Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Summer Sail
by Wendy Francis

Publisher: Touchstone
Pages: 307
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Three college roommates are celebrating a twentieth wedding anniversary by taking a cruise to Bermuda. As the ship pulls away from the pier, everyone is looking forward to lounging by the pool, sipping sunset cocktails, and reminiscing. Abby, the mother hen of the group, will be celebrating her wedding anniversary in style, even as she and her husband keep a secret from the group. Ambitious career woman Caroline happily anticipates several stress-free days away from her magazine job with her boyfriend, Javier, who may or may not be finally inspired to propose. And single mom Lee (annoyingly gorgeous and irresistibly popular in college) hopes she’ll win back the affections of her formerly sweet daughter Lacey, who after her first year in college, has inexplicably become a little bit of a monster.

As the balmy pink shores of Bermuda come into view, tensions simmer, and old jealousies flare, sending the temperature from soothing to scorching in this engrossing tale of three best friends on a vacation they won’t soon forget—but not for the reasons they expect.


Kritters Thoughts:  When you think of a summer women's fiction novel, this is the book that should now come to mind.  Three women have been friends since college and they often take vacations to reconnect.  This year one of them decides to combine the vacation with a celebration of their wedding anniversary and the girls plus their families.  So off they go from Boston to Bermuda . . . 

I loved that the story equally focused on each of the three ladies.  Each had something going on, but nothing felt overtly dramatic.  It was no where near soap opera level drama as I explained to my mom, it was "normal people drama."  They each had a full story but nothing overshadowed one or the other.  

I loved the setting.  A summertime cruise to Bermuda was so fun.  I have only cruised once, but reading this book made me giggle a few times at the honest moments that everyone has on a cruise - the joy of finding a quiet nook on the ship or the realization that there is food available at all times of the day and how to not continuously eat!

This book was just the right thing to read over a summer weekend by the pool or on our boat!  I loved that it had a great plot, some good character feelings and just the right setting.  This elevated Wendy Francis to an author I want to watch out for!


Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2018 Challenge:  59 out of 100


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Touchstone Publicity.  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.

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