I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Summer at Sea (Summer #1) by Beth Labonte
on January 1st 1970
Four jackets of varying weights, enough socks for the entire Confederate Army, three umbrellas, most of the antacid aisle from the local pharmacy, and six pairs of old people sneakers that all look exactly the same.
Have you ever helped your parents pack for a weeklong cruise?
No? I didn't think so. So shut it.
So begins vacation for Summer Hartwell - twenty-six years old, living with her anxiety-ridden parents, and unwillingly booked by her brother on a weeklong cruise to Bermuda. Despite the nightmare of being trapped aboard a cruise ship with Mom and Dad, Summer sees a rare opportunity to fulfill The Prophecy – her mother’s declaration that she will live at home until she gets married. With two thousand passengers onboard, at least one of them must be husband material, right?
The only problem is Graham Blenderman – her brother’s best friend who is joining them for the week, in all of his tall, blonde, extroverted glory. Graham doesn’t believe Summer needs a husband in order to break free from her parents. He thinks she just needs a little bit of nerve. And to Summer’s introverted horror, he’s willing to spend the entire week proving that he’s right.
I thought that this book was thoroughly entertaining and a nice light read. I love a book that is set in my home state of Massachusetts! Double bonus for me that the setting of the book is on a cruise to Bermuda that sets off from Boston. I have been on that very same cruise! This was such a fun feel good story, Summer and her parents going on a cruise with her brother’s best friend Graham, who happens to adore Summer’s quirky but loveable parents but it is evident to me early on in the story that he may have a thing for Summer, well I hoped he did. Graham is the perfect male romantic lead, good-looking, well-mannered, fun and wealthy. I really liked the way that he tries to get Summer to step outside of her comfort zone and do new and exciting things. The book is a bit predictable but I enjoyed the overall hilarity of Summer and her parents antics. The author did a great job of making all of the characters in the book likable, in fact I am hoping that there will be a sequel to this book.
Would I recommend this book? Yes, this is a quick fun read, take it to the beach or on vacation.