I had not read any books by Fiona Harper but I had always heard great things about them so when I was offered to review her latest one, I jumped at the opportunity. Have a look at what I thought of The Summer We Danced:
Title: The Summer We Danced
Author: Fiona Harper
Published: April 7th 2016 by Mira
Blurb: After a humiliating divorce and watching her former rock star husband leave her for a model live on reality TV, Pippa is determined to disappear. So she returns to the small Kent village where she grew up to make a fresh start. Little did she know that would mean saving her beloved childhood dance school or falling for her old school crush Tom too!
*First of all I would like to thank the publishers for sending me a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Review: The Summer We Danced is a cute story about finding yourself again, love and dancing, lots of dancing. I think the dancing scenes and references were the part that I enjoyed the most, so if you love dancing yourself or watching old Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies, this is your book.
The story focuses on Pippa, who returns home after her "kind of famous" rock star husband dumped her for a younger model. As you can imagine, Pippa's self esteem is at its lowest and she decides to drown her sorrows with food, something that doesn't really help her loving herself again. What does help her is rekindling her love for dancing, especially when she finds out that her beloved old dance teacher Miss Mimi is still bossing around in her dancing academy.
It took me while to get into the story, I guess because I wasn't sure I liked Pippa. But as the story progressed and we learned more about her, her past and how she gave everything to help Miss Mimi and her school, I started to feel more involved in the story too. Then, there was the love story between Tom and Pippa. They were best friends when they were teens and it was actually a comment from him which made Pippa quit dancing. Something I found a bit silly, but anyway, they meet again after 20 years and apparently there's still a sparkle between them. I didn't really get a vibe from them and their story was done and dusted quite quickly with a couple of misunderstandings thrown their way. This was actually OK because the main plot was saving Miss Mimi's school and that part I really enjoyed. They organised a Hollywood inspired dancing show, which sounded amazing.
All in all, I'd say The Summer We Danced is a light-hearted fun story that has its week points but that delivers what it promises. I enjoyed it but it won't leave a mark. As I said, the best part was all the dancing, which made me check Fred and Giger videos and reminded me how cool those old movies are.