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Some families we’re born into
Some we find for ourselves
When Serenity Alston swabbed her cheek for a genetic test, 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.
"This heartwarming story of sisters who bond as adults is sure to please...those who enjoy books by Susan Mallery and Debbie Macomber."—Library Journal
Don’t miss Brenda Novak’s latest book, When I Found You!
About the Author
Brenda Novak, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, has penned over forty novels. She is a three-time nominee for the Rita Award and has won the National Reader's Choice, the Bookseller's Best, and the Bookbuyer's Best Awards, as well as many others.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
"Riveting drama and suspense from a master of the craft. I loved this twisty tale of friends, enemies, lovers, liars, and a family fractured by secrets. It's the perfect read to cozy up to on a long winter night."--"Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author, on Before We Were Strangers"
"A breathlessly suspenseful story...Leave a light on tonight!"--"Catherine Coulter, #1 New York Times Bestselling author, on Blind Spot" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07R71BG48
- Publisher : MIRA; Original edition (April 7, 2020)
- Publication date : April 7, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1928 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 463 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #129,563 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2021
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There were so many relationships woven throughout the book and as I turned the last page, I was left with many questions. What happened to Finn and his brothers? Did Francine and Drew marry? What about their baby? I assume that Sawyer and Serenity stayed together…at least they’re both there when they visit Reagan in New York. Where does Rally end up? What about Lorelei? Lucy? How did Serenity’s siblings take their new relationship? With the twist at the end, do Serenity, Reagan, and Lorelei have other siblings? Way too many questions. The epilogue seemed like a cliff hanger, rather than a vehicle to tie up the loose ends.
I’m a fan of Brenda Novak and her books are on my auto-buy list. I’ll continue to purchase and read her books. As I stated above, the writing is always good. Sometimes the stories are detail heavy. With One Perfect Summer, the details were relevant and moved the story along. I’m hoping this is book one, and we’ll see the resolution of the sister’s story in book two!
THE STORY: When using a DNA test, Serenity Alston discovers two half sisters. As three meet for the first time, each of them is facing a crisis in their lives. Serenity has testified against her own husbands for crimes he committed which has caused conflicts in her family along with her questioning her own judgment. Lorelei's marriage has crumbled when her husband had an affair with her best friend. Reagan has had an affair with a married co-worker. Each of these women is struggling even as they are trying to see what relationship they can have with their newly discovered biological half-sisters.
OPINION: I liked this book as these three women try to create a relationship between them as their lives are complicated by men and children. There is quite a bit of drama and an attempt at an overarching mystery of how these three ended up related. That part of the book didn't work for me as well as the relationship building between these characters. The ending of the book really seemed to switch the mood of the story.
For me, the best part of the relationship between these sisters is how they come to accept one another. None of them is perfect and the acceptance is important to the story.
There is a lot of issues with men in this book and at times I just wanted to say -- figure out your own life and worry about men later. I prefer romances and even though I knew that this was women's fiction, I enjoy the author so I gave this one a chance. It was certainly a good and different read that is a perfect summer beach read.
WORTH MENTIONING: This is a woman's fiction book not a romance even though relationships with men are involved in the book.
CONNECTED BOOKS: ONE PERFECT SUMMER is a standalone.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.
The three sisters beccame great friends in the end, Serenity, Reagan and Lorelei all had very interesting back stories, brought together through the wonder of DNA testing, they all worked together to investigate their fin8.
The summer cabin, sounded idyllic, getting to spend quality time together to learn about each other.
I really thought that each of them grew into their sisterhood with poise and grace.
The peripheral characters really played integral roles within the story, and it would be nice to have more of the neighbourly brothers, they all seemed very interesting too, adding a further dimension to the whole story.
This has you holding your breath, laughing and crying with them, you always feel part of the story whenever you read a Brenda Novak book.