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Summer With My Sister

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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...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published June 7th 2012 by Pan Macmillan (first published 2012)
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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
Rea Sinfield
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...more
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...more
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
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.
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

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!
Megan Jones
Polly, a high flyer, lives in London and has it all until she is made redundant and has to return home. There many truths have to be faced and relationships mended on a life changing journey. To begin with Polly was really annoying and uncomfortable to read but she turns softer and becomes a joy to read and discover. The other characters are well written and a joy to discover their stories. There are many side plots that add to the enjoyment of this. Overall this is a perfect summer beach read a...more
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...more
Ingrid Fasquelle
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Another escapist read. Wanted it to go on and not finish how it did. Like last Lucy Diamond book maybe more to come in future books about these characters. Good holiday read.
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...more
Easy, light read, enjoyed the messages in it about the importance of family & friends.
Basic storyline was good, but took forever to get to 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
Jennifer Whiteford
Really fun, well paced, hard to put down.
first book by this author wont be last. loved it all clare and pollys relationship was amazing great funny easy chic lit awesome
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Jul 15, 2012 Gisele rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012

Having read a couple of the author's previous books, I knew what to expect. Oh those levels it didn't disappoint -- light hearted storyline, challenging-relationship, old flames and an easy read. A great holiday read -- in fact read it by the pool in 2 afternoons!

But... Not challenging at all, way to see where the story was going and quite "slow" to start.

If you're looking for literary fiction, then this is not for you. But for a fun holiday read, it fits the bill.
Oct 12, 2012 Kim rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
I'm so glad that I picked this book up- I really felt like a nice comforting read. I loved this one from the start. Polly wasn't a likeable character to start with- but she was really interesting! She's a high flyer who gets made redundant and loses her high risk investments and her London Pad. She's forced to move back in with her family over the summer. She resists family life for a while- but is gradually drawn into their lives.
Rebecca Cooper
A rating of 4 is perhaps a bit over generous but it was a good read even if a bit predictable.
lovely, nice read, with sweet ending
Enjoyable book a light read

Well it was an ok read but I have to say I didn't like the main character polly who was too stuck up with no thought on how she treated anyone around her... I guess that didn't help me having this dislike towards her!

I have liked Lucy dillons books and this one I felt was a bit of a let down after being keen to read it!
This was a nice easy read with a good if rather predictable ending. However this did not stop my enjoyment of the book. Sometimes I find that I just need this kind of relaxing bedtime read and this fitted the bill completely. I have read just one Lucy Diamond book before but I know that I will read more.
Picked this book up in a chemist/drug store whilst traveling in Botswana, Africa. It cost me less than AUD$0.01 would you believe?! First Lucy Diamond read and now i am into my third and hooked. :-D
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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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