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When Rosa Hammond splits up from her partner Marcus after his gambling problem becomes too much to handle, she decides to take up her mum Dora’s offer of a summer in Malta. Not one to sit back and watch her daughter be unhappy, Dora introduces Rosa to Zach, in the hope that sparks will fly under the summer sun. But Rosa’s determined not to be swayed by a handsome man – she ...more
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Published April 30th 2020 by Avon
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Kylie D
An engaging novel in which newly single Rosa follows her mum to Malta to be her assistant while her mum writes the latest in her cookbook series. Her mum is trying to push her towards their handsome neighbour Zach, but neither Rosa or Zach is ready for a relationship. Or are they?

Summer On A Sunny Island is a delightful read, full of engaging characters and with a wonderful setting. I found it to be extremely easy to read, in fact I had a hard time putting it down. It was just the mood booster I
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Whispering Stories
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com

Rosa Hammond has recently split from her boyfriend Marcus. She travels to Malta to be with her celebrity chef mum who is writing a cookbook and needs an assistant for photographs and social media.

Whilst she is there her mum tries to fix her up on a date with the gorgeous Zach to help her get over her ex, but Rosa isn’t looking for love just yet, and she isn’t sure Zach would be a good match for her anyway with his lifestyle and his families past.

However,
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Sarah
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Transport yourself over to Malta for a sweet romance, a family in crisis and the beautiful summer sun. Reading this book was like going on holiday – without the inconvenience of travelling, fatigue and all the inevitable washing that needs to be done when you return!

My first read by Moorcroft and I enjoyed this book. I loved the holiday vibe that this story has. The cover is as appealing as the narrative and I felt swept away to Malta. It’s not an island I have ever visited, but Moorcroft’s desc
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Sarah
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely book with realistic characters and it has the perfect setting. I felt as if I was also in Malta as the authors writing describes the setting in such fine detail. I enjoyed the story and it was just what I needed - pure escapism.

Thank you to Avon books UK via NetGalley
Karen
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
With holidays abroad being a hope for the future with the current situation, it was lovely to get away to sunny Malta for a short while. I’ve only ever been to Malta once before, and that was as part of a cruise holiday a few years ago. My memories of that day were of searingly hot weather, wandering through intriguing looking side streets and being bothered by flies when we were trying to eat outside! However on to the story.

Rosa’s mum Dory is a celebrity cook, and is temporarily based in Malta
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Anne
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
There are so many reasons that Sue Moorcroft is one of my favourite authors: I really like that slightly gritty contemporary edge she brings to romance writing, her characters invariably have particular strength and definition, and the locations she chooses are always so thoroughly researched and vividly drawn. The location in this book is particularly stunningly recreated – it might be 40 years since I last visited Malta (we spent our family holidays on Gozo, Malta’s little sister, many times i ...more
Mirna Skuhan
I received an ARC version of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest feedback.

This is my first book from this author so I wasn't quite sure what to expect so either NetGalley spoiled me or summer readings are getting better every year but this isn't a book I would recommend to someone looking for an easy, summer light read.

In advance I want to say that I am not criticising the author but the storyline and the writing ways.

