I will preface this by saying Jamie Brenner is not your every-day New England type. She hails from Philadelphia and NYC, respectfully. But that doesn’t stop her from recreating the perfect New England summer escape in her latest, “The Forever Summer”.
The main location for the novel is set on the island of Provincetown, MA, where the lives of four women: Amelia, Marin, Rachel, Blythe and Kelly – and their connections or disconnections to one another are forever changed one summer, when a mail-order DNA result sets them off on a journey of rediscovery.
What I liked about the book:
- The setting. I’m a sucker for a coastal town backdrop.
- The characters. Each character had a complexity to them that made you guess what they would do next.
- The patriarchal meter: Most of the men in this book are always coming and going. When they hit a rough patch, the men leave and the women are left to pick up and move on. In some cases, they should have moved on much sooner.
- Vacation and airplane read: Pack it.
What I disliked:
- Probably a medium on the page-turner meter – it kept me engrossed, but I still wanted to get up and walk away from it for a few hours.
- I couldn’t find anything else not to like.
Where did I read the book:
I read this book on my kindle (I purchased it on Amazon) and mostly read this on my commute to and from work with an iced coffee in hand.
Where would I like to read this book if I had the option:
Somewhere on the beach or in the middle of winter by the fire.