Book Review: Summer at Hollyhock House by Cathy Bussy

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Book Rating


Book Review

Okay, so typically I wouldn’t be caught dead reading a book on my phone, but Kindle has introduced something called continuous scrolling, and it’s literally the best thing ever. I feel so much better reading on my phone and I couldn’t be happier. A phone is a lot easier to hold laying in bed than my iPad or an entire book. Life changing. Thanks Kindle app!

What a sweet romance novel! This was a quick and light read that warmed me just like drinking chicken noodle soup on a cold day. It was a great romance novel, but I just had a few things that didn’t seem to jive right with me while reading the book.

First of all, I thought Faith was dramatic and emotional. This seemed to be attributed from getting depression from her mother, but I didn’t buy that. She seemed to cry a lot, but she was still interested in her daily activities, which seemed to me that she was not depressed, just a bit of an over-reactor. She even said to herself at once that she was “crying an actual river” in the bathroom at a wedding.

I found the female relationships in this book a bit strained and not as realistic as I liked. Just after Faith told her best friend she had lied to her for over nine years, she was fine and stated something along the lines of “we’ll always be there for each other”, which I found extremely odd considering her best friend just admitting to an excruciating long-term lie.

Finally, there was one of her friends that was dealing with a strained relationship, and we got tidbits on this throughout the entire book but literally no resolution at all. There was one sentence in there about what happened but no explanation which drove me absolutely insane.

With all that being said, I was obviously attached to the characters and the resolution of their lives. I’m very glad there was an epilogue that cleared a lot of my unanswered questions up–and I thought the story itself was heartwarming, although a tiny bit slow at parts! Overall, this was a good read and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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