Four college girls, best friends since childhood, have found one constant in their ever-changing lives–summer. Every June the girls choose a destination to reconnect, only this summer is different. This year, each one must face life’s challenges on her own, overcome fear and failure, and learn the beauty of falling in love for the first time.
A Summer Remade by Nicole Deese
Joss Sanders needs an escape, a reminder of a sweeter, simpler, and steadier time. Only her family’s cabin isn’t exactly how she remembered it as a child, and neither is the charming boy who lives next door. Change is everywhere. If Joss doesn’t stop living in the past, she just might miss the promise in her future.
Waves of Summer by Tammy L. Gray
Sydney Andrews wants nothing more than to get away from a controlling ex-boyfriend, find some clarity and enjoy a drama-free vacation. But nothing in Sydney’s life is ever that easy. Especially when the sexy bartender she meets at her mother’s wedding wants more than just her friendship. He wants the girl she’s forgotten how to be.
A Painted Summer by Amy Matayo
Darby Sparks has lived a very sheltered life. A homeschool graduate, a small town resident, and the only child of two over-protective parents. But she’s had enough. She wants to see the world and chase her dreams, and that’s just what she does…until she runs out of money. With limited options, Darby finds herself working for dangerously hot Lennon Dixon, the owner of a downtown Los Angeles tattoo parlor. To call the job unfamiliar is the world’s biggest understatement. And to call her attraction to Lennon unexpected is a very close second.
Wild Heart Summer by Jenny B. Jones
Twenty-one year old Avery Crawford has had to fight for everything in her life, and this summer is no exception. When her culinary internship in a chic restaurant falls through at the last minute, she gets an unexpected offer to work on a dude ranch in the quaint town of Sugar Creek. While Avery’s up to her apron in cattle drives, trail rides, and kitchen duty, the cute ranch manager Owen Jackson is determined to sweep her off her feet. Just as Avery finds herself unable to resist Owen’s Southern charm, her own family secrets begin to unravel, pushing her away from the ranch–and the love of one handsome cowboy.
This weekend the heat was oppressive, the air was saturated with wildfire smoke and if I suffered one more second in my non-air conditioned house I was going to resort to drastic measures. No seriously-when we ran out of ice, I considered filling the tub with frozen vegetable medley and jumping in. My heat addled brain managed to remember a stack of books and my Kindle before we escaped up the mountain and made for the nearest lake. Blissfully settled under the shade of a tree I decided some light reading was in order and loaded up Just One Summer on my Kindle.
In the past I have struggled with novella compilations; I found they lacked the room for character development and the plots within the collections felt disjointed, existing independently of one another.
Um, HELLO! Soooo, not the case with this witty and vibrant set of new adult stories.
All four authors crafted stories that were loyal to the backstory established in the prologue. The plots flowed seamlessly even though the timelines overlapped. There was cohesiveness and continuity in theme and general style, yet each of these talented ladies allowed their unique writers voice to shine through.
There is a character here for every reader to find a kindred personality. In Joss, Sydney, Darby and Avery we find a perfectly balanced foursome; each girl has a trait that bolsters another, pushing them to forge their own path while forever being bonded as soul sisters. And the leading men are swoon worthy and complex in their own right!
All the elements prescribed for the perfect summer read can be found in each of the four novellas: friendship ,romance, self discovery, and humour (with a heavy dose of each!).
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**Disclosure: review copy provided for consideration**