Title: Sunny Days and Sea Breezes
Author: Carole Matthews
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group.
Star Rating: 4 stars
Release date: 25th June!
Although I haven’t read anything by Matthews in the past (and have read contemporaries mostly by Ali McNamara), I was still able to pick up a writing style while I was reading her novel that distinguishes her from other contemporaries I’ve read, which I know I’ll recognise this in her other works (I’m definitely picking up The Chocolate Lovers’ Club, A Cottage By The Sea and The Cake Shop in the Garden) as they look just like my cup of tea. Before I started reading the book, I thought that Sunny days and Sea Breezes was just a cute title idea that the author had come up with but (this isn’t a spoiler, as you discover this quite early on in the book) it turned out, that it was actually the name of two house boats within the novel.
In normal circumstances this would be a great escape from the bustle of every day life. Given the circumstances now, it was even more so. Set (also not a spoiler) on the Isle of Wight, a place and indeed, an isle, I’ve never been to before it was definitely a much needed and delightful escape from every day life, and it felt like I was on holiday – and from the comfort of my bedroom lying against the pillows of my bed no less! I also adored the fact it was inspired by the author’s own holiday experiences on the Isle of Wight.
I say this a lot, but I loved the main character, Jodie. Despite the hardship she’s been through and the pain she still feels, she still came across as a strong woman – who was also rather stubborn, but despite this I feel like the characters she meets along the way have a good influence on her. Marilyn – oh Marilyn! I loved her too, she was so bubbly and full of energy, but also a little over the top. The male protagonist, Ned, is by far my favourite character I think, because he is so sweet and I loved his personality – oh and his house boat! The way it was described by Matthews through Jodie’s eyes, was amazing; I wanted to visit it so much and still do, even though I know it’s unlikely his house boat is real (Carole if you’re reading this, please let me know if it is!). Oh! His occupations are also awesome, but I won’t reveal them to avoid spoiling elements of the story.
I definitely saw the twists in the novel coming, having picked up on a lot of things along the way, but that definitely didn’t subtract from the enjoyment I experienced while reading.
If you are a fan of contemporaries, and Carole Matthews you should definitely pick this up :D.
You have wings. Believe in them and yourself, and you will fly.