Review: “The Summer We Danced”

The Summer We Danced - Fiona Harper

The Summer We Danced
Fiona Harper

Rating: 3.5/5

The Summer We Danced is bursting with rom com vibes.

After being publicly dumped by her rock star husband, Pippa retreats to the small town she grew up in to make a fresh start. Of course it’s not going to be that easy.  There’s a man, there are many feelings, and there’s a dance studio in trouble!

I read a wide variety of genres—if I had to choose I’d say sci-fi was my favourite— but even I need a break from spaceships and interplanetary travel.  And when I do, I always go for super-cute feel-good stories.

Fiona Harper didn’t let me down!  The small English town was the perfect setting for this adorable story and Pippa was great leading lady. And the classic movie references scattered throughout the pages was just icing on the cake.

As for the plot, it was totally predictable and I’m happy for that.  I wanted a happy ending, I didn’t want 403842 plot twists and secrets.  That’s not how real life works.

One of my pet peeves in novels is children—I generally don’t like small children as characters at all.  However, Lucy was pretty cute and I didn’t find myself inwardly groaning every time she appeared on the page.  So I’d call that a characterization success!

Unfortunately, it was a bit slow to start off. I found myself not too invested in the first 50 pages or so and got distracted rather easily. Not much happened plot wise during those pages so once I passed the point and the plot showed up, I did read the rest of the novel quickly.

Thank you so much to Harlequin Mira for sending me a copy!

Pick up your copy for a cozy weekend read at Book Depository.

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