In this book the author tells us a story about Rosa and Zach and
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Tracey
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible
it's a long time since I devoured a book in one sitting, but this book had me from the start. The narrator had a great voice which wasn't overbearing.
The story had all kinds of characters in it and Malta sounds amazing.
Another winning book by Sue Moorcroft.
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Christina
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was like a brilliant ray of sunshine, brightening my day! Both the hero and heroine are extremely likeable and as a reader you’re rooting for them from the word go. The descriptions of Malta make you long to go there – I could feel the heat, smell the brine in the air, imagined myself snorkelling in the clear waters – pure bliss! As we can’t travel at the moment, this was the next best thing and I, for one, was clearly able to picture myself far away on this wonderful, sun-drenched isl ...more
Mark
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: drama
Another winner, this summer book by Sue takes place completely in Malta and she captures a sense of the place - and it’s weather - really well, enough that the island almost becomes another character. The leads, Rosa and Zach, are as complicated, fresh and feisty as we’ve come to expect and although the backstory is a bit more tightly packed than usual (involving Army brats and local gangs and difficult histories for our leads ), it all flows well. The pace doesn’t flag, the characters are alway ...more
Jennyh
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
When it is cold and grey outside, trying to snow and the country is in lock down - here is the perfect antidote.
This is a flowing read with lots of sun, stunning scenery and a satisfying story line.
After breaking up with her boyfriend in England, Rosa takes a summer job with her celebrity cook mum, in Malta. Here she meets Zach and his troubled family.
This is a great escapist read about love, trust and understanding.
Jennifer
It was OK. It wasn't my favorite book by the author, I definitely enjoyed "A Summer to Remember" and "Let It Snow" a lot more. I found it hard to get into the book. The first chapter felt like I was missing something, that the story already started. there wasn't much of an introduction to characters. This book felt different than the previous books I read by the author. I enjoyed reading about Malta, but at times it felt like the description was too much. It sounds like a beautiful place to visi ...more
Gaele
When it’s still chilly and rainy, and the news is more bad than good – this is the book to perk you up and change your outlook, as well as provide plenty of moments to enjoy. Rosa and her partner Marcus have split up, and her mum is spending a few months on Malta as she works on a new cookbook. Offering Rosa a change of scene, somewhere to live and enlisting her help with the new book, there’s plenty to keep Rosa from getting too down from her split. But with little money, no real idea what she’ ...more
Monica Mac
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just the cover ALONE should be enough to make you want to read this book, it is gorgeous! As someone who hasn't left the house other than to go to work and to go grocery shopping for some time, this book was the perfect read.

Rosa goes to Malta with her mother, Dora. Dora has become a bit of celebrity cook and Rosa has just broken up with her long-term boyfriend so it seems like a good time to go to Malta, do lots of cooking and take beautiful pictures for the blog/new cookbook etc. Along the way
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Alison
Rosa flees her ex and her ex best friend and goes to Malta to spend the summer with her mother Dory who is writing a Mediterranean cookery book. Their upstairs neighbour is an Englishman called Zach who has fled the UK with his own demons, his sister Marci and her daughter Paige.

You can run away from your problems and your family, but soon they'll come knocking at your door. Soon Zach is embroiled in the troubles of a young man at the youth centre where he volunteers, Rosa is enchanted by Marci'
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Linda Hill
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Meeting Zach will not be the panacea for all ills for Rosa.

You know, whenever I pick up a Sue Moorcroft book I know I am going to be transported to whatever setting she has chosen, but in Summer on a Sunny Island I think the author has outdone all her previous novels. The sense of place is astounding. All the senses are evocatively stimulated through fabulous descriptions so that the reader can picture, hear, taste, smell and touch everything just as realistically as the characters. It is no exa
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Nikki Moore
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know that with any Sue Moorcroft book I’ll enjoy an escapist read, with a lovely setting, intriguing characters and a well-written plot, and Summer on a Sunny Island didn’t disappoint.

I was swept away by Rosa’s summer on the beautiful island of Malta which I have visited several times and that’s so important to my family; I truly felt like I was on holiday there myself, and ‘armchair travel’ is sorely needed at the moment! The descriptions of the island, weather and people swept me away...

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Kim
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, net-galley
This was such a lovely read. Rosa needs to escape from a broken relationship and her mum invites her to spend the summer in a villa in Malta, helping her with a cookbook that she is getting published. She helps her mum source ingredients and prep the food.
She meets Zach , who has a colourful past, but seems to have turned his life around and accompanies him to a centre that helps troubled teens. It helps her with missing her job and she has to make some tough decisions about life, love and work.
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Jane Hunt
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love that this story introduces Rosa and Zach from the first page, and makes the reader realise neither are looking for a romantic relationship despite their chemistry. As the story unfolds passion ignites, as their emotional barriers crumble. This is a slow burn romance, full of internal and external conflict.

The island setting is vibrant and easy to imagine, the author's first-hand knowledge evident. All the characters have a part to play in this complex story of family drama, youthful mista
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Skyesmum
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love Sue's books, there's always a romance but it never runs smoothly. The setting of Malta was sublime, such a fabulous country with friendly people, so I knew that I would enjoy this book. I wasn't wrong. The story flowed and you couldn't help liking the main characters. Definitely recommended. ...more
Amy
Apr 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Offering a reprieve from recent events, Sue Moorcroft's sunny novel is a 'shore' way to beat lock down blues. With Malta's picturesque palazzo, aquamarine waters and enticing scenery, readers are swept away to Ta' Xbiex to spend the 'Summer on a Sunny Island.'

