A review of Mystic Summer by Hannah McKinnon. // dreams-etc.comNote – I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. No affiliate links were used in this post.

The Book

From the Publisher: A chance run-in with a college boyfriend puts a young woman’s picture-perfect life in perspective in this warm-hearted and lyrical novel—from the author of The Lake Season.

Since finishing graduate school, Maggie Griffin has worked hard to build an enviable life in Boston. She’s an elementary school teacher in a tony Boston suburb, a devoted sister, and a loving aunt. With her childhood best friend’s wedding quickly approaching and her own relationship blossoming, this is the summer she has been waiting for.

But when Maggie’s career is suddenly in jeopardy, her life begins to unravel. Stricken, Maggie returns home to seaside Mystic, Connecticut, where she expects to find comfort in family and familiarity. Instead, she runs into Cameron Wilder, a young man from her past who has also returned home, and whose life has taken a turn that puts Maggie’s city struggles in harsh perspective. When tragedy strikes for Cameron, Maggie is faced with big decisions as she weighs what matters most and strives to stay true to the person she’s become.

Set against the gorgeous backdrop of a New England summer when past and present collide, Mystic Summer is a gorgeous novel about looking back, moving forward, and the beauty that blooms when fate intervenes.

Published: June 7, 2016

My Thoughts

I read this on the plane ride home from Colombia this weekend and was so glad I had a reason to sit and read this straight through. This book is so true to life, but not in a way that brings the reader down. Maggie’s need to look ahead in life and figure out her next steps is something that many readers can identify with, but while I was able to feel the turmoil of that decision, it didn’t feel oppressive. Cameron’s storyline also adds a level of seriousness to what could otherwise be a breezy novel. Still, this was a great book to spend time with. I loved all of the characters and felt that all of the characters and relationships were fleshed out so well. I thought the story built up well to an incredibly satisfying ending. This is definitely a book I’d pick up again in the future and I want to read another one that’s similar.

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