Summertime Madness Tag

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Better late than never!  I just found that I was tagged by Ashley @ Dear World… to do the Summertime Madness Tag!  As you are reading this I am out of state for my little brother’s wedding!  Ah I can’t believe he’s getting married! It’s going to be a hot humid weekend where I will be so it is the perfect time for a summertime post.

1: Show a book with a Summery Cover!

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So even though I didn’t really like this book, it has the perfect summery cover!  The book takes place in the summer as well so it’s an all-around summery kind of book.

2: Pick one fictional place that would be the perfect destination for your Summer Vacation!

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A little more than half of this book takes place in Nantucket.  I have never been there but I think it would make for a really fun summer vacation.  Spend time at the beach, bike around the island, etc.

3: You’re about to go on a flight to your Summer Vacation. But you want to read a book that lasts for the whole flight, so what novella do you choose?

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I don’t really read novellas, not a fan of short stories.  This book is pretty short and I’ve read it before but have been wanting to read it again.  It wouldn’t take me very long to read so I would go with this one.

4: You have a case of Summertime Sadness. What happy book do you pick up to shine a smile on your face?

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I had so many smiles on my face when I read this book so I would definitely choose this one.  Simon and Blue are just too cute that you can’t help but smile while reading.

5: You’re sitting at the beach all alone…which fictional character would be your beach babe?

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Without a doubt in my mind… Jamie Fraser!  He would definitely be my perfect beach babe – good looks and personality,  yes please!

6: To match your ice cream you want an icy cool sidekick! Which fictional sidekick do you pick?

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I would love to have Celaena Sardothian as my sidekick.  She’s a total badass but she also loves to read  and would do anything to protect her friends and do the right thing.

I am officially tagging anyone who wants to do this tag!  

Summer Secrets by Jane Green

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I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Summer Secrets by Jane Green

Expected publication: June 23rd 2015 by St. Martin’s Press

 320 Pages

Goodreads Summary:

June, 1998: At twenty seven, Catherine Coombs, also known as Cat, is struggling. She lives in London, works as a journalist, and parties hard. Her lunchtimes consist of several glasses of wine at the bar downstairs in the office, her evenings much the same, swigging the free booze and eating the free food at a different launch or party every night. When she discovers the identity of the father she never knew she had, it sends her into a spiral. She makes mistakes that cost her the budding friendship of the only women who have ever welcomed her. And nothing is ever the same after that.

June, 2014: Cat has finally come to the end of herself. She no longer drinks. She wants to make amends to those she has hurt. Her quest takes her to Nantucket, to the gorgeous summer community where the women she once called family still live. Despite her sins, will they welcome her again? What Cat doesn’t realize is that these women, her real father’s daughters, have secrets of their own. As the past collides with the present, Cat must confront the darkest things in her own life and uncover the depths of someone’s need for revenge.

Review: This was my first Jane Green novel and now that I have read one, I think I can say for sure that I will be adding her other books to my TBR list.  Cat, the main character, is an alcoholic struggling with the way her life has turned out.  In the beginning she is fairly recently divorced and trying to come to terms with her new life and remembering how she got to this point.  Then the author takes us back in time and begins revealing the events that led Cat to where she is now.  Although Cat could be a little annoying, it was hard not to feel for her and want her to be able to resolve everything that went wrong in her life.  Growing up in a home where the man she thinks is her father treats her as though she is second rate can definitely work to tear a girl down.  All of the drama that comes with being an alcoholic really moves this story forward, especially when she finds out she has a long lost family she never knew about.  With a shocking twist near the end, the author easily held my attention throughout the entire novel.  I really enjoyed reading this book.

4/5 Stars