Title: Cure for the Common Breakup
Author: Beth Kendrick
Publisher: NAL Trade
Publish Date: May 6, 2014
Source: BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Flight attendant Summer
Benson lives by two rules: Don’t stay with the same man for too long
and never stay in one place. She’s about to break rule number one by
considering accepting her boyfriend’s proposal—then disaster strikes and
her world is shattered in an instant.
Summer heads to Black Dog
Bay, where the locals welcome her. Even Hattie Huntington, the town’s
oldest, richest, and meanest resident, likes her enough to give her a
job. Then there’s Dutch Jansen, the rugged, stoic mayor, who’s the
opposite of her type. She probably shouldn't be kissing him. She
definitely shouldn't be falling in love.
After a lifetime of
globe-trotting, Summer has finally found a home. But Hattie has old
scores to settle and a hidden agenda for her newest employee. Summer
finds herself faced with an impossible choice: Leave Black Dog Bay
behind forever, or stay with the ones she loves and cost them
My Two Cents:
"Cure for the Common Breakup" is an epically cute summer story about Summer (of course that's her name) who is trying to rebuild her life after getting in a plane crash (she's a flight attendant) and getting dumped by her almost fiance. While this sounds like a setup for a book that could feel quite twee if not carried out properly, it is a great love story about falling out of love, dusting yourself off, and allowing yourself to fall back in love again. Filled with a great setting and great characters, this is a perfect summer read. It certainly doesn't hurt that the main love interest in this book reminds me of my amazing husband (bonus!).
When I look for a good summer book, I love for something that is light and fun but still has a lot of oomph to totally engage me and keep me turning the pages. This book was a perfect mix of all of that for me. Summer comes to Black Dog Bay to heal. The small Delaware beach town is supposed to cure what ails you when it comes to love. Summer is hoping that it works. I really liked Summer. She is a great character and you really feel for her throughout the book. Dutch is the no nonsense mayor of the small town who is a jack of all trades and seems to be the only one not interested in Summer. Not only are the main characters great but the secondary characters in Black Dog Bay were so much fun as well.
I really liked the writing of the book. Kendrick has a great story telling voice that really got me interested in the lives of the characters. I can be overwhelmed by books with large casts but Kendrick was able to really give each character their own identity so it didn't faze me at all. This book was so much fun!