Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Review: "Summer by the Sea" by Susan Wiggs

Summer by the Sea"Summer by the Sea"  
by Susan Wiggs
Author's Website:
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9780778320562
Published: July 2004 by Mira

Goodreads Blurb:
With a little determination and a lot of charm, Rosa Capoletti took a run-down pizza joint and turned it into an award-winning restaurant that has been voted "best place to propose" three years in a row. For Rosa, though, there has been no real romance since her love affair with Alexander Montgomery ended without explanation a decade ago. But guess who's just come back to town?
Reunited at the beach house where they first fell in love, Rosa and Alexander discover that the secrets of the past are not what they seem. Now, with all that she wants right in front of her, Rosa searches for happiness with the man who once broke her heart--and learns that in love, as in life, there are second chances.

Darcy's Review:
I am not sure how this author made it on my radar, but this will not be the last book that I read by her. This book was a very sweet story about first loves, first betrayals, and screwed up families.

The story switches back and forth from the present to the past. In the beginning we see where Rosa doesn't have the time of day for Alex, and I have to admit I wondered why, it seemed like she was out of line. But it is as we learn how these two meet as kids and see their friendship progress that we understand why Rosa is so mad, and yes, then you get why she feels the way she does. At this point I was happy that she was making Alex grovel like she did, he definitely needed to. But yet I really loved their story and wanted them to get together. It doesn't help that their story is basically that of West Side Story, the rich kid that summers at the island vs. the townie that those rich people believe are there to serve them. Of course it isn't just Alex's family that is against them, Rosa's family and friends look down at the "summer" guy, telling her he isn't a forever kind of guy. Among all this strife and love there seems to be one event that everything can be traced back to and just at the end we learn some hidden facts to those, ones that when you really think about it aren't that surprising and put the events in a new light.

This review was written by my friend Darcy at Goodreads.
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