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The #1 bestseller is back with your perfect holiday read! This summer, sparks are flying on the island of Malta… When Rosa Hammond splits up from her partner Marcus, her Mum Dora suggests a summer in Malta. Not one to sit back and watch her daughter be unhappy, Dora introduces Rosa to Zach, in the hope that romance will bloom under the summer sun. But Rosa’s determ The #1 bestseller is back with your perfect holiday read! This summer, sparks are flying on the island of Malta… When Rosa Hammond splits up from her partner Marcus, her Mum Dora suggests a summer in Malta. Not one to sit back and watch her daughter be unhappy, Dora introduces Rosa to Zach, in the hope that romance will bloom under the summer sun. But Rosa’s determined not to be swayed by a handsome man – she’s in Malta to work, after all.Zach, meanwhile, is a magnet for trouble and is dealing with a fair few problems of his own. Neither Rosa or Zach are ready for love – but does fate have other ideas? And after a summer in paradise, will Rosa ever want to leave? The Sunday Times bestseller is back with a glorious summer read, perfect for fans of Katie Fforde, Trisha Ashley and Carole Matthews.


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The #1 bestseller is back with your perfect holiday read! This summer, sparks are flying on the island of Malta… When Rosa Hammond splits up from her partner Marcus, her Mum Dora suggests a summer in Malta. Not one to sit back and watch her daughter be unhappy, Dora introduces Rosa to Zach, in the hope that romance will bloom under the summer sun. But Rosa’s determ The #1 bestseller is back with your perfect holiday read! This summer, sparks are flying on the island of Malta… When Rosa Hammond splits up from her partner Marcus, her Mum Dora suggests a summer in Malta. Not one to sit back and watch her daughter be unhappy, Dora introduces Rosa to Zach, in the hope that romance will bloom under the summer sun. But Rosa’s determined not to be swayed by a handsome man – she’s in Malta to work, after all.Zach, meanwhile, is a magnet for trouble and is dealing with a fair few problems of his own. Neither Rosa or Zach are ready for love – but does fate have other ideas? And after a summer in paradise, will Rosa ever want to leave? The Sunday Times bestseller is back with a glorious summer read, perfect for fans of Katie Fforde, Trisha Ashley and Carole Matthews.

30 review for Summer on a Sunny Island

  1. 4 out of 5

    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 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 needed during this Easter break of lockdown and quarantine, and I have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who's looking for a bit of fun and romance. My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Whispering Stories

    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, 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, sometimes love comes along when you least expect it to and with someone you couldn’t imagine feeling like that about. Fate does like to intervene! This is the first book by Sue Moorcroft that I have read and I can confirm it won’t be my last. The setting of Malta was so beautiful and has me now eager to travel there (it has been on my bucket list for a while). Although I do feel like I have had a mini-tour of the island from my armchair after reading this book. The characters were all a delight to spend my time with and were perfectly realistic. They were easy to imagine, as was the setting and the scenes. The book began quite abruptly with Rosa and Zach having a meal together and I did try to scroll backward on my Kindle wondering if I had missed the beginning as I didn’t expect that was how it would begin given the synopsis, but it worked. The book covers lots of subjects, some easy-going and some hard-hitting, which were all done in a none condescending manner. The pace of the book felt steady and there were a few surprises along the way to keep me on my toes and intrigued. In these hard times when we can’t travel the world, why not pick this book up and take a literary vacation in Malta where you will find exotic food, glorious drinks, wonderful characters, and a blossoming romance.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    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 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 descriptions make it sounds attractive – especially the prospect of snorkelling and the wonderful weather! To make this book different to other summer reads, Moorcroft explores the influence of the military bases on Malta. As such, all the main characters are connected to “Military Brats” and all have their own experiences of either living in Malta, or having a family member who was in the army. I appreciated this unique element and found it gave the story a different twist. However, my lack of knowledge of this also made me feel like I was on the “back foot” for a percentage of the story. What I found most surprising was how the story began with Rosa already being in Malta. I felt a little discombobulated and as if I had missed the opening of the narrative. I am not sure why, but I expected the story to begin in England, establishing the background of how Rosa came to Malta. Consequently, I did feel disconnected from Rosa and Zach because I wanted to see more of their past at the beginning of the story. Whilst this information is provided throughout the narrative, I think a prologue exploring this would have caught my imagination far quicker. As such, I found that although I did enjoy reading this book, I did not feel a “spark” of attraction to it, hence me not awarding it the full five stars. Feeling like I had been absent for the opening scene and like I was playing “catch up” through the first half of the narrative, I did struggle to fully immerse myself into Maltese life. Finding the characters of Rosa and Zach believable, I wanted to see their romance succeed. However, there was something, and something that I can’t exactly specify, missing from these characters. The plot was unpredictable; I could not foresee so many of Zach’s family arriving at the apartment – just as his relationship with Rosa was developing. The sub-plot around Luccio adds an element of danger and fear, naturally pushing Rosa and Zach together even more. The arrival of Zach’s family showed the cracks that can form through a lack of communication and even listening – which I am sure many readers will be able to relate to. As such, I thought that Zach was not some stereotypical “Lothario”, but someone who had more baggage than you would initially expect. This is an enjoyable summer read and will inevitably leave you with a smile on your face. It provides an all-year-round escapism, whatever your reading circumstances. A sweet, romantic story, it shows that with a little bit of sunshine, everyone, including the reader themselves, can find love and happiness. With thanks to NetGalley and Avon books for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    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

