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?
Ruby has a plan and she can’t wait to put it into action.
On her train journey down to London to realise her dream, she meets Curtis who immediately rubs her up the wrong way.
She also meets Lewis. He is going down to London to propose to his girlfriend. The problem is, he ends up getting off the train with Ruby’s phone and without the ring.
Ruby and Curtis set out together to try and reunite the engagement ring with its owner, getting to know one another along the way.
Oh, I get so excited whenever Bella Osborne releases a new novel and it really is a pleasure to be part of the blog tour for her new book.
Being such a fan, the expectations for The Promise of Summer were high but it did not disappoint. I couldn’t put it down and read it in pretty much one sitting.
You are pulled straight into the action. I immediately wanted to know what was going on. Was Lewis going to get his ring back? Was Curtis as pompous as he seemed? Was Ruby going to see her dream happen and what was this dream?
I liked how this book was set up going between Ruby and Kim’s point of views. Both these women are different and yet they are dealing with similar things. The fear of being alone.
Ruby is a brilliant, feisty, strong female character and I loved her. Curtis was both lovely and frustrating. Kim made me quite sad to begin with. She seemed to be so lost at the beginning and I liked seeing how she developed through the story. In-fact, every plot line was compelling, relatable, heartbreaking and wonderful all at the same time.
Bella has such a great talent for placing the reader into her book with her descriptions. I could see myself in these places, smell the flowers in the shop.
Bella also does a great job of weaving a lovely, romantic, whimsical feeling into her novels that you feel like you’re having a lovely big hug.
This book is a wonderful antidote to all the horrible things currently dominating the news.
It’s perfect for the summer evenings when you want to just sit down and escape for a while.
Another gem of a novel from Bella. I loved it. Happy publication day.
About Bella Osborne:
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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