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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Struggling

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

You would think it was written in the early 80's.

I never normally write reviews but this was probably the worse book I have ever listened to.
* Emily acts like she is in her 70's not 35!
*No real story - could have ended in two chapters.
*Really irritating accents.
*Story jumps around.
*Details of irrelevant things.
*Felt like writer was struggling to fill the book.
*Hardly any mention of the modern world - when there's a 'crisis' at home Emily needs to fly back - when it could have been sorted with a phone call.

Don't waste your time .
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

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