Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Summer House. First, I want to point out the fun and beautiful cover…takes my breath away. After reading so many mysteries and suspense books, The Summer House was the perfect break for me! Read below for information on the book, as well as my review (thank you Bookouture!).
Some summers will stay with you forever…
Callie Weaver and best friend Olivia Dixon have finally done it: put their life savings into the beach house they admired through childhood summers, on the dazzling white sand of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. They’re going to buff the salt from its windows, paint its sun-bleached sidings, and open it as a bed and breakfast.
Callie’s too busy to think about her love life, but when she catches the attention of local heartthrob Luke Sullivan, his blue eyes and easy smile make it hard to say no. He’s heir to his father’s property empire, and the papers say he’s just another playboy, but as they laugh in the ocean waves, Callie realizes there’s more to this man than money and good looks.
Just when true happiness seems within reach, Callie and Olivia find a diary full of secrets… secrets that stretch across the island, and have the power to turn lives upside down. As Callie reads, she unravels a mystery that makes her heart drop through the floor.
Will Callie and Luke be pulled apart by the storm it unleashes, or can true love save them?
The Summer House is an absolutely gorgeous, heart-warming summer romance, about the importance of family, not keeping secrets, and learning how to open your heart.
My Review: 5/5
I loved this book! Callie and her best friend, Olivia, just purchased the Beachcomber. It is an old home they are renovating to become a B&B, located on the coast of the beautiful North Carolina. On a busy afternoon, Callie goes to town to pick up lunch and runs into the gorgeous and famous, Luke Sullivan. Sparks fly, and the rest (as they say) is history!
First, the characters in this book were just perfect. Callie is such a strong woman, with vulnerabilities holding her back from giving in to Luke’s charms. Luke is the perfect man, sweet, funny, and handsome. He is every woman’s dream! The two of them had great chemistry from the start, which was so fun to read. I also enjoyed the supporting characters: Olivia, her grandmother Gladys, and Luke’s family.
The setting of the book makes it the perfect summer read. I can envision this being read on a cruise ship, or on white sands while sipping a fruity drink (with a fun umbrella, of course!). The author’s descriptions of the ocean, the beach, and the cute little town allowed me to escape as though I was right there with Callie and Luke, running on the beach, salt in the air.
There are a couple of little twists that add a slight mystery to the story. While renovating, Callie and Olivia discover an old journal and lockbox from the previous deceased owner. After taking matters in to her own hands, Callie learns a deep secret that could destroy the Sullivan family. While I did find it a little predictable, it was a great added element that only deepened the story and characters.
I highly recommend this fun, light read!
About the Author:
When she graduated college, one of Jenny’s friends said “Look out for this one; she’s going to be an author one day”. Despite being an avid reader and a natural storyteller, it wasn’t until that very moment that the idea of writing novels occurred to her.
Sometimes our friends can see the things that we can’t. Whilst she didn’t start straight away, that comment sowed a seed and several years, two children and hundreds of thousands of words later, Jenny finished her first novel – Coming Home for Christmas – which became an instant bestseller.