A Summer in Sonoma is a sweet novel about four women who have been friends since high school. The book opens with Cassie on a date with a handsome guy she's been talking to on the phone for a while. Instead of heading for the concert they were supposed to attend, her date tries to rape her in the car. Luckily this pony-tailed guy with a naked lady tatoo on his arm, who is dressed like a biker rescues her before things get to far. How far will things go with Walt? Julie is married and the mother of three, and the wife of a paramedic. To say they are having money trouble is to put it mildly. Marty's husband is a fireman and has become the world'g biggest slob at home. One day when she walks out in a huff to cool down she runs into an old flame. Beth is a doctor who had breast cancer years ago. Now she has it in the other breast.
I enjoyed the book and found myself wanting to know more about some of the characters. We learn a lot about Cassie and Walt, and about Julie and her husband; however I would have liked more information about why some of the other characters acted as they did. A Summer in Sonoma is mass-market romantic fiction. Unmarried characters end up in bed together and while marital infidelity is condemned, the same cannot be said for pre-marital sex. There is one reasonably vivid bedroom scene and I liked the fact that it was almost the end of the book before it occurred--the couple was definitely in love rather than lust.