by Wendy Wax
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Goodreads: Twenty years ago, Emma Michaels, Mackenzie Hayes, and Serena Stockton bonded over their New York City dreams. Then, each summer, they solidified their friendship by spending one week at the lake together, solving their problems over bottles of wine and gallons of ice cream. They kept the tradition for years, until jealousy, lies, and life’s disappointments made them drift apart.
It’s been five years since Emma has seen her friends, an absence designed to keep them from discovering a long-ago betrayal. Now she’s in desperate need of their support. The time has come to reveal her secrets—and hopefully rekindle their connection.
But when a terrible accident keeps Emma from saying her piece, Serena and Mackenzie begin to learn about the past on their own. Now, to heal their friendship and their broken lives, the three women will have to return to the lake that once united them, and discover which relationships are worth holding on to . . .
Kritters Thoughts: A book that is about friends who can sometimes take a higher place in their lives over family (especially if your family isn't the best). These three women have been friends since college and have always been each other's first phone calls until one of them put some distance in between and after 5 years has decided to try to restore the friendships. They take the restoration to the lake which was an annual tradition, but some bumps and bruises occur before they can even get to the lake.
It was so easy to get to know each of the women. They were all distinct but the author did a fantastic job of allowing the reader to get to know them and then to get to know how they are as a unit of friends. They way they bounced off each other was such fun to read, it just flowed well.
As in most books I have read recently, I predicted the final reveal early on, but I was still satisfied with how the book ended and how it got to the ending. The destination was still worth the journey!
I adored this book. Although I didn't get the pleasure to read it on vacation, I wish I had! This is one to pack for the pool or the beach and just enjoy a great honest book about female friendships and the value they add to your life.
Rating: perfect beach read
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley NAL. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.