⇒“She’d promised herself one precious summer, and she was going to have it.” -One Perfect Summer by Brenda Novak ⇐
**Many thanks to NetGalley, MIRA Books, and the author for the opportunity to read a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Author: Brenda Novak
(4.35 stars – Goodreads rating)
Genre: Fiction / Adult Contemporary
Publication Date: April 7, 2020, by MIRA Books
Pages: 464 (Kindle version)
They’d gotten to know each other on a level they couldn’t have any other way – had become real sisters – while staying in this beautiful place.
Three women discover that life has more than a few surprises in store as they discover each other as sisters, as women, and as friends. Let’s check out the blurb…
When Serenity Alston swabbed her cheek for 23andMe, she joked about uncovering some dark ancestral scandal. The last thing she expected was to discover two half sisters she didn’t know existed. Suddenly, everything about her loving family is drawn into question. And meeting these newfound sisters might be the only way to get answers.
The women decide to dig into the mystery together at Serenity’s family cabin in Lake Tahoe. With Reagan navigating romantic politics at work and Lorelei staring down the collapse of her marriage, all three women are converging at a crossroads in their lives. Before the summer is over, they’ll have to confront the past and determine how to move forward when everything they previously thought to be true was a lie. But any future is easier to face with family by your side.
…any future is easier to face with family by your side.
As this title suggests, this book is best read during the summer, especially if you happen to be spending time at a lake or a beach!
It’s a light and easy read with an underlying mystery that will have you turning pages to get to the bottom of.
If you’re already a Brenda Novak fan, then you already know what to expect from her writing and her characters. You know how she connects a good story with enticing romance. You get both with her latest release.
Brenda Novak is a pro in this genre, and she knows how to write relationships. I guess that’s why I wanted so much more direct interaction between the sisters themselves. They fell into a respectful togetherness from the beginning, but it would have been nice to see their family relationship grow with each other even more throughout the story.
Also, can I just mention (carefully – without spoiling anything!) that each sister’s life drama could really have been a standalone book for each of them. Especially Lorelei’s story; oh man!
All in all, this is a book about acceptance, forgiveness, and rediscovery. It may include very specific triggers for those who have dealt with infidelity; however, those triggers become valuable life lessons for the characters and lead them into the next stages of their relationships.
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Brenda Novak, a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, has penned over sixty novels. She is a five-time nominee for the RITA Award and has won the National Reader’s Choice, the Bookbuyer’s Best, and many other awards. -bio from publisher