As the sun rises on a hot summer’s day, four lives are about to be changed forever…
Today, Maisie McTeer decides to track down the ex who jilted her at the altar. Today, she’ll find out that revisiting the past can also rewrite her future.
After losing her husband, Harriet Bassett can no longer bear her lonely life. Today, a familiar face in a crowd will spark a quest to discover if there’s something and someone worth living for.
Scott and Kelly Bassett’s daughter is leaving home. Today, Scott plans to tell Kelly that he’s ending their marriage to pursue his rock and roll dreams.
However, Kelly, has a bombshell of her own. How will Scott react to the news that a new arrival is on the way to fill their empty nest?
Between sunrise and sunset, there’s love, heartbreak, laughter and tears, but who will find happiness at the end of the day?
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Shari Low is the #1 bestselling author of over 20 novels, including One Day In Winter and With Or Without You and a collection of parenthood memories called Because Mummy Said So. She lives near Glasgow and her first title for Boldwood was My One Month Marriage in January 2020.
One Summer Sunrise is a story featuring multiple main characters. The entire story takes place in a single day where their lives all change. It is similar to Love Actually or any similar movie, where there are multiple seemingly separate stories that all intertwine together. At first, it is not apparent how they all go together, but it all slowly comes together leading to multiple story crossovers and interactions.
Maisie McTeer is a 25-year-old actress/singer in Glasgow still on the search for her big break. She lives with her sister Hope, a doctor, and the two of them recently had results from their DNA tests. Hope’s came back with results, while Maisie’s did not. She was also left at the alter two months prior to the beginning of the story by her fiancé Nathan. Her two friends are about to have a baby, so Maisie fills in as a caterer for an event that happens to be hosted by Maisy’s friend, Carny.
Scott Bassett, a 38-year-old, has decided he does not like the direction his life has gone and is in the process of figuring out the strategy to leave his wife and quit his job. Although he loves his 22-year-old daughter, Carny, he is not thrilled with his past. He and his best friend Carson are both attending the event Carny is hosting. Also in attendance are Scott’s mother, Sonya, and his grandfather, John.
The third perspective is Kelly Bassett, the 38-year-old mother of Carney and wife of Scott. She and Scott have been together since they were 16 when she was pregnant with Carny. Kelly finds out that she is pregnant, but she is not sure how to react. Her sister, Sabrina and her husband Rick, who are having fertility struggles, are present through the entire story, as all three of them are also attending Carny’s event. Carny is leaving the next day to go to London, which will leave Kelly and Scott as empty nesters.
The final perspective is Harriet Bassett, a lonely 80-year-old woman who is recovering from a hip injury. She bonds with her nurse and the nurse’s sister and the three of them attend the party. After losing both her husband and her son in the past and no known family connections, she is struggling a lot with daily life. Harriet’s portions were the most heart wrenching in this novel as it shows the need for connection and how loneliness can affect someone. Her story was the one I rooted for the most, as I just wanted her to be happy.
While all the characters were written very well and I am positive that most people will love almost all of them, I absolutely could not stand four of them. While I am sure it is not a popular opinion, I found myself hoping that things would not turn out for them. (I will not say which ones I did not like or confirm their endings, as it could spoil the story.) Although I would actively distance myself from these four in reality, I could not deny the fact that they were well done. Generally, all the situations were handled with a nice dash of humor and they all were written to be both relatable and believable.
Harriet, Carney and Maisie’s parts of the stories were my favorites as they each were heart wrenching and heart-warming in their own ways. The overall story included a lot more drama than I expected and I loved how it all wove together to create a complete tale. I love the author’s writing style, as it is very captivating while also being easy to understand. The wording choices and sentence structure make it a very entertaining read. It was difficult to tell where the story was going when I started, but I love how it all comes together in the end. Without question, I will definitely continue to read more by Shari Low!
**I give a special thank you to Rachel @rararesources, the publisher, Boldwood Books, and the author Shari Low, for the opportunity to participate with this enjoyable and heartwarming novel. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**