About Mystic Summer
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books (June 21, 2016)
A chance run-in with a college boyfriend puts a young woman’s picture-perfect life in perspective in this warm-hearted and lyrical novel—from the author of The Lake Season.
Since finishing graduate school, Maggie Griffin has worked hard to build an enviable life in Boston. She’s an elementary school teacher in a tony Boston suburb, a devoted sister, and a loving aunt. With her childhood best friend’s wedding quickly approaching and her own relationship blossoming, this is the summer she has been waiting for.
But when Maggie’s career is suddenly in jeopardy, her life begins to unravel. Stricken, Maggie returns home to seaside Mystic, Connecticut, where she expects to find comfort in family and familiarity. Instead, she runs into Cameron Wilder, a young man from her past who has also returned home, and whose life has taken a turn that puts Maggie’s city struggles in harsh perspective. When tragedy strikes for Cameron, Maggie is faced with big decisions as she weighs what matters most and strives to stay true to the person she’s become.
Set against the gorgeous backdrop of a New England summer when past and present collide, Mystic Summer is a gorgeous novel about looking back, moving forward, and the beauty that blooms when fate intervenes.
I loved this book! I really enjoyed The Lake Season and was excited to read another book by this great author! I became immersed in Mystic Summer immediately--and found myself wishing I was actually in Mystic as well! I loved Maggie as a character and related to her so well. I loved watching Maggie and Erika's friendship over the summer as things changed--Erika's wedding meant they would no longer be roommates, but the summer also brought them closer together by revealing truths to each other. And Cameron! He was a wonderful character!
This book was hard to put down, and every time I had to, I couldn't wait to dive back into the town of Mystic. McKinnon's writing is so engaging in this novel, and though it's predictable, it has depth and issues that make you think. This is a perfect women's fiction book for a relaxing weekend read! At first glance it just seems like a summer romance type book--and there is really very little romance in this book! Rather, this book is about finding yourself, family, friendship, and getting what you want out of life--even if what you have appears to be picture perfect. A 2016 must read!
Hannah McKinnon is the author of The Lake Seasonand Mystic Summer. She graduated from Connecticut College and the University of South Australia. She lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut, with her family, a flock of chickens, and two rescue dogs.
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