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?
One S’more Summer was a great light-hearted read that is perfect for summer time reading or that long family road trip. This is a debut novel by Beth Merlin and she did not disappoint. The title alone is what drew me in and piqued my interest in this book. What I thought was going to be another summer romance story turned out to be so much more upon reading this book.
The main character, Gigi is having the worst luck possible. Recently fired from her amazing job and finding out that her first love (Joshua) is getting married to her best friend (Alicia) she makes a decision to run away from it all. Gigi thinks the perfect place to go for the summer is Camp Chinooka, to clear her mind. Little does she know being a camp counselor to teenage girls and getting distracted by a hot British counselor named Perry was on her to-do list. Her favorite place as a kid/teen was camp and where she met her two best friends Joshua and Alicia. Everywhere she turns reminds her of happier times with Josh and Alicia, maybe camp was not such a great idea after all.
Gigi was such a fun and relatable character, by the end of the book I was very happy she had most of her personal issues resolved. As for Perry, he was funny, a gentleman and I do love how he would give Gigi a hard time ever so often. The flirting between these two was so cute! We also find out that Perry has a personal matter of his own and when he shares that moment with Gigi it was sad and touching. I cannot forget all of the teenage girls Gigi had to live with for 8 weeks! They were a hoot. Always playing tricks on camp counselors and trying to push the boundaries. Gigi managed to keep the girls in check and I loved that about her.
This book made me reminisce of when I attended summer camp, all of the cute boys you set your eyes on and pine for over the summer only never to see them again. And then of course the adult side where you try and run away from your problems but in the end running away usually leads you to confronting them. Things might not always work out the way you want them to, but sometimes that is a blessing in disguise. If you are looking for a quick summer read look no further. One S’more Summer is the perfect fit.
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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