Thursday, July 8, 2021

Review of Summer's End by Olivia Miles

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Welcome to the book tour for Summer's End by Olivia Miles! Earlier this week, I shared an excerpt from the book over at Candrel's Crafts, Cooks, and Characters. Today I am sharing my thoughts in a book review. Enjoy, download your own copy, and then follow the tour for more. Best of luck entering the giveaway!

Summer's End
(Evening Island #2)
By Olivia Miles
Women's Fiction, Romance
Paperback & ebook, 201 Pages
Date 2020 by Rosewood Press

The USA Today bestselling author of the Oyster Bay series invites readers to return to Evening Island for a heartwarming, stand-alone story about three sisters at very different crossroads in their lives who reunite for one unforgettable summer at their family's lake house.

The Taylor sisters spent every summer at their family’s lake house, but as they grew up, they also grew apart. Now, in honor of their late mother’s wishes, they reunite on Evening Island, each hoping to find the best part of themselves they’d left behind.

Kim is just weeks away from what should be her dream wedding, but as the big day draws closer, her doubts only grow stronger. Some time away may be just the thing she needs to help clear her head…or change her heart.

Heather has always been the reliable sister, but a recent divorce has made everything feel uncertain. When a second chance with an old flame comes along, she must decide if a summer love can last a lifetime.

Andrea’s career is her top priority, even if her heart is no longer in it. When her boss suggests a vacation, a couple of weeks on the island leads to the inspiration she was searching for, and not just for work…

Thanks to the beauty of the island and the memories they share, the sisters come together, search their hearts, and discover what the future holds for each of them at summer’s end.

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**My thoughts**
I really attached to this book from the start and not just because I have a namesake as a character. I related to all three of the sisters on different levels. I think part of the attachment was understanding that discombobulating and numbing grief that happens after you lose your mother. Theirs has been gone just about a year and mine has been gone for almost three. It's something you don't understand until you've gone through it.

Kim feels lost and is losing even more of herself as her future mother-in-law is slowly taking over every aspect of her wedding. Now she isn't sure what she really wants out of love and life. Heather is trying to find herself again after her divorce and has found that she has lost her knack for writing. Andrea just buries herself deeper and deeper into her work, but has lost that spark that had pushed her so far up until the past year.

The three of them also aren't very close. They have drifted over the years as they each pursue different avenues, even though they live in the same city. There's that tie of mutual loss that could bring them together, if they ever let themselves acknowledge it. And that's what happens when Kim decides they need to go to the family cottage of Evening Island. This impromptu two-week trip gives the girls a chance to rekindle their sisterhood and to find their own personal second chances in love and life. It's heartwarming to witness.

The island itself is its own character. I'm guessing Evening Island is modeled after Mackinac Island, which is a magical place to visit. I flashed back to my own childhood and a trip up there with my mother and sister, which I think was something else that made me attach to this book.

This is one of those warm and fuzzy stories where you watch the characters rediscover themselves and find happiness in life, without it being overly cheesy. I could see it playing out on the screen.

I also enjoyed meeting other characters on the island and really wanted to know more about their neighbor and friend Gemma's story. I was delighted to find out that her story is the first in the series, so now I have to go read that. And don't worry, in spite of this book being the second in the series, it's completely a standalone. Reading the first is not necessary to fully enjoy this one.

I hope there are more stories to come in this series. I really enjoyed this and am planning to check out more of Olivia's stories.

I received a requested review copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Other Books in the Series

Meet Me at Sunset
(Evening Island #1)
By Olivia Miles
Women's Fiction/Romance
Paperback & ebook, 324 Pages
February 25, 2020 by Rosewood Press

From USA TODAY bestselling author Olivia Miles comes the first in a collection of stand-alone novels set on the fictional shores of Evening Island—just a ferry ride across the lake from Blue Harbor, home to the newest heartwarming series!

The Morgan sisters spent many blissful summers at their family's lake house growing up, but as they grew older, their lives took very different paths.

Hope adores her twin girls, but she doesn't love being a stay-at-home mom. When her workaholic husband doesn't support her career aspirations, she packs up the kids and goes to Sunset Cottage, thinking that some time apart will help her decide what she really wants-but when the life she dreamed of becomes a possibility, she is more torn than ever.

Gemma was supposed to be planning her wedding, not trying to get back deposits. And she was supposed to be finished writing her latest romance novel, not staring at a blank screen. Lost and down on her luck, she heads north to Evening Island, hoping to find the inspiration she needs to fill the page, and maybe, her heart.

Ellie is almost perfectly content living in the house that once belonged to her grandmother, even if it does get a little lonely sometimes. Still, work is steady at her art studio and the island continues to serve as a muse, especially when her first love makes a surprise return.

In the course of a month, the Morgan sisters learn that despite their differences and their personal struggles, they might just have more in common than the old summer cottage that they inherited.

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About the Author

Olivia Miles is a USA Today bestselling author of heartwarming women’s fiction and small-town contemporary romance. She has frequently been ranked as an Amazon Top 100 author, and her books have appeared on several bestseller lists, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BookScan, and USA Today. Treasured by readers across the globe, Olivia’s novels have been translated into German, French, and Hungarian, with editions in Australia and the United Kingdom. After growing up in New England and later living in Montreal, Olivia traded salt water for fresh water, and is most happy reading on the sandy shore of Lake Michigan, or spending time with her husband, daughter, and two lovable dogs.

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