Review of Summer Again by Julia Gabriel

Lucy Wyndham has a dream job, working as the marketing manager for the Chesapeake Inn in St. Caroline. When her beloved boss, John Matthew, falls ill, John’s ne’er do well son, Sterling, returns to take over the Inn. Changes are immediately made and Lucy is dismayed to find that number one on Sterling’s list is doing away with the summer camp for underprivileged kids, especially since Lucy herself was once one of those kids. Lucy and Sterling repeatedly butt heads over the termination of the camp, yet they still find a way to rekindle the teen romance they began fifteen years earlier.

This was a feel-good, yet somewhat unlikely, romance novel. The characters were vulnerable, which made them likable to me. Told from the POV of both Lucy and Sterling, readers see glimpses into their true feelings about each other, St. Caroline, their childhoods and more.

The book is short – just 194 pages – but at times I felt it dragged a bit because of the repetition of the same “save the camp for the kids’ sake” theme. However, it’s a good way to get a feel for the author’s writing and I’d definitely give another one her books a try.

4 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton