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Secrets lie waiting beneath the Cornish waves in this moving and unforgettable love story. Perfect for fans of Nicholas Sparks and Jojo Moyes.Lucy, hi. It’s Tom. How are you? It’s been a while. I’ve been meaning to get in touch but it’s hard to know how to after so much time. I hear you’re doing really well up there. I knew you would be.You should come here, you know, back Secrets lie waiting beneath the Cornish waves in this moving and unforgettable love story. Perfect for fans of Nicholas Sparks and Jojo Moyes.Lucy, hi. It’s Tom. How are you? It’s been a while. I’ve been meaning to get in touch but it’s hard to know how to after so much time. I hear you’re doing really well up there. I knew you would be.You should come here, you know, back to Hideaway bay. Come and see everyone, see how little it’s all changed. Feel the sand between your toes, the Cornish sea breeze on your face. When the sun hits the surf in that way it does, it’s as magical as ever.That’s why I’m writing to you, actually. I want to get the gang back together again, one last time before…well…just one last time. You should come too. The four of us, a summer on the beach, like old times. We all want you here for it. I want you here for it. It’s been so long since I saw you.I still think about you.Tom


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Secrets lie waiting beneath the Cornish waves in this moving and unforgettable love story. Perfect for fans of Nicholas Sparks and Jojo Moyes.Lucy, hi. It’s Tom. How are you? It’s been a while. I’ve been meaning to get in touch but it’s hard to know how to after so much time. I hear you’re doing really well up there. I knew you would be.You should come here, you know, back Secrets lie waiting beneath the Cornish waves in this moving and unforgettable love story. Perfect for fans of Nicholas Sparks and Jojo Moyes.Lucy, hi. It’s Tom. How are you? It’s been a while. I’ve been meaning to get in touch but it’s hard to know how to after so much time. I hear you’re doing really well up there. I knew you would be.You should come here, you know, back to Hideaway bay. Come and see everyone, see how little it’s all changed. Feel the sand between your toes, the Cornish sea breeze on your face. When the sun hits the surf in that way it does, it’s as magical as ever.That’s why I’m writing to you, actually. I want to get the gang back together again, one last time before…well…just one last time. You should come too. The four of us, a summer on the beach, like old times. We all want you here for it. I want you here for it. It’s been so long since I saw you.I still think about you.Tom

30 review for One Last Summer at Hideaway Bay

  1. 5 out of 5

    Katey Lovell

    I read this book as part of the Harper Impulse #SummerImpulse readathon and was very keen to get stuck in. Bloggers and reviewers have been speaking highly of this debut novel from Zoe Cook and I was excited to see if it lived up to the hype. The story starts with Lucy living the high life in London. Outwardly, it looks like she's got the lot - a glamorous job, a party lifestyle, and a group of friends who share her recreational drug use habit - but as she reflects on life following contact from I read this book as part of the Harper Impulse #SummerImpulse readathon and was very keen to get stuck in. Bloggers and reviewers have been speaking highly of this debut novel from Zoe Cook and I was excited to see if it lived up to the hype. The story starts with Lucy living the high life in London. Outwardly, it looks like she's got the lot - a glamorous job, a party lifestyle, and a group of friends who share her recreational drug use habit - but as she reflects on life following contact from her childhood sweetheart Tom, she realises that maybe it's all a façade. As Lucy heads home to Cornwall's Hideaway Bay, she's unprepared for the life-changing summer that lies ahead... The first section of the novel set the scene and gave an overview of Lucy's chaotic London lifestyle, which contrasted well with the quieter pace of Cornwall life depicted later in the book. Personally, I felt the London section could have been slightly shorter and still amply given the juxtaposition between the two settings. I think I was ready to be whisked to Cornwall earlier in the story given the summery cover and blurb. Lucy is not always a likeable protagonist, but that didn't detract from the empathy I felt towards her. If anything it made her seem a rounded, 'human' character and more believable. Tom was definitely the easier to warm to of the two main characters. I liked the periphery characters too, and would love to find out more about their backstories in sister novels. I'd heard other readers say they'd sobbed at the ending and I'd prepared myself to crumble as I reached the final pages, but although moved by the end of the book, I didn't actually shed a tear. I think maybe I'd prepared myself for a devastating tear-jerker ending and had steeled myself up before reaching the end! This book may appeal to fans of David Nicholls and Jojo Moyes and is a well-crafted debut novel from Zoe Cook. With thanks to Harper Impulse for providing me with a galley copy of this book in return for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alba

