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The Promise of Summer

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The Promise of Summer

Ruby’s life is about to change for ever…

After years of dating losers, cheats and one guy who did something unrepeatable to her kettle, Ruby has all but given up on romance. But then a stranger sits next to her on a train to London and explains his plan to propose to the woman of his dreams. Maybe true love does exist after all?

When the man accidentally leaves the engagement ring behind, Ruby is determined to save the day. But she hasn’t counted on fellow passenger Curtis stepping in and insisting he should be the one to track the stranger down.   
As summer closes in, the unlikely pair make a promise to reunite the ring with its owner. But can they find their own happy ever after along the way?

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My Review of The Promise of Summer

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Ruby helps Kim run her florist shop. And both of them are happy to nudge along romance, with Ruby writing romantic verses for one customer to add to the bouquets he buys, but they’re both unlucky in love.

Then Ruby decides to control her own future and takes a brave trip to London to meet a potential sperm donor. In the train, she chats up a stranger who is supposed to be proposing to his girlfriend later that day. But when he gets off the train, Ruby is left with the engagement ring and he has her telephone! A fellow passenger, Curtis, decides that she can’t be trusted with the ring, so both of them set off to find the owner. One thing leads to another and Ruby finds herself appointed as Curtis’ part-time assistant. Could he be the sperm donor Ruby is looking for?

Meanwhile, Kim is having a kind of romance of her own, but there are several road blocks on the way!

Ruby and Kim are delightful characters and I love how they interact with their customers and run their business. Both of them are big softies and can easily be taken for a ride. But they’re kind and generous and ready to give people a second chance.

Stiff and formal, Curtis is the opposite of impulsive Ruby and their interactions and conversations are absolutely hilarious. There are several scenes that even as I’m writing this review bring a smile to my face. The naughty conversations between Kim and Ruby too are fun! I absolutely enjoyed the book and would jump at the chance at reading another of Bella Osborne’s books.

Meet The Author

Bella has been jotting down stories as far back as she can remember but decided that 2013 would be the year that she finished a full length novel. Since then she’s written seven best selling romantic comedies and she’s been shortlisted three times for the RNA Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year Award.

Bella’s stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you. She lives in The Midlands, UK with her husband, daughter and a cat who thinks she’s a dog. When not writing Bella is usually eating custard creams and planning holidays.

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A lover of words. A self-acceptance blogger. A creativity coach. A book reviewer. A woman happily journeying through midlife, moving from self-improvement to self-acceptance and enjoying being herself. I write about life, wellness, relationships at Everyday Gyaan. An avid reader, I review books at and offer coaching to writers and bloggers and anyone looking to explore their creativity at The Frangipani Creative, located in Secunderabad, India.

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