‘One Summer Sunrise’ by Shari Low is an uplifting story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. One thing I must say is I have never read any of Shari’s work before but have heard so much about it. When this came up for tour I amazed myself by being interested after I read the synopsis. So here I am with my thoughts on the book.
The story takes place over one day and we follow the lives of four different people who are all brought together by a fundraising concert for a theatre group. Some of the characters don’t seem to be connected but as the story unfolds the links become apparent. The first character we are introduced to is Maisie. She is 25 and is an actress/singer from Glasgow. Maisie was jilted at the alter two months before the beginning of the story by her fiancé Nathan. Her two friends are about to have a baby, so Maisie stand in for them as a caterer for an event that is hosted by Maisy’s friend, Carny. Then we have Scott Bassett, a 38-year-old who is feeling his life is not what he wants. He is in the process of trying to work out how to leave his wife and his job as well. He and his best friend Carson are both attending the event that his daughter, Carny, is hosting.
The third character Kelly Bassett is the 38-year-old mum of Carny and wife to Scott. They have been together since they were 16 when she was pregnant with Carny. Kelly has a secret she is keeping.
The final character in the story we meet is Harriet Bassett. She is a lonely 80-year-old woman who is recovering from a hip injury. After losing both her husband and her son and having no one else she is struggling with her day to day life.
I got so wrapped up in these peoples lives that I finished this in one day. The characters are all so lifelike and real. Their problems and issues so relatable along with the romance and the dilemmas that come with the romance too. A story that has quite a lot going on and there are so many emotions running throughout, even grief and guilt just like in life. No one is immune and these characters all play their part in this lovely summer read.
A fabulously woven tale of family, friendships and the emotions they experience over the day. A book I am so happy I chose to read.
Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources and Boldwood Books for the copy of this book.