Tuesday 27 July 2021

Book Review: Sunny Summer Treats Anthology

Sunny Summer Treats anthology book cover

AD* | Treat yourself this summer...

This collection of sunny short stories is perfect reading whether you’re living it up at the beach, sunning yourself in the garden, or sheltering indoors from the Great British summertime.

From breath-taking boat rides on beautiful Greek islands to going on the run through the streets of Paris, from ‘best ever ice cream’ to pasteis de nata in pretty Portuguese cafes, these stories celebrate everything there is to love about summer, home and abroad – including, of course, a bit of holiday romance!

Sweet, romantic, and reminiscent of all those glorious summer days, this short story anthology from Choc Lit is a real treat! It's packed full of a variety of great short romance stories, ranging from the fun and lighthearted to those with a surprising twist.

Taking Chances by Helen Buckley

With fabulous characters and an intriguing premise, Helen Buckley gets the anthology off to a strong start. I was immediately sucked into the story and would have loved to read a full-length novel about these characters! It's a perfect will they, won't they story. 

Rating: 3 stars

Fire and Ice by Helen Buckley

Cute and playful, this fun story has a brilliant premise and a totally immersive opening. 

Rating: 4 stars

The Phantom Boatman by Jan Baynham

Ooh, I love a supernatural twist! This is a great short story all about forgetting the past and taking a chance on your future.

Rating: 4 stars

Some Like It Hot by Angela Britnell

Flirty, romantic, and a dreamy summer wedding. What more could you want?

Rating: 4 stars

Nashville Heat by Angela Britnell

Oh, this was cute! I absolutely adored reading this love story in the making. Fabulous characters and a great meet-cute.

Rating: 5 stars

Best Ever Ice Cream by Ella Cook

Oh my goodness, I loved this! Heartwarming and endearing, this story has bucketloads of emotion and will undoubtedly tug on your heartstrings. Love prevails in the face of adversity in this moving story. 

Rating: 5 stars

Start Talking Love by Kirsty Ferry

This is a short and sweet story. Who wouldn't want to go on a private concert date with an adorably shy rockstar?

Rating: 4 stars

The Girlfriend Card by Kirsty Ferry

With the spark of something new comes the possibility of new love on the horizon. Great fun and brilliant light-hearted enjoyment. 

Rating: 4 stars

Be Yourself by Morton S. Gray

This is a fun little story with an important moral message - it's always best to just be yourself.

Rating: 3 stars

Miss Reliability by Gina Hollands

An enjoyable read about a great friendship. Plus it's all about a surprise meeting with your favourite author. Amazing!

Rating: 3 stars

Meet Me at the Vegan Barbecue by Sharon Ibbotson

A vegan cafe owner and a BBQ truck owner? This story certainly proves that sometimes, opposites really do attract! It's quirky, unique, and utterly charming.

Rating: 4 stars

One Last Dance by Margaret James

Well, that was a wild ride through the unexpected! I don't want to spoil the surprise, so I'll leave it up to you to find out what happens in this story!

Rating: 3 stars

Never Too Late by Marie Laval

Short and sweet with the endearing promise of love. I think every girl dreams of a man who brings her flowers!

Rating: 3 stars

Little Dream Deli in the Sun by Sue McDonagh

This one is quirky and unusual. The real standout is the beautiful descriptive imagery the author uses; it's dreamy and perfect.

Rating: 4 stars

Coffee and Cake at the Cafe Brazil by Chris Penhall

A sweet story all about reconnecting with a lost love.

Rating: 3 stars

The Trifle by Chris Penhall

Fast-paced and hectic; jam-packed with delicious cakes! Don't read this story while you're hungry...

Rating: 3 stars

The Cake Competition by Anni Rose

I loved this! This story is all about getting one over on childhood bullies and rekindling an old flame. Oh, and who could forget the copious amounts of delicious cake!

Rating: 5 stars

Summer, Seaside and Fire Pits by Berni Stevens

This is a fabulous short story with cute animals and an unexpected ending.

Rating: 4 stars

Rewrite the Stars by Carol Thomas

Heartbreak and true love in equal measure. This is an unforgettable story told against the summery backdrop of sun, sand, and surf in Cornwall. 

Rating: 5 stars

On the Run by Evonne Wareham

Rounding off the anthology is this fast-paced short with happy endings all around. This is a story on a mission!

If you're looking for something light-hearted to dip in and out of this summer, these stories will be your perfect companion for the warmer weather! To top it off, all the proceeds from sales of this anthology are going to the brilliant Mind charity. Treat yourself and support a great cause at the same time! 

Sunny Summer Treats is available to buy now. 

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Will you be diving into these gorgeous short stories this summer? Let me know in the comments below! 

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