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One S’more Summer by Beth Merlin ~ Review

One S’more Summer
Beth Merlin
(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 unraveling, 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?

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I have ALWAYS dreamed of going to summer camp… am I aging myself by asking if you all remember the Disney Channel show Bug Juice?! I wanted to go to a sleep away camp so badly that I’ve even priced it out for my own kids, knowing that they would make forever friends and fond memories. Unfortunately I never went to camp but I do still have wonderful summer memories spent with my Grandma.

Beth Merlin transports us to summer. The smell of campfire, the taste of gooey s’mores on your lips. The feel of the sun and the dampness of a rainy wood. It was everything I imagined summer camp to be. It’s meant to be about self discovery so when the main character Gigi decides she needs an escape what we really find is that she discovers who she is. The relationships she builds and the emotions she comes to terms with really highlight the fun and the mistakes she made along the way. I love the secrets kept and shared between her and Perry. We knew they were both escaping reality but at the same time it made their feud comical.

Great summer read! Perfect for the beach or poolside! I cannot wait to get my hands on book 2!

I think we all want a mentor like Gordy in our lives too!!!

 

Author Bio:

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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