  5. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    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 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 to research a new Mediterranean cook book. Rosa, having split from her ex Marcus (good riddance!) has taken a leave of absence from her job and joined her mother to assist with the food photography and social media etc. The last thing on her mind is romance. Zach Bentley is renovating and also living at one of the apartments owned by his grandmother, accompanied by his sister Marcie and her young daughter Paige. Paige was an absolute delight – a forceful young child, she wasn’t backward in asking for what she wanted but she had a charm and innocence with that ‘aww’ factor. Well, you can guess what happens can’t you! Zach was a favourite of mine from the outset, he was one of those characters that you can’t help falling for. In his early thirties, his family background was complicated and he had a bit of a chequered past (not entirely his fault) but he was compassionate and brave and would do anything to help the underdog, which often caused quite a bit of drama in the book. I particularly loved the way he was with Paige, kind but firm and he didn’t let her get away with any nonsense. Rosa, I took a bit longer to warm to and I can’t quite put my finger on why, as there was nothing really to dislike about her. She’d been dealt a bad hand in the love stakes but certainly wasn’t a shrinking violet – her mother had taught her to stand up for herself. This may be a story about romance in the sun but as ever with a book from Sue Moorcroft there are some darker subjects included within the pages. There are problems of family dynamics, depression, gambling, troublesome exes, plus some pretty nasty characters all make their presence felt to ensure that this is far from being just a ‘light romance’ read. The author’s love and knowledge of Malta comes over clearly with vivid descriptions of locality for that sense of place. It wasn’t just the scenery that was well described – the food too! Some of Dory’s recipes sounded delicious and I was quite envious of all the food tasting that went on! The book isn’t all about Rosa and Zach; other characters have their share of romance and conflict and this makes for an interesting and absorbing read, when wondering if, and how matters would be resolved. I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent on the island of Malta. There is drama, romance, (and as I’ve come to expect from a Sue book, some of it nicely raunchy), witty dialogue and a story that has relevance and depth. Definitely one to be recommended for some lockdown relaxation! My thanks to Sanjana of Avon for the tour invitation and the publisher for providing the review copy via Netgalley.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    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 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 in the 70s and 80s), but I really feel like I’ve had the privilege of returning there in the present day, noting the changes but remembering its beauty. But don’t expect a light and fluffy holiday read, all sunshine and beaches and romance – although it is a really engaging love story, this book is very much set in the real world, and there are quite a few harder edges. There’s the world of “gangs”, young people finding themselves in danger when drawn into the wrong crowd, and that’s quite an edgy story – there’s the perils and consequences of on-line gambling too, and the impact of negative equity traps. And then there are the family dynamics – the main characters’ complex pasts, health problems, relationship issues, building bridges when it seems it might just be impossible. I really, really liked that additional depth – it enhances rather than takes away from the central relationship story between Rosa and Zach, which is a lovely slow burn of a romance as they learn to accept each others’ faults and gradually pack away the baggage. I will admit that I didn’t entirely take to Rosa at first encounter – I found her a bit self-centred, a little spiky, but those edges soon rubbed off and I found myself totally invested in her hoped-for happy ending. Zach’s a really complex character too – he also has those rough edges at the start, but I really enjoyed the way his character developed. A word for the older characters in this book too – and I think it must be “hooray”! Dory – the aunt with whom Rosa stays – is beautifully drawn, I enjoyed the focus on her recipes and cooking, her involvement with the world of publishing and showbiz, and particularly her own opportunities for finding personal happiness. Zach’s parents were excellent too – his intractable father, his mother endlessly frustrated by his idea of “care” – and I really liked the way their story unfolded. Yes, I very much enjoyed this one – for the excellent writing and research (as always), for the complexities of its characters and story line, for its well-drawn setting, and for its credible and moving central romance. Another winner – and very much recommended.

