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Summer With My Sister

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  1,374 Ratings  ·  120 Reviews
New beginnings and an old flame. Summer just got hotter...

Polly has always been the high-flier of the family, with the glamorous city lifestyle to match.

Clare is a single mum with two children, struggling to make ends meet in a ramshackle cottage. The two sisters are poles apart and barely on speaking terms.

But then Polly’s fortunes change unexpectedly and her world comes
Paperback, 456 pages
Published June 7th 2012 by Pan Macmillan (first published 2012)
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Jul 24, 2016 Merrily2 rated it liked it
Shelves: abandoned
Not sure if I had read this before, or maybe because I have read too many similar summery reads in a row but after a good start I abandoned most of it and just read the end..not like me at all but I kept getting confused for some reason. Not my favourite Lucy Diamond story.
Rea Cobb
Jun 23, 2012 Rea Cobb rated it really liked it
I loved The Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond last year and so it didn't take much persuading for me to buy her recent release Summer with my Sister.

It is quite clear from early on in this book that the two main characters Polly and Clare are two polls apart and they clearly do not get on and yet they are sisters! Polly has been living away from the family village and her parents are very prod at what she has achieved in her high powered job. Soon Polly's world is turned upside down when she is unexpec
Jun 06, 2012 Aileen rated it it was amazing
Polly Johnson lives in London she has a good job she is a workaholic with an excellent salary, however all that changes and Polly has to move back home to Elderchurch in her mother and Fathers spare room. She hasn’t told her parents and sister the real reason for her return but why?
Polly’s sister Clare is the opposite of her sister she is a single mum she works part time at the local surgery she struggles with money and has no maintenance from her ex Steve.
The two sisters are not close and don’t
Hannah Ward
Aug 14, 2015 Hannah Ward rated it it was amazing

You can't go wrong with a book that has been written by Lucy Diamond, her books are just utterly fantastic. The cover looks so inviting and gorgeous it just made me want to dive straight in. I really liked the plot for this story as always you feel like you can warm to the characters as they all have real life problems. I loved Polly and Clare's mum and dad they reminded me of mine which was nice. I loved the idea of Clare setting up her own business I felt really nervous for her but she came up
Ximena Iglesias
This was a light breezy ready perfect for when on holidays. Polly and Clare are sisters with very different lives who haven't spoken for years. Polly has a fast paced life working in finance in the city while Clare is a single mum living in the country struggling to make ends meet. After being made redundant unexpectedly, Polly has to move back to the village where she grew up while she takes stock of her life and what she wants to do next. Both sisters have to face a buried family secret and in ...more
Feb 18, 2017 Sue rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, read-2017
Two very different sisters find themselves in close quarters for a few months in the summer. Clare, a single mother, is a generous and warm-hearted person, but the high-flying Polly pushes the boundaries too far. She is selfish, unobservant, and arrogant, and I really didn’t like her at all.

It’s a character-based story, and I enjoyed it. The people got under my skin, and I liked the way that it's not just Polly who has to make some changes; Clare, too, learns a lot about herself and has to make
Nicola Clough
Jul 27, 2015 Nicola Clough rated it it was amazing
A really enjoyable summer read I found I just wanted to keep reading more to find out what was going to happen next. Excellent characters and well written Lucy Diamond never lets you down. Polly is a career girl and has reached the top and works really hard her sister is a single mum and is trying to juggle working at a Drs as a receptionist. Polly looses her job and decides to come home to live with her parents but she tells them and her sister that she is working on some work at home and needs ...more
Jun 19, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing
I loved the pretty summery cover on this book and the book did not disappoint. A light easy read perfect for a summer holiday. Having a sister of my own made the book appeal too. About two very different sisters, one a family orientated girl and one a business woman thrown together one summer. Five stars from me.
Jul 07, 2012 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
The best of chick lit - just love Lucy Diamond, and hope I'll get round to reviewing this properly at some point. If you're going on holiday soon, don't leave this one at home or it'll spoil your holiday...
Kayla Oliver
Jun 10, 2012 Kayla Oliver rated it it was amazing

This is our book club book! Really enjoyed it, found it a quick and easy read couldn't put it down and literally read it in 2 days!
Jun 30, 2012 Saskia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ik heb lang over dit boek gedaan maar dit heeft absoluut niet aan het boek gelegen. Dit is gewoon een heerlijk luchtige chicklit! Zulke boeken gaan mij nooit vervelen.
Sheila Carr
Mar 30, 2016 Sheila Carr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone needing a light easy enjoyable read
An easy read written in Lucy Diamond's engaging style. Her books are light and pleasant, just what is needed at the end of the day.
Jan 14, 2017 Melissa rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book in the bookshop. It filled 2 categories in the reading challenge - a season in the title & a family member in the title.

Polly Johnson is a high flyer in finance in London. Her life comes crashing down when she's made redundant and she moves back to her home town to stay with her sister, Clare, a single mum with two children. Over the course of a summer, Polly tries to work out what to do with her life, while Clare juggles kids, work, an
Dec 12, 2016 Cora rated it it was amazing
Perfect holiday read
Stephen Walton
Mar 19, 2017 Stephen Walton rated it it was amazing
A really interesting and entertaining story where the author has you cursing the attitude of one of the main characters then bringing it all round . The other characters slot in nicely and all in all you get an enjoyable two day read or listen
Oct 17, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
Another great read by this author!!
Abby Nancarrow grimshaw
Mar 08, 2017 Abby Nancarrow grimshaw rated it it was amazing
It was a great read! I cannot wait to read more of her books!
Ingrid Fasquelle
Jun 18, 2013 Ingrid Fasquelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Que vous soyez à la recherche d'une lecture estivale, rafraîchissante et divertissante, ou que vous cherchiez tout simplement à vous réconcilier avec la lecture, le roman de Lucy Diamond est à coup sûr le titre qu'il vous faut ! Amour et amitié, tels sont les thèmes principaux de cette histoire toute simple et pleine de vie, qui se lit en quelques heures et séduira tous les types de lecteurs !

