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Sunny Days and Sea Breezes

by Carole Matthews

Books of the Month Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Feel-Good Fiction Relationship Stories Sagas and Romance Star Books

LoveReading View on Sunny Days and Sea Breezes

A wonderfully warm, bright book to escape into, to give yourself up to and just enjoy. Jodie Jackson leaves everything she knows for a houseboat in the Isle of Wight, she soon finds herself falling for the island and its inhabitants, but London is calling and won’t take no for an answer. I always look forward to reading the latest book by Carole Matthews, they wrap me up and give me a massive loving squeeze. Having said that, this isn’t syrupy sweet, oh no, some real life dilemmas and mistakes sneak in to ensure a feeling of connection, that this could be you, or someone you know. I loved Jodie’s voice and how she talks to the reader, it not only created a bond, I ended up feeling as though I had made a brand new friend. Pure, wonderful escapism, Sunny Days and Sea Breezes really is the most lovely relationship tale and I can thoroughly recommend picking up a copy and just allowing yourself to sink into the pages. We simply adored this book in the office and so it has been chosen as a LoveReading Star Book as well as a Book of the Month. 

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Sunny Days and Sea Breezes Synopsis

Jodie Jackson is all at sea, in every sense.

On a ferry bound for the Isle of Wight, she's leaving her London life, her career, and her husband behind. She'd like a chance to turn back the clocks, but she'll settle for some peace and quiet on her brother Bill's beautifully renovated houseboat, Sunny Days.

But from the moment Jodie steps aboard her new home, it's clear she'll struggle to keep herself to herself. If it isn't Marilyn, who cleans for Bill and is under strict instructions to look after Jodie, then it's Ned, the noisy sculptor on the next-door houseboat. Ned's wood carving is hard on the ears, but it's made up for by the fact that he's rather easy on the eyes.

Bustled out of the boat by Marilyn and encouraged to explore with Ned, Jodie soon delights in her newfound freedom. But out of mind isn't out of sight, and when her old life comes knocking Jodie is forced to face reality. Will she answer the call or choose a life filled with Sunny Days and Sea Breezes?

Sunny Days and Sea Breezes 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. You can click here to read the full reviews.

A beautiful seaside escape filled with laughter, tears and romance. The perfect setting for romance to blossom, even when all Jodie wants is peace and quiet on her brother’s houseboat. Full review

Alice Robinson

Another beautiful story from Carole Matthews Full review

Charlotte Walker

A brilliant story for today's times with plausible characters and a great setting. Full review

maxine broadbent

Sunny Days and Sea Breezes by Carole Matthews is a lovely easy read. There are ups and downs, love interests, revenge and many other emotional happenings all based on the Isle of Wight, with quirky characters and a good heartfelt story. Full review

Glenda WORTH

Sunny Days is pure romantic escapism with a group of wonderful characters the reader cannot help fall in love with and want to visit the Isle of Wight. Full review

Katie Hoare

A beautifully written story with fantastic characters, highly recommended. Full review

Nicola Coen

What an amazing book! Full review


Great characters, beautiful scenery and warm, happy escapism. Whilst questioning her old life, Jodie finds freedom and hope on the Isle of Wight only to find herself in a dilemma when her old life catches up with her. Full review

Nikki Telling

Captivating, heartfelt, and funny story that offers a welcome escape. Full review

Maya ehrmann

Sunny Days and Sea Breezes Press Reviews

Another lovely tale from bestselling writer Carole Matthews - Hello!

Delightful and humorous... as joyful as its cover - Woman's Weekly

Full of quirky characters and often laugh-out loud funny, it's a delightful read. - Choice

As ever from this author, a lively story that fizzes with fun - Best

Heartwarming story of new beginnings. - Candis

Witty, funny and incredibly touching . . . perfect for lifting the spirits - Heat

Happiness For Beginners once again confirms Carole Matthews as the queen of funny, feel good fiction. Put your feet up, and switch off your phone because you're in for a real treat. -- Mike Gayle I laughed and cried and marvelled - Cathy Bramley on Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses

Warm, witty and hopeful - I was charmed -- Sarah Morgan An irresistibly warmhearted story with a cast of captivating characters, both animal and human -- Trisha Ashley Fun, fantastic and brimming with Matthews magic... from the first to the last page - an absolute joy -- Milly Johnson If you love romance, quirky humour and animals you can't do better than to sink into Happiness for Beginners. -- Katie Fforde Sparkling . . . light-hearted, laugh-packed fun - Sunday Mirror

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780751572162
Publication date: 27/05/2021
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780751572131
Publication date: 25/06/2020
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780751572131
Publication date: 25th June 2020
Author: Carole Matthews
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Feel-Good Fiction, Relationship Stories, Sagas and Romance, Star Books,
Collections: 80+ Books That Deliver a Hug , Our Favourite Books of 2020,
Categories: Adult & contemporary romance,

About Carole Matthews

Carole Matthews is the Sunday Times bestselling author of thirty-two novels, including the Top Ten bestsellers Let's Meet on Platform 8, A Whiff of Scandal, For Better, For Worse, A Minor Indiscretion, With or Without You, The Cake Shop in the Garden, Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses, A Cottage by the Sea, The Chocolate Lovers' Club, The Chocolate Lovers' Christmas, The Chocolate Lovers' Wedding, Million Love Songs, Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights and Happiness for Beginners. Carole has also been awarded the RNA Outstanding Achievement Award. Her novels dazzle and delight readers all over the world. Click here to read ...

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