Venetia Summers finds her life unraveling after her boyfriend, David, buzzes off the Brazilian jungle. Left alone in Norfolk, chaos reigns as her three children run wilder than ever. No longer ‘buffered from single motherhood’, Venetia’s life is complicated further by a bad-mouthed green parrot, a burgeoning fashion career designing demented cardigans and her brother’s outrageous wedding. Emails languish unanswered, phone lines cut out and her long-distance relationship proves boring and frustrating, yet life and love take some very unexpected turns.
“I loved it. I couldn’t put it down ... Raffaella Barker is so good at drawing her characters and making them likeable that within about ten pages you know them intimately and a few pages later you are almost as concerned about them as you are your real friends ... Very, very well done”Daily Express
“My advice is not to read Summertime in public. You’ll giggle, you’ll snort, you’ll make an exhibition of yourself … I loved Hens Dancing, and this is better yet”Country Life