Friday, April 9, 2021

Review: Summertime Guests by Wendy Francis

Summertime Guests
by Wendy Francis

Publisher: Graydon House
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  The Seafarer is the place to see and be seen in the summer…

With its rich history and famous guests, the glamorous Boston hotel is no stranger to drama. But the bustle at the iconic property reaches new heights one weekend in mid-June when someone falls tragically to her death, the event rippling through the lives of four very different people. 

Bride-to-be Riley is at the hotel to plan her wedding. She would have preferred a smaller, more intimate celebration, but her bossy mother-in-law has taken charge and her fiancé hasn’t seemed to notice. Jean-Paul, the hotel’s manager, is struggling to keep his marriage and new family afloat, but now he must devote all his energy to this latest scandal at work. Claire, recently widowed, comes to town to connect with a long-lost love, but has too much changed in the last thirty years?  And then there’s Jason, whose romantic getaway with his girlfriend has not exactly gone the way he'd hoped and instead has him facing questions he can't bring himself to answer.

Over three sun-drenched days, as the truth about the woman who died—and the secret she was hiding—is uncovered, these four strangers become linked in the most unexpected of ways. Together, they just might find the strength they need to turn their own lives around.

Kritters Thoughts:  This book is half a mystery and half a women's fiction story of a cast of characters, as early in the story a young woman dies at the hotel and the reader must get to the end to find who died and the circumstances surrounding her death.  

Without spoiling the outcome, I can say that I was caught by surprise by the outcome and I am not sure if I was satisfied with it, but getting to know this cast of characters surpassed my feelings and I loved getting to know them and seeing them pass in and out of each other's stories.  From a young couple who is planning their wedding at the hotel when the death occurs to a young couple who is trying to vacation and get away from the day to day life to an older woman who is trying to reconnect with a past love and make a new future.  And the manager of the hotel who is from France and with a young infant is trying to do a full time job while also dealing with this major tragedy at this newly renovated historical hotel.  For me the cast of characters and their fully developed stories is what made this book a great read for me.  

I loved how Wendy Francis sprinkled in elements of a typical mystery with the basics of a women's fiction with a cast of characters of women and men who have great story arcs.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 37 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from HarperCollins  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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