We had a great weekend though. Friday I met my sister at my parents house so that we could take the boys swimming.
Last but not least today I'm here to tell you all how I felt about Whisper Beach. If you missed it I mentioned last Monday that I wanted to finally tackle my summer reading list and gave myself a reading challenge, you can see more here.
Synopsis from Amazon: Fifteen years ago, seventeen-year-old Vanessa Moran fell in love and lost her virginity but not to the same boy. Pregnant, desperate, and humiliated, she fled friends and family and Whisper Beach, New Jersey, never breathing a word about her secret to anyone. She hasn’t been back since. Now a professional Manhattan organizer, she returns to the funeral of her best friend’s husband. She intends on just paying her respects and leaving—though she can’t deny she also wants the town to see how far she’s come as a successful business woman. But her plans to make this a short visit fall by the wayside when her girlfriends have other ideas.
Dorie, the owner of the pier’s Blue Crab Restaurant where Van and her friends worked as teenagers, needs help. Dorie’s roving husband spends every penny they make and now their restaurant is failing.
Joe, the boy Van left behind without an explanation, has never stopped loving her. While he’s wary of getting hurt again, he also can’t help wondering what would happen if they took up where they left off.
As the summer progresses and the restaurant takes on a new look, trouble comes from unexpected sources. For Van, this summer will test the meaning of friendship and trust—and how far love can bend before it breaks
I would give this book three stars. I was excited for this book as it seemed like a fun easy beach read. The plot and characters sounded interesting and I really wanted to see how the story unfolded. When I first started it, I was reminded a lot of the movie Sweet Home Alabama, and the more I read it it kept seeming like it was going to be a total rip off of that. It wasn't but it had a very similar plot line. The story itself was very slow and very hard to get into. I can remember looking down on my Kindle thinking I'm 50% of the way into this thing and I still can't see where this is headed but it was getting better so I kept on reading. I kept feeling like the good part was around the corner and then it just abruptly ended, I don't want to give too much away but the ending felt someone sudden and unfinished. I'm not opposed to authors doing this type of ending and I don't need everything to be wrapped up into a perfect happy ending but this ending just felt off, almost as if it's open ended for a sequel because very few of the initial questions of the book were answered.
The characters were hard to like too, I'm not sure if it was just the personalities they were given or a lack of character development but I didn't find one that I really loved or was rooting for.
If you've read this book I would love to hear what you think and if you liked it!
Hope you all have a great week!