Author : Brenda Novak
Publisher : MIRA Books
ISBN : 9781488055454
About One Perfect Summer
**Some families were 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 didnt 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 Serenitys 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, theyll 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.
One Perfect Summer Review
Loved this book. The characters meshed so perfectly and the mystery of how the three women were related was a bit of a shock, but was made clear at the end. Ms. Novak is another of my favorite authors.
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100 Stars!! Just loved this story! More then just a beach read, this story has depth! Although there is a lot going on in this book it was so easy to follow and enjoy. I love the characters, I think the names Serenity, Reagan and Lorelei and even Finn and Sawyer fit the personalities of them. I loved the DNA in the story, it is such a big thing right now and Brenda Novak handles it so well and it makes the story so interesting. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a great book to read that will hold your attention until the end. I spend all day reading it and I am so sad its finished!
I found it disjointed and underwhelming. It left me unsatisfied.
One Perfect Summer: Fantastic writing and dialog. I loved all the characters, the challenges, and surprises that they all went through. Brenda Novak really did an amazing job of telling this story. It could have been a true story. Serenity, Reagan, and Lorelei were such strong characters throughout the story that it really made the story so compelling. They were strangers for their whole lives until they each decided to do DNA testing and it opens a whole can of worms. It brought three strong women together so they could find out together the truth behind the mystery of their lives and to make new connections and friends. I like how they were unsure of each other in the beginning but they came around and became each other's rock and friends. I like all the twists and turns through the book. Great story!
I really enjoyed this book. I've been interested in DNA testing and really liked how the author use this in her story.
I always enjoy Brenda Novak's books. I liked that the paternity of the three sisters was not predictable. Well worth the read!
This book is a beautifully written exploration into the thoughts and feelings of three women following the discovery that they are related. When Serenity Alston takes a DNA test mainly for a laugh but also to assist with her latest book research, she finds out that she has two half-sisters, namely Reagan Sands and Lorelei Cipriano. Intrigued, all have questions about their ancestry parentage and heritage, so the three decide to spend some time getting to know each other better and searching for answers, and head off to Serenitys family cabin in Lake Tahoe. As they navigate through their personal difficulties, including romantic politics at work and Lorelei's collapse of her marriage, all three women are converging at a crossroads in their lives. Brenda Novaks skills as an author are second to none. One Perfect Summer is written from the perspectives of the three half-sisters and their feelings are explored with intelligence and sophistication. The author has a relaxed writing-style which I found very befitting to the story. The complex relationships that exist within families and between siblings in particular, were wonderfully and intricately examined and the power of this book was brilliantly executed so that, at times, it took my breath away. One Perfect Summer was moving and absorbing and it is well worth picking up a copy. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my request, from HARLEQUIN - MIRA (U.S. and Canada) via Negalley. This review is my unbiased opinion.
The premise of this book was fabulous and timely. The writing was spot on and engaging. The characters were well done, and the conflicts were angst ridden. I was totally invested in the story. Unfortunately, the ending felt rushed and a bit unsatisfying. There were so many relationships woven throughout the book and as I turned the last page, I was left with many questions. What happened to Finn and his brothers? Did Francine and Drew marry? What about their baby? I assume that Sawyer and Serenity stayed togetherat least theyre both there when they visit Reagan in New York. Where does Rally end up? What about Lorelei? Lucy? How did Serenitys siblings take their new relationship? With the twist at the end, do Serenity, Reagan, and Lorelei have other siblings? Way too many questions. The epilogue seemed like a cliff hanger, rather than a vehicle to tie up the loose ends. Im a fan of Brenda Novak and her books are on my auto-buy list. Ill continue to purchase and read her books. As I stated above, the writing is always good. Sometimes the stories are detail heavy. With One Perfect Summer, the details were relevant and moved the story along. Im hoping this is book one, and well see the resolution of the sisters story in book two!
4 stars / This review will be posted at BookwormishMe.com on [Date] . DNA tests are all the rage right now. But what if you find unexpected results when you take one? Serenity took one for a book she was writing and found out she had two half siblings. Now the three of them are meeting at Serenitys family cabin in Lake Tahoe to figure out whats next. How do they solve the mystery of their relation - and who are their parents? Serenity has a picture perfect family in California, mom and dad and brothers and sisters. Reagan was raised by a New York fashion designer with no desire to have kids. Lorelai was found wandering the streets of Orlando at two. What connects these three individuals? The novel is told by four characters - Serenity, Reagan, Lorelai and the Lake Tahoe next door neighbor, Finn. Novak, who is quite the prolific author, does a wonderful job of navigating what it would be like to suddenly find out you have siblings. She brings three very different individuals, each with her own set of problems and life experiences, together and makes them a family. Just like any family, this wont be without some trials. As an adoptee this book screamed out to me. I too took a DNA test and found my birth family. Real life, so the book had a lot to live up to! I wasnt disappointed at all. The mystery surrounding their births, the personal issues that each woman has to face, all of it was riveting to read. I loved this book. Well written and inspiring in many ways. Novak wrote a fictional novel that brings together all the elements of finding your new family.
A DNA test will put three strangers now half sisters together for the summer. Serenity invites Reagan and Lorelie to her family cabin in Lake Tahoe, to figure out the mystery of how they are connected. Each sister comes to the cabin with personal challenges in their own lives, but with the new found sisterhood they will come out stronger. I read this book in one day, I had such a hard time putting down. Wonderful characters with each of their own struggles but are supportive to each other. Loved the descriptive writing of the surroundings, makes you feel like you were right there. Interesting neighbors of three brothers that are also going through their own changes. I highly recommend this wonderful women's fiction story.
True crime writer Serenity Alston submits an ancestry DNA test as research for her writing. Imagine her surprise when the test reveals she has two half sisters she never knew about. Serenity, Lorelei, and Reagan agree to meet at Serenitys family cabin in Lake Tahoe. The three women are strangers to each other, but not only do they resemble each other, they each have complicated love lives they are trying to work through. Each wants to know how they could have sisters they didnt know existed, how it happened, and wonder if its too late for them to become true sisters. I absolutely loved the dynamics between the half sisters of Lorelei, Reagan, and Serenity. Each of these women are dealing with life challenges and trying to respect the new found relationships they have as sisters. The relationships between the sisters were wonderful as well the understanding and acceptance behind the secrets of them all being half sisters. Ms. Novak did an amazing job of describing the setting and the characters in a way that makes them come to life. I was interested in what would happen next for each of sisters and was completely engaged in the story from the very beginning. We are exposed to seeing things from each womans point of view which helped us to better know each of them. Overall, I enjoyed reading One Perfect Summer and recommend it to other readers. I will say that it was an engaging story despite having struggled with parts of the story and that there are still some unanswered questions at the end. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
One Perfect Summer by Brenda Novak Three women take a DNA test Results are returned Voila two unknown half-sisters found Get to know one another online then Meet in Reno to see what is what All three facing big issues All three curious about one another All three wondering who their common ancestor might be Summer spent together Time to share stories of their past Their secrets come out They grow closer Who are they really? How are they linked? And what will their futures hold? What I liked: * The three women * The similarities and differences in the lives of all three * The caring that developed between the sisters * Their willingness to assist one another in finding solutions to issues they were facing * That it wasnt easy for any of them * The mystery solving of who their common parent was * The bit of romance in each of their lives * The growth all three appeared to achieve * The relationship forged between the women making them as close as the sisters they are genetically * The positive potential future of the three women What I did not like: * The people that created the issues to be solved in the sisters lives * Not knowing for sure what the future for the three women will end up being. Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin-Mira for the ARC This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars