For twenty-something Sara Witherspoon and her group of friends, a perfect Southern summer includes lake-house getaways, wedding planning, outdoor concerts, and a dash of romance. But for these seven friends who love each other like family, this year, summer rolls in with changes for everyone.
Sara’s longtime crush, Luke, has been her best friend for as long as she has been a part of the group. When Luke begins seriously dating another of their friends, Sara’s forced to deal with her hurt and jealousy, while outwardly try to support them both.
While Sara comes to terms with her own heart and her friends’ relationships, an unexpected handsome pilot from North Carolina and an old flame are thrown into the mix. Knowing her heart suddenly becomes much more complicated.
But as time unfolds and friendships begin to unravel, Sara and the others are presented with the reality of what a season of change does to old friendships and new love interests.
Does growing older mean growing apart?
I picked up ‘The Last Summer’ with memories of my own early 20’s floating thru my memory. Brandy’s writing is so smooth and seamless that I easily inserted myself right into the circle of friends as if they were my own. By chapter 3 I found my heart clenching in heartache and in chapter 4 my poor battered heart was flattened; I paused there to come up for air (okay, so my lunch break was over and I had to go back to work