The path of true love never did run smooth…did it?
Kelsey Anderson is stuck in a rut so big, she’ll need a 4-wheel drive to get out. She’s just been made redundant from her dead-end job, and boyfriend Fran is so busy climbing up the career ladder that he’s forgotten how to have fun. She needs to change her life – and fast.
Stumbling across an advert for tour guides in Stratford-Upon-Avon seems like the perfect way to bring the sunshine back. In an impulsive move, she moves from her small Scottish village to Shakespeare’s birthplace, armed only with a suitcase and her battered copy of Shakespeare’s Sonnets.
Kelsey quickly falls in love with the place, her job as a tourist guide allowing her to explore every inch of the picture-perfect town, from cosy cafes to the picturesque banks of the river.
But it’s not just the town that captures her heart, as she finds herself torn between the actors Will and Jonathan who both vie for her affections.
But will beautiful Peony, the lead actress at the Oklahoma theatre company where Jonathan is playing Oberon in A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, play a role in keeping Kelsey and Jonathan apart?
Or will flirtatious, charming Will, the fellow tour guide who has set his sights on Kelsey, keep the star-crossed lovers from finding their happy ending?
A gorgeously uplifting, feel good romance that will captivate readers of Holly Martin, Cathy Bramley and Milly Johnson.
Readers are loving One Summer’s Night:
'I absolutely loved this debut novel from Kiley Dunbar...I haven't enjoyed a book in this genre as much as this for a long time...I defy anyone not to be rooting for Kelsey and booking a mini-break to Stratford when they finish this book! (5 stars) Netgalley reviewer
A light and frothy escape during these very heavy times
This book has everything you could want in a romantic comedy novel: a quaint but iconic setting described so well you feel like you’re there, a plucky heroine with enough faults to be realistic, and hot aspiring actors! Without spoiling too much, choosing A Midsummer Night’s Dream as the play within this book also serves as a wonderfully clever mise en abyme. My one gripe is that I feel the pacing was sort of off: there was a little too much time spent setting up Fran and not enough to sell us on the idea that Kelsey and Johnathan are really in love, but it was still a fun read. Give it a shot! You won’t regret this cool find.
Made it 24% before giving up. A quarter of the way in and I’m bored to tears waiting for something to happen. We still haven’t met either of the main guys she’s supposedly in a triangle with. But i guess i forgot about the triangle or missed that in the blurb, because we HATE triangles. Not sure why I downloaded this to begin with. But being a quarter of the way into it and still having no clue the direction this is taking...yah. I’m done. I give up. The blurb talking about the uplifting novel just falls flat for me.
Kiley Dunbar loves her characters and fills them will like able/love able traits making you care, no, deeply care about them thus creating spell-binding reading. I didn’t want to put it down. And, since I’ve acted in some Shakespeare, I feasted on each and every quote that neatly wound itself in the chapter pages. Bravo and thank you so much, Kiley!