‘One Silver Summer’ by Rachel Hickman is a gorgeous teen romance that will whisk you away to a windswept Cornwall for a modern day, fairy tale that is bound to delight. Sass is sent away to live in Cornwall with her Uncle after the untimely death of her mother in a car accident. Consumed by grief she seeks solace in the outdoors traipsing over Cornish hillsides and scrambling through rocky shores desperate for solitude. When she spies a silver horse in a quiet meadow, they make a connection and this fragment of stillness bring her a moment of happiness. Feeling like she has found a friend, for the first time she feels at peace only for it to be shattered by the appearance of a boy called Alex who is hiding a secret.
I was really intrigued to read ‘One Silver Summer’ because I have an 11 year old daughter who just adores romantic stories but I struggle to find anything suitable for her. And yes this fitted the criteria wonderfully and I was totally entranced and captivated by this beautiful, romantic story. It’s really refreshing to have a book that is suitable for teens which is clean enough but also ticks all the boxes in terms of having a thrilling and interesting storyline outside of the romance. It is the kind of book that I would have loved to have read growing up because it does – without giving away and spoilers – fulfil one of those magical dreams that you may have had of stumbling across your dream man in real life. (For me I have to say it was Joey from New Kids on the Block -(if you’re 30 or under you may need to Google him). The relationship that develops between Sass and Alex is like all the very best of stories beset on all sides with problems, the path of true love never does run smooth. With an unexpected and dramatic ending there is plenty of action to keep the reader engrossed and entertained. A glorious novel that explores the pain of loss perfectly, whilst capturing the all consuming excitement and torment of first love.
‘One Silver Summer’ is now available to pre-order online or from any good bookshop.
Thank you to Old Barn Books for sending me a copy of this glorious book to review, watch out for a special guest post from Rachel Hickman next month on the blog.