Book Review: Summer Seaside Wedding by Abigail Gordon

Synopsis: It was supposed to be Amelie Benoir’s wedding day, but when she found her fiancé in bed with another woman, Amelie called off the engagement. Instead, on that day, Amelie was arriving in Bluebell Cove to work at a local medical practice for six months. Leo Fenchurch, one of the other doctors, was the first person she met and so he felt responsible for her happiness… but does that include romance?

Author: Abigail Gordon has written three previous novels in her Bluebell Cove series. While this series of books is set in Devon, Abigail lives in Cheshire Village. Her son works in a hospital and provides the medical information Abigail needs for her romance novels.

Writing Style: That adage of “show, don’t tell” was not in practice, as this book was very much “tell”.  There was little dialogue and even less action, what Amelie and Leo were doing was generally mentioned in passing with very little importance. It may be a British stylistic thing, but much of the book was the repetitive thoughts of the two main characters.

Plot: Essentially the story is of Amelie, a French doctor who had her heart broken, and temporarily moves to Bluebell Cove to get over her broken engagement. There she meets Leo Fenchurch and falls in love with him, but he is fighting the same emotion because his previous fiancée died years ago.

Location: The novel is situated in Bluebell Cove, which is apparently in Devonshire, England. There is only the vaguest of descriptions to give the novel a sense of place; it is a coastal village that has a beach and maybe some cliffs, as well as a few shops. I could not picture the place at all, expect perhaps Four Winds Manor which had the most detail even though I don’t recall anything really happening there.

Pacing: The rate of the book’s movements was slower than molasses. There was no action, no drive, no risk to keep things interesting and keep the reader on edge. It took five hours to get through the novel because it did not hold my attention and I constantly found myself daydreaming about Colin Firth rather than reading… Not that Colin has anything in relation to this book other than being British.

Point of View: The book is from the perspectives of Amelie and Leo, enabling the reader access into the thoughts of both the main characters. Considering the book is made up almost entirely of the two character’s thoughts, to be only from one point of view would make the reader consider becoming a pyromaniac and burn the blasted book.

Romance: The love story between Amelie and Leo is wishy-washy. The majority of the book is the pair whining and whinging about not knowing what to think and feel. The only reason I wanted the two to sort out their differences and get together is because that would mean the book was at an end.

Quote: I have to say that whatever else you are… you’re different.

The Verdict: Give this book a pass, as it wasn’t engaging at all. The story’s potential was there, but fell flat.

If you found your significant other cheating on you what would you do? Would you travel to another country? 


Author: JaimeKristal

JaimeKristal is a freelance editor and writer. She started her book review blog "Tales of a Booklover" for the enjoyment of sharing her love of reading.

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