Aspiring journalist Meghan Briggs has always been the responsible one in the family. So when her father passes away unexpectedly, leaving behind his at-risk business, she steps up to save his legacy—even if that means putting her own dreams on hold.
Tracy couldn’t be more different from her sister. She’s always been the rebellious type, without much direction in life. But in the wake of her latest romantic disaster, she finds herself moving back home as a single mother.
As Tracy experiences the difficulties of new motherhood, Meghan faces her own struggle: trying not to fall for the stray puppy she rescued. This is no time for attachments—not to the adorable “Sox,” whose owner is bound to turn up any day, and certainly not to the handsome new vet in town. But as the summer unfolds, she discovers that, like Sox, she may need rescuing, too.
As both sisters navigate unexpected challenges and exciting new relationships, they’ll find that putting the past to rest can make way for beautiful new beginnings.
What I Thought:
At it’s core, this is a novel about family – the good times, hard times, triumphant times and sorrowful times. At the beginning of the book, the father, George, dies of a heart attack. His wife and two daughters seem to fall into a downward spiral in their own unique ways in the aftermath of his death.
Meghan becomes ultra-responsible, setting aside her long held dream of going to journalism school in order to run her father’s business (which she thinks he would want her to do, but likely he would have rather had her go to college.) Lila loses all control of her oldest daughter, Tracy, and doesn’t seem to know how to reclaim it…so she doesn’t. Tracy goes super rebellious, runs off with her boyfriend and is gone for years, until she shows back up with a baby that her mom and sister have never met.
The rest of this book is about how these three women try to pick up the pieces of their broken lives. There is a sweet dog that comes into the picture, a cute vet, the awful ex shows back up periodically, and a major medical problem for Tracy’s son, Lucas. All of this is thrown into the pot, and for me, it felt like it dragged…a lot. Every time it seemed like one of the storylines was picking up steam, the narrator would switch to one of the other characters. The pacing was way off, and it took me much longer than I would have liked for me to finish it.
It was just lacking in several ways. The pacing was the worst offender, with character arcs taking forever to come to fruition. I did enjoy all of the characters, and the basic idea behind how everything tied together, it was just in execution that it fell a bit short. All in all, I thought that the premise of the story was really great. I liked moments of the book very much, but as a whole, it was not all that I was hoping it would be.
Overall, I give The Summer of New Beginnings 2.5 STARS. It’s right on the cusp of 3 stars, but just not quite there for me.
*A big thank you to NetGalley for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!*
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