A Summer at Sea

  • by Katie Fforde
  • Narrated by Jilly Bond
  • 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Emily is happy with her life just as it is. She has a career as a midwife that she loves . She enjoys living on her own as a single woman. But she also feels it's time for a change and a spot of some sea air. So when her best friend, Rebecca, asks whether she'd like to spend the summer cooking on a 'puffer' boat just off the Scottish coast, she jumps at the chance. But she barely has time to get to grips with the galley before she finds herself with a lot on her plate.
Rebecca is heavily pregnant and is thrilled to have her friend onboard doing most of the work. Then there's Emily's competitive and jealous kitchen assistant, who thinks she should be head cook, not Emily. And there's Alasdair, the handsome local doctor whom Emily is desperately trying not to notice.
Because if she falls in love with him, as he appears to be falling for her, will she ever want her old life back again?


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Customer Reviews

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Katie Fforde does not disappoint

I enjoyed the narration of this new book (well done Jilly Bond). The leading man was obvious to me from his first appearance and, this being Katie Fforde, we know that it will in due course end happily (and that Emily's midwifery skills will be put to good use at some stage in the book). At 35, Emily is a little older than some of the heroines of earlier novels and the issue of single parents remarrying is addressed. I wondered if the demographic of Katie's readers is getting older too!

Katie's books give much enjoyment (though I enjoy some more than others). Summer at Sea gave me a good deal of pleasure.

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- Anne


What did you like best about A Summer at Sea? What did you like least?

It held a lot of promise, but it's boring, nothing ever happens, and the constant 'go get yourself a man and start breeding' is incredibly irritating. In 2016 surely it can be recognised that a single woman can indeed have a rich and fulfilling life.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The boat and the islands were interesting, along with the politics and conflicts surrounding the practice of midwifery. Hard to say which was least interesting as there wasn't much that grabbed me at all.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jilly Bond’s performances?

Yes, I've always liked her. In this instance, she was great with all her accents and characters - with the exception of Maisie, which was so piercing I couldn't listen to it.

Do you think A Summer at Sea needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

God no. Not people you want to meet again.

Any additional comments?

I love Katie Fforde's books and usually fly through them, but this one is a total disappointment. I could not stick with it to the end, despite trying, as I couldn't engage with any aspect of it. This makes me sad as I was so looking forward to it.

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- Rosemary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-02-2016
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks