The Colour of Summer

The Colour of Summer

by Victoria Connelly

4 out of 5

How long can you hide your past from the one you love?

When Abigail and Edward became co-owners of historic Winfield Hall in the beautiful Sussex countryside, they had little idea what the future held. But, as the days of summer lengthen, their feelings towards one another grow and love begins to blossom.

Harry and Aura have been a couple for a year now and, with the summer solstice approaching, Harry hatches a very special plan. He just hopes that the sun, moon and the stars are all in alignment.

But not everything is going to plan. Life has a way of catching up with you and it isn’t long before Abi discovers that Edward’s been lying about his past, and the family secrets he’s been hiding now threaten their future happiness. Can Edward make amends for his mistakes and will Abi ever be able to forgive and trust him again?

Heartwarming and uplifting, The Colour of Summer is the final book in The House in the Clouds trilogy by the bestselling author of The Rose Girls and the Book Lovers series.

Summer has come to Winfield Hall, but there are many changes ahead.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

It was lovely to return to Winfield Hall. As in the last book, The Colour of Summer is shared between four narrators.
Abi has never been happier, but her happiness is about to be tested.
A dark secret from her past is causing unrest; and she loses someone close to her.

Edward also loses someone, but has a vastly different experience. His own secrets threaten his friendship with Abi.

Harry and Aura have now been together for a year, and their future is looking brighter than ever.

This book follows on from where the last one left off. The relationships that have already been established are followed, as they develop further.
Most of them are very sweet, and I couldn't help but be happy for the characters I've been following, as Harry and Aura get their happy ever after; and Edward and Abi's will-they-won't-they friendship finally comes to a head.
I also liked how some of the side character's relationships were developed. Like Harry's mum and Aura, after the prejudices in the last book, they finally come together and Aura finally gets a mother-figure that appreciates her.

It further explores the very different and difficult connections between family members.
I thought it tackled mental health well. Abi's sister is reluctant to get help, which I can understand, as even though society has improved, it's still hard to admit you need help.

I also really liked how the house, the gardens and the English countryside all play a big part in this series.

The not-so-good.
I felt that this book was just focussed on wrapping up the lives of the main four characters. it was very pleasant to read, but it felt like it was missing its own plot, that helps differentiate it from High Blue Sky.
I was excited to see what part newcomers Tim and Samantha would play, and I was a little disappointed that they are only background characters that you learn nothing about.

Overall, this has been a nice series, and it has been lovely to see the characters embrace their next steps.


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