June, 1998: At twenty seven, Catherine Coombs, also known as Cat, is struggling. She lives in London, works as a journalist, and parties hard. Her lunchtimes consist of several glasses of wine at the bar downstairs in the office, her evenings much the same, swigging the free booze and eating the free food at a different launch or party every night. When she discovers the identity of the father she never knew she had, it sends her into a spiral. She makes mistakes that cost her the budding friendship of the only women who have ever welcomed her. And nothing is ever the same after that.
June, 2014: Cat has finally come to the end of herself. She no longer drinks. She wants to make amends to those she has hurt. Her quest takes her to Nantucket, to the gorgeous summer community where the women she once called family still live. Despite her sins, will they welcome her again? What Cat doesn’t realize is that these women, her real father’s daughters, have secrets of their own. As the past collides with the present, Cat must confront the darkest things in her own life and uncover the depths of someone’s need for revenge.
I must start by saying this is the first book I have read by Jane Green and it will not be my last. I really enjoyed Summer Secrets which is why I awarded five stars. Within this story is a meaningful message that you can change or improve yourself, no matter how hard it will be if you put your mind to it and ask for help. Summer secrets very heavily focuses on alcohol abuse and alcoholics anonymous, so it may not be to everyone’s tastes. It is beautifully written, easy to read, fast paced and ends with a lovely ending… Who doesn’t love a great ending? At times throughout the book I did find that it focuses on Cat a lot and that she is a selfish woman, but I soon changed my mind about her towards the end. I would highly recommend this story to you all if you haven’t read it already.
Summer secrets is perfect for readers who enjoy a brilliant chick-lit, romance, drama and would make a perfect read for those who enjoy a bit of young adult. Do you think you drink too much? Read this story and compare yourself to Cat. It made me feel better about myself even though I hardly drink. I have found a new favourite chick-lit author… Jane Green. Cannot wait to dive into more of her stories. Enjoy, I did.