    Originally posted on: http://www.albainbookland.com/2016/08... When I first picked One Last Summer at Hideaway Bay, I thought it was going to be a light quick summer read with a cute love story but after reading it, I can tell you that this story is so much more. For starters, it's quite emotional; I found myself shading a tear or two more than once. And it also makes you think a lot about life and how important it is to not live in the past and value all what is important in life. The story start Originally posted on: http://www.albainbookland.com/2016/08... When I first picked One Last Summer at Hideaway Bay, I thought it was going to be a light quick summer read with a cute love story but after reading it, I can tell you that this story is so much more. For starters, it's quite emotional; I found myself shading a tear or two more than once. And it also makes you think a lot about life and how important it is to not live in the past and value all what is important in life. The story starts in London where we meet Lucy. She thinks she has the perfect life, glamorous job, great colleagues to go partying, loving boyfriend... but we soon realise that Lucy's life is far from perfect. She parties a bit too much and too hard, her boss is just evil and her world is about to collapse. So she decides to go back to her home town in Cornwall for a month to get back on her feet and reevaluate. The contrast between these two world was clear, and soon after she was back in Cornwall, we started seeing a new friendlier and kinder Lucy (which made me happy because I was not a big fan of the Lucy we met in London). My favourite character in the story was probably Tom, Lucy's ex. He was the one who organised for Lucy and their friends to go back to Cornwall and spend the summer together. And he was such a sweetheart. So fun, kind and lively. I enjoyed reading about their friends too. They were quite an unconventional couple but you could tell how much they loved each other and they added a funnier spark to the story. This book had it all: humour, cuteness, stunning setting, sadness, love, secrets, friendship... It did surprise me a couple of times even if I figured out what was going to happen quite early. This fact didn't spoil the story for me though as I ended really caring for Tom and Lucy and their friends and I loved knowing more about them. Rating: 4 stars I would like to thank the publishers for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shaz Goodwin

    http://www.jerasjamboree.co.uk/2016/1... I have to be honest and say in the beginning I didn’t like Lucy. It was obvious there was something major that had happened in the past but her destructive behaviour in response to the demands of her job in London at Spectrum left me feeling cold which were exacerbated during the flashbacks as I thought she was a spoilt teen and egotistical. But then there were glimmers of the Lucy that was hidden behind those behaviours and it wasn’t until she was fired f http://www.jerasjamboree.co.uk/2016/1... I have to be honest and say in the beginning I didn’t like Lucy. It was obvious there was something major that had happened in the past but her destructive behaviour in response to the demands of her job in London at Spectrum left me feeling cold which were exacerbated during the flashbacks as I thought she was a spoilt teen and egotistical. But then there were glimmers of the Lucy that was hidden behind those behaviours and it wasn’t until she was fired from her job for showing some humanity that I started to identify with her. I loved the four old friends coming back together in Hideaway Bay (what a fabulous setting – sea, sand and six pubs!) in Cornwall and slipping into their friendships. A great place for Lucy to start healing on all levels! Her history with them means there’s no judgements about who she is and she blossoms in this community. Being drawn into working at Tom’s Beach Cafe she realises the judgements she made before she left were wrong and the feelings she managed to keep hidden in London start to surface. Realisations come for Lucy when her London ‘friends’ come to stay for a weekend. I did guess what might happen from the blurb and a couple of scenes confirmed where I thought the story was going. Such a poignant celebration on the beach. Full of love but also loss too. One friendship I did enjoy was Lucy and Tara’s. I really liked Tara and would love to see her as a lead in another Hideaway Bay story. She has an interesting back story I’d love to know more about! Lucy’s sister Claire has more to share … and another flawed character who would make a great lead is Annabel. One Last Summer at Hideaway Bay is an emotional read. I think I would have been more invested emotionally if I had felt a stronger connection towards Lucy. I loved the pace, the setting, the friendships and the community.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Franziska

