The Summer Fair by Heidi Swain – Blog Tour/Book Review

About the book:

Join Heidi Swain back in Nightingale Square for a sunshine and celebration filled summer….

Beth loves her job working in a care home, looking after its elderly residents, but she doesn’t love the cramped and dirty house-share she currently lives in. So, when she gets the opportunity to move to Nightingale Square, sharing a house with the lovely Eli, she jumps at the chance.

The community at Nightingale Square welcomes Beth with open arms, and when she needs help to organise a fundraiser for the care home they rally round. Then she discovers The Arches, a local creative arts centre, has closed and the venture to replace it needs their help too – but this opens old wounds and past secrets for Beth.

Music was always an important part of her life, but now she has closed the door on all that. Will her friends at the care home and the people of Nightingale Square help her find a way to learn to love it once more.?

My review:

I’ve always been a huge fan of the fictional world created by Heidi Swain, so reading The Summer Fair completely transported me to Nightingale Square again. Please don’t think this is not a book for you. Although some of the characters are familiar to die-hard fans of Heidi’s wonderful books, this book, like all of the others, works perfectly as a standalone.

Beth has clearly been through several traumatic years that saw her give up on her dream of becoming a singer, and eliminating music from her life. When she moves into Nightingale Square to live in a house share with Eli, she does not find her silence lasts for long, given that he is a musician who loves to have music to listen to. The romantic connection between Beth and Eli is instantaneous, and although they both fight against it because of the inconvenience of them living in the same house, and not wanting to jeopardise their new friendship in such a welcoming community, it isn’t long before they both find themselves missing the other person when they are not around. I adored the way they connected, and the way in which they were both similar in their desire to make other people happy.

I loved the characters who live in the care home that Beth works in, there were some really quirky pensioners, and I had a massive soft spot for Greta! I loved the activities that Beth organised for them, and I live in the hope that more care homes will look after their residents as well as these old people were looked after. Freddie Fanshawe sounded so fabulous, but I loved the fact that irrespective of his ‘star’ ego, he was also incredibly perceptive and thoughtful.

Grief and loss of trust were a major part of this story, and I think they were really sensitively handled. The Summer Fair does deal with some serious issues, but with lashings of love, laughter, and an overwhelming sense of community.

Many thanks to Simon & Schuster, Books and the City, and Heidi Swain for my invitation to take part in this blog tour. Please check out the other stops on the tour below:

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About the author:

Heidi Swain is a Sunday Times Bestselling Author who writes commercial fiction for Simon and Schuster.

She has three series set in fictitious Wynbridge, Nightingale Square and Wynmouth and writes two titles a year – a summer and a Christmas book.

She also writes short stories and non-fiction for magazines and is represented by Amanda Preston.

Heidi always wanted to be a published author and her big writing break came in 2014 when she submitted The Cherry Tree Café to Books and The City (the digital first imprint of Simon and Schuster). The book was published a year later and she hasn’t stopped writing since.

Her books are available in paperback, E-book and audio and have been published in Italy, France and Germany as well as the UK.

She lives in the east of England, is a member of the RNA and the Society of Authors and has a TBR pile which is always out of control.

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