  7. 4 out of 5

    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 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 their lives while living and working and enjoying the summer in Malta. But the author also talks about history, geography and vacation spots in Malta. But she talks so much about them! That was the first negative for me in this book. I felt like watching a History channel special about Malta and army families that lived there in the 60s, 70s. Too much information about what happened there, too much details about the life of parents that lived there were unbearable. :/ I just wanted to skip that part as whole because I couldn't see how that part of the story connected to the present and the storyline of main characters. Nothing from that history report made an impression even on the characters themselves and it just felt redundant. Then comes the Geography channel report. :/ Again - too much of it. I love the descriptions of unusual places and I live when authors depict them nicely to give you an introduction to a story so if prompted you can search later more. But here it was just so boring most of the time that I thought of not finishing the book at all. The characters - too much and many! I lost the main characters somewhere along the way because too many storylines interfiered and I couldn't focus on so may information, characters and their history. It would have been lovely if the writing just gave us some info about some of them e.g.the parents, or cousins so we can maybe read a sequel or a prequel of their story. Some confusion issues also come to mind - a group is cleaning the ocean from plastic but then they drink water from plastic bottles. :/ - even if Malta doesn't have good tap water why couldn't they use reusable bottles? :/ Except Rosa's mother I really didn't like any of the characters. They weren't well devoleped, their thinking didn't appeal to me in anyway and all of the interaction were just a simple jumble-mumble that I didn't appreciate. :/ The narration had some good starting points - women that fought through life and can stick for themselves, a character with a mental illness, a storyline that could have been well developed if not for so many unwanted information. I didn't see the characters connecting and interacting among themselves at all and that was very disappointing for what should have been a great summer read. :/ In my humble and maybe not important opinion - too much of everything in this book didn't deliver a good work of fiction.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    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. 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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    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 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 island. For anyone who is longing to escape the present, this novel is a must!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    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 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 always thoroughly believeable and - perhaps due to the sun, sea and sand - things get a bit raunchier this time around. A terrific novel from a writer at the top of her game, I highly recommend this.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jennyh

    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.

