Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Review: Summer on the Island by Brenda Novak

Summer on the Island
by Brenda Novak

Publisher: MIRA
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  After the death of her US senator father, Marlow Madsen travels to the small island off the coast of Florida where she spent summers growing up to help her mother settle the family estate. For Marlow, the trip is a chance to reconnect after too long apart. It’s also the perfect escape to help her feel grounded again — one she’s happy to share with friends Aida and Claire, who are hoping to hit reset on their lives, too.

A leisurely beachfront summer promises the trio of women the opportunity to take deep healing breaths and explore new paths. But when her father’s will reveals an earth-shattering secret that tarnishes his impeccable reputation and everything she thought she knew about her family, Marlow finds herself questioning her entire childhood — and aspects of her future. Fortunately, her friends, and the most unlikely love interest she could imagine, prove that happiness can be found no matter what — as long as the right people are by your side.

Kritters Thoughts:  Marlow Madsen goes to the summer home she enjoyed with her parents after her father has passed and she has sold her practice after so many years dealing with divorce and battling spouses she may not know what is next, but she is ready for something new.  She takes two friends with her who each have problems they need to escape and each need to regroup and find a new north.  

While a few sexy times in the book, this one had so much plot, that I could skip over the sexy times and enjoy these women as they battled with what they wanted to change and spend the summer trying to decide what is next for each of them.  While Marlow narrates the whole book, she is able to tell the complete stories of her two friends and this summer that changed their lives.  

I am not usually a fan of books with cheating spouses, but this one takes place after the act and is more about the women and how they recover and respond than it is about the actual deception.  

I think this book would be the perfect addition to any summer bag as it is easy to pop in and out of, but so engrossing that you don't forget what is going on and you want to know where these women end up.  

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

Ebook 2022 Challenge: 23 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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