review: „Summer at the Dog & Duck“ (Jill Steeples)

At the beginning of the year (is it really April now?! Time flies!) I’ve read the first book of the Dog & Duck-series by Jill Steeples. Thanks to NetGalley I was able the read the next book: „Summer at the Dog & Duck*“ will be published on 1 June. If you haven’t read the first one yet, please notice that this review might contain some spoilers.

A few months have passed since Ellie took over the pub called „The Dog & Duck“ and started the relationship with Max Golding, the good looking property developer and owner of a manor. It’s spring now and Ellie enjoys running the pub and the company of her dog Digsby. Sadly, there isn’t a lot of time for Max as they are both busy with their jobs. Then there is the summer fair coming and some other celebrations, too.

When Max‘ teenage sister Katy shows up, there are a few arguments not only between the siblings. And we shouldn’t forget Max‘ ex Sasha who has a little surprise and Ellie fears the worse. And it’s kind of weird that her name is Sasha because my boyfriend’s name is Sascha. 😃

So this is a quick summary of the events. Although books like this are predictable, I loved reading this heart-warming novel. On some points I was like „omg, Ellie. Don’t you see what’s happening with you? Even I can see that!“ But I don’t know. If you were in her situation, would’ve you noticed? I think not.

On the other hand, I couldn’t tell at the beginning what the problem between Katy and her mum was. I understand her behaviour now and you can see a big development in her character – as well as in Sashas.

The end came too quickly and it’s a cliffhanger! Now I want to know what happens next. Will Max propose? What about their announcement? How are the reactions? What about Polly and George? I hope there will be a third book!

Summer at the Dog & Duck
Dog & Duck
Jill Steeples
Women's Fiction, Romance
1. Juni 2017

The perfect summer read. Continuing the light hearted, uplifting dramas around the The Dog & Duck pub and the life of its landlady Ellie Browne.

Ellie Browne has found happiness running The Dog & Duck pub in the idyllic village of Little Leyton, and her blossoming romance with tall, handsome property developer, Max Golding, is going swimmingly. With her new best friend, Digby, the black Labrador at her side, life just couldn't be sweeter.

But their peace is shattered when Max's younger sister, Katy, turns up unannounced with a whole heap of attitude. And Max's loyalties are stretched further when his glamorous ex, Sasha, re-appears with her own burgeoning secret.

With the master of the manor preoccupied with the demands of his 'other women', Ellie's forced to consider if she has any role to play in Max's life or in the village of Little Leyton.

Can Ellie get her life and relationship back on track in time for the summer charity ball at Braithwaite Manor?

Rating Report
Overall: 4.9

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