EXCERPT: ‘What’s this?’ Julie eyed her daughter’s handwriting on the front of the envelope.
‘Open it.’ Bri took a large bite, but Julie wasn’t hungry all of a sudden.
She opened the first envelope and read the single sheet.
A call to Summer Island Book Club January 14th
Julie shook her head. ‘I don’t understand.’ Her words were hollow because her brain was processing a thirty two year old message. The last time she’d seen those words, she was graduating high school. All her friends had moved on with their lives, leaving the slow, dyslexic, artsy girl behind to marry young because that was her only choice. Not that she regretted her years with Joe, not at all, but she had envied her friends worldly lives after graduation. Kat went Ivy League. Wind landed a part in a Broadway production. Trace joined some world renowned ocean conservation company and made headlines cleaning up oil spills and inventing new ways to combat the plastic problem in the oceans.
Julie had stayed in the same town, doing the same thing, for three decades. ‘No,’ she mumbled under her breath. ‘I don’t want to see them.’
ABOUT ‘SUMMER ISLAND BOOK CLUB’: Widow Julie Boone has lived her life and is content, so she thought until her daughter gives her the perfect nightmare of a fiftieth birthday gift-her three childhood besties. The arrival of her wildly successful, buttinski friends, overwhelms Julie when her life goes from peaceful to melodrama, makeovers, and matchmaking. Especially when they make her believe there is still life to be lived with one handsome sailor who’s just moved to town.
Trevor Ashford retreats from big city life to sunny Florida after a failed marriage and damaged reputation. His only wish is to open a small boat charter company in peace, but when Houdini-a mischievous pet ferret-steals an engine part and leads him on a merry chase into the arms of Julie Boone, he has to choose between being a recluse or embracing a new love.
MY THOUGHTS: Summer Island Book Club by Ciara Knight is a quick, easy, sweet and entertaining read, but it’s very little to do with a book club, other than historically.
I like the characters, and I like that they are an older age group than what is usually found in a romance novel. I found Julie really easy to relate to, probably because we share a lot of the same personality traits.
I liked that the love interests don’t immediately jump into bed, but I did feel that the whole ‘romance/falling in love’ scenario was extremely rushed, happening over a very short period of time, approximately two weeks, give or take, by my calculation. That was a negative for me.
And, as I mentioned, there actually isn’t a book club, or any books read, or discussed. In fact, until right at the end, there isn’t even any mention of books. Julie never sits down with a drink and a book, never reads a book on the beach . . . there’s no mention of books in her house! And I do love the cover. I could easily insert myself into it.
But, this was a fun read and one not to be taken seriously. I enjoyed it, but it is not one that I will remember for long, although I do have it’s follow up, Summer Island Sisters queued up to read.
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THE AUTHOR: A friend once told me that I live eighty percent of my life in my imagination and twenty percent in the real world. I can’t deny this. I’m Ciara Knight
USA Today Bestselling author of sweet contemporary and southern romance. I’ve written almost fifty novels.
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