Book Review: “One Silver Summer” by Rachel Hickman

After losing her mother in a tragic car accident, Sass finds herself being shipped to Cornwall, England to live with an uncle she’s never met. The English seaside is beautiful, but it can’t heal the hole she feels inside of her. Alex is British royalty, fleeing to his ancestral home by the sea to try to escape the paparazzi swirling around him in the wake of his parents’ divorce. When he runs across Sass trespassing on family land, captivated by the family’s old race horse, Bo, he can’t believe she has no idea who he is. And Sass can’t believe that after all she’s lost, there just might be something to smile about again.

In One Silver Summer, Hickman has crafted a sweet and breezy summer romance perfect for a rainy June day or reading at the beach. Alex and Sass bond through their love of horses and riding, and though I wasn’t sure about reading a “horse book,” I’m glad I did!

The setting Hickman evokes – of misty days by the sea, old castles, and the simplicity of a life in the country – is charming. The author also manages to keep enough threads in play to keep things interesting, including the wealthy social climber who desperately wants to be romantically linked to Alex and the Daily Sun reporter who’ll stop at nothing to get the scoop on the young prince’s love life.

All in all, it’s a fast and easy read, and if it does get a little melodramatic towards the end, it’s an enjoyable ride, so I’m willing to let that slide. A tale perfect for summer daydreaming!

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review.