Review: One Perfect Summer


From New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak comes a novel about finding family in unexpected places and the lifelong bonds that don’t need a lifetime to forge

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.

But any future is easier to face with family by your side.

Rating: 4-stars


Brenda Novak has been one of my all-time favorite women’s fiction slash contemporary romance writers. I love her writing style and the characters she creates. However, it seems lately her books are just not hitting that high with me lately. I have read so many of her books. Starting with her latest book from the Dr. Evelyn Talbot series, Blind Spot, I was disappointed! I read every book in that series wanted to love that new book and bam, it hit at an all-time low. It just wasn’t her usual awesome writing style that I loved reading. Just like with Blind Spot, I’m feeling that with this latest novel, One Perfect Summer. It was okay but not Brenda’s normal best of the best type of writing.

The book is quirky and entertaining. A slow read with an intriguing plotline. Three women come together hoping to find their life path and getting to know each other. Family secrets have disrupted what they knew and now it’s time for change.

Characters in this book were great. They each added to the story. Different personalities and all, they made for a wonderful cast. Heartfelt group of strong yet determined women.

The lows of the book was that it dragged out too much for me. I need a faster plot pace to keep me saying, wow. It’s sad, because I normally don’t run into this issue with a Brenda Novak book. Maybe, she’s trying something different-I don’t know. I just hope she finds her magic and makes another 5-star amazing read soon!

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