Thursday, 22 October 2015

Summer Fling and Dancing Dreams by Sue Watson


Published: 3rd July 2015
Publisher: Bookouture
Available in Paperback and on Kindle

Dance like nobody’s watching. Love like you’ll never get hurt…
Laura Watkin’s heart isn’t broken, she’s just forgotten how to use it.

After years on her own, the highlight of single mum Laura’s week is watching Strictly Come Dancing with a glass of Pinot Grigio and a large helping of imagination.

With her daughter Sophie going travelling, Laura knows the time is right to do something for herself for a change. One disastrous Zumba class later and Laura ends up at the feet (literally) of gorgeous dance instructor Tony Hernandez.

A natural dancer and inspiring teacher, Tony rekindles in Laura a passion she inherited from her ballroom dancer father – and with it comes a dream… to make him proud.

But when Tony enters them to perform at the National Dance Festival, can Laura’s new-found confidence survive the test? And with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn Flamenco in Spain, could Laura truly learn to dance like nobody’s watching… and love like she’ll never get hurt?

A laugh-out-loud, uplifting comedy about finding the courage to be yourself, the importance of dreams, and learning to grab life by the glitter balls.

Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams is the second book by Sue Watson that I have read. After reading and loving Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas cake last Christmas I was eager to read Sue’s next book and was so glad to find I loved it just as much. Sue’s writing style is witty, honest and heart-warming and it brings to life her ordinary characters and makes them feel very real.
Laura is a forty-something single mum who has spent her life trying to give her daughter Sophie everything she never had as a child. As the story starts poor Sophie has been left standing at the alter and is now in tears outside the church, her heart completely crushed by the man she thought would give her the perfect life. Laura, also heart-broken at the prospect at having to pay for the non-wedding after hours of overtime, is crushed even further when Sophie reveals that she doesn’t want to end up like her mother: sad and alone with only the television and a glass of wine for comfort with no ambition in her life. Devastated by the way her daughter views her life Laura vows to add a little bit more spice into her life. After a disastrous Zumba class Laura meets Tony a dance instructor who helps Laura to slowly ignite her passion for dancing and so “Lola” is born.
I found Laura a really easy character to relate to, sometimes we all fall into a rut with the everyday routine of working and bringing up children, so to have all that hard work and effort thrown back in your face is hard to take, especially if it comes from your own daughter.  Some people might sulk and moan about their life but Laura hasn’t she’s just got on with it to help her daughter have the best life possible, so I was pleased when she decided to do something for herself and follow her dancing dreams. As soon as Laura starts to dance the passion she has inside her just oozed off the paged and I just loved Tony for helping her to become the wonderful and outgoing and very brave “Lola” that she deserved to be.
This is a hilarious and uplifting novel full of laughs and comedy moments which had me chuckling all the way through. Although Laura has to endure a little heartache along the way, she ultimately ends up as the stronger more confident women she longs to be and makes her mum and daughter proud of her. It’s a novel which leaves you thinking “I can do that” which I found very inspiring. So if you have hidden dreams let this little gem with its glitter and sequins work its magic and inspire you to follow your dreams just like Laura did.
I’d like to thank Bookouture for sending me an arc copy to review, I loved it and would like to rate it a very sparkly 5/5.

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