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Updated: Nov 27, 2018

“CHILBURY is the PERFECT summer read!” a reader messaged me yesterday, sending this glorious photograph; what a delightful way to spend the summer!

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir, by author Jennifer Ryan, is set in Britain during the Second World War
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir, by Jennifer Ryan, ready for a lovely, relaxing summer

Well, that started me thinking about how crucial it is to have a brilliant read while away; not only does it make the moment shine, but it rounds off the entire vacation with that magical feeling of escape, taking you into a different world.

It was with this in mind that I sat down and worked out the five core features on the perfect summer book:

1. It needs a beautiful, quintessentially fascinating location, both in place and time

2. It needs to look deeply into human relationships; how others impact our lives

3. It needs to delve into people’s pasts; how the details and the big stuff affect our present

4. It needs to deliver a core message; bring me something that changes the way I look at the world

5. It needs a gripping plot, and a happy ending!

Whatever you’re reading, I wish you a wonderful summer, with plenty of great escapes.

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