Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Book Review: A Summer In Sonoma

Author:  Robyn Carr
Title: A Summer In Sonoma
Publisher: Mira
Publish Date: June 29, 2010
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: They've been best friends since seventh grade. But this summer, on the threshold of thirty, four women are going to need each other more than ever.

Cassie has sworn off romance. Yet deep down, she's still looking for Mr. Forever. A long-haired biker doesn't figure into her plans, so where's the harm in touring the back roads of Sonoma on a Harley with Walt Arneson?

Julie married her high school sweetheart—who can get her pregnant with a mere glance—too young and now wonders how her life became all about leaky faucets and checkbook balances. Maybe love isn't enough to sustain the hottest couple in town.

Marty's firefighter husband has forgotten all about romance, and an old flame begins to look mighty tempting.

Beth, a doctor trapped in a body that's betrayed her yet again, is becoming a difficult patient and a secretive friend. Life can change in an instant…or a summer. And having friends to lean on can only up the chances of happily ever after.

Review:  A Summer In Sonoma is a story about the lives of four friends at different places in their lives.  At times I had a love/hate relationship with most of the characters in this book.  All four of them were hard to like at times. I think Beth is the only one that didn't do something that make me think she was a nasty piece of work.

Julie and Marty are both nagging wives at times. Julie got the award for woman who needed to be shaken to have some sense brought into her. She pretty much stayed that way throughout the whole book. I had a hard time liking her from the start because she was really the nagging wife. Granted she had a reason, but she really nagged hard without sharing any information with her husband. And dear lord she was a baby factory, and she liked it that way. Cue more shaking from me.

Let's not get me started on Marty. I absolutely hated her. Nothing she did made me like her any better. Her relationship is on the rocks and rightly so. And then she attempts to have a fling. GAH! I hated her with every fiber of my being. Not that her husband was great. He was thick in the head, but he was trying. She needed a club over the head.

Beth I liked, but she was the one with the most difficult to deal with troubles and she didn't want to share with anyone. I don't know how any one person could face what she did, mostly alone until a friend found out her situation.

Then there's Cassie. The book starts out with her and a big triggering moment. A near rape, but she is saved by a big burly biker. Not the kind of guy she wants to fall for, but she does eventually, because looks can be deceiving.

I think what these characters are the most would be real. The only thing that really puts them in that fantasy fictional realm is that in high school they were all, you guessed it, cheerleaders.

It was an enjoyable and often frustrating read. I'm just glad these ladies aren't in my life

Rating: 3 flowers


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