Synopsis: Summer has never been so scandalous…
When Violet moves to Swallow Beach, she inherits a small Victorian pier in with an empty arcade perched on the end of it, and falls in love immediately. She wants nothing more than to rejuvenate it and make it grand again – but how?
When she meets hunky Calvin, inspiration strikes. What if she turned the arcade into an adult-themed arcade full of artisan shops?
Not everyone in the town is happy with the idea, but Violet loves her arcade and business begins to boom. But as tensions worsen and the heat between her and Calvin begins to grow, life at Swallow Beach becomes tricky. Is it worth staying to ride out the storm? And can Violet find her own happy ending before the swallows fly south for the winter?
Kat's Rating: 4/5
Kat's Review: I have read a lot of books that involve characters receiving places through inheritance but I admit it's the first time I have read of a character inheriting a pier. Violet makes the decision to move to Swallow Beach living at a place called The Lido. When she arrives she feels an instant connection with her Grandmother who lived there and before she knows it she feels like she belongs. However, nothing runs that smoothly and almost as soon as she arrives she runs into some characters determined to stop her doing anything with the currently unused Victorian Pier.
I absolutely fell in love with the characters at Swallow Beach. There is the elderly gentleman Barty who lives downstairs from her, as well as the rather attractive Calvin Dearheart who it turns out is her direct neighbour living across the hall from her. Of course sparks fly between herself and Cal and she finds herself wondering if she is making the right decisions with her life. I loved the fact there was almost a second thread running through this story with Vi reading her Grandmother's diary. It was a tale of her uncovering the secrets that were once part of Swallow Beach.
I absolutely love Kat French and her style of writing. She always creates stories that you become invested in as she seems to pour so much love into her characters. Once the pier became a real life work space, the characters that worked there all had their own personalities that all blended to form part of a fantastic story and I could almost imagine myself sitting on one of those benches on the pier.I thoroughly loved this book, but for some reason I couldn't help but feel the ending was a little too rushed for my liking. It would have been nice to see a bit of a stretch with how it played out but that's just a minor niggle. I will as always look forward to her next release.