Book review

Sweet Home Summer by Michelle Vernal,  Book Review 

Hello,  lovely fellow booklovers. Hope 2018 has been treating you well so far.  I am shooing away the winter blues with some spring summer themed reading. This latest one today is set in windy New Zealand. Happy Reading 


Title: Sweet Home Summer
Author: Michelle Vernal
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Published: 12/1/2018 
Rating: 4.5/5
Location set in: Bibury,  New Zealand
Profession of main lead: Interior Design, cafe owner.


Sometimes, home really is where the heart is…

Leaving behind her hi-flying career in London, Isla Brookes has had enough. Burnt out and tired of an unfulfilling profession and lousy boyfriends, it’s time for her to go home.

Arriving back in cosy Bibury to stay with her grandmother, Bridget, everything is charmingly familiar. Even her childhood sweetheart, Ben, is as handsome as she remembered…

And when she discovers a stack of long-forgotten Valentine’s Day cards, Isla, with the help of Ben, begins to realise exactly what is most important in life.


Like mentioned above in the summary, Sweet Home Summer is Isla’s story. Her life which starts in a small Kiwi town, where she grows up but soon flies off to the big city. 

From Kiwi town to London, Isla grows up and establishes herself as a successful interior designer. She has a blast achieving her dreams and along the way she leaves or rather stashes aside her life in her home town. 

Success, financial stability, few relationships here and there and a group of friends and colleagues, well that’s Isla’s life in London. But the side effects of the high flying life soon catch up with her and she realizes Home is where she needs to be. 

Back home, Isla is warmly welcomed by her family and soon starts making friends and is back in cahoots with her grandmother. Once she settles downs Isla creates a life that makes her happy and content,  she stays true to her nature and smoothens the bumps along the way to her happily ever after. 

What I liked in the story:

The hints of Irish roots and the folklore of the professional match makers in the past. 

The strong headed nature of Isla and her grandmother Bridget.  

Their attitude towards life and how they give a second chance to people from their past.  

The story line flows pretty well and the characters are very likeable.  It’s a cozy,  warm story of people with great attitude and personalities.  

Michelle in my opinion brings alive stories of people who very well might be one amongst us. She blends the past, some folklore and whimsy in a way that tells a story worth reading. 


Michelle Vernal loves a happy ending. She lives with her husband and their two boys in Christchurch, New Zealand. It’s a city that is slowing rebuilding its happy ending. She’s partial to a glass of wine, loves a cheese scone and has recently taken up yoga―a sight to behold indeed. Her books are written with humour and warmth and she hopes you enjoy reading them.

Reviewed by Bharti 

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