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Monday, May 1, 2017

(39)The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner

Marin Bishop is a successful lawyer with an incredibly attractive boyfriend.  Life in New York City is nearly perfect when she submits her DNA for to the genealogy website that she is representing.   She is not expecting any kind of surprises, she more or less just does it to understand her client better.   She does not expect to receive an email from a young woman who claims to be her sister.  It has to be a mistake because Marin doesn't have a sister.

Rachel Moskowitz has always known that her free-spirited mother used a sperm donor to have Rachel, but she can't help but be curious about her genetic history.   She is thrilled to discover that she has a half-sister in New York City and is going to stop to introduce herself to her new sister on her way to Provincetown, where their new grandmother lives.  When Marin's world implodes due to getting fired she decides to join Rachel on her journey. Soon two of them, along with Marin's mom for good measure, embark on a summer vacation full of family secrets,  shocking revelations, and a whole lot of relationship building.   A summer that may never end.

It has been a very long time since I have stayed up late into the night to finish a good book.  I did that last night with The Forever Summer.  Rachel and Marin are about as opposite as two sisters could be, but I liked them both.  They were both at crossroads in their life and seeking something.  I also like the way they were both ultimately kind and caring towards their new grandmother.  And Amelia was a sweet lady who had suffered a lot of pain in her life, yet that didn't discourage her from embracing everything life had to offer. Including two young women who claim to be her granddaughters.   I loved everything about Amelia, her wife, and their life in Provincetown.  The setting of Provincetown was quite unique, too.  When you hear "beach reads" you think of Cape Cod or Nantucket, but not Provincetown.  It made for a really fun read.

Bottom line - The Forever Summer was my first official "beach read" of the season and it was the perfect book to kick off the season.  Well written, with great characters who are easy to connect with on many levels and do a great job of redefining family.  The perfect beach read.