Summer Secrets

Finished Summer Secrets by Jane Green.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Jane Green delivers her second blockbuster novel of 2015, a story of one woman struggling to right the wrongs of her past, with even more complications in the present.

June, 1998: At twenty seven, Catherine Coombs, also known as Cat, is struggling. She lives in London, works as a journalist, and parties hard. Her lunchtimes consist of several glasses of wine at the bar downstairs in the office, her evenings much the same, swigging the free booze and eating the free food at a different launch or party every night. When she discovers the identity of the father she never knew she had, it sends her into a spiral. She makes mistakes that cost her the budding friendship of the only women who have ever welcomed her. And nothing is ever the same after that.

June, 2014: Cat has finally come to the end of herself. She no longer drinks. She wants to make amends to those she has hurt. Her quest takes her to Nantucket, to the gorgeous summer community where the women she once called family still live. Despite her sins, will they welcome her again? What Cat doesn’t realize is that these women, her real father’s daughters, have secrets of their own. As the past collides with the present, Cat must confront the darkest things in her own life and uncover the depths of someone’s need for revenge.”

I started this novel expecting a pretty light, fun experience.  (Yes, it looks pretty clear from the synopsis that there are some weighty topics, but it’s a Jane Green book!)  Instead, I got the fun I was expecting, but something that was a lot better.

I don’t have a problem with alcohol, but I have friends who did and have been in a few AA meetings.  I feel like the potential to get a little snarky about it was there (as Cat points out at her first meeting, the rooms can get a little cult-like) but instead, Jane Green dealt with everything with respect.

The story is straightforward but incredibly well-told.  The fact that many of the events can easily be guessed didn’t take away from my enjoyment (and there were still a few surprises on top of that).

Jane Green’s come a long way.  I can’t wait to read her next book and meanwhile, I am excited to catch up on the couple of books from her backlist I’ve missed.

Recommended.

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