One S’more Summer
(The Campfire Series, #1)
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: May 30th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
If you love Sophie Kinsella and Emily Giffin, you’ll love this heartwarming debut from a fresh voice in contemporary chick-lit that offers a lighthearted and fun take on friendship, love, and how to recover from past mistakes.For twenty long years, Gigi Goldstein has been pining away for her best friend’s guy. She knows it’s wrong and it has to stop, but she hasn’t been able to let go ever since they all met on the bus to summer camp back when they were 7 years old. The same week that her best friends finally announce their wedding date, Gigi loses her high-profile design job. With all of her dreams unravelling, she runs to the last place she remembers being happy.Taking the Head Counselor position at Camp Chinooka, Gigi hopes to reclaim the joy she felt as a camper, but the job isn’t all campfire songs and toasting marshmallows. Gigi’s girls are determined to make her look bad in front of the boys’ Head Counselor—the sexy but infuriating Perry—and every scrap of the campground is laced with memories.When Gigi finally realizes she can’t escape the present by returning to her past, she’s forced to reexamine her life and find the true meaning of love. But will she be able to mend fences and forgive herself before she loses her one real shot at happiness?
What a great debut novel! I really loved this one! I honestly hadn't expected much when I went in, and I am really glad that this one surprised me! :D
Gigi was a really interesting main character! A little difficult to relate with and like in the beginning perhaps, but one that you can't help loving in the end! She's in love with her best friend Alicia's fiance, and despite everything between them, it looks like he's getting married to Alicia.Gigi can't fess up and face her BFF, nor does she want to attend the wedding. So when she loses her job too, she decides to take up the head counselor position at Camp Chinooka, the place that gave her some of the best memories of her childhood!
So not only does she have to navigate new waters, guide young kids hell bent on mischief and figure out a way to get her life back on track, she also has the annoying Perry Gillman to deal with!
My favorite part about this book was the character development that Gigi goes through!It was amazing to see that happening! Beth Merlin's writing is also really great with the way she combines character growth, romance, humor and drama. Perry was another amazing character and the way their relationship evovles from good natured rivalry to a beautiful romance was beautiful to see!The camp life and the customs with the set of secondary characters added more color to the story!
The ending is pretty satisfactory and left loosely open.. Only after finishing it did I realise that this is a series! * facepalm *
And after I read the blurb of the second book, I've become even more antsy, because what just happened after book 1? Guess we'll have to wait for the next book! :D
Beth Merlin has a BA from The George Washington University where she minored in Creative Writing and a JD from New York Law School. She’s a native New Yorker who loves anything Broadway, rom-coms, her daughter Hadley, and a good maxi dress. She was introduced to her husband through a friend she met at sleepaway camp and considers the eight summers she spent there to be some of the most formative of her life. One S’more Summer is Beth’s debut novel.