Lucy Sinclair grew up in the Inn in the small town of St. Dennis where she felt safe, carefree, and loved but one day all that changed, causing Lucy to leave St. Dennis, never looking back. In Home for the Summer by Mariah Stewart, Lucy is brought back to the Inn to help out help her family by planning “the” wedding of the year at the Inn. As Lucy spends time at the Inn, but most especially with Clay Madison, Lucy starts to feel drawn back to the life she once led. But the secret that Lucy has kept for 20 years may keep her from being able to stay forever and finally finding peace.
Clay Madison was best friends with Lucy, spending hours growing up with her and eventually starting to notice her as more than just his childhood friend but one day Lucy inexplicably drew back from him, eventually leaving St. Dennis. Clay has remained in St. Dennis farming the land his ancestors farmed and loves his life, the only thing missing is Lucy. With Lucy returning to the Inn for the summer, Clay decides this is his one chance to show her what they could be together but can he break through the barrier that Lucy has erected between herself and everyone else?!
Home For the Summer is the story of Clay, brother of the main character in Hometown Girl (you can read my review here) and I was glad to read the warmhearted Clay’s story. Lucy’s story was interesting, after leaving St. Dennis she moved to Hollywood where she started an event planning company creating amazing events for celebrities, but after she returns to St. Dennis she starts to realize that what she thought of as a life in California is really just an incredibly demanding job with little or no friends other than her co-workers. Home for the Summer was a great read, I felt like Mariah Stewart handled a tough experience (Lucy’s) with delicacy, tact and great empathy, leaving me, as the reader, with a great understanding why Lucy reacted the way she did. I have enjoyed the entire Chesapeake Diaries series and recommend them all as heartwarming tales of small town pitfalls and triumphs.
You can read an excerpt here.
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Title: Home for the Summer
Author: Mariah Stewart
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 384
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date: May 2012
Available for purchase: Amazon
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way. Laken Tomlinson Jersey