  12. 4 out of 5

    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 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 visit. I wasn't a huge fan of any of the characters. I didn't love any of them. Zach's reasons for not being with Rosa were ridiculous. There were so many different story-lines and everyone had numerous problems. Zach's family could have been an entire book by itself. Give the book a try, you may like it more than I did. I look forward to reading more books by the author because I really enjoyed her previous books. I received a complimentary copy of this book Avon Books UK through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    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’ 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’s hoping to do next and several squabbles over the mortgage on the little house she and Marcus purchased when things were “better”, and she’s truly at a low ebb. The apartment they are renting is in a building of three – owned by a family that Rosa’s mum Dory knew from childhood – when both families were stationed on Malta during her father’s time in the service. Currently, the family’s apartment is being used by Zach, who is also working on the 3rd apartment as his aunt decides whether to rent it or use it for her own self. Also working in the local youth center, Zach is licking his wounds after one of many set-tos with his father, a bit of trouble with the police, and hating his ‘data collection’ job that pays his bills. When you mix in more of Zach’s family arriving, an adorable but lively four year old, a young Sicilian boy in trouble and plenty of sparks between Rosa and Zach, the story takes off. Add in Dory finding a new ‘interest’ after a reunion of ‘army brats’ in Malta, the return of Rosa’s father after a thirty year absence, and plenty of food and recipes – and the story is easy to follow along even with all the action. The perfect escape – with highlights of Malta, clever food options, plenty of heat and lots of heart – all add up to a series of second chances and changes for everyone we meet in the story. Sometimes it really is a change of scenery is all it takes to put everything into perspective and allow you the time to just enjoy while things tick over in the background- with a few pushes, pulls and decisions of course. One of the many reasons people flock to Moorcroft’s books is that sense of ‘otherworldliness’ that everyone can relate to: with sunny locations, plenty of resolutions and lots of heart – and this book has it all. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed

  14. 4 out of 5

    Monica Mac

    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 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, Rosa meets Zach and his interesting and somewhat dysfunctional family. Zach is just lovely and I enjoyed the relationship that these two had. I also loved the relationships that these two had with Zach's little niece and the young people in Malta. There was something very real and yet kind about the pair of them. I love the fact that this book is not some sort of cookie-cutter chick lit book. Yes, there is romance but there is a lot of complex family relationship stuff as well, and for a bit there I wondered if Rosa could find her way through the difficulties that manifested themselves, even with the beautiful setting of Malta (which is somewhere I have never been but I want to go now!). Lovely book and I shed a few tears at the end, happy tears :) Thank you to NetGalley and Avon books. And the author for writing such a great book!

  15. 4 out of 5

    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' 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's daughter and romance is in the air. I love Sue Moorcroft's Middledip novels but for some reason I have never warmed to her books set overseas, so shame on me for requesting another one. The first quarter felt all tell and no show, we got a tourist guide to Malta on every page and the stilted way in which each character felt the need to give long detailed back stories for everything was very wearing. There's a scene at a party early on where Zach talks about the youth centre where he volunteers, but he goes into the history of the centre and who founded it and their philosophy, then Rosa says, oh I work somewhere similar in the UK and gives her own long, boring detailed history of the founder etc. I persevered (although TBH I was just trying to get to 30% before I DNFd) and gradually the characters took over from the author telling, there were multiple plots unfolding and it all started to get better. Overall, if you don't mind a slow beginning, or have a deep fascination with the history of Malta, this is a charming fun holiday read. Warning your wine and beer consumption is likely to increase as the characters always seem to be sitting on the terrace with a glass of something cold and alcoholic in their hands LOL. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Linda Hill

    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 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 exaggeration to say reading this novel left me ravenous and feeling as if I were in Malta experiencing it with Rosa et al. I thoroughly enjoyed a slightly darker theme of crime here as Sue Moorcroft affords her readers the opportunity to explore shades of behaviour. I found it fascinating that, rather than simplistic right and wrong, I was able to contemplate morality through character responses to the action. I loved the other themes too. Marriage, mature relationships as well as younger ones, loyalty and trust, employment, emotions and anxiety give a warm rich depth that is so satisfying to read. And what action there is. Summer on a Sunny Island has smashing pace because there are several surprises I hadn’t anticipated. Of course there are satisfactory resolutions that I would expect, but leading to them is a tautly plotted and hugely entertaining narrative. However, it is character that really drives this story. I tend to prefer books that feature fewer people than Sue Moorcroft includes here, but in this case each person was so vivid and real that I had no problem keeping everyone distinct in my mind. Even secondary characters like Marcus were clear to me, adding enormously to my enjoyment in reading. But of course, it is Rosa and Zach who steal the show. I adored meeting them because, although the path of true love isn’t without obstacle, I felt as if they were destined to be together if not necessarily in this book. It was as if somehow they existed beyond the confines of the narrative because they are so real. You’ll have to read Summer on a Sunny Island for yourself to find out what happens! Summer on a Sunny Island is the perfect lockdown read. Sue Moorcroft transports the reader to a different place and captivates them so completely that it’s an absolute pleasure to escape for a while. I loved being in Malta!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Moore

