The Summer Island Festival by Rachel Burton


When Willow walks out on her own wedding, there’s only one place she can go…

Growing up in the island village of Seaview, Willow always dreamed of a bigger life. Then her childhood sweetheart Luc betrayed her and she ran, resolving never to look back. Now, twelve years on, her glamorous London life is a mess and the island is her only option.

But she’s not the only one back for the summer. Luc is now a world-famous heartthrob musician, and he’s finally come home to headline the Isle of Wight’s annual music festival.

As Willow untangles her messy past, she stumbles on a secret that could destroy her family, the island’s fragile community – and her second chance at love…


A story of self discovery
Willow ran away from her wedding and returned to her mums house on the Isle of Wight where she grew up. She reconnects with Luc, the man she had been in love with at school, and the headliner for her mums Folk Festival but her mums past comes back to haunt them 
Whilst the story telling is split between Willow, Luc and her mums past, the main voice is Willow. I did like Willow, she learns so much about herself and realises that she changed herself to fit into her ex fiancées life but she wasn’t really happy. Her return to the island may not have been planned but coming back allowed her to start to relax and understand more about herself and to realise what is actually important in her life. She is so conflicted throughout the book that I struggled to warm to her at times but as she starts to unravel her past and become the person she actually is instead of the one she thought she had to be she became more and more likeable to me. I will admit that I did love Luc, he lives in America but isn’t really happy there, he suffers from anxiety and panic attacks but his return to the island helps him to become more of himself. He still adores Willow but their past may be to much to overcome. Luc felt real to me, I could understand his issues and I was routing for him and Willow to find a way to be happy together 
The spectre of the past is a huge part of this book and I will admit that it wasn’t until late in the book that I fully understood why we were jumping from the past to the present and back again but once I realised why it actually had been skilfully woven into the story 
My initial draw to this book was its location, the Isle of Wight, it’s my holiday refuge and somewhere where I feel safe, happy and relaxed and this was something that the characters experienced as well which I think really made this story work for me
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a story that blends the past and present into a world of character self discovery 
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio 

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Rachel Burton has been making up stories for as long as she can remember and always dreamed of being a writer until life somehow got in the way. After reading for a degree in Classics and another in English Literature she accidentally fell into a career in law, but eventually managed to write her first book on her lunch breaks.

She has spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and their three cats. She loves yoga, ice hockey, tea, The Beatles, dresses with pockets and very tall romantic heroes.

Find her on Twitter & Instagram as @RachelBWriter or follow her blog at She is always happy to talk books, writing, music, cats and how the weather in Yorkshire is rubbish. She is mostly dreaming of her next holiday….

Social Media Links –

Twitter: @rachelbwriter



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