Aug 20, 2015

Book Review & Giveaway: The Summer We Loved by Wendy Lou Jones

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 Review by Suze

Jenny is in her early thirties and she's still single. She's secretly in love with Peter, but Peter only does one night stands and there's no room for love in his life. Jenny is a nurse and Peter is studying to become a consultant. Unfortunately after a horrible accident he can't cope with his emotions very well. When tragedy strikes again he's losing himself and Jenny is the only person who can reach him. She tries to get him back on track, but while doing that she's putting her own heart on the line. Will she be capable of dealing with the inevitable hurt and what will be the consequences?

The Summer We Loved can be read as a standalone novel, but I would recommend to read By My Side first. It's one of my all time favorite novels and I highly recommend it. I'm a big fan of Wendy Lou Jones's writing. The Summer We Loved has the same beautiful style, it's distinctive and it's easy to recognize. She plays with time, with emotions and with words and she does that really well. I love how she makes her characters come to life. I could picture Jenny and Peter so well. Wendy Lou Jones doesn't make life any prettier than it is. Her stories are no fairytales, they're real and they're raw.

While reading The Summer We Loved I felt quite a lot of emotions. Sometimes I had a smile on my face and I also shed a few tears. I always love it when a book makes me feel so many things. Jenny and Peter's story is gripping and I was intrigued from the start. They are both gorgeous people, but they are scarred and they've made mistakes. I liked the versatility and depth of their personalities. It's obvious that for both Jenny and Peter their job is important, they live for their patients. The story is set in a hospital and it's very realistic. I enjoyed learning some new things through the inside information and lingo. I can't praise The Summer We Loved enough, it's definitely as good as By My Side and I think Peter and Jenny's story is impressive, sometimes tragic, incredible and often absolutely wonderful.


Giveaway

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100 comments:

  1. Cooked them a three course meals

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  2. Cooked a meal with special choc for desert xx

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  3. Bought my boyfriend at the time a bouquet of red roses!

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  4. I cooked them a special dinner :)

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  5. I gave my husband two beautiful daughters, now 19 & 22 :)

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  6. I brought a fall bouquet to my boyfriend at his job

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  7. I took him to dinner in a special restaurant :)

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  8. I planned a romantic weekend to celebrate our anniversary.

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  9. I am taking my hubby to see Lord of the Dance in London with a meal at Maxwells

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  10. One Valentines Day I cut out a load of hearts from red paper and wrote a reason why I love my hubby on each one. I then stuck them all over the house for him to find. It took him ages to find the last one, he eventually got it 3 days later! Virtually free too!

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    1. That is so sweet, I love the idea, it's wonderful and really romantic! x

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  11. when he whisper me that he loves me...

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  12. The old wooden high chair that my husband, his siblings and our children used had multiple layers of paint on it. So, when I was on vacation one summer, I stripped all the paint off and re-finished it. He was quite surprised and it's still in our dining room to this day! I have to say that it really turned out very nice!

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  13. Mooving to Brazil to just share my life with my love!

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  14. I cooked a special dinner and made them a special dessert. :)

    Kirsten P.

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  15. I planned a romantic weekend to celebrate our anniversary.

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  16. I bought tickets for a truck show for his birthday. He took a friend, so all good.

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  17. Saved up for a year to buy my husband a PS4 as he was dying for one! He cried when he opened it! ......he forgets our anniversary & never wraps presents so he got the better end of the deal!

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  18. cooked them their favorite meal ... spaghetti and meatballs ...lol I took the time to shape all the meatballs into hearts =)

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  19. I made a path of rose petals from the entrance to the bedroom.

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  20. Many mix tapes and homemade baked goods!

    --Trix

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  21. I projected a message saying i loved him on the side of a skyscraper when we were apart for 4 months

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  22. When my boyfriend moved away for work I bought a basket and made a hamper of all of his favourite comfort foods, a snuggly blanket, and other goodies.

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  23. I cooked a wonderful dinner (didn´t burn!) and made a dessert of strawberry and cream...

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  24. The most romantic thing has been buy them some nice clothing that I know they wanted and liked.

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  25. Shared a cold can of food the next morning after a cold night in a storm.

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  26. I always make my husband a heart shaped meal or dessert for Valentine's Day. I made heart shaped homemade ravioli last year.