    Just as Lucy is completely losing control over her life in London, where she works for television, she receives an invitation to Hideaway, her childhood home, from Tom, her teenage boyfriend she hasn't seen in years. Lucy needs a bit of convincing but then she finally makes her way down to Cornwall to meet Tom and her two best friends from back then, Nina and Kristian, and the four of them spend their summer together just like they did when they were still in school... One Last Summer at Hideaway Just as Lucy is completely losing control over her life in London, where she works for television, she receives an invitation to Hideaway, her childhood home, from Tom, her teenage boyfriend she hasn't seen in years. Lucy needs a bit of convincing but then she finally makes her way down to Cornwall to meet Tom and her two best friends from back then, Nina and Kristian, and the four of them spend their summer together just like they did when they were still in school... One Last Summer at Hideaway Bay was a nice holiday read with loveable characters. I especially liked Lucy's development from an alcoholic, drug consuming person to a woman who slowly gets her life together again. (Actually the book made me wish I'd grown up in a small town by the sea where I could have spent my summers with a small group of best friends on the beach.) The plot was good aswell, nothing unpredictable and also nothing no one has done before, yet I liked it. I also shed the occasional tear. To be honest, the last line of the book somehow left me crying ugly tears. Altogether a book I would recommend, as a summer holiday read for example, as I said before. I'd also like to thank NetGalley, Zoe Cook and HarperImpulse for providing me this free ebook!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Houston

    One Last summer at Hideaway Bay Zoe Cook Lucy had left Hideaway Bay in Cornwall for a new life in London. Tragedy had struck and she wished to get away from it as it would always haunt her if she remained there. Leaving Hideaway Bay also meant leaving Tom, the love of her life. Lucy has a great job working for a TV meida company. Has a great social life with plenty parties, drink and a few lines of coke to keep her going... One day she gets an email from the one and only Tom. Asking her to come ba One Last summer at Hideaway Bay Zoe Cook Lucy had left Hideaway Bay in Cornwall for a new life in London. Tragedy had struck and she wished to get away from it as it would always haunt her if she remained there. Leaving Hideaway Bay also meant leaving Tom, the love of her life. Lucy has a great job working for a TV meida company. Has a great social life with plenty parties, drink and a few lines of coke to keep her going... One day she gets an email from the one and only Tom. Asking her to come back to Hideaway Bay for the summer, one last chance to get her and Tom and their old friends back together, like it used to be. The book sounded great, but it just wasn't for me. Started off great but i just didnt get it into it. Really didnt enjoy the book. Thanks to Harper Collins and Zoe and Netgalley for a copy of the book in return for a review. sorry it wasnt a better one

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marisa

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in return for my honest review. I found this to be a dark and uncomfortable read, full of self medicating people to surpress pasts that didn't need that much escaping from in the fist place. The characters were underdeveloped and I found them selfish and I had no empathy for any of them Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in return for my honest review. I found this to be a dark and uncomfortable read, full of self medicating people to surpress pasts that didn't need that much escaping from in the fist place. The characters were underdeveloped and I found them selfish and I had no empathy for any of them

  7. 5 out of 5

    mrsljgibbs

    Oh my goodness I absolutely loved this book - it was amazing!!! I started to read this book without knowing what it was about other than what I read in the blurb on the back. If you are looking for a wonderful Summer read that is full of feels, then this is definitely the book for you! I loved the authors style of writing and devoured the last two thirds of the book all in one go. It made me want to go on holiday to Cornwall and also had me reminiscing about my school friends. I loved all the charact Oh my goodness I absolutely loved this book - it was amazing!!! I started to read this book without knowing what it was about other than what I read in the blurb on the back. If you are looking for a wonderful Summer read that is full of feels, then this is definitely the book for you! I loved the authors style of writing and devoured the last two thirds of the book all in one go. It made me want to go on holiday to Cornwall and also had me reminiscing about my school friends. I loved all the characters and felt that I really knew them. I thought that the ending was absolutely perfect. I don't give many books five stars but this book really deserves it. I can't wait to read more books by Zoe Cook.......

