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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Review - Summer Love by Linda Swift

Title: Summer Love

Author: Linda Swift

Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing

Buy Summer Love here

Rating: You Need/Gotta Read

Reviewer: Val

When Paula's husband leaves her to "find himself" after years in a good marriage,she is devastated. Adding to her hurt and anger, he joins a band and dates the band's sexy young singer. Forced to start over again in the job market,she goes back to school for a degree in Special Education. Here she meets Derek, a retired naval officer, back in college to qualify for a second career. As Paula learns to cope in a whole new world, she is surprised to "find herself" falling in love again. Starting over proves to be better than she could have imagined.

Summer Love is the type of book that hits really close to home for me. Although I am not an older woman, I found Paula to be a character that I could fully identify with. Paula's entire world was shattered when her husband left. Alone and trying to pick up the pieces of her life, all types of adventures lie before her and so do all sorts of potential love interests. One man, however is there for her from the beginning and doesn't plan on going anywhere.

Derek's character was oh so yummy. Good looking and a pleasant distraction in Paula's life, he was just what Paula needed at that particular moment in her life. Along the way, some of his choices distracted me a bit until the end, where it all made sense.
I enjoyed watching Paula grow throughout the book. With each page she became just a little bit stronger than the page before. It tickled me when she confronted her ex mother in law. I felt like cheering out loud for her. She slowly felt more confident in herself and it showed to all of those around her.

This was a fascinating book that dealt with an issue that a lot of women face today. Ms. Swift has captured the "distraught in the beginning, strong as steel in the end" type of woman. Through struggles, disappointments, tears, laughter and a whole lot of humor, Summer Love is a must read book for those who love to read heart-wrenching, enchanting and genuine romances. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Swifts work.

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