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  27. I bought my husband symphony tickets to see Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue, which he plays himself - he was so happy he cried! ;)

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  28. I once traveled all night on a bus to visit my fiance! We've been married 41 yrs !

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  29. Swept them off for a night in a hotel

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  30. This one time I surprised my then boyfriend at home. i cooked his favorite lunch and we had a great time that afternoon.

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  31. I am a helpless romantic, so I've done lots of romantic things for important people in my life.. One that stands out is when i crocheted an amigurumi doll that looked like them!

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  32. I gave birth to my husband and mine child.

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  33. I wrote him a hand-written letter,perhaps not much of a romantic gesture,but nowadays with technology, I think it was cute,I think so :D

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  34. I guess surprising my hubby with a trip for the 2 of us to the mountains.

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  35. I cooked a special fancy meal and made their favorite dessert. I also gave a hand-written letter and lit scented candles.

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  36. I haven't exactly been in a relationship before....

    ...So I guess I'd have to say me giving a heart-shaped card to my crush in high school...

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  37. I told him how much i loved him,and i took him next to the sea where we had a bottle of wine under the moonlight,it was so romantic!

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  38. I make my husband's favorite cake. I have to make it from scratch and it takes a lot of ingredients and time.

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  39. Got my ex a newspaper from the day he was born

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  40. I concocted a candle lit dinner at the edge of a small creek to end an amazing 4wheeler ride on our 1st anniversary and that was the night he proposed :)

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  41. cooking his favourite meal
    thanks!!

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  42. When I was younger I did and indoor, candlelit picnic in lingerie for my boyfriend.

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  43. The most romantic/sweet thing you've ever done for someone was the anniversary card I made for the boyfriend.

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  44. I arranged a surprise party for my partners birthday x

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  45. A total surprise day. Filled with a homecooked picnic, surprise gifts, and lots of surprise activities!

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  46. Cooked a nice meal and prepared a massage with soft music for desert.
    Doreen Lamoureux on the entry form

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  47. I moved in with my good friend to help her take care of the house and her 2 young children.

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  48. I made an elegant to dinner for him.

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  49. I arranged for my girlfriend to go to a concert and meet her favorite singer :)

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  50. It's not very romantic but I guess it's sweet that I take care of my best friend when she can't take care of herself. She has several chronic illnesses and to top it off got in a very bad car accident that still causes her quite a bit of pain. Her husband does help her every day too but he's not always able to do everything she needs done. Especially going to doctor's appointments so I take her. :)

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  51. I set up a trail of clues for my husband to follow to find his birthday gift!

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  52. I bought my husband an Anniversary ring for our 35th anniversary.

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  54. Took to dinner in a special restaurant

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  55. I love everything lavender its calming & relaxing

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  56. Probably just to take my husband out to dinner and a movie for our anniversary.
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  57. The most romantic I've ever done to the one I love is giving up my own future plans.

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  58. The most romantic gesture I've made was for my husband. I found a book that allowed me to write in all of our special memories. Ten years later, it's still the best gift I've managed to give him.

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  59. I broke up with a love so that he would return to university.

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  60. I have to be honest I am not very romantic.

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  61. I organised a picnic for me and my boyfriend with sleeping under the stars :)

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  62. We married in a mexican beach, during sunset, just the 2 of us!

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  63. I believe in Random Acts of Kindness and try to do one everyday but I feel talking about them is bragging and takes away the feel good factor

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  64. Made an amazing dinner for them.

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  65. In addition to preparing a five-course meal for him, I put together an album of all of our special moments captured on camera and gifted it to him...his reaction to both was priceless!

    neha_kaul@hotmail.com

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  66. a letter... for me it was natural to send a letter anda littel something to someone who was having a difficult time but she told me it was teh sweetest thing ever and that it helped her a lot so i guess that's qualify

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  67. Well, I married him! That was pretty romantic! I think a lot of romance is in the small, kind everyday things things that people do like making someone's favorite dinner or saying "I love you."

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  68. Dedicated/sang a song for them onstage.

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  69. i handmade cards and cake for my friend!

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  70. Booked a surprise weekend away, for my hubby. Thanks for another lovely giveaway.

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  71. Booked a surprise weekend away, for my hubby. Thanks for another lovely giveaway.

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  72. When my best friend was in the hospital I went over and cleaned her house.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  73. I followed him from Italy to England because of his job and I left my University, my family and friends because I love him so so so much!!

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