Title: The Summer Sail
Author: Wendy Francis
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Page Count: 320
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
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.
Three 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.
The Summer Sail by Wendy Francis is a contemporary novel of friendship, family, life and love. The story is told from multiple points of view of Abby, Caroline, Lee and Lacey.
Abby is celebrating her twentieth wedding anniversary and after getting some rather devastating news she decides to do it in style by booking a cruise for not only herself, husband and two sons but also her college friends Caroline and Lee and their families.
As the group sets said for Bermuda it quickly becomes apparent that all have different things going on in their lives that they are focused on. Not only is Abby struggling with sharing her news but Caroline struggling with wanting a proposal and Lee with reconnecting with her daughter, Lacey.
As a fan of cruising it only took one glance at the cover of this book to sell me on reading it. I was hoping to find the author had done a wonderful job with the setting as much as I was hoping for some lovely characters. Thankfully when finished I found both of these things and was even highly impressed at how well the author knows her cruising even including tips and tricks veteran cruisers have come to rely on. This was definitely a wonderful read all around.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Wendy Francis is a former book editor and the author of The Summer Sail, The Summer of Good Intentions, and Three Good Things. Her essays have appeared in Good Housekeeping, The Washington Post, YahooParenting, The Huffington Post, and WBUR’s Cognoscenti. She lives outside of Boston with her husband and 9-year-old son. When she isn’t ferrying her son to hockey games, she loves to run, spend time with friends, and lose herself in a great beach read. For events and updates, please follow her at @wendyfrancis4 and/or www.facebook.com/wendyfrancisauthor!