Release date: eBook and paperback 12th May 2022
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…?
I was thrilled to receive an advanced review copy of Heidi’s new book, anyone who has read my blog will know I am a HUGE Heidi Swain fan and have been since the very first book. And this one did not disappoint.
The Summer Fair is set back in the wonderful community of Nightingale Square and we follow the story of Beth as she struggles with her horrible housemates and juggles with the grief of the anniversary of her mother passing away.
It was a joy to be back in Nightingale Square again and it was great to catch up with some much loved characters – Lisa, Kate, Poppy, Nell! We see Beth encounter Nightingale Square and Prospero Place for the first time and, like the rest of us, she falls instantly in love. She is unhappy in her current house share but knows she could never afford to live such a wonderful place.
Beth is also carrying around some demons from her past – guilt in the form of how she has treated some old friends, guilt about her mother’s passing and a desperation to silence any music from her life. She has no idea how much music is going to appear in her life again and she soon realises that ‘a life without music would be a mistake’.
Along the way we visit Blossoms for their gorgeous cakes, have lots of pizza in the Grow-well and enjoy the warmth of a summer garden party. There are plenty of characters in this fantastic summery read – and some very eccentric pensioners who will really make you chuckle.
I really related to this book as my nan used to work in a care home and I’ve run many a summer fair myself – including a music festival! I was right there in the middle of it. I cried tears of sadness, tears of joy and I was left humming along to Billie Holiday.
A must read book this summer. And if you haven’t read Heidi’s previous books, go back and read them all. You are in for a treat.
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