Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Summer's List by Anita Higman

From the publisher:
Life hadn't been easy for Summer Snow. In acts of selflessness-caring for her ailing parents and running her grandmother's bookstore-she had forfeited her youth and dreams for the needs of others. And the only tries she had at love... didn't turn out. She had the bookstore, she had her beloved granny, but she was missing something-or someone.
Opportunity strikes when Granny sends Summer on an unexpected adventure with one Martin Langtree, a kind but gangly young man from Summer's past. A childhood friendship is rekindled, a romance is sparked, and mysteries are solved in one magical Texas summer. Will Summer strike out on love again, or will things finally go her way?

From the cover of this book to the premise I wanted to like this book.  The cover is beautiful and I loved the idea of a road trip to connect with a past love and find yourself.  However, I found myself struggling through the pages of this book.

The dialogue is stinted and rough.  I felt awkward reading it and it was not just in awkward situations.  Even the very end of the book the dialogue with Martin and Summer is painful to read. 

Besides the dialogue I found the writing descriptions lacking.  The writing descriptions either gave part of the information "She dressed in a nice outfit-navy blue with a white vest." Navy what? Dress? Skirt? Pants? Or was cheesy, "the delicate fabric of her gown now tearing along with her heart."

It is a light summer read, and I am sure that some will enjoy it thoroughly.  It just wasn't for me.

I received this book free from the publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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