After being forced out of both her home and the company she helped found, Clancy speeds off to the village of Nelson’s Bar. Spotty reception. No Wi-Fi. It’s the perfect change of pace. After taking the newly opened caretaker position at her cousin Alice’s row of cottages, she even stops fully focusing on her cheating ex and scheming coworkers. But as she gets used to life in the idyllic village, speed bumps from her past keep popping up, including the handsome and totally unavailable co-owner of the cottages.
Author Sue Moorcroft opens with Clancy at her lowest. She’s discovered her fiance has cheated on her and, in a particularly frustrating twist, she’s also out of a job. Yet she doesn’t stay down for long. Instead, she takes control of the situation and removes herself from the city she’s built a life in and plops down in a slower, though not necessarily simpler, village. Moorcroft crafts Clancy as a character so easy to root for. Anyone willing to do something so extreme for her own peace and health deserves a happy ending, and these early scenes set the tone for a very rewarding read.
But Moorcroft knows how to complicate things. Nelson’s Bar, while charming, has a bit of a rough history for Clancy. Her cousin Alice dumped a man at the altar some years before, and his brother, Aaron, now co-owns the cottages. So though Clancy finds herself loving her new job and the locale, she’s met with distrust from prominent locals. These muddied relationships create an immediate and realistic tension. It doesn’t help that Clancy and Aaron have an obvious connection from their first moments together, and Moorcroft expertly teases their potential relationship to maximum effect.
Will they? Won’t they? Who knows? While the ending is satisfying, their journey navigating emotions and family drama makes for such a riveting sequence that it could have lasted for 1,000 pages and it would still be a blast.
But all of this is not to suggest it’s serious all the time. There are plenty of laughs and lighthearted moments, particularly an eager pair of hitchhikers. But Moorcroft has the remarkable ability of making even these scenes poignant because her characters are so believable. They experience both the joys and frustrations of life and she explores their stories with care.
Much like the village of Nelson’s Bar, A Summer to Remember is simply lovely.
Title: A Summer to Remember
Author: Sue Moorcroft
Publication Date: May 02, 2019
Classification: Women’s Fiction
Note: I received a free ARC of this book through NetGalley.