Published by MIRA on April 7th 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Some families we’re born into
Some we find for ourselves
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.
The women decide to dig into the mystery together at Serenity’s family cabin in Lake Tahoe. With Reagan navigating romantic politics at work 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 past 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.
I’m embarrassed to say that until One Perfect Summer, I have never read anything by Brenda Novak. Shocked at that fact, I’m so very glad to now have discovered her storytelling. With a fascinating plot driving the storyline, the drama is inevitable. You hear about DNA results unearthing and exposing family secrets. The secret that comes to light for strangers Serenity, Reagan, and Lorelei, serves to bring this vastly different woman together, to give them each a new sense of belonging. But coming together will mean each of these women will experience fear, loss, and hope.
I found myself deeply caught up in their predicaments. Novak created very interesting and diverse stories for each woman. When the three come together, they are in vastly different places in their lives, and although there were good reasons they might feel resentment or erect walls between them, they gave each other support unlike any they had known. I felt drawn to each of them for different reasons. I felt a lot of empathy for Lorelie’s situation, well, maybe anger is a better word for it, and I loved how she evolved and how she came out on the other side of things. When the truth of their parentage is shared, it is a doozy! Each woman gains closure and the birth of new family connections.
This is a fantastic read that I think most readers of contemporary romance or domestic fiction would themselves caught up in. Novaks’ writing is impeccable with realistic reactions and great dialogue. 5 Stars and recommendation!
~Review by Cyndi