Summer at my Sister’s by Emily Harvale

Twin sisters. One scorching summer.

A bucketful of secrets.

Diana’s life is perfect. Her twin sister, Josie’s – not so much.

Diana has a rich and successful husband, two talented youngsters and an adorable dog. She always looks as if she’s stepped from the cover of a magazine. Her immaculate second home by the sea, for idyllic summers with her perfect family, was actually featured in one.

Josie has a messy, compact flat, dates, but not relationships, and she can’t even keep a houseplant alive. She moves from job to job, goes clubbing with her friends and often looks as if she’s fallen through a hedge.

Although Josie loves Diana deeply, each year she declines the invitation to spend the summer with her sister. Or any other family holiday. Because Josie has a secret.

But is Diana’s life so perfect? Or is she also hiding something? When secrets are revealed this summer, everything will change. Josie could finally have the life she’s always wanted … if she’s brave enough to take a chance.


My review

Oh, but I do love Emily Harvale’s books! Always entertaining, interesting, revealing, absorbing, unique, she never fails to thoroughly delight the reader.

This book is set in picturesque Seahorse Harbour (and you get to learn a few facts about seahorses while you’re  there). One fact you don’t learn, at least not for a while, is why Josie hasn’t been to this perfect-sounding place for so long, despite family links. And another is what is going on behind the scenes with Diana.

As always with this fabulous author, there are secrets to be discovered. It’s fascinating as they’re gradually revealed.

We have some charming men to catch the eye of our heroine, and us too! And a lovable dog who has his part to play.

Family plays a crucial role, as does community, creating a rich, warm atmosphere, despite the odd hiccup.

There’s a lot going on in the novel, and we’re kept hanging on every word since it’s all so involving. There’s humour, crossed purposes, economies with the truth when pride is at stake, and lots of very clever writing.

Wonderful from front cover to back!


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Author bio

Emily writes novels, novellas and short stories about friendship, family and falling in love. She loves a happy ending but knows that life doesn’t always go to plan. Her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily loves to connect with her readers and has a readers’ group in which many have become good friends. To catch up with Emily, find out about the group, or connect with her on social media, go to her website at

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now writes full-time. She’s a member of the SoA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. When not writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats that like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether Emily is typing on it, or not.

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1 comment

  1. Wow! Thank you so much, Stephanie. You’ve made my day with your fantastic review. I’m absolutely thrilled. Wishing you and your readers a wonderful day.
    Love, Emily xxx

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