Published by HQN on June 11, 2019
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As the summer ends, friendship begins…
When single mom Joy Lee abandoned her old life to take a job at a lakeside resort, she found something that her family’s wealth and influence could never buy: peace of mind. Not easy to come by for the once-burned divorcée who keeps everyone at a distance. But when her new friend, Maris, dares her to take a chance with the drive-in’s charismatic new owner, everything changes for Joy and her young son.
A difficult childhood has left Maris Kennedy with definite priorities. Her job running Summer’s End, the camp store and café, comes first. Always. Nothing could ever make her risk that hard-won security—especially not her free-spirited colleague. But the more she encourages Joy to open herself up to new experiences, the more Maris begins to wonder what she, too, might be missing.
Learning how to trust will bring Joy and Maris together. And soon they form a friendship that leaves them as close as sisters—and open to love where they least expect it…in Summer’s End.
~~Reviewed by Amy~~
I love reading about love. After all, it’s what makes the world go round, right? So I’m always a sucker for a good romance. But I especially love when those romances involve stories of loving friendships. Those kinds of friends that become your family, helping you build your dreams, and picking you up when you stumble. Real friends who not only bring fun to your life but also encourage you to take risks. In Lori Foster’s newest addition to her Summer Resort series, a new friendship leads two women to learn to trust and open themselves up to finding love.
Joy Lee was a once burned never again divorcee. She’d devoted her life to raising her young son, Jack. She’d been content with working and living at Cooper’s Charm RV Resort. The few casual friends she’d made, her time with her son, and her work as a camp director had been enough. Until she met Royce Nakirk, the new owner of the local drive-in.
Royce had spent the last year caring for his mother and was ready to take time to focus on himself. He was restarting his life, getting his act together, re-establishing who he was and what he wanted. That was his plan. Until he met a kid who tugged at his heart and a woman who made him forget he had plans.
Maris Kennedy had worked tirelessly at the Summer’s End camp store for years. After the upbringing she’d had, financial security and independence were her number one goals. She had a set of rules she followed and relying on anyone else was not a part of her plan.
Daron Hardy worked maintenance at Cooper’s Charm. He’d been fascinated with Maris for as long as he’d known her. But no matter how much he flirted with her, she seemed to avoid him. Every time he tried to get closer, she seemed to push him further away. He wasn’t giving up though. If she’d give him any kind of sign she was interested, he’d be there in a heartbeat.
When Maris and Joy forge a friendship, a bond is formed. One where they look out for each other and challenge each other to step out of their comfort zones and take a chance on relationships. Something they’d both denied themselves. What follows is a heartwarming story about the sometimes complicated relationships between friends and family, love, the past, and figuring out what you really want in life.
I loved the overarching stories of Maris and Joy. Two women with their feet firmly on the ground who meet two men that sweep them right off those feet. All the characters were real and relatable. People you’d gladly choose as your friends. The story was perfectly paced and easy to read with some hilarious moments, aww moments, and serious emotional moments. If you’re looking for a juicy, funny, romantic, and uplifting read, you’ll definitely get love drunk on this one.