Thursday, April 18, 2019

Pump Up Your Book Book Tour Review: The Summer Retreat

THE SUMMER RETREAT by Sheila Roberts, Women's Fiction/Romance, 384 pp., $6.47 (paperback) $6.99 (Kindle)

Author: Sheila Roberts
Publisher: Harlequin/MIRA
Pages: 384
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Romance

Celeste Jones has plans for a perfect summer with her boyfriend (and hopefully soon-to-be fiancĂ©)—until he dumps her to be with the woman he’s had on the side for months. Heartbroken and furious, Celeste resolves to move on. When the going gets tough, the tough…okay, the not-so-tough go to the beach.

As soon as school lets out for the summer, she waves goodbye to her first-graders, packs up her bikini and heads for Moonlight Harbor, where she knows her big sister, Jenna, will receive her with open arms. Jenna could probably use some help at the Driftwood Inn, and Celeste is happy to do chores around the place in exchange for a relaxing summer escape. She just needs something—or someone—to distract her from her troubles.

Finding The One can be tricky, and Jenna is determined to make sure Celeste gets it right this time around. Not that Jenna’s an expert. She’s still trying to sort out her own love life. But if both sisters listen to their hearts, eventually they’re bound to discover that life—and love—is good at the beach.



Review: Celeste is getting over a breakup by spending her summer with her sister at Moonlight Harbor.

This is a small town story, filled with loads of unique characters.  I wasn't totally on board with Celeste's "love loser" thing.  She's an older heroine, which I really like. You don't see the ladies in their 30s much in an honest to God romance, but her almost "boy crazy" need to have a man and be married, irked me a little, ok, it irked me a lot.  Her behavior at times didn't really match at 36 year old woman either. If you would have told me she was in the 22-26 age range, than her behavior was more suited. However, even though Celeste was boy crazy and liked to party? and gave up her job as a teacher FOR NO REASON except for a possible proposal, she was really sweet and more than a bit naive.

There was a lot going on in Moonlight Harbor too. There was drama on the town council and drama in the church, especially has Celeste caught the eye of the pastor and anyone can tell, Celeste isn't going to make the perfect pastor's wife at least in the viewpoint the author has set up for us, where ministers aren't allowed to enjoy anything in life and they have to be totally judgmental etc. Seriously, when Paul didn't like Nemo, I didn't like Paul and it made me wonder why Celeste, when she was clearly NOT REALLY IN LOVE with this guy, wanted to stick with him. I mean being a wife shouldn't be someone's life goal, and it was obvious that was Celeste's only goal.

Then there's Henry. I don't think enough time was really spent with him, yet he was the important part of the weird, yet sweet love triangle that Sheila has created in this story. He was fun and funny and more human in his actions that then the other characters.

This is definitely the perfect get ready for summer read for a lazy afternoon. You'll love getting to know all the townspeople as well as Celeste's relationship woes. Its also pure unadulterated fluff.

Rating: 4 flowers

Celeste Jones had kissed so many frogs looking for her prince, she should have turned green and grown warts on her lips. But she’d finally gotten it right in the man department. Emerson Willis was strong and smart. And sexy. Masculine and excitingly alpha. And a spectacular dancer. And sexy. And a cop. Did it get any sexier than that? They’d been together a year, and what a great year it had been. He’d spent so much time at her place, he might as well have moved in, but he felt it wouldn’t look good, with her being a teacher and all. As if first-graders knew anything about the birds and the bees or cared what their teacher did in her off hours. As if anyone cared what anyone did with anyone else these days. It had been sweet of him to think of that, though, and she loved him all the more for it.

Still, why not make what they had official since it was so great? “We’re having a good time,” he was always saying. “Relax and enjoy the ride.”

She could do that. Spring had come, and she was looking ahead to a summer of off-roading, trips to Eastern Washington to visit the wineries, hitting the The Summer Retreat, Sheila Roberts


Best-selling author Sheila Roberts has seen her books published in a dozen different languages and made into movies for both the Hallmark and Lifetime channels. She’s happily married with three children and lives in the Pacific Northwest. When she’s not hanging out with girlfriends, speaking to women’s groups or going dancing with her husband she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.

Her latest book is the women’s fiction/romance, THE SUMMER RETREAT.

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