Three cheers for summer reading!
In this novel, we follow a close-knit group of six college friends who have reunited to celebrate one of their 40th birthdays. Most of the book takes place over the celebratory weekend as we learn more about each friend, the past they all share and the secrets they are currently keeping from the others.
This book was sent to me by the kind people at Doubleday Books and I was instantly drawn to it for a few reasons. First, one of my current favorite authors, Elin Hilderbrand, wrote one of the blurbs on the book, so I loved that it got the seal of approval from an author I adore. Second, I wanted to just jump into the cover and live in it because it was so inviting and gorgeous. And third, the tale of old college friends coming back together was intriguing and a storyline I’ll always love. The story started out with incredibly detailed and descriptive writing. At first it slightly distracted me, but the more I read on in the book, I realized that it truly set the stage for the location to the point where I could picture every nook and cranny of the house in which most of the book take place. A majority of the book is a build up to the the last few chapters, which may not be something everyone loves, but again, in this instance, it helped to really get to know each of the characters and the intricacies of the relationships between them. I also loved the attention to detail when it came to the food the chef prepared in this story. Ack! I just wanted to jump on a plane, escape to the French countryside and go to this house to eat these elaborate and mouth-watering meals! While I saw some of the final twists coming, I didn’t see one of the major ones coming which was a nice surprise. Overall, I think this book was a great escape and a nice story of true friendship that is perfect for these warm summer months.
If you’d like to read this book, it’s your lucky day! The generous people at Doubleday are providing a copy to one lucky winner! Enter below!
If you’d like to read about the other books I’ve read this year as part of my reading challenge, you can find my reviews here:
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran
The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice
My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand
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Disclaimers: I was sent an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received and, as always, all opinions are my own. There are Amazon affiliate links included in this post. Thank you for reading and for your support!