My rating: 4 Stars
Alice Emerson is devastated after losing her beloved grandfather. At the same time, her relationship comes to a crashing halt. She is due for a change, and so is her lifelong friend Sasha. The two of them decide to leave the city and head to he beaches of the Outer-Banks, hoping for a fresh new start. Not only does Alice need this change, she hopes it will be good for her son Henry. Due to her broken relationship, she is shocked to find herself drawn to Jack Murphy, who is visiting in town with his father. With the little time he has available, they find themselves quite comfortable in each other's company.
Meanwhile, since Alice inherited her grandfather's bike shop, she has the opportunity to create a business for herself. With Sasha's help, she sets out to open an ice cream shop there. Happy as a clam at first, things change when she runs across a letter that ultimately turns her life upside down. Then, the dynamic changes between Alice and Jack.
I just love Alice. She is a kind, thoughtful friend, and a wonderful and sensitive mom to Henry. The rest of the characters, Sasha, Jack, Butch and Melly are equally wonderful. One Summer is a sensitive, heartwarming read, a true, feel-good story that had just enough depth to keep me turning pages.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review.
Date of publication: June 1, 2018