    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... I r 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... I really enjoyed the dilemmas that Rosa and Zach, her love interest, were each facing, as well as the conflicts which created that ‘will they/won’t they?’ tension. I loved how gently the romance unwrapped between them, and the cross-roads they were both at in their lives. As with any Sue Moorcroft book, she doesn’t shy away from serious life issues, and so there was a lot of substance to this book alongside the romance angle. I won’t go into any detail here - no spoilers! My final comment is about how well-drawn and believable the whole cast of characters are. Dory, Paige, Marci, Luccio, Marcus (yuck!), Glenn, Amanda, Steve etc are all vibrant and three-dimensional and Sue Moorcroft somehow manages to bring them all to life with deft ease. Paige was my favourite, and I was with her about the diamond ring! A lovely summery book that will transport you to Malta.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    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. 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. You really could imagine yourself sunbathing on the terrace, helping to eat all the culinary masterpieces.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jane Hunt

    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 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 mistakes and second chances. This is perfect Summer escapism with believable characters, contemporary issues and realistic romance. I received a copy of this book from Avon Books UK via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Skyesmum

    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. 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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    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 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 delights and a delectable love story uncorking between the protagonists.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Bibby

    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 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 remind you where you are (mostly that its hot) but I was disappointed the characters never seemed to leave Sliema/Gzira/Ta'Xbiex. If you like a high drama romance this ticks the boxes (although I couldn't warm to Rosa, Zach was a great character) but if you're looking for a novel that evokes summer spent in Malta and all it has to offer, you might be disappointed. (Disclaimer: being from a Maltese family I was always probably going to judge this book harder than most others.)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    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 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 took to the characters of Rosa and Zach right from the very start. In their own ways, both characters have suffered their own disappointments and have suffered setbacks in their respective lives. In a way they are like two damaged souls, who just so happen to be made for each other, although both insist they are not looking for love. I just wanted for them to realise what everybody else can see and that they couldn't be better suited if they tried. I kept everything crossed that they would get together and get the happy ever after ending that they both deserved. What happens? Well for the answer to that question and so much more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you. I was drawn to this book by the bright and colourful front cover and after having read the synopsis for 'Summer On A Sunny Island', I just knew that I had to read the book as soon as I possibly could. I knew that with Sue having written the book that I would be in for one hell of a read and so it proved to be. When I initally picked up the book, I was whisked away from lockdown Britain and taken on a holiday to the island of Malta. Well it's not as if I can hop on the aeroplane at the moment so reading this delightful book was the nearest thing I could get to a holiday! I would pick the book up only intending to read a couple of chapters to fill in the odd half hour, but I would become so hypnotised by the story that I would literally forget to put the book down. I raced through the story. I found that the pages turned increasingly quickly as my desperation to find out how the story concluded, steadily grew and grew. 'Summer On A Sunny Island' is well written but then I have found that to be true of all of Sue's books. She has a writing style that is easy to take to and easy to get along with. Reading one of Sue's books reads more like a chat between friends than an actual book. Sue creates and describes her characters so well that it is as if they leap off the page and they seem just as real as you and I. I loved the way in which she describes Malta so vividly. If I closed my eyes, it would be easy to imagine that I was in Malta with the sun beating down on my face. I really felt as though I was part of the story myself and that's thanks to Sue's very vivid and realistic storytelling. In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'Summer On A Sunny Island' and I would recommend this book to other readers. I will definitely be reading more of Sue's work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board can only be a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    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 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. Rosa is getting over a break-up from Marcus when her mum suggests she comes to Malta with her as she researches recipes for her new cookery book. Zach meanwhile is spending time of the island renovating a relative's house and trying to stay out of trouble. Not that he's a bad lad - far from it - but trouble just seems to find him! Both have parents who were children of army families who spent some of their childhood in Malta, just like Sue Moorcroft herself. I found it rather poignant that early in the book Rosa makes herself a playlist of Zumba videos so she can still do some dancing which is one of her passions in life. She enjoys this connection to home but notes that it wasn't the same as being with her friends and I think we can all relate to that right now. And I think we can all empathise with Zach when he unexpectedly has his entirely family living with him in one apartment! Sue Moorcroft is skilled at creating complex characters and has excelled again with Rosa and Zach. They both are moving on from their old lives, but just when they are settling into a new life and considering new possibilities it seems that their pasts may catch up with them and throw a spanner in the works. That makes it sounds like there was something really terrible they were both trying to leave behind but that's not what I mean. However, their past responsibilities and connections may mean they can't move on, that their options and possibilities may be taken away. These dilemmas make Zach and Rosa seem so much more than just characters but real people with real problems to resolve. I can't talk about this book without mentioning the food. Rosa's mum Dory is something of a celebrity chef and is in Malta working on recipes for a new book. And oh my goodness did they have my mouth watering! Fresh and vibrant sounding dishes that I could almost imagine tasting! I really feel we almost needed a supplement to the book with some of the recipes included. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Malta with Rosa and Zach and as always found that Sue Moorcroft has written a thoroughly absorbing and uplifting story with great characters and in such a fabulous setting. Summer on a Sunny Island is the perfect escapist read to have you dreaming of summer holidays and sunny shores when we perhaps can't experience those in real life for a while.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Angela Britnell

