Hello everyone and Happy Tuesday!! It’s a busy day here on booksnbites as we have not one but two blog tours! I figured I’d start out with the lighter hearted book to kick off the day. I’m so very excited to bring you along on my tour stop for That Summer in Maine by Brianna Wolfson, a beautiful story about growing up, mother daughter relationships, and the trials of love. This quickly became one of my favorite reads of 2020! If I’ve intrigued you so far, then keep reading! I’m going to give you the juicy details without giving too much away.
THAT SUMMER IN MAINE
By Brianna Wolfson
On Sale: June 23, 2020
About the Book
A novel about mothers and daughters, about taking chances, about exploding secrets and testing the boundaries of family
Years ago, during a certain summer in Maine, two young women, unaware of each other, met a charismatic man at a craft fair and each had a brief affair with him. For Jane it was a chance to bury her recent pain in raw passion and redirect her life. For Susie it was a fling that gave her troubled marriage a way forward.
Now, sixteen years later, the family lives these women have made are suddenly upended when their teenage girls meet as strangers on social media. They concoct a plan to spend the summer in Maine with the man who is their biological father. Their determination puts them on a collision course with their mothers, who must finally meet and acknowledge their shared past and join forces as they risk losing their only daughters to a man they barely know.
About the author
Brianna Wolfson is a New York native living in San Francisco. Her narrative nonfiction has been featured on Medium, Upworthy and The Moth. She buys a lottery ticket every Friday.
Author website: https://www.briannawolfson.com/
This was such a beautifully written contemporary novel about family, the need to know where you come from, and the irreplaceable bond of mother and daughter. I think we all enjoy a good story of lost love, at least I know I do, but this added a whole new perspective to it for me. I’ve never read anything quite like it, and that is part of what makes it so special. You get to follow four women on two journeys. Jane and Susie, on their journey of dealing with the past and how their daughters were conceived and what that means for their lives and relationships now. Then the journey of Hazel and Eve, dealing with getting to know their biological father and deciding what that means for their lives moving forward, but also adjusting to the fact that they are sisters.
I immediately fell in love with Hazel and Jane, and the relationship they had before Jane found Cam and their family grew. Brianna’s way of writing make the character’s feelings so realistic that you can almost feel them right alongside them. I found it harder to relate to Susie and Eve, but that was purely for the fact that their affluent background isn’t something I relate to. It was entirely appropriate and crucial to the story, and I enjoyed their part in it. I actually found it quite easy to like all of the characters, feel pity for them, empathy and joy. This is truly a beautiful story, and one that will swallow you up heart and soul.
So thanks for stopping by, and I hope I’ve been able to add a book to your must read list! If you’ve read this one, please drop me a comment and let me know what you thought. Until then…
Positive Vibes & Happy Reading!