Summer Secrets by Number One bestselling author, Jane Green, is a gripping tale of recovery and redemption.
June, 1998. At twenty-seven, Cat Coombs is struggling. She lives in London, works as a journalist, and parties hard. When she discovers the identity of the father she never knew she had, it sends her into a spiral. She makes mistakes that cost her the budding friendship of the only women who have ever welcomed her. And nothing is ever the same after that.
June, 2014. Cat's life has come full circle. She wants to make amends to those she has hurt. Her quest takes her to Nantucket, the gorgeous New England island where the women she once called family still live. What Cat doesn't realize is that these women, her real father's daughters, have secrets of their own. As the past collides with the present, Cat must confront the darkest things in her own life and uncover the depths of someone's need for revenge.
Lives of alcoholics has been a writer's favourite topic for quite some time. Different shades of alcoholism has been depicted. Summer secrets is one of the shades- The story shows how alcohol provides momentary bliss while disrupting precious relations.
A strong storyline is the USP of the book. The one liner of the story itself provides wide possibilities of creative endeavour which was successfully exploited by the author. The narrative style is the first person narration of the protagonist. The switch to third person narrative in the flashback is interesting and provides clarity.
Unlike the cliched romances we see lately, Cat's and Jason's relation is refreshing and platonic. It is a welcome change to see that the two lovers did not jump to bed to officially accept the relation. The book providesa glimpse of a lot of relations - Father -daughter, mother-daughter, grandmother -grandchild, aunt-niece, sisters, friends. Each relations is given due importance and holds the deserved position in taking the story forward.
The melodrama was over the top in several sequences. Author's description of geographical demographics seems judgemental.
Overall the book is a refreshing and engrossing read written with utmost sincerity.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
About the author
JANE GREEN is the author of more than a dozen bestsellers, including Jemima J, Mr. Maybe, and The Beach House. Originally from London, she now lives in Westport, Connecticut, with her husband, children, and a menagerie of animals.