Saturday, June 4, 2016

(49)Mystic Summer by Hannah McKinnon

Maggie Griffin is looking forward to a fun summer.  Her best friend Ericka is getting married and things are really starting to heat up with her boyfriend, Evan.  Things go south, though, when Maggie finds out that she lost her job as a teacher at a private school in Boston.  Then her best friend, Ericka, loses the Boston venue for her wedding and they have to scramble to find a new place.  The best friends find themselves back in their hometown of Mystic, Connecticut as they are putting the finishing touches on Ericka's wedding.  The last thing that Maggie expects is to see her old boyfriend, Cam, on the streets of Mystic. And he has an infant daughter with no mother in sight.  Seeing Cam stirs up all of her old feelings and seeing Cam's daughter stirs up maternal feelings she didn't know even existed.  As Cam and his daughter become more of a daily presence in Maggie's life, she starts to realize that maybe everything she thought she wanted in life was wrong.  Including her boyfriend, Evan.  Will spending the summer in Mystic help put things into perspective for Maggie or will it only confuse her further?

Maggie Griffin is the kind of heroine that is easy to like, she seems genuine.  But, almost from the beginning you get the feeling that she is unsettled with her life. She didn't really like where she worked, but she loved teaching.  She was happy that her best friend was getting married, but she was sad that she  was going to have to change living situations.   The thought of spending the summer in Mystic filled Maggie with mixed emotions, even more so when she stumbled across Cam and his baby girl.  There were a few times that I didn't think that Maggie was being fair to Evan, but I am going to chalk it up to being young, opposed to a character flaw.  I wasn't a huge fan of Ericka, though, who turned out to be a horrible bridezilla, but I did respect the way that Maggie went above and beyond to fulfill her Maid-of-Honor role. She was determined to make the day special for her best friend.   And then there is their friend Peyton, she  was an annoying little twit.  The story ended up being a bit predictable, but that isn't always a bad thing with fluffy Summer Beach Reads

Bottom line - Mystic Summer is a beach read about a young woman at a crossroads in her life who has to make some tough decisions about the path she wants to take,  While I liked the book, I think it might be geared towards readers a generation younger than me.



Why I Read...

I remember the carefree summer days when I used to ride my bike to the public library to pick out new books. I would go almost daily to find books to read. I read to learn. I read to explore the world. I read to escape. I read because not reading is not an option.

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