One Perfect Summer by Brenda Novak ★★☆☆☆ #BookReview #BookBlog


Primary Genre(s): Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
Published: 7 April 2020 by HARLEQUIN-MIRA
Page count: 400
My Format: eARC via NetGalley
Cover: Sunny
Pacing: Slow and repetitive
Ending: Meh
Would I recommend it: Maybe
Commission Link: Buy One Perfect Summer

My rating: ★★☆☆☆

Synopsis from Goodreads
When Serenity Alston swabbed her cheek for 23andMe, she joked about uncovering some dark ancestral scandal. The last thing she expected was to discover two half-sisters she didn’t know existed. Suddenly, everything about her loving family is drawn into question. And meeting these newfound sisters might be the only way to get answers.

The women decide to dig into the mystery together at Serenity’s family cabin in Lake Tahoe. With Reagan navigating romantic politics at work and Lorelei staring down the collapse of her marriage, all three women are converging at a crossroads in their lives. Before the summer is over, they’ll have to confront the past and determine how to move forward when everything they previously thought to be true was a lie. But any future is easier to face with family by your side.

My Thoughts
Sigh…  Here are my pros and cons for One Perfect Summer:


  1. Very interesting premise. The synopsis grabbed my attention for sure.


  1. This book is so incredibly repetitive. Every chapter is basically a rehash of the previous chapters – Serenity has a horrible husband, Lorelei has a horrible husband, Reagan has a horrible lover. It is just one big pity party! Even though they have reason to hate their partners, this kind of repetitive plot just isn’t enjoyable for me at all.
  2. The “good-looking neighbor/infatuation” storyline with one of the characters was not believable.
  3. The whole family tree mystery (the entire reason I wanted to read this book in the first place) fell super flat for me. They barely even addressed it until the very end of the book. Super disappointing.
  4. I didn’t feel like the sisters even bonded in the book. One sister was on her phone texting most of the time, another was at the neighbor’s house, and the third was running back to her regular home to take care of other things. The entire book felt like a collection of disjointed vignettes to me – it just never came together.

This is a perfectly decent book and I’m sure many people would read it and like it. I am, unfortunately, not one of those people. I don’t dislike women’s fiction per se, but this one was not my cup of tea.

Thank you NetGalley and HARLEQUIN-MIRA for a free eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

If you would like to read this book and form your own opinion, please consider purchasing through this link: Buy One Perfect Summer. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases at no extra cost to you. Thanks!

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(image from Goodreads)

4 thoughts on “One Perfect Summer by Brenda Novak ★★☆☆☆ #BookReview #BookBlog

  1. I hate when books leave stuff until the very end. It’s one of the reasons I end up not liking a book if it introduces a plot line and then conveniently forgets about it until the last few chapters.

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  2. If you have a copy, still give it a shot. It is very repetitive, but you might enjoy it more than I did. If you do read it, I’ll be anxious to hear your thoughts!

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