    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 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 the perfect escapist read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sudesna Ghosh

    A beautiful book with so many kinds of characters. Enjoyed the romance, family relationships and armchair travel to Malta.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karen Kingston

    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 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 visit and foods to try when the current global pandemic is over. Rosa and Zach are spending the summer working in Malta, whilst thinking about where their futures will take them. Both need to resolve issues in their past to be able to move forward. The story flows well and is a good summer read. My favourite characters are Dora and Paige - both made me smile on numerous occasions.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    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 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 predictable in spots (until it isn't because it also addresses some serious issues), but it's sunny and bright and I rooted for the characters. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A good diversion from the news for sure but is a pleasant read for anytime.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Susan Page

    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 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. Persuading Rosa to come to Malta with her Is a way of helping her sort herself out. Dory has rented an apartment for the summer, owned by a family she knew as a child when she lived in Malta when her father was stationed there in the army. Their apartment is one of four, and Zach lives in the apartment above them while he is getting the other downstairs apartment ready for his aunt (one of the owners) to either live in or rent out. His sister Marci, along with her daughter Paige have come to stay with him, she and her brother have both escaped from Cornwall to get away from their domineering father, who doesn’t approve of either of them. We find out a great deal about Maltese food, Dory often spends much of the day cooking variations of recipes she has found, and Zach, Marci and Paige are often invited to come down for a meal as there is so much to eat. They discuss which variations of the recipes they like the best, Rosa makes notes about their choices so that Dory can decide which ones to include in the cookbook. And some of it sounds absolutely delicious! They all get along really well, and Rosa starts to go out and about with Zach, on a friend basis. But all is not completely well in Paradise, there are troubles and surprises in store for all of them, as well as happiness, and some sadness. It is a very ‘real’ story, the unpleasant things that happen are perfectly feasible, you can understand how and why they happen. Sadly they make Rosa and Zach have second thoughts about their budding relationship, although they have different reasons for their doubt. Of course we have a happy ending, it is a romance after all, but there are times when that is not a foregone conclusion! It is a sweet story made more special by having a cast of ‘real’ people and by a believable, uncontrived meeting. Very well worth reading.

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