on February 26, 2019
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Mallory Westbrook is ready to make her move on Jake Summerford, the boy – now man – she’s been crushing on for years. Coming back to Magnolia Sound to celebrate her great-grandfather’s birthday provides the perfect opportunity to show Jake that she’s no longer a child.
The last thing Jake expected to do at his mentor’s birthday party was to find himself kissing Mallory under the moonlight. Though he’s known her for years, the thought of kissing her never crossed his mind. But the shy tomboy he once knew is gone, and in her place is a woman he can’t resist.
They have one summer before they go their separate ways. Insecurity wars with the possibility of a future together, but it could all come to an end before it even has a chance to start.
~~Reviewed by Evelyn~~
It’s always exciting to start a new series, and if SUNKISSED DAYS, the prequel to the future Magnolia Sound series by Samantha Chase, is any indication, this one is going to be great! This novella introduces us to Mallory Westbrook who grew up visiting her great-grandfather every summer in Magnolia Sound. She has always had a crush on her great-grandfather’s neighbor, Jake Summerford, but since Jake was a few years older than Mallory, he didn’t see her as anything more than a shy tomboy. This summer was different, however, as Jake and Mallory suddenly find themselves in the middle of an intense summer fling. But is it more than that? Can their feelings for each other last through several misunderstandings and plans that have them headed in different directions at the end of the summer? A perfect lead-in to the first novel in the series.
As always in a Samantha Chase story, the characters are strong and complex. Jake and Mallory are no exception. The secondary characters, especially the great-grandfather add interest and depth. While there is certainly nothing new about the initial plot, older guy falls in love with younger tomboy next door, there are enough twists, turns and unanswered questions to keep the readers involved and wanting more.
Samantha Chase has given us several delightful series in the past, most notably the Montgomerys and the Shaughnesseys, and from this preview, I think we have another great series to look forward to. Thank you, Samantha Chase!
I voluntarily read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book and the views expressed are my honest opinions.