The Summer Seekers

· HarperCollins UK
16 reviews

About this ebook

The feel-good Sunday Times Top 5 bestseller!

‘The road trip of a lifetime – terrific fun, and will have you reaching for your car keys’ Veronica Henry, Sunday Times bestselling author

‘Such good fun! An inspiring, romantic and joyful tale that proves it really is never too late for adventure!’ Laura Jane Williams, Our Stop

‘Warm-hearted, tender and wise, a truly uplifting story of life, love and daring to discover what lies beyond what you know’ Miranda Dickinson, Our Story

‘Thought-provoking fun, no matter what your age’ Woman’s Weekly

‘A warm-hearted tale of friendship, joy and sunshine with a message that it's never too late to embark on an adventure. Whisks you away on your very own road trip escape’ Yours

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Kathleen is eighty years old. After a run-in with an intruder, her daughter wants her to move into a residential home. She’s not having any of it. What she craves – needs – is adventure.

Liza is drowning under the daily stress of family life. The last thing she needs is her mother jetting off on a wild holiday, making Liza dream of a solo break of her own.

Martha is having a quarter-life crisis. Unemployed, unloved and uninspired, she just can’t get her life together. But she knows something has to change.

When Martha sees Kathleen’s advert for a driver and companion to take an epic road trip across America, she decides this job might be the answer to her prayers. Travelling with a stranger? No problem. She's not the world's best driver, but it couldn’t be worse than living with her parents again. And anyway, how much trouble can one eighty-year-old woman be?

As these women embark on the journey of a lifetime, they all discover it’s never too late for adventure...

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Readers love The Summer Seekers!

‘Reading a Sarah Morgan book is like receiving a warm hug, and this one is no exception’ NetGalley reviewer, 5*

‘One of my top reads of 2021. A truly wonderful read, a tonic, a pick-me-up and a smile. 10* if I could’ NetGalley reviewer, 5*

‘The absolute perfect summer read that you need in your life’ NetGalley reviewer, 5*

Ratings and reviews

16 reviews
Claire McPartlin
June 7, 2021
Oh I loved this book, such a lovely feeling throughout! Kathleen is 80 and lives on her own in a beautiful house in Cornwall. She's always been very independent and an adventurous world traveller so is finding it hard that she's more restricted now due to age. Her daughter, Liza, is always worrying about her and trying to persuade her to sell and go into assisted living accommodation for her own good, which Kathleen is having none of. Then, after a run-in with an intruder, Kathleen decides that life's too short and as she doesn't want to end up in a home and always wanted to travel Route 66 that's what she's going to do, hiring someone to drive and be her companion (25 year old Martha), much to the consternation of her daughter. Kathleen has always kept a tight control of her emotions and been a bit distant with her daughter but during the road trip we found out why. Kathleen starts to open up to Martha about her earlier life and emotions, and Martha starts to find her confidence which has been battered down by her critical family. We also have the delightful Josh, who the ladies pick up along their Route 66 adventure, who isn't quite what he seems either. Back home Liza is pushed too far by her family who treat her like a doormat, even though she lets them, so she takes herself off to the Cornwall house and rediscovers her love of painting and just having a bit of time to herself. And here we also meet Kathleen's next door neighbour, rock star Finn. He was only a side character but I'd love to hear more about him, hopefully in another book! So we have a couple of stories linked together but with everyone working through family issues and coming out the other side a lot stronger and happier. A delightful book!
7 people found this review helpful
Grace J. Reviewerlady
May 27, 2021
Such an adorable read; I always enjoy Sarah Morgan’s novels but this one really got to me. Kathleen is eighty years old and still living in the large family home; when she has a fall, her daughter Liza broaches the subject of selling up and moving to a residential home. Liza has a demanding family and can’t deal with her mother on top of everything else. However, Kathleen has other ideas; she’s always been independent and spirited and decides what she really needs is to travel and advertises for a driver to accompany her across America. Martha has had enough of her family constantly putting her down and a trip across the states with an octogenarian may well be just the ticket. She’s not the best driver in the world, but it’s got to be better than staying at home . . . What a well-conceived story this is. Fantastic characters, each with their own problems, merge together into a terrific read. Kathleen has lived a full life, but yearns for more. Liza does such a lot for everyone else that she has lost her sense of self and Martha? Well, Martha is the one I most identified with. Her family continually put her down and she so badly needs someone to build her confidence and boost her self-esteem. This is beautifully written, alternating between Kathleen and Martha on their trip and Liza at home. I got so engrossed in each part of the tale that it was rather a surprise each time it turned to the other! Tender, touching and utterly delightful, I really cannot recommend this one enough – it is a rich, rewarding read and one I’m happy to give all five sparkling stars.
11 people found this review helpful
Simon Smart
June 14, 2021
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About the author

Sarah Morgan is an international bestseller and Sunday Times bestselling author of A Wedding in December and The Christmas Sisters. She has sold over eighteen million books worldwide.

Sarah lives near London, England with her family and when she isn't writing or reading, she likes to spend time outdoors hiking or riding her mountain bike.

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