Summary

Ms. Miles brings such a wonderful flow to her story, and this reader felt every heartbreaking and heartwarming moment. The epilogue brought excellent closure and happily ever afters in the offing for all. I'm looking forward to more books returning to Evening Island and meeting up with all the characters to see where their lives may have taken them. I have only read a few books by Ms. Miles, but more of them have been added to my always-growing TBR pile.

4 STAR REVIEW: SUMMER’S END by Olivia Miles

The Description

Evening Island: Book 2
Publication Date: July 13, 2021

The USA Today bestselling author of the Oyster Bay series invites readers to return to Evening Island for a heartwarming, stand-alone story about three sisters at very different crossroads in their lives who reunite for one unforgettable summer at their family’s lake house.

The Taylor sisters spent every summer at their family’s lake house, but as they grew up, they also grew apart. Now, in honor of their late mother’s wishes, they reunite on Evening Island, each hoping to find the best part of themselves they’d left behind.

Kim is just weeks away from what should be her dream wedding, but as the big day draws closer, her doubts only grow stronger. Some time away may be just the thing she needs to help clear her head…or change her heart.

Heather has always been the reliable sister, but a recent divorce has made everything feel uncertain. When a second chance with an old flame comes along, she must decide if a summer love can last a lifetime.

Andrea’s career is her top priority, even if her heart is no longer in it. When her boss suggests a vacation, a couple of weeks on the island leads to the inspiration she was searching for, and not just for work…

Thanks to the beauty of the island and the memories they share, the sisters come together, search their hearts, and discover what the future holds for each of them at summer’s end.

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The Review

Summer’s End is the second book in the Evening Island series by USA Today bestselling author Olivia Miles, and I look forward to reading the first book in the series, Meet Me at Sunset

Summer’s End is the story of three sisters who, even though they all live in Chicago, have more or less gone their separate ways, especially after the death of their mom the year before. They are all so busy with their own lives—whether they are happy with it or not—that they can’t find the time to get together, let alone talk. Their father has distanced himself as well, which only brings more heartache. The story is told in alternating chapters by each of the sisters—Kim, Heather, and Andrea—and brings up a lot of emotions.

We learn about each of the sisters, their jobs/careers, lives, stresses, and unhappiness a little at a time. They each have a depth to them. When they decide to go to their family cottage on Evening Island to relive some of their summer memories and be closer to their mom, maybe for the last time, it still takes them a while to connect. As they reconnect with summer friends and find out how their lives have changed, they slowly open up to each other. It was interesting getting to know each of the sisters about their lives, hopes and dreams, secrets, successes and failures. It was nice to see them remember how their lives used to be when they were there for each other. As they each decide they want to make changes to the lives they currently are leading, they have others in their corner willing to help them make those changes. There was friendship, camaraderie, reminisces, beautiful descriptions, and second chances if they are willing to make an effort. There is love woven throughout, and we get to see the island and their cottage through each of the sisters’ eyes.

Ms. Miles brings such a wonderful flow to her story, and this reader felt every heartbreaking and heartwarming moment. The epilogue brought excellent closure and happily ever afters in the offing for all. I’m looking forward to more books returning to Evening Island and meeting up with all the characters to see where their lives may have taken them. I have only read a few books by Ms. Miles, but more of them have been added to my always-growing TBR pile.

A+ to the cover designer! The cover has a crispness about it, and I love the pop of color from the flowers!

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About The Author

Olivia Miles is an USA Today bestselling author of heartwarming women’s fiction and small-town contemporary romance. She has frequently been ranked as an Amazon Top 100 author, and her books have appeared on several bestseller lists, including
Amazon, Barnes & NobleBookScan, and USA Today. Treasured by readers across the globe, Olivia’s novels have been translated into German, French, and Hungarian, with editions in Australia and the United Kingdom. After growing up in New England and later living in Montreal, Olivia traded salt water for fresh water, and is most happy reading on the sandy shore of Lake Michigan, or spending time with her husband, daughter, and two lovable dogs.
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REVIEW AUTHOR

JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 39 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister last fall and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/5001736?ref=nav_mybooks JoAnne currently reviews for two sites - NovelsAlive.com and RomanceJunkies.com Previously she reviewed for Romancing-the-Book.com which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!

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