About the Book:
Mae Summers and Gabe Broadbent grew up together in the idyllic Summers’ Inn, perched at the edge of the St. Lawrence River. Mae was orphaned at the age of six and Gabe needed protection from his alcoholic father, so both were raised under one roof by Mae’s grandparents, Lilly and George. Their childhood friendship quickly developed into a first love—a love that was suddenly broken by Gabe’s unexpected departure. Mae grew up, got over her heartbreak and started a life for herself in New York City.
After more than a decade, Mae and Gabe find themselves pulled back to Alexandria Bay. Hoping to find solace within the Summers’ Inn, Mae instead finds her grandparents in the midst of decline with their past unraveling around her. A lifetime of secrets stands in the way of this unconventional family’s happiness. Will they be able to reclaim the past and come together, or will they remain separate islands?
From the bestselling author of Mating for Life comes a powerful story about guilt, forgiveness and the truth about families: that we can choose them, just as we choose to love.
This is one of those books that I can see other people enjoying a lot more than I did. It is the story of four couples--Lilly and George, Lilly and Everett, Virginia (Lilly's daughter) and Chase and Mae (Virginia's daughter) and Gabe. In some ways it may have been the story of Jonah (Gabe's father) and Virgina as well. It is a story of love, of secrets and of pain. It is the story of the end of life and the story of new life. It takes place in different timelines and at first it is hard to follow how it all fits together.
Unfortunately, I never connected with the characters or felt real empathy for them. While I finished the book, I was glad to be done.
I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley. Grade; B-