Guest Post: Vivienne of Serendipity Reviews & Her Desert Island Books

Today we’re welcoming the wonderful Vivienne, of Serendipity Reviews with a fantastic guest post on her Desert Island Books


I was over the moon when Lynsey and Vicki said I could join in their Summer Lovin month and found myself desperately searching through my book shelves to find the summer books that I would want to take with me to a desert island. It was such a difficult decision to make as there are so many, that in the end I had to follow my heart. Before you read on, I must stress that my reading taste is really eclectic, I can go from reading Young Adult to vintage without batting an eyelid, so be warned before you read that these books won’t suit everyone, but personally I love them.

The first book that came instantly to mind was Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman. This has not yet been released in the UK, but it will be available in January and I have to say you are in for a real treat. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt has to be one of my most favourite all time summer reads. Set in the Deep South, it follows the story of CeeCee, a young girl whose early life has been full of troubles. After the death of her mother, she is whisked away to live with her a great aunt she had never heard of. Aunt Tootie and a warm array of quirky characters help to transform CeeCee’s life, which allows her to blossom beautifully into a young woman.

The warmth in this book is just overpowering and because it is set in Savannah, you have the Deep South hospitality and weather to envelop you. I would recommend everyone reading this book.

My second choice is a romantic and hilarious read by one of my favourite chick lit authors, The Wedding Day by Catherine Alliot. Catherine is one of those authors that makes me cry with laughter. Her characters with all their quirks could have stepped right out of real life. Their behaviour will have you sniggering all over the place.

Annie O’Harran is sent off to stay in her elderly aunt’s cottage in Cornwall with her 12 year old daughter for a long needed vacation. She has visions of finishing her novel whilst there before returning to London to marry her fiancé, a physician called David. Whilst there, she wasn’t expecting to meet a cute American called Matt, who is renting the property next door, let alone fall in love with him. As her forthcoming wedding approaches, she has to make a decision about her future and soon.

This is a perfect, easy going and entertaining summer read bristling with romance.

My third choice is a little unusual as it is rather sad and heart wrenching. The Drowning by Valerie Mendes is a Young Adult novel that I really enjoyed and would definitely read again.

Sixteen year old Jenna is a talented ballerina and will stop at nothing to fulfil her ambition. However fate has a different idea and after a nasty accident, Jenna is filled with guilt and grief and gives up on her dream in order to help her father run the family business, a seaside restaurant in Cornwall. With the discovery of her brother’s diary and the help of a budding romance, Jenna learns to live again and the future begins to look brighter.

This was such a beautiful summer read that had me desperate to read more by this author. Instantly you find yourself transported to the summer season in Cornwall.
My fourth choice is a Virago classic that I read and fell in love with and is one that demands to be read in summer. It is Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Armin.

This book is set in the 1920’s and begins when two women read an advertisement in the paper inviting people to stay in a medieval castle in the Italian Rivera. Four women take up the offer and quickly depart for a summer of romance and fun. Within this book it is delightful to watch these older women allow the sun to open their minds and invite romance in.

My final choice has to be I Capture The Castle by Dodi Smith. I have read this book so many times and with each read I still love it. I always read it in the summer, although only part of the story actually covers that period of time. This book is the journal of a young girl called Cassandra who is growing up in a rumbling castle, with her unusual family. They struggle to survive with little money coming in and wait patiently for their father to write another novel, although the outlook is bleak as he suffers with severe writer’s block. Their lives are completely turned upside down when the American heirs arrive at the castle to take ownership and Cassandra finds herself falling in love for the first time.

This is a timeless classic that everyone should read at least once.

So there you have my five Desert Island books, I did warn you they were all very different, but that suits my eclectic taste.

Thanks Vivienne for sharing such a wonderful collection of books, we love your eclectic taste.
So what book would be your Desert Island Book?

9 thoughts on “Guest Post: Vivienne of Serendipity Reviews & Her Desert Island Books

  1. Great interview.

    I am with Vivienne, the UK are in for a treat when Saving CeeCee arrives here, finally, in January.
    It is such a lovely read and what a cover!

    I would also take 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff, Star Gazing by Linda Gillard and Green Eggs and Ham – Dr Suess. 🙂



  2. Wow they all sound good! I am particularly looking forward to reading Saving Cee Cee when it is available in the UK and also The Drowning, as I grew up in Cornwall so would like to see this authors take on the area. 🙂


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