Summertime Guests by Wendy Francis

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This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

Summertime Guests


With its rich history and famous guests, the glamorous Boston hotel is no stranger to drama. But the bustle at the iconic property reaches new heights one weekend in mid-June when someone falls tragically to her death, the event rippling through the lives of four very different people. 

Bride-to-be Riley is at the hotel to plan her wedding. She would have preferred a smaller, more intimate celebration, but her bossy mother-in-law has taken charge and her fiancé hasn’t seemed to notice. Jean-Paul, the hotel’s manager, is struggling to keep his marriage and new family afloat, but now he must devote all his energy to this latest scandal at work. Claire, recently widowed, comes to town to connect with a long-lost love, but has too much changed in the last thirty years?  And then there’s Jason, whose romantic getaway with his girlfriend has not exactly gone the way he’d hoped and instead has him facing questions he can’t bring himself to answer.

Over three sun-drenched days, as the truth about the woman who died—and the secret she was hiding—is uncovered, these four strangers become linked in the most unexpected of ways. Together, they just might find the strength they need to turn their own lives around.

“Riveting…A smart read with plenty of meat for book clubs.”
–Barbara O’Neal, Washington Post bestselling author of When We Believed in Mermaids

“In prose as glittering as the hotel in which the novel is set, Francis shines as a master storyteller.  A must-read for anyone who could use an escape.”
—Kristy Woodson Harvey, USA TODAY bestselling author of Feels Like Falling

“Engaging…Add this to beach reads along with those by Elin Hilderbrand, Nancy Thayer, and Dorothea Benton Frank.”

“The best kind of page-turner… This seductive novel will draw you into the fascinating backstories of characters sipping cocktails poolside, and you won’t stop reading until you know what really happened.”
Brooke Lea Foster, author of Summer Darlings

“At a glamorous hotel by the ocean, four people face up to truths that can no longer be hidden. Summertime Guests is compelling, surprising, and a wonderful summertime read.”
Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author of Family Reunion

“Wendy Francis delivers a smart, probing drama that skillfully unravels the complex emotional lives of an ensemble cast in Summertime Guests…a reflective, deeply engaging and suspenseful story with many threads sure to ensnare the attention of rapt readers.”
—Shelf Awareness

“Idyllic coastal settings, drama, dynamic characters…this story has it all!”
—Woman’s World


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:


I have read a couple of Wendy Francis’s previous books and enjoyed them- but when I saw that one of my fave authors (Kristy Woodson Harvey) had written a blurb for Wendy’s latest book- I did not hesitate to request a copy!




What I liked:

This cover. I so wanted a pina colada (with a little umbrella!) to enjoy while I read this book! PS: Wendy had a special cocktail made in honor of her book- see the recipe here!


The setting. I thought it was a great setting- hotel settings always amuse me because they are so interesting with the location and guests!


The details that Wendy put in her guests’s lives. Each character could have probably had a book of their own- but I loved how their interactions twisted and turned in this book!


Bottom line: Gave me a good feeling and was a quick and enjoyable read!


*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*


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Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T 



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