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Introducing The Summer Guest By Emma Hannigan


Author Emma Hannigan is back with her new novel THE SUMMER GUEST, a perfect summer read for your suitcase. Here she talks about where the idea came from for her book, and why it’s great to be one of the girls.

‘Lexie and her husband Sam have put their heart and soul into renovating No. 3 Cashel Square. Lexie’s mother thinks it’s high time they had a baby, but Lexi’s thriving art gallery keeps her more than busy. Plus her headstrong niece Amelie seems to have practically moved in. And then, just as summer arrives, a mysterious stranger knocks on the door. Kathleen Williams has come from America, longing to see the house in Cashel Square where she was born, over sixty years ago. Kathleen’s visit is tinged with sadness but she finds comfort and laughter with Lexie and Amelie. Soon the three women are sharing their hearts, tears and secrets, little knowing their unexpected friendship will touch them all in more ways than they can imagine…

When writing THE SUMMER GUEST I was keen to explore the dynamics between women of different ages. As a mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend I am well aware of how fortunate I am to have so many incredible women in my life. I know I would be lost without them. I don’t believe we can find all things in one person. I think we should surround ourselves with as many diverse personalities as possible. I know that’s how I constantly learn and evolve as a woman. I’m blessed to have a fabulous cross section of women in my world. I tried to channel this concept while writing the book. This story is about acceptance and trust but most of all it’s about friendship and the gifts it bestows upon us all.

I sincerely hope you’ll enjoy this story!

Emma Hannigan author of the Summer Guest

Emma Hannigan author of The Summer Guest

The book has had some fantastic feedback already from the readers of Good Housekeeping, and here is what they say about ‘THE SUMMER GUEST’:

‘A perfect summer read. Very absorbing and tempts me to travel to Ireland’
Jean, Somerset

‘I loved this book and couldn’t put it down. I have already saved my copy to reread during my summer holiday and then to pass onto my Mum’
Judith, Wellingborough

‘A warm and engaging story that brought together a group of women across the generations helping each other with the many choices and fears that we all experience at some point in our lives. A pleasure to read.’
Mrs J, Dunoon

‘A very enjoyable satisfying read – I was hooked by the characters and caught myself making time to read another chapter -I truly didn’t want to put it down and was immersed in the world Emma created’
Susan, Dorset

‘Just like a ‘Summer Guest’ this book should be read and enjoyed whilst sitting in the sun & drinking a glass of something chilled.’
Beryl, Aylesbury

The Summer Guest book cover

The Summer Guest book cover

Are you partial to a good book that can not only enlighten and engage, but also help relate to real life experiences? Then why not give Emma Hannigan’s THE SUMMER GUEST a try and let us know what you think of this heart-warming story.

Out now in paperback and ebook.


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