Home for the Summer by Mariah Stewart
- ISBN-13: 9780345531223
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Publication date: 5/29/2012
- Pages: 384
- Series: Chesapeake Diaries Series , #5
- Source: Netgalley
Some of Lucy Sinclair’s best days were those spent growing up in small town St. Dennis—working at the family inn and enjoying summers filled with swimming, sailing, tennis, and the company of Clay Madison, her best friend. But Lucy’s darkest day, the one that shattered her innocence with violence and fear, also happened in St. Dennis. And the town she once loved became the place she gladly left behind—along with the terrible secret she’s kept for twenty years.
While Lucy headed off for college and a career, Clay remained—more than satisfied with the life St. Dennis had to offer. But now, even after inheriting his family’s thriving farm and starting up an organic brewery, he can’t help feeling that something’s missing. And when Lucy comes back to town to plan a celebrity wedding at the Sinclair family inn, she and Clay reconnect, and find themselves reevaluating their long-sleeping friendship that could blossom into something deeper. Like a bookend to those distant childhood days, this summer will be Lucy’s chance to finally confront her hidden pain, make peace with the past, and plan her own whole new future.
Lucy is in town to help plan a huge wedding at her family’s inn, but cannot wait to get back to the west coast and the rest of her successful party planning business out there. There are secrets that haunt her and no one know about them. She has buried her friendships here and wants to block them out, she is just plain scared when she is here. What Lucy does not expect is to land a second huge wedding, one that will last a week, and a secondary anniversary party for a long time client who makes this a condition of moving to a different week of the summer. Even less expected is to be reunited with Clay, her long time childhood friend, and realize that she has feelings for him even though she could never live here. But maybe just made she can face her past and finally find her future.
One of the best parts of Home For the Summer the unique jobs that both Lucy and Clay have. Lucy is this amazing party planner and it was so cool to read about her interactions with her clients and making their dreams come true, not matter how big or how small. Clay is starting an organic brewery and we get a peek into that business as well. Mariah Stewart is great at giving the reader just enough information to spark thoughts and then move on to a different part of the story.
This was a great story for those who are looking for a happily ever after with some bumps along the way. I like that things were not perfect in this story. The are really and very painful at times, but really when is life perfect. NEVER! I was never expecting the source of Lucy’s angst about the inn but liked how it was finally dealt with.