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The Summer Guest by Emma Hannigan

The Summer Guest

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August 2014 Book of the Month.

Life, loves, laughs and a few bumps amid a group of folk in an Irish seaside town. Kathleen has returned to visit her childhood home now lived in by Lexi and Sam. The three hit it off and Kathleen is invited to spend the summer with them. They discover she is recently bereaved so everyone helps everyone else. This is one big, warm glowing tale of homely kind people one feels Ireland should be full of. It’s an easy read with the main bump being a wonderful kid full of teenage angst. All in all just settle down and enjoy a truly comfortable read, excellent holiday material.

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If you like Emma Hannigan you might also like to read books by Cathy Kelly, Maeve Binchy and Patricia Scanlan.

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Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Alison Bisping - 'The characters and the situations are all so believeable and although predictable at times, it is not the case the whole way through!' Read full review >
  • Claire Simms - 'A lovely light read about making a new friend when you’re least expecting too.' Read full review >
  • Sharon Goodwin - 'Emma Hannigan shows us that facing fears and the sadness that may bring can also be uplifting and empowering. An inspiring read.' Read full review >
  • Lucy Hall - 'The Summer Guest takes you on a wonderful journey with Lexi, Kathleen and Amelie who are all at different crossroads in their lives.' Read full review >
  • Julie Wragg - 'A warm and gentle read about friendships, new and old, that touch our lives.' Read full review >
  • Nikki Clark - 'A delightful Summer read, full of Irish charm and warmth.' Read full review >
  • Cleo Bannister - 'I defy anyone who reads this book not to warm to the characters within the pages.' Read full review >
  • Mollie Mayson-Simpson - 'I recommend this novel highly both as a personal read, and also as suitable for a book-group, as there is plenty of opportunity for discussion about the challenges faced by characters, and how these were managed.' Read full review >
  • Rachel Hall - 'This is a real escapist read...suspend reality and let yourself be taken to another place!' Read full review >
  • Christine Waddington - 'This book is a perfect holiday read and a real page-turner...Make sure you pack this book in your case along with the sun-cream – it’s a feel-good and uplifiting read.' Read full review >
  • Lyn Barrett - 'I found this to be a very enjoyable and thought-provoking read, hard to put down and certainly to be recommended.' Read full review >
  • Cheryl Kinney - 'Emotional, gripping book...I really enjoyed this book and was sad to leave the characters behind.' Read full review >
  • Lynda DeFreitas - 'Emma Hannigan takes on the mantle left by Maeve Binchy...I enjoyed this book and would happily read more by the same author.' Read full review >
  • Janet Gilliard - 'I really enjoyed this novel and would highly recommend it. It is a lovely light Summer read , ideal to take on holiday.' Read full review >
  • Joanne Nuttie - 'This book was read over two days and at times I couldn't put it down! It was light and refreshing and made me smile and feel uplifted.' Read full review >
  • Tracey Copeland - 'I read this over a few nights, an easy read with lovely, believable characters...I would happily read more by this author.' Read full review >
  • Maz Tucker - 'I was really looking forward to this book as I enjoyed Driving Home for Christmas so much. I was not disappointed; this is Emma at her best.' Read full review >
  • Emily Wright - 'a heartwarming tale of friendship and motherhood. Emma Hannigan combines poignancy with gentle humour; she deals with the sadness and difficulties inherent in life using an insightful light touch and a warm heart.' Read full review >
  • Claire Nethercoat - 'This is a very emotive book and at times leaves you with a lump at the back of your throat, this only endears you to the characters and story more.' Read full review >
  • Joan Sidwell  - 'With less grit and realism than other comparable writers, Maeve Binchy in particular, this is nevertheless an extremely pleasant and enjoyable book.' Read full review >
  • Ruth Paterson  - 'is an addictive read.   This novel is very uplifting. Reading it brought both tears of joy and laughter.' Read full review >
  • Rebecca Jayne - 'perfect for adult fiction lovers this summer. It’s the perfect book to read on the beach or on holiday. A must read.'  Read full review >
  • Sophie Hedley - ‘The Summer Guest is a gorgeous, heart-warming read which brings easy to relate to characters and teaches us the beautiful value of friendship. Emma Hannigan’s writing is a joy to read.' Read full review >
  • Catherine Dugmore - 'A beautifully written Irish saga. Wonderful, likeable characters.  Unexpected friendships, secrets, happiness and sadness. Experience a roller coaster of emotions with this read.' Read full review >

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The Summer Guest by Emma Hannigan

Lexi and her husband Sam have put their heart and soul into renovating No. 3 Cashel Square. Lexi's mother thinks it's high time they had a baby, but Lexi's thriving art gallery keeps her more than busy. Plus her headstrong niece Amelie seems to have practically moved in. And then, just as summer arrives, a mysterious stranger knocks on the door. Kathleen Williams has come from America, longing to see the house in Cashel Square where she was born, over sixty years ago. Kathleen's visit is tinged with sadness but she finds comfort and laughter with Lexie and Amelie. Soon the three women are sharing their hearts, tears and secrets, little knowing their unexpected friendship will touch them all in more ways than they can imagine...


A glorious read ... A wonderfully uplifting novel about women's friendship by a writer who understands exactly how women think
Cathy Kelly

About the Author

Emma Hannigan

Emma Hannigan is the author of ten bestselling novels including The Secrets We Share, Driving Home for Christmas and the bestselling memoir Talk to the Headscarf which charted her journey through cancer. Emma lives in Co. Wicklow , Ireland, with her husband, two children and a dog.

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31st July 2014


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