by Hannah McKinnon
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Genre: New Adult, Womens Fiction
Publication Date: June 21, 2016
Description from Publisher: Since finishing graduate school, Maggie Griffin has worked hard to build an enviable life in Boston. She’s an elementary school teacher in a tony Boston suburb, a devoted sister, and a loving aunt. With her childhood best friend’s wedding quickly approaching and her own relationship blossoming, this is the summer she has been waiting for.
But when Maggie’s career is suddenly in jeopardy, her life begins to unravel. Stricken, Maggie returns home to seaside Mystic, Connecticut, where she expects to find comfort in family and familiarity. Instead, she runs into Cameron Wilder, a young man from her past who has also returned home, and whose life has taken a turn that puts Maggie’s city struggles in harsh perspective. When tragedy strikes for Cameron, Maggie is faced with big decisions as she weighs what matters most and strives to stay true to the person she’s become.
|I received a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.com for an honest, unbiased review. My opinion is my own.|
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and was pleasantly surprised at the way everything played out. There weren't any characters that were 'bad' and you didn't like them. Everything felt very natural and I really appreciated the way all of the characters, who were supposed to care about one another, really did seem to care. I enjoyed the humor, the heart, and the ups and downs experienced by all of the characters.
This also gets extra points for everything about children and parenthood as I really felt that was all very well done. Things that are very normal for many parents, like nursing, bottles, diaper changes, babywearing, etc. were all treat as such. This was especially appreciated by me (a mom to a small child) because the protagonist wasn't actually a mom herself.
I was a bit surprised at how little romance there was, but the story was very "full" without that aspect.