Polly est des deux la sœur qui a toujours le mieux réussi dans la vie. Véritable bourreau de travail dou
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Sep 18, 2015 Best Crime Books & More rated it it was amazing
I am ashamed to say that I only picked up my first Lucy Diamond book last month. I was so glad that I did because I loved that book and made sure that I had her new one ready to read. Sue Mongredien (the author's real name) has produced another fantastic book with this latest release. Polly has always been the sister that `made it'. With her high flying career she is lucky if she can even make time for her family, let alone friends and a social life. So when she loses her job and her home she is ...more
Jan 10, 2015 Stacie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG, how have I not picked up a book by Lucy Diamond before?! I bloomin’ loved this book and was gutted when the story came to an end.

The story centres around two sisters, who live very different lives. I loved both of them, for very different reasons. Polly was a little frustrating at first – snobbish, workaholic, self-centred and inconsiderate – I think this was the whole point, she really grows as a person throughout the novel. I really liked the way she changed and developed, being true to h
Jun 11, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing
Polly has always been the glamorous sister with the high flying job in the City and an expensive lifestyle to match whilst Claire is a single mum, struggling to make ends meet as she brings up her two children in a ramshackle cottage just around the corner from her parents who are her main support. The two sisters couldn’t be more different, they barely speak to each other any more and these days only get together around Christmas time each year.

Suddenly, Polly’s fortunes change and she finds
Jun 12, 2014 Fiona rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
Lucy Diamond never fails ! Clare, a single mum with a pain in the rear ex husband is struggling to make ends meet. She buys second hand presents for the kids and part time makes home made toiletries to give as presents to friends and family. Polly ,her sister is a high flyer living in London. Her job and socialising takes up all her time and there is no such thing to her as taking a step back and looking at other things in life. Then things change, Polly is made redundant and has nowhere to go, ...more
Chris Bakos
Oct 05, 2014 Chris Bakos rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys chick lit
Summer with My Sister by Lucy Diamond.
It is only this year that I added author Lucy Diamond to my reading list and so far her books have been a pleasure to experience. I still have a few books to read from this insightful author.
I have found her books to be filled with down to earth, believable and mostly likeable characters, without being too sugary sweet. Summer with My Sister was no exception. In fact one of the sisters was rather a self centred pain in the arse for at least half of the book
Jul 19, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Summer with my Sister is the first of Lucy’s Diamond’s books that I have read. I wanted a quick, easy read and it didn’t disappoint.

The story focuses on Polly, an unlikeable character who finds herself at the top of her game working in ‘The City’ making unspeakable amounts of money. Inevitably she loses her job, and with it her swanky London flat, designer clothes and entire lifestyle. Humiliatingly (or so she thinks) she has to move back to the sleep village of Elderchurch to stay with her pare
Apr 18, 2012 Georgina rated it liked it
Last year I read The Beach Café by Lucy Diamond and really enjoyed it, so I was excited to see whether I would enjoy her latest novel Summer With My Sister.

Summer With My Sister is the perfect beach read, light, quick and entertaining. I liked that there were very few characters to keep track of which meant that I got fully involved in each character. In the beginning I completely disliked Polly but as the story unfolds I began to warm to her more and more.

The only thing I disliked about this
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May 04, 2012 Danielle rated it it was amazing
I love Lucy Diamond books, and looking forward to be reading more books from this author.

The storyline wasn't too challenging and made for a great light hearted read, there were only a handful of characters which I love as there was no problem trying to remember who was who. I loved the build up the author created around the situation involving the girls brothers death this is what kept me turning the pages eager to find out what had happened.

This story is full of heartache, romance and family
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is a perfect summer holiday read: a sweet story of family values leaving you with a satisfied smile on your face. The storyline might seem a bit simple and sometimes predictable but there are a few heart wrenching hidden secrets to keep you interested. I really enjoyed the way your opinion of Polly changes as the story progresses and I found myself really routing for her and a happy ending despite her being such a cow in the beginning!

I would have liked to have know a bit more about th
Oct 06, 2012 Clo rated it it was amazing
Really loved this book, Ihave had it sat on the shelves for months now and just never got round to reading it, ran out of books last week so had to read this one and was really happy with it, stuck with me for a while afterwards.
Two sisters totally different, one very rich and good job, other sister skint, with 2 kids and divorced - they couldn't be more different until the rich one loses her job and has to return home back to her parents and sister, at first she hates it but then she seems to d
Dec 22, 2012 Eeedawg rated it did not like it
I am a huge chick-lit fan. In most chick-lit stories, you know who is going to end up with whom, and I always look for the original twists or humourous moments to enjoy the book. Summer with My Sister was lacking in these qualities. I found this book to be an extremely predictable plot with no laugh out loud moments or any special twist to make Lucy Diamond's tale an original one. The plot dragged on for almost 200 pages before it even started to get going. I probably would've enjoyed it a lot m ...more
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First of all, a confession. My name isn’t really Lucy Diamond at all, it’s Sue Mongredien. I’ve used a pen name because ‘Diamond’ is a lot easier to spell and pronounce than ‘Mongredien’ and also because I’ve written lots of children’s books too and wanted to keep the genres separate. (There is actually another Lucy Diamond on Amazon who writes religious children’s books. That isn’t me, though.)

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