About the Book:
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.
As you may surmise by the dearth of recent posts, I've been in a reading/blogging funk lately. I haven't felt like reading and I have wanted to write even less. Given that attitude, I didn't really think it was right to blast some author about a book I didn't like primarily because I didn't want to read at all.
However the other day I was perusing NetGalley and I saw Summer on the Island and I wanted to read it. I generally like Brenda Novak's books and the premise of this one sounded interesting. Unfortunately, this one came out as just too predictable. It's a romance so it was no stretch to figure that they would end up together, but the other plot threads involving Marlow's friends and family members were just as predictable.
One first for me is that this was the first book I've read that incorporates Covid-19 and the changes it made to the world. Marlow and her friends live in California and one has lost her business due to the pandemic. Of course in Florida the pandemic is little more than a subject of disinterested conversation.
I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley. Grade B-