Date of Publication: June 9th 2016
Summer at Oyster Bay is the perfect, feel-good summer romance, about the importance of home and family, learning what love is, and living for the moment.
They say falling in love is easy. But what if you know it’ll break your heart?
For Emily Tate, returning to her charming childhood home Oyster Bay is like coming up for air after the fast pace of her city life. At the farm her grandfather built, surrounded by sister Rachel’s chatter, Gram’s buttermilk biscuits, and the soft, white sand, Emily is reminded of exactly who she is and what she holds most dear.
When Emily starts work at elegant Water’s Edge Inn, Charles Peterson, the handsome new owner, asks for her help. He wants to expand and needs Emily to teach him the local ways, so he can convince the planning commission. Emily vows to make him fall in love with her hometown, just the way it is.
At work, Charles is reserved and serious, yet once Emily has him kicking off his shoes in the sand and sailing across the glistening Chesapeake Bay, she sees another side to him, and their easy rapport feels like the start of something big.
But when it becomes clear Charles’s plans for the inn involve bulldozing Oyster Bay, Emily is heartbroken. Will she lose her home and Charles all at once, or can she save Oyster Bay, and give true love a chance?
I love how heart-warming this book is! Right from the start, I was pulled into the world of Emily who had just got back to her hometown to start a new job and when I met Charlie, I was smitten. Adding Gram to the mix, I fell in love whole-heartedly in the world that Jenny Hale had created.
All the characters were very delightful to know and I just love how they progressed throughout the story. I especially have a soft spot for Charlie because he started out as a typical bachelor businessman who is serious and have no other room in his life except for work, but thanks to Emily and her family, he slowly relaxed and began to look at the other aspect of life. It’s somehow cliche, but I just love that progression, especially towards the end.
I also love how the theme of living your life in the moment is very prominent throughout the book as that is a great message to get across. In the book we were shown how Emily was so adamant on not giving away the family land to the inn expansion because of the many memories that they created there, but when Gram said that live is for living, that really struck a chord with me and I really love Gram for that. Some of the memories that Emily have had with her Papa was also too beautiful not to mention and I have to admit that there was a part that I got a bit teary-eyed.
This book is written beautifully and the pace is good, not too fast but not too slow either, just enough to make me feel interested to know what is coming next. It’s quite an easy read as I read it in just over a day. One of the things that I love about the writing is the description of the places that are just enough to make me imagine and feel as if I am right there together with Emily and Charlie.
I would definitely recommend this to those who would love a sweet, heart-warming summer romance story that is easy to read.
Disclaimer: I received the ARC from Bookouture via Netgalley in exchange of honest reviews. All opinions are mine.