Thursday, 19 June 2014

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: The Spell of Summer - Dianna Hardy

The Spell of Summer Blog Tour
Stop 4: The Damaged Woman
I always feel like I’m stirring thick cookie dough when I write a damaged woman, and I keep stirring and stirring, and the dough HAS to be perfect, and my arm is really starting to hurt now, but I have to get it right, so I keep going… And that’s the story of the woman, really, isn’t it? We Just. Keep. Going.

Certainly if you’re a parent, you’ll know this, because there is no other choice. You don’t stop if you’re ill – you’re kids still need you. (Sorry to use motherhood as an example – it’s just the most obvious one I can think of.)

When I read books, I actually don’t like to, and often don’t “become” the characters. Not by intention, but that’s just naturally the way I’ve always read (although I did fancy myself as Jo from Little Women, when I was six J). I remember I would pick up a book when I was a kid (one of the Famous Five ones, or Sweet Valley High – any book – and I couldn’t wait to get lost in the story and plot (even the highly ridiculous ones in Sweet Valley). I rarely wanted to be any character, but enjoyed watching them be who they were on the page in front of me.

That’s harder to do when you read a damaged woman / heroine, because we are all her, aren’t we? We are all that woman. We’ve all fallen apart, or we’re falling apart right now, and still going, because we know that “this, too, shall pass”. That is the mantra of the female.

Merri, in The Spell of Summer, has a mantra of her own: nothing’s permanent. She’s waiting for life to pass her by. Little does she know, that Life has other ideas.

 Reviewed by Bex
The Spell of Summer is a captivating story following the highly likeable Meredith. Navigating through a momentous and significant time in her life, Meredith takes us on a journey where we feel the pull of first love and the beauty of the magic that goes with it.

Dianna Hardy has created a beautiful, gripping story. As always, her writing is delightfully crafted and visual. She successfully enables the reader to feel compelled to keep turning the pages, and feel a connection with her main characters.

Admittedly, I cried a little during this amazing read. Likewise, I laughed and cheered. The Spell of Summer is a 'don't think just buy' read. 

Meredith is leading a straight-laced life in London with her straight-laced fiancé, determined to forget her reckless, wild-child past. They're about to get married.

Jamie is an old, poetic soul with a broken heart returning home to Cornwall to get his life back in order.

What binds them?

One chance meeting thirteen summers ago; one innocent spell spoken after one perfect night...

And now history is unravelling; the past and present, merging...

Words can change everything, but can they change your destiny?

And in the messy world of magic, what part does love play?

It's summer all over again, but the spell has only just begun.

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Full links can also be found on Dianna’s website: 

 Dianna Hardy is the international bestselling author of The Witching Pen series, and the Eye Of The Storm series. She writes paranormal / urban fantasy and contemporary fiction that's twisted in plot, big on the romance, high on the erotic, with a dusting of humour. She currently lives in Surrey (United Kingdom) with her partner and their daughter, where she writes full-time.

Official site:
Defined as Practical Magic meets a Nicholas Sparks novel, written
'Dianna Hardy-style' - do not miss this summer's must-read story!

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