The Summer My Life Began is such a fun read! It’s a wonderful story about self-discovery, being true to yourself, and family. This is the perfect book to read by the pool or on the beach, or if you just need a vacation.
Elizabeth Margaret is living out the plan her parents laid out for her ever since she can remember. She secretly wants to be a chef, but her parents disapprove. When she’s invited to spend the summer in the Outer Banks with an aunt she’s never met, she jumps at the opportunity. She’s relieved for the chance to escape, to take a break from the pressure, and to enjoy one last summer before attending Harvard and eventually becoming a lawyer for her father’s firm. She had no idea that one summer on an island could turn her life upside down.
On the island, Em (her nickname) meets the family she never knew she had – her Aunt Tilly, and her cousin Frederick. She instantly feels at ease with them, but she’s confused about why she was kept from them. Aunt Tilly is a carefree spirit and the complete opposite of her sister, Em’s mother. She also meets Cade, the “sexy loser” surfer boy that she can’t help but feel drawn to…
I really liked Greenland’s descriptions of the island, the town, the Pepper Bed & Breakfast, and not to mention all the food! This story seriously made me fall in love with the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I’ve never been, but it’s now on my must-visit list. The food descriptions were amazing and I wish recipes were included in the story, or that I had taken better notes. I’m not much of a cook myself, but I do appreciate yummy food! I do think the ending wrapped up a little too neatly, but I ate it up.
The Summer My Life Began has all the makings for a great summer read – a great setting, romance, and family secrets – so add it to your to-read list for summer!
Check out Shannon Greenland’s guest post – a recipe and a chance to win an ebook copy of the book for yourself!