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Monday, April 5, 2021

Review: An Invincible Summer by Mariah Stewart

An Invincible Summer
by Mariah Stewart

Thank you Montlake and TLC Book Tours for this gifted copy.

Publisher: Montlake
Publish Date: May 1, 2021
328 Pages
Series: Wyndham Beach #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance

It was a lifetime ago that recently widowed Maggie Flynn was in Wyndham Beach. Now, on the occasion of her fortieth high school reunion, she returns to her hometown on the Massachusetts coast, picking up right where she left off with dear friends Lydia and Emma. But seeing Brett Crawford again stirs other emotions. Once, they were the town’s golden couple destined for one another. He shared Maggie’s dreams—and eventually, a shattering secret that drove them apart.

Buying her old family home and resettling in Wyndham Beach means a chance to start over for Maggie and her two daughters, but it also means facing her rekindled feelings for her first love and finally confronting—and embracing—the past in ways she never thought possible. Maggie won’t be alone. With her family and friends around her, she can weather this stormy turning point in her life and open her heart to the future. As for that dream shared and lost years ago? If Maggie can forgive herself, it still might come true.

My Review:

Normally, the synopsis of this wouldn't make me want to pick it right up.  But when it came across my desk, there was just something about it that screamed at me to read it.  (Ok, so all my books yell at me to read them but we all know how that goes sometimes.... 😏) Maybe it comes with age that you begin to love seeing reuniong after a significant period of time, first loves to reminisce over, good friends that you fall right back into line with.... and of course, a secret you've kept to yourself for far too long.  Whatever the reason, I'm glad my inner *readmorethanjustthrillersandhorror* decided this was a good idea.

This is my first by this author and it certainly won't be the last.  Her writing is extremely engaging and the author really brings to life the dynamics of long time friendships and relationships and all the ups and downs that come with them.  I think this subject always fascinates me a bit because my longest friendship stemmed from college since I moved around all my life.  I always wonder what it would be like to have those friendships that started from diapers - the ones who just REALLY know you.  And let us not forget our first loves.  They always leave an impact, even when you don't want them to.

I had a fantastic time getting to know Maggie and Grace.  Some things really hit home while others I couldn't imagine going through. Remember when we were young and thought things would be so much easier when we were adults?  Yeah, that was a nice slap to the face, eh? 😉  But seriously, the banter between all of the characters here were fun along with a few situations.  My how the petty doesn't stop even 40 years from high school.  I couldn't help but fall in love with this book.  It took me a moment to grasp all the info that came in the beginning, but once I got hooked, I wasn't letting go.


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