by Jenny Hale
Published by Forever on May 7, 2019
Sub-Genre/Theme: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Women's Fiction
Source: The Publisher
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I received an advance copy of this book from The Publisher.
Callie Weaver and her 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 real estate 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 the diary unleashes, or can true love save them?
It’s the middle of a global pandemic in April, so I figured it’s the perfect time to pick up a beach read! The Summer House by Jenny Hale is the perfect read if you’re looking for a sweet romance with a side of family secrecy. While it’s a departure from my usual steamy romances, this book is more in the vein of a Hallmark movie style story, so if that’s your jam, you’ll love this.
Callie and her BFF Olivia are renovating a beach house on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It’s the house where they spent summers growing up, so they have lots of sentimental ties to the area and the house itself. After the house is fixed up, they’re going to open it up as a bed and breakfast.
One day in town, Callie runs into Luke Sullivan, real estate heir and supposed local playboy. He’s known more for his good looks and the company he keeps (models and actresses), so Callie’s a bit intimidated by his reputation. When Luke takes an interest in Callie, she’s hesitant to get to know him due to his playboy status. Gradually, Luke has to earn Callie’s trust and show her his true self. Meanwhile, Callie and Olivia find a hidden diary in the beach house with some pretty juicy secrets. Once those secrets come to light, lives will be changed.
I’ve never been a fan of a slow burn; Callie and Luke’s relationship is a major one. This is mostly due to the fact that Callie holds back from getting too close too soon to Luke. So, it’s a long wait until she finally does give in to her feelings. There’s no steam here, so if you’re looking for something sweeter with a closed door, you’ll be happy.
I loved the Outer Banks setting and various references to North Carolina as well as Virginia. The author excels at painting the setting and atmosphere of the beach–you’ll probably want to go by the time you’re finished reading.
All in all, an okay read for me. It’s purely personal preference because I prefer more of a passionate, steamy romance that doesn’t take so long to develop. But for the right reader, this is an enjoyable read.
Rating: 3 stars