FICTION

One Perfect Summer

Mira: Harlequin. Apr. 2020. 464p. ISBN 9780778309468. pap. $16.99. F
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DNA tests reveal that three strangers—Serenity, Reagan, and Lorelei—are half sisters. Although initially shocked, they become friends and decide to meet in person. Serenity’s family cabin in Lake Tahoe provides the perfect locale for the sisters to bond and try to solve the mystery of how they are related. Each woman is dealing with her own life-altering drama. Serenity is recovering from finding out her now ex-husband is a criminal; Reagan recently had an affair with her married boss. And Lorelei must decide if she should divorce her husband, who has been cheating on her with her best friend. It becomes clear that one week is not enough time even to begin to find solutions, so their spring getaway turns into spending the whole summer together. But will their newfound familial connection provide the support they need to move on, or will it create even more damage?
VERDICT Filled with intense life conflicts that avoid being over-the-top, this heartwarming story of sisters who bond as adults is sure to please the many fans of Novak (“Evelyn Talbot” series; Before We Were Strangers) as well as those who enjoy books by Susan Mallery and Debbie Macomber. [See Prepub Alert, 10/14/19.]

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