I received this book for free from MIRA in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Summer Retreat by Sheila Roberts
Published by MIRA
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Contemporary Romance
Read in: April 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Add to: Goodreads
Celeste Jones has plans for a perfect summer with her boyfriend (and hopefully soon-to-be fiancé)—until he dumps her to be with the woman he’s had on the side for months. Heartbroken and furious, Celeste resolves to move on. When the going gets tough, the tough…okay, the not-so-tough go to the beach.
As soon as school lets out for the summer, she waves goodbye to her first-graders, packs up her bikini and heads for Moonlight Harbor, where she knows her big sister, Jenna, will receive her with open arms. Jenna could probably use some help at the Driftwood Inn, and Celeste is happy to do chores around the place in exchange for a relaxing summer escape. She just needs something—or someone—to distract her from her troubles.
Finding The One can be tricky, and Jenna is determined to make sure Celeste gets it right this time around. Not that Jenna’s an expert. She’s still trying to sort out her own love life. But if both sisters listen to their hearts, eventually they’re bound to discover that life—and love—is good at the beach. - via GoodReads
I am a sucker for small town contemporary romances. When I was approached about reviewing The Summer Retreat by Sheila Roberts I took the opportunity. A woman spurned by a lover taking retreat with her sister at the hotel she owns and operates in a small seaside town? Sign me up!
Celeste Jones heads towards her sister’s hotel The Driftwood Inn after she is spurned by her last man. Just like every other man in her life Celeste was sure he was The One. He wasn’t. Celeste swears off rushing into another relationship again. It’s time for her to slow down and really make sure before she commits to the next guy.
One of the things that I didn’t like about The Summer Retreat was, sadly, Celeste. Most of the time she was fun and enjoyable but I had a lot of issue with the constant focus of needing to be married and how insanely fast everything progressed. I feel like if Celeste had taken her vow to not rush into things seriously a lot of strife could have been avoided.
The other issue that I had is that I didn’t feel that the actual romance focus in this story had a lot of time or development. Most of the book was spent focusing on the other relationship. For me this was a pretty big issue. I like to see the couples in a romance work against and with each other to gain that happily ever after. That certainly happened here but it was a someone else issue and not something or themselves standing in their own way. I think that love triangles (and I hesitate to use that term here) have big risk but can have big pay off too. The reason for my hesitation is why it didn’t pay off here. It made me actually more annoyed with Celeste than anything else.
There was a lot that I did like in The Summer Retreat. I really liked the small town vibe. I loved the relationships that Celeste had with her family. I really enjoyed some of the banter between the characters. It definitely had some funny moments.
One thing that I promise myself when I read a book that I end up giving a 3 out of 5 is that I will give the author’s work another read. Sometimes the first book that I read by a new to me author doesn’t hit all my check boxes. Not every book is going to. So I’ll give another book by Sheila Roberts a shot to make sure it wasn’t just a fluke. A perfect example of this is The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton. I didn’t love that book but I just pre-ordered the fourth book in the series. I’ll definitely be picking up the first book in the Moonlight Harbor series.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2019 GoodReads