by Kimberly Fisk
Why did you choose this book? The synopsis was interesting
When did you read this book? May 2017
Who should read this book? Readers of summer romance, especially those who also enjoy NASCAR
Source: Penguin First To Read
My Rating: ★★★★ 4 Stars
Here is a synopsis of Boardwalk Summer from Penguin First To Read
In the town of Tranquility Bay, summer is the season of second chances...
Single mother Hope Thompson has built a happy life for herself and her twins in beautiful Tranquility Bay, Washington. She doesn’t dwell on her painful past—especially not on the man who broke her heart all those years ago. But when Hope’s beloved son needs help, she takes a desperate chance and reaches out to her children’s father.
Nick Fortune lives life in the spotlight as a champion race car driver. He’s shocked to hear from Hope and even more surprised to learn that he’s a father. He immediately heads to the Pacific Northwest to confront the past—and the woman he once loved.
There, on the quiet lakeshore, Nick and Hope must work together to save their son—even if it means facing their complicated past—for a second chance as a family.
I saw this one offered as part of the Penguin First To Read program and the synopsis intrigued me. Getting a call out of the blue telling you that not only are you the father of a 15-year-old son that you never knew about, but that he needs your help, is sure to make for a good story!
This is a perfect summer read for an afternoon by the pool. With no interruptions you should be able to finish this book in an afternoon, and it has everything you want from a good summer romance; conflict, steam, and a happy ending. However, if you choose to take it to another level, that is also possible. This could be a great selection for a summer book club. Not only will it keep the reader entertained, but the book should lead to some great discussions. Discussion topics could include Hope’s decision to keep fact that he is a father from Nick, and the relationship of Hope with her mother, as well as many others.
While the book was a little bit predictable — I was sure from the beginning of how the story would turn out — that did not detract from my enjoyment of the book. There was also an epilogue to let me know what happens in the future. The only thing I felt was lacking was more details about Heather’s mother, Clare. I would like to know if their relationship continued to evolve.
Anyone looking for a good summer romance will enjoy this. NASCAR fans will enjoy it even more, as there are many details taken from the world of racing included in the novel.