by A S Randall
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Pub Date 18 Dec 2022 | Archive Date 31 Jul 2023
- Debut Novel -
"Embark on the Cygnus, for a timeless love story"
NA - Time Travel - Romance - Emotional - Self-discovery - Easy read
Jessica is a young woman who enjoys nothing more than her own company, she escapes to her family coastal home in Cornwall at every opportunity to sail on her fathers boat, Cygnus.
Something different occurs on one trip as she sails into a local town, where she encounters love at first sight with a local café waitress, Trisha. Being so fixated on the young woman, she fails to recognise little oddities in the town. On her second sailing visit, Jessica comes to the shocking realisation that she is not in her own time, and has somehow time travelled back to 1989.
In Thirty Summers, we compare the life and freedoms of a small English coastal town in 1989, to the freedoms of 2019. Both Jessica and Trisha face difficult and heartfelt challenges on their journey together whilst re-examining their present, their future and themselves in this extraordinary timeless love story.
Note: Thirty Summers does cover some triggering content, if you feel you may be triggered, please do send me a message and I will be happy to assist. But, I can confirm 30 Summers is focused on the love story between Jessica and Trisha.
Especially what it means to be queer in a small costal town in the UK. Not only that but we also get to experience these feelings in this settings in two different times. What a difference a couple of decades make, huh?
This is a love story but it is not your run-of-the-mill romance. 30 SUMMERS is thought provoking and it will tug on every single one of your heartstrings." - Simone from Germany
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I thought this was going to be a cute little romance but i was wrong. This is why I love going into books blindly with no real idea what it’s about. I was kindly sent this book by the incredibly talented author & Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.
This book broke my heart a few times and I just was not prepared for it. I can’t stop thinking about it, I don’t want to say much about the story line because I don’t want to spoil it but it is so much more than a summer romance.
My favourite character was Jessica’s dad as he was always her biggest fan and supported her constantly 💗
I also adored Maude and Gerald 🧡
I thought it was amazing how the author captured the difference 30 years made to how gay people were treated. 2 girls of similar ages and the completely different experiences they had on how they were treated by their friends and family when coming out 🌈
My review will not do this book justice. I may come back and add more to this as I cannot stop thinking about this book 💗
This book does cover some triggering subjects, I do not wish to post them as they may be spoilers for the reader but if you are thinking of reading this book and fear you may be triggered please message myself and I will be happy to advise of the triggers / or confirm whether a certain subject is mentioned in the book.
throughout our childhoods, we think we have so much time, until we grow up and suddenly come to the realisation that we will never have enough. time becomes both a blessing and a curse, as our titular character in <i>30 summers</i> soon will realise.
our titular character is jessica, a young woman in 2019 aware of the freedoms we now have as women, and as queer women. trish is a young woman in 1989, suffering under the weight of her secret and the life she wishes she could live. as jessica sails the sea where she lives in an english coastal town she meets trish and soon becomes enamoured. it is in her state of enamour that she fails to recognise the difference in time, only realising on her next trip that can do what most could only ever dream of - time travel.
across 30 summers we witness a love story between two women both divided and joined by time, meant to be, but also meant to be apart. they love, they leave, and they wait. i will not spoil anything further, but i will say that the ending both made my heart soar and plummet simultaneously.
a. s. randall crafted a beautiful love story through an emotional concept, giving us a promising read indeed.