Title: The Summer Sail
Author: Wendy Francis
Publish Date: May 1, 2018
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "A trio of college
friends who reunite aboard a cruise ship experience an unforgettable
vacation in this compelling novel from the author of The Summer of Good Intentions, which was hailed as “everything a summer read should be” by Elin Hilderbrand.
college roommates are celebrating a twentieth wedding anniversary by
taking a cruise to Bermuda. As the ship pulls away from the pier,
everyone is looking forward to lounging by the pool, sipping sunset
cocktails, and reminiscing. Abby, the mother hen of the group, will be
celebrating her wedding anniversary in style, even as she and her
husband keep a secret from the group. Ambitious career woman Caroline
happily anticipates several stress-free days away from her magazine job
with her boyfriend, Javier, who may or may not be finally inspired to
propose. And single mom Lee (annoyingly gorgeous and irresistibly
popular in college) hopes she’ll win back the affections of her formerly
sweet daughter Lacey, who after her first year in college, has
inexplicably become a little bit of a monster.
As the balmy pink
shores of Bermuda come into view, tensions simmer, and old jealousies
flare, sending the temperature from soothing to scorching in this
engrossing tale of three best friends on a vacation they won’t soon
forget—but not for the reasons they expect."
My Two Cents:
In "The Summer Sail," Abby has the idea to bring her two best friends from college, Lee and Caroline. on the cruise. Lee wants to bring her college age daughter, Lacey, to get closer to her and repair their frayed relationship but Lacey may be hiding a secret of her own. Caroline is bringing her long term boyfriend and hoping for an engagement or at least some sign that he wants to be with her for the long haul. Abby is hiding her own secret and reason for bringing everyone together.
I really liked this story. It's a good story of friendship and why it's so important to surround yourself with really good people. Although Abby is definitely hiding the biggest secret (no spoilers), everyone else is hiding their own hopes and fears throughout the book. Part of the fun of this book is seeing how the characters initially hide things from each other only to realize how important it is to let your friends in to help you when you need it!
The pacing and the writing of this book was great. I really liked how the author captured the warmth of the relationship between Abby, Lee, and Caroline! The author does a really good job of giving the reader just enough of a hint of where the story was going to keep you reading. I read this book super quickly because of that. This was a great summer read about friendship!