June 5, 2017

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: One S'more Summer by Beth Merlin


One S'more Summer by Beth Merlin (May 30, 2017)
Length: 264 pages
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Ink Monster LLC
Source: I received a free copy from the author as part of Xpresso Book Tours! This did not affect my honest review.
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Rating:
Synopsis: 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?

My Review

One S'more Summer in Three Words: Charming. Summer. Nostalgia.

One S'more Summer was a fun read full of good summer vibes, new and old friendships, and some romance. I enjoyed the quick read and its interesting story.

When Gigi flees real life,  since the whole loving the guy your best friend is engaged to is a problem, she takes a job at her old summer camp as head counselor. While there she struggles with past memories while trying to make new ones. I loved the setting of a summer camp. If you have ever attended any kind of camp you will get a big wave of nostalgia thrown your way, and I really liked that. It put me in the summer mood. I could smell the campfires, envision the cabins, and delight in my own summer camp memories while enjoying Gigi's story.

Gigi was a main character that was hard to like at first, but grew on me just as she did throughout the book. She was always making such frustrating decisions that I wanted to smack her for, but her character has some growth, thanks to the help of her campers, her new friend, and Perry. Perry is the hot counselor that Gigi is always arguing with, but well... I'm sure you know what eventually happens between those two. I liked Perry more than Gigi, and found him to be mysterious and fun, two things I look for in a book boyfriend.

Camp shenanigans, summer romance, a well paced plot with a nice unfolding between the past and present, and interesting characters, are what drove me to give this book 3.5 stars. The ending left me a little annoyed, but there will be a book two so I think that will make a difference!

The Verdict: One S'more Summer is the perfect book to bring to the beach. It may have its flaws, but it was very enjoyable.

The Author


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.



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