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Friday, June 5, 2015

Aunt Dimity and the Summer King by Nancy Atherton



Release Date - April 2015

Nancy Atherton
Viking

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

It's been a while, but I have read a couple books from the Aunt Dimity series in the past and really enjoyed them. My aunt, however, was a huge fan and read the series over and over. I've always liked the thought of having much of the series revolve around the magical conversations between Lori and Aunt Dimity. I also know and love the appeal of life in a small British town, after all, my mom and her sisters all came from a tourist town on the North Sea coastline.

There's something weird going on in Finch. Cottages that are up for sale are sitting empty for far too long. Lori Shepherd cannot understand why, and with some gentle prodding from Aunt Dimity, she's going to look into it. After meeting a charming recluse who calls himself the Summer King, Lori is enamored. It isn't long, however, before she begins to suspect that this charming, friendly recluse, along with the help of a local realtor, may be part of the reason the area homes are just not selling.

In the latest, Aunt Dimity and the Summer King, Lori's definitely changed. Her newborn daughter has definitely changed her. At first, I liked the change, but soon I was sick of it. All of the... my perfect husband loves changing his perfect daughter's diapers. My daughter is perfect. My twin sons are perfect. My husband is perfect. My life is perfect. Did I mention how perfect my daughter is? I'm all for boasting about your kids. I know I certainly have. However, having it mentioned on almost every page got tiring.

There was another thing that started to bug me. Lori's father-in-law is preparing for his marriage in this book. They're all awaiting, stressfully might I add, the arrival of his sisters. I get how annoying they are to the family, but if they're really that bad and causing so much stress, why invite them at all? I wanted to love this latest book, but the truth is that all of the baby scenes and moaning about the aunts grew tiresome.

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