Review of 'The Colour Of Summer' - Victoria Connelly
How long can you hide your past from the one you love? When Abigail and Edward became co-owners of historic Winfield Hall in the beautiful Sussex countryside, they had little idea what the future held. But, as the days of summer lengthen, their feelings towards one another grow and love begins to blossom. Harry and Aura have been a couple for a year now and, with the summer solstice approaching, Harry hatches a very special plan. He just hopes that the sun, moon and the stars are all in alignment. But not everything is going to plan. Life has a way of catching up with you and it isn’t long before Abi discovers that Edward’s been lying about his past, and the family secrets he’s been hiding now threaten their future happiness. Can Edward make amends for his mistakes and will Abi ever be able to forgive and trust him again? Heartwarming and uplifting, The Colour of Summer is the final book in The House in the Clouds trilogy by bestselling author Victoria Connelly.
The Colour Of Summer is the third instalment in Victoria Connelly's series about Winfield Hall and its occupants. Those of you who are regular readers of this blog may remember that with book 2, although I'd thoroughly enjoyed it, I wanted more of Edward and Abi's story. Well here it is!
In the author's notes, Connelly writes about how she was receiving feedback for books one and two while she was writing book three, and how helpful this was in terms of making sure she was giving readers what they wanted. I can imagine this must have been invaluable but also potentially quite limiting creatively speaking, if there were places where the desires of the readers didn't match with her own creative vision and this would be interesting to explore further, particularly as some of the events are quite pivotal in terms of both plot and character development.
I think one of the things I liked about this series is that it keeps the reader on their toes and doesn't stray too far from the realities of life. Whenever things look like they're going to go into idealised world territory, something happens which grounds the characters firmly back in the real world and prevents both them and their world being too perfect to be believable.
I know The Colour of Summer is intended as the last book in this series, but if Victoria Connelly ever changes her mind, there is definitely room for expansion, as the characters have grand plans for the future and it would be interesting to see how those turn out. I would also be interested in a spin-off book about Samantha, one of the new characters introduced in this book. The change in her attitude and behaviour between interview and taking up her tenancy is so marked that whilst it's perfectly possible that she was putting on a front for the interview (as people often do), I can't help wondering if perhaps there is more to her story than at first appears and it would be interesting to explore this further.
As I turned my Kindle off at the end of the book, it was with a little sadness to be leaving Winfield and its occupants behind, but I did so safe in the knowledge that whatever their future holds, they will face it united.
Victoria Connelly lives in a 500-year old thatched cottage in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the million-selling author of two bestselling series, The Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in Germany. Victoria loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden either with a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.
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