#BookReview: Summer in the City by Emma Jackson

Summer in the City

The heartwarming new holiday read from the bestselling author of A Mistletoe Miracle.



Sometimes the one thing you’re looking for is right in front of you…

Stephen is on a very personal mission to find his father as per the wishes in their mother’s will. But he has no idea where to start, not that he’s going to tell anyone that… When Noelle, native New Yorker, daughter of a detective and desperate for a distraction from the novel she’s been struggling to write, offers to help, it feels like the perfect solution.

Except the last time she spoke to Stephen he thought they’d be seeing the New Year in together and instead she stood him up and sold him out! Stephen’s big enough and been around the block enough times to understand that all is fair in love and war, isn’t he? But when Stephen accepts her offer and they begin their search across the city, it soon becomes clear that the weather isn’t the only thing that’s heating up.

A heartwarming summer romance perfect for fans of Heidi Swain, Sarah Morgan and Holly Martin.




I didn’t realise this was a sequel to a book and it felt strange that all of the characters already knew one another so if you want more context, you definitely should read the previous book. Despite that, I thoroughly enjoyed this as a standalone novel.

Summer in the City is a lovely, romance read perfect for some light easy reading. The story is set in New York with Stephen, who hasn’t had contact with his father since being a child, searching for his father. After his mother passed away, he has be tasked with carrying out his mother’s will and delivering an envelope to him. With the help of his polar opposite, Noelle, their adventure takes them across New York on a whirlwind adventure.

The story is told from two different viewpoints and this changes seamlessly throughout the story. I loved how Noelle and Stephen’s characters opposed one another and as the story evolved, they equally complimented each other too. It worked well to show how each character reacted to certain situations.

This is definitely a character driven story and with such loveable characters, it was easy to enjoy. The sense of rapport between Noelle’s family and how supportive they are of her was one of my favourite parts of the story. Noelle was by far my favourite character in the book and she reminded me of myself constantly. Her head has everything organised but the world around her doesn’t seem to do the same thing!

It’s one of those books where you can easily predict the ending but just want to relax and be taken along for the ride. It left me with a great big smile on my face and a feeling of content.

A great book that you’re definitely going to want to read this summer.

I received a copy of the book from the book’s publisher via NetGalley in an exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed reading it too, thank you!

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/30zdI3G


Author Bio –

Author of the Best Selling A MISTLETOE MIRACLE, published in 2019 by Orion Dash, Emma has been a devoted bookworm and secret-story-scribbler since she was 6 years old. When she’s not running around after her two daughters and trying to complete her current work-in-progress, Emma loves to read, bake, catch up on binge-watching TV programmes with her partner and plan lots of craft projects that will inevitably end up unfinished. Her next romantic comedy, SUMMER IN THE CITY, is due for release in June 2020.

Emma also writes historical and speculative romantic fiction as Emma S Jackson. THE DEVIL’S BRIDE will be published by DarkStroke in February 2020.

Social Media Links –

Twitter: @ESJackson1

Instagram: @emma_s_jackson

Facebook @EmmaJacksonAuthor

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