Thank you #NetGalley and the publisher for the early read in exchange for an honest review. Moorcroft's sumptuous setting provided a Mediterranean oasis. Zach and Rosa's story offers a smorgasbord of family drama, burning questions, gastro
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Sharon
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely read. Nice to dream of visiting sunnier climes whilst unable to do much else! I read this whilst the country is in lockdown and this provided a wonderful escape.

Malta is as much of a character in this story as the people are. I really hope to visit someday as it sounds beautiful.

Thank you Avon and Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my review.
Jennifer Bibby
May 20, 2020 rated it liked it
As someone who shares the same Maltese descent as hero Zach (Maltese Grandmother, army grandfather)and who has visited the island many times and loves it, I had been looking forward to being whisked away through this novel to Malta (the cover is gorgeous.) However, what I read rather than a novel that evoked any feel of being on the island, or even being part of a part Maltese family, was a high drama story that could have been set anywhere. Token bits of Malta are scattered through the book to ...more
Amanda
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Sue's work for a fair while now. I have read each and every book and without exception, I have loved them all. I read the synopsis for 'Summer On A Sunny Island' and it certainly sounded like the perfect read to whisk me away from the lockdown depression. I was spot on too because for a short period of time I forgot all about COVID19 and lockdown. 'Summer On A Sunny Island' is a delightful read and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it but more about that in a bit.
I really
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Joanne
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Summer on a Sunny Island? I don't think many of us are going to be experiencing that this year. Yes, I know that Britain is an island but you know what I mean. Luckily, you have this book to whisk you off to Malta and spend a few sunny weeks in the company of Rosa and Zach and some of their friends and family. I feel like I've had a personal tour of Malta with an expert guide. Sue Moorcroft's love of the island and her knowledge really shine through and bring the island and its people to life.

Ro
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Angela Britnell
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this sunny book that transported me to Malta, a place I've always wanted to visit, at a time when we can't safely travel anywhere! Rosa and Zach are both at a crossroads in their lives and not looking for romance until it comes looking for them. They have more than enough problems with their challenging families and fallout from past relationships but can't resist the attraction between them. All in all this was a light, uplifting read and I would strongly recommend it as th ...more
Sudesna Ghosh
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book with so many kinds of characters. Enjoyed the romance, family relationships and armchair travel to Malta.
Karen Kingston
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Avon Books for a digital review copy via NetGalley - my thoughts are my own.

I loved travelling to Switzerland with Sue Moorcroft in Let it Snow last year and enjoyed my visit to Malta in Summer on a Sunny Island.

The story involves two families, who have been reunited decades later, who spent time in Malta with the British Armed Forces. Having only visited Malta for a day on a cruise 20 years ago, Sue Moorcroft has given lots of recommendations throughout the book for places to visi
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Kathleen Gray
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah Malta! Rosa heads to Malta to spend time with her mother Dory after her relationship crumbles. The setting is lovely and then there's Zach, the neighbor. One of the nice things (for me at least) was that this focuses on military families and the issues they face, even after deployments are done. This has a lot of characters (Zach is part of a large family) but you know early on who is important. I liked all the scene setting in Malta, a place I haven't visited. This isn't deep, it's a little ...more
Susan Page
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A lovely story. I enjoyed the travelogue element, as Rosa, and Zachary, and Dory made their way round Malta, visiting tourist sites and restaurants, they were so well-drawn I could visualise the journeys. Rosa has come to Malta to be her mother Dory’s assistant. Dory has a cookery book to write, She is quite a famous cook. She is a bit of a hard taskmaster, but loves her daughter to bits and wanted to help her after a bad breakup from her boyfriend, who had proved to be a cheat and deceiver. Per ...more
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Sue Moorcroft is a Sunday Times bestselling author and has held the coveted #1 spot in the Amazon Kindle chart. She's won the Goldsboro Books Contemporary Romantic Novel Award, the Readers Best Romantic Read Award and the Katie Fforde Bursary. She writes contemporary fiction of life and love.

She also writes short stories, serials, articles, columns, courses and writing 'how to'.

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