Thank you HarperCollins Publishers and Brenda Novak for gifting me a copy of ONE PERFECT SUMMER to read and review.
“When Serenity Alston swabbed her cheek for 23andMe, 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.
Serenity has always found solace at her family’s Lake Tahoe cabin, so what better place for the three women to dig into the mystery that has shaken the foundation each of them was raised on? With Reagan navigating romantic politics at her New York City advertising firm, 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 paths they walked to get there and determine how to move forward when everything they previously thought to be true was a lie.”
If I could have chosen one place to read this book, it would be right on the beach with the sand between my toes and the never-ending ocean out in front of me. Everything about ONE PERFECT SUMMER screamed beach read.
At first, I was a little overwhelmed by the length of the book. I kept wondering how this story could play out over 450 pages. Would there be that much to write about surrounding the three siblings? Couldn’t it be a teensy bit shorter?
However, I was sorely mistaken and thought that the length (and the depth) of this novel was perfect. I loved that this story was told in the alternating perspectives of Serenity, Lorelei, Reagan, and a few other surprise characters. With every chapter, I was given a deeper appreciation for all of the baggage that each woman carried. I think that my favorite character was Lorelei – I truly loved how she continued to stand up for herself for the first time in her life.
I would like to mention that this book is not something that should be considered a “fast” read; there were chapters that crawled by but, as a reader, you need to appreciate that Novak told the story with such sincere depth that not every page can be riveting. There were definitely aspects to the story that I struggled with and the ending seemed rushed but the overall ingenuity of the story is what kept my attention.
Thank you again to Brenda Novak and HarperCollins publishers for the opportunity to read this book before its release date! If you would like to give ONE PERFECT SUMMER a try, you can order the book now! It was released on April 7, 2020.