Sunday, 30 June 2013

In the Summer Time- Judy Astley

I have previously read and enjoyed some of Judy Astley earlier books, but must admit I haven't read one for the last few years. 

Her latest offering In the Summer Time is set in beautiful Cornwall, where Miranda and her family have gone to scatter her step-father's ashes.  In order to fulfil his final wish the family have to confront memories from their last trip there twenty years previously.  Miranda is both dismayed and comforted to find that her teen sweetheart Steve is still a local whereas her mother Clare is trying to come to terms with the loss of her soul mate.  Z-list celebrity Harriet is escaping the press following the end of her relationship to a top-flight footballer, whilst teenagers Silva and Bo are adjusting to adolescence, not feeling like they are either children or adults.  In the Summer Time cleverly shows how different age groups often share the same emotions, providing a deliciously entertaining and touching read.  Miranda in particular is a warm and likeable character holding her family together, someone that women will relate to.

With a gorgeous cover, In the Summer Time will draw in the holiday book buyers, and I am sure that if they are looking for an enjoyable, humorous tale of family life, friendship and romance they will agree that Judy Astley has come up trumps again.

In the Summer Time is released on 4th July 2013, published by Bantam Press.


With thanks to Bantam Press for providing me with a review copy of this book. 

You can find out more about Judy at her website here.


  1. I've a feeling I've read an interview with Judy Astley in which she said these were the characters from her first book, revisited. Does that sound right?

    I'm looking forward to reading this one, as I've read all her earlier books, some more than once (the only advantage of a bad memory is re-reading books and not quite remembering how it all turns out or who 'dunnit'!)


  2. That's right. I haven't read the first book with these characters in though, so it can still be enjoyed independently.

  3. Oh yes that is a gorgeous cover. Very summery.