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carol Hatch

    Bittersweet I must admit that I didn’t care much for Lucy or her life at the beginning of the book, but understand that the early depiction of Lucy was integral to the storyline. Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed One Day in Cornwall. Zoe Cook really knows how to create believable characters and atmosphere , and also how to play her reader’s heartstrings.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    It was hard for me to root for the protagonist. The decisions she made were just so bad. I was ready to bail on the book but decided to wait until she went to Hideaway Bay. I'm glad I did because she finally started making good decisions. But the book still didn't hold together for me. It was hard for me to root for the protagonist. The decisions she made were just so bad. I was ready to bail on the book but decided to wait until she went to Hideaway Bay. I'm glad I did because she finally started making good decisions. But the book still didn't hold together for me.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Vaun Healey

    A wonderful story with romance. Of course, where would romance be without heartbreak? Beautiful atmosphere, fun friends and lots of decisions to make. I loved the book and wished it didn't end. A wonderful story with romance. Of course, where would romance be without heartbreak? Beautiful atmosphere, fun friends and lots of decisions to make. I loved the book and wished it didn't end.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Pauline Robinson

    Although not a dynamic story it was brilliant.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jane Hunt

    Follow my reviews. : Jane Hunt Writer First Steps Jane Hunt Writer Book Reviews Facebook Jane Hunt Writer Book Reviews Google+ Connect on...: Twitter This story gets better with every page you read. The first few chapters, authentically set in London’s celebrity and media culture, highlight Lucy’s superficial character. Lucy‘s self destruction imminent, as she seeks the ultimate career high. There are references to drug taking, which I disliked but this are important indicators of Lucy’s deteriora Follow my reviews. : Jane Hunt Writer First Steps Jane Hunt Writer Book Reviews Facebook Jane Hunt Writer Book Reviews Google+ Connect on...: Twitter This story gets better with every page you read. The first few chapters, authentically set in London’s celebrity and media culture, highlight Lucy’s superficial character. Lucy‘s self destruction imminent, as she seeks the ultimate career high. There are references to drug taking, which I disliked but this are important indicators of Lucy’s deterioration and the culture she is part of. Similarly, smoking is a legacy of her teenage. Flashback chapters in Hideaway Bay feature teenage Lucy and introduce the other three friends, who are linchpins of this story. Lucy wants to escape the seaside town, even though most people would love to live there. The phrase 'you don’t know what you’ve have until it's gone', comes to mind. This story has plenty of surprises that inform Lucy’s current emotional state. The cast of characters both in Hideaway Bay and London are vivid and believable. For me, it is the last quarter of the story that tugs at the heartstrings. The twist is unexpected and poignant. You really care because the characters are like old friends by this time. Well written women’s fiction, a lovely balance of humour, romance, sadness and secrets in a charming seaside setting. I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review. Zoe Cook

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shona Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom

    This book opens with Lucy living her life in London, on the surface it looks like she has everything, but scratch beneath the surface and you realise it's not as fab as it first looks. She's working for a boss she doesn't like, a boss who makes fun of everyone especially if they don't fit her idea of perfect, her partying is getting out of control, between the drinking and her recreational drug habit she barely remembers the night before, and lets not forget the boyfriend that she just cant brin This book opens with Lucy living her life in London, on the surface it looks like she has everything, but scratch beneath the surface and you realise it's not as fab as it first looks. She's working for a boss she doesn't like, a boss who makes fun of everyone especially if they don't fit her idea of perfect, her partying is getting out of control, between the drinking and her recreational drug habit she barely remembers the night before, and lets not forget the boyfriend that she just cant bring herself to love... When Tom emails her out of the blue she instantly dismisses his invitation, but it plays on her mind, and when her work life blows up in her face she decides to take the time out of her city life and retreat to the Cornish coast to revisit her childhood friends. I didn't always like Lucy especially when she was in 'London mode', her attitude towards Tara when she first meets her reminded me so much of her boss, that it genuinely made me wonder what her issue with her boss' behaviour really was. Thankfully London Lucy doesn't hang around for long. and we get to see the real Lucy. From reading the blurb you get a rough idea of the ending and I had been warned I would need tissues for reading this, despite all this I was still caught up in the moment and I did shed more than a few tears. Overall this is a great debut novel and I look forward to reading more by Zoe Cook in the future.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sally Coles

    Lucy left Hideaway Bay for a life in London and a tragedy she wanted to escape from that would always haunt her there but in doing so she also had to leave behind Tom, the love of her life. She is flying high working for a TV media company but is there more to life than a constant round of parties, drinking and coke! Out of the blue she gets an email from Tom asking her to come back to Cornwall for the summer, their old friends Nina and Kristian will be there, and it would be great for the fourso Lucy left Hideaway Bay for a life in London and a tragedy she wanted to escape from that would always haunt her there but in doing so she also had to leave behind Tom, the love of her life. She is flying high working for a TV media company but is there more to life than a constant round of parties, drinking and coke! Out of the blue she gets an email from Tom asking her to come back to Cornwall for the summer, their old friends Nina and Kristian will be there, and it would be great for the foursome to reunite. At first she is adamant that she will not go but when something happens at work she decides to go for it. Once she gets there she remembers how much she loves the place.......and Tom......but he seems to be all loved up with the beautiful Tara and she is not sure that she can cope with it so she will stay a few weeks and get straight back to London - but will the place and Tom work their magic on her? A lovely book making me want to go back to Cornwall, a place of many childhood holidays, some great characters and definitely not an ending I was expecting - I will look out for more books by this author

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ann Cooper

    Lucy is working in TV in London. Working too much, drinking too much and snorting too much. Her first love, Tom, asks her to return to Hideaway Bay in Cornwall for a few weeks, so that all the childhood and teenage friends can be together. Unexpectedly she finds herself in a position to that and she catches the train SW. She doesn't know what she will find. As the story develops, she finds her old friends, new friends, sad memories, happy memories. But most of all, she finds herself...and Tom. Thi Lucy is working in TV in London. Working too much, drinking too much and snorting too much. Her first love, Tom, asks her to return to Hideaway Bay in Cornwall for a few weeks, so that all the childhood and teenage friends can be together. Unexpectedly she finds herself in a position to that and she catches the train SW. She doesn't know what she will find. As the story develops, she finds her old friends, new friends, sad memories, happy memories. But most of all, she finds herself...and Tom. This is a story of friendships, family, choices, first love and loyalty. And it is wonderful! It is incredibly emotional and fits the mantra, "Enjoy what you have" beautifully. The twist in the tale was totally unexpected and all the more effective because of that. I really look forward to Zoe's next book. The depth of character, emotion and maturity in this one is quite remarkable! I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lorna

    I enjoy books that you can escape into; and this first novel from Zoe Cook captured me and transported me, first to the hectic, party lifestyle of a "media w*nker", then onward to the more sedate pace of the north Cornwall coast. A main cast of four childhood friends, who amused me, whom I liked, understood, empathised with and ended up caring for. Commonly, when reviews describe books as "weepies" and urge you to "have tissues ready" I read them dry eyed and wondering about my hard-heart. So it i I enjoy books that you can escape into; and this first novel from Zoe Cook captured me and transported me, first to the hectic, party lifestyle of a "media w*nker", then onward to the more sedate pace of the north Cornwall coast. A main cast of four childhood friends, who amused me, whom I liked, understood, empathised with and ended up caring for. Commonly, when reviews describe books as "weepies" and urge you to "have tissues ready" I read them dry eyed and wondering about my hard-heart. So it is testament to the authors' writing that I became so emotionally invested in this book and struggled to stem the trickle of tears. This book is escapism, a delightful story, it transports you and moves you. I am already looking forward to more from this Harper Impulse author.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Angela Reading

    I love this book. I stupidly have been reading it at lunchtime at work and so have had to try not to cry and look like an idiot. A well written story and I read it in two days as I didn't want to put it down. I have spent many beach holidays in Cornwall being a West Country girl and can really feel the atmosphere of the village and wish I had grown up by the beach. Lovely book. I love this book. I stupidly have been reading it at lunchtime at work and so have had to try not to cry and look like an idiot. A well written story and I read it in two days as I didn't want to put it down. I have spent many beach holidays in Cornwall being a West Country girl and can really feel the atmosphere of the village and wish I had grown up by the beach. Lovely book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Robinson

    I was recommended this book by a friend and would definitely pass on the recommendation. For a first book, the author creates a romantic story with an ending I definitely did not see coming. A great read and I will definitely be looking for more books from this author in the future.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    Not quite your typical romance, a bit of a twist I didn't see coming, but an enjoyable read. Not quite your typical romance, a bit of a twist I didn't see coming, but an enjoyable read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Denise Cowling

    A bit slow to start with but what an ending!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shelley Deakle

  22. 5 out of 5

    JULIA M PETERS

  23. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Barlow

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bridget Halpin

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alayna

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Paulus

  28. 4 out of 5

    Karen Halls

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emily Sinclair

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gaynor Taylor

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