life for the better.
It’s not easy following your dreams but reading about book characters, like Kelsey, doing just that is so valuable.
Here’s the blurb:
Kelsey Anderson is stuck in a rut so big, she’ll need a 4-wheel drive to get out. She’s just been made redundant from her dead-end job, and boyfriend Fran is so busy climbing up the career ladder that he’s forgotten how to have fun. She needs to change her life – and fast.
Stumbling across an advert for tour guides in Stratford-Upon-Avon seems like the perfect way to bring the sunshine back. In an impulsive move, she moves from her small Scottish village to Shakespeare’s birthplace, armed only with a suitcase and her battered copy of Shakespeare’s Sonnets.
Kelsey quickly falls in love with the place, her job as a tourist guide allowing her to explore every inch of the picture-perfect town, from cosy cafes to the picturesque banks of the river.
But it’s not just the town that captures her heart, as she finds herself torn between the actors Will and Jonathan who both vie for her affections.
But will beautiful Peony, the lead actress at the Oklahoma theatre company where Jonathan is playing Oberon in A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, play a role in keeping Kelsey and Jonathan apart?
Or will flirtatious, charming Will, the fellow tour guide who has set his sights on Kelsey, keep the star-crossed lovers from finding their happy ending?
A gorgeously uplifting, feel good romance that will captivate readers of Holly Martin, Cathy Bramley and Milly Johnson.
Here’s my review:
I immediately connected with Kelsey. The love for her father, her passion for old cameras, her beloved book of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, bound in scuffed brown leather and her yearning for Stratford- Upon- Avon made me want to hang out with her from the start.
Fran, Kelsey’s boyfriend at the start was well written. My eyes were rolling at some of his actions.
The quote from Kelsey, ‘things with Fran might not be perfect but I’m just waiting it out until it gets better,’ resonated with me as I have had relationships where I too sat it out until things get better.
I adored the chapter where she told Fran that she had this amazing new life in Stratford waiting for her. Kelsey delivers this FABULOUS line to an agitated Fran, who has started taking a pop at Shakespeare, on hearing his girlfriend is leaving.
‘Well, you know what, Fran? I think Shakespeare had it pretty spot on, actually. Maybe if Juliet had concentrated on enjoying being a teenager instead of giving up her future for some Flash Harry she’d have had a chance at life! Or if Cleopatra had stopped trying to juggle a whole bunch of dumb blokes and just got on with her PhD… or, or… if Lady Macbeth had ignored her power-crazy dick of a husband and just focused her ambition on going to night school or, I don’t know, building herself a house with her bare hands or… anything else… these tragic, sad women might have been a whole lot flaming happier! Maybe that’s what he’s been trying to tell us.’
I was fist pumping like crazy and screeching, clad in my bath robe.Love love love!
It was a clever tactic by the author to use Kelsey Anderson as a tour guide. This meant that she was able to show beautiful Stratford Upon Avon setting at its very best.
I loved everything about her new life and it was great to see Kelsey building up conference to carry out her own tours.
The two new love interests; Will and Jonathan keep you guessing as to which will win Kelsey’s heart.
This is a great book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Kiley Dunbar you are a very clever lady weaving in the quotes from Shakespeare and bringing to life the wonderful sights of Stratford-Upon-Avon in this lovely romance novel.
Great read! 👍🏻
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3 Things I Like About The Author:
- Kiley Dunbar is a Scottish author of romantic fiction. She lives in England with her husband, two kids and Amos the Bedlington Terrier.
- She is proud to be a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and a graduate of their New Writers’ Scheme.
- She’s about to become a commuter for the first time in a decade and has bought herself a cute thermos and a load of audiobooks in preparation.
You can get in touch with Kiley on Twitter @KileyDunbar
You can find her Amazon page here.
Have a great day, folks!