Title: Summertime Guests
Author: Wendy Francis
Publisher: Graydon House
Publication Date: April 6, 2021
Page Count: 208
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
THE SEAFARER IS THE PLACE TO SEE AND BE SEEN IN THE SUMMER…
With its rich history and famous guests, the glamorous Boston hotel is no stranger to drama. But the bustle at the iconic property reaches new heights one weekend in mid-June when someone falls tragically to her death, the event rippling through the lives of four very different people.
Bride-to-be Riley is at the hotel to plan her wedding. She would have preferred a smaller, more intimate celebration, but her bossy mother-in-law has taken charge and her fiancé hasn’t seemed to notice. Jean-Paul, the hotel’s manager, is struggling to keep his marriage and new family afloat, but now he must devote all his energy to this latest scandal at work. Claire, recently widowed, comes to town to connect with a long-lost love, but has too much changed in the last thirty years? And then there’s Jason, whose romantic getaway with his girlfriend has not exactly gone the way he’d hoped and instead has him facing questions he can’t bring himself to answer.
Over three sun-drenched days, as the truth about the woman who died—and the secret she was hiding—is uncovered, these four strangers become linked in the most unexpected of ways. Together, they just might find the strength they need to turn their own lives around.
Summertime Guests by Wendy Francis is a women’s fiction title that is peppered with a bit of mystery. The book features many different characters and of course changes the point of view between them.
One weekend in the middle of June The Seafarer hotel in Boston had plenty of guests staying on the premises. However, things take a dark turn when a woman falls to her death at the hotel and an investigation is opened into what led to the occurance.
Riley is at the hotel trying to plan her wedding without her mother in law taking over the occasion. Claire is in search of the next step in her life after she was recently widowed and came across someone from her past. Jason thought his weekend would be a romantic one but it hasn’t gone the way he planned. Then there’s Jean-Paul who is the manager of the hotel and is doing his best to deal with the death.
While I love a book that crosses over and adds a little extra when it comes to the genre Summertime Guests by Wendy Francis to me seemed to do a little too much. This one reminded me quite a bit of another book I read not too long ago that took place at a hotel and had a lot of characters with a lot going on and I felt again as I had with it that I just didn’t connect to anyone. Just a bit too much jumping around with this secret or that one there and it all sort of just begins to blend together instead of stand out. This book was slighty better than the other I had read but it still just came in as an alright story in the end.
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 five novels, including Best Behavior, The Summer Sail, and The Summer of Good Intentions. Her essays have appeared in Good Housekeeping, The Washington Post, Yahoo Parenting, The Huffington Post, and WBUR’s Cognoscenti. Born and raised in the Midwest, she now lives outside Boston with her husband and eleven-year-old son. Follow her on Twitter @wendyfrancis4, Instagram @wendyfrancisauthor, and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/wendyfrancisauthor.
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