"One of my own favorite writers." –Elin Hilderbrand
Named a Best Beach Read of Summer by Vulture, PureWow, She Reads and Women.com
J. Courtney Sullivan’s Maine meets the works of Elin Hilderbrand in this delicious summer read involving three strangers, one island, and a season packed with unexpected romance, well-meaning lies, and damaging secrets.
Anthony Puckett was a rising literary star. The son of an uber-famous thriller writer, Anthony’s debut novel spent two years on the bestseller list and won the adoration of critics. But something went very wrong with his second work. Now Anthony’s borrowing an old college’s friend’s crumbling beach house on Block Island in the hopes that solitude will help him get back to the person he used to be.
Joy Sousa owns and runs Block Island’s beloved whoopie pie café. She came to this quiet space eleven years ago, newly divorced and with a young daughter, and built a life for them here. To her customers and friends, Joy is a model of independence, hard-working and happy. And mostly she is. But this summer she’s thrown off balance. A food truck from a famous New York City brand is roving around the island, selling goodies—and threatening her business.
Lu Trusdale is spending the summer on her in-laws’ dime, living on Block Island with her two young sons while her surgeon husband commutes to the mainland hospital. When Lu’s second son was born, she and her husband made a deal: he’d work and she’d quit her corporate law job to stay home with the boys. But a few years ago, Lu quietly began working on a private project that has becoming increasingly demanding on her time. Torn between her work and home, she’s beginning to question that deal she made.
Over the twelve short weeks of summer, these three strangers will meet and grow close, will share secrets and bury lies. And as the promise of June turns into the chilly nights of August, the truth will come out, forcing each of them to decide what they value most, and what they are willing to give up to keep it.
Moore (The Captain's Daughter) entices in her fifth outing, telling the story of three people whose lives intersect one summer. Single mom Joy Sousa lives on present-day Block Island, R.I., with her 13-year-old daughter, Maggie, and runs Joy Bombs, a bakery. Disgraced author Anthony Puckett has retreated to the island to lick his wounds after being accused of plagiarism. Lu Trusdale is spending the summer on the island with her two young sons, six-year-old Chase and four-year-old Sebastian, while her surgeon husband, Jeremy, continues to work off the island. Lu and Anthony become friends when Sebastian wanders out into the ocean and Anthony saves him. Anthony and Joy begin a romantic relationship, but he fails to tell her that he has a four-year-old son named Max and that he has been using the false last name of Jones. As secrets are revealed, Lu, Anthony, and Joy must decide whether their relationships and friendships can survive the harm caused by hiding the truth. Moore's narrative is fast-paced, and her lead characters are flawed and believable. Readers looking for an emotional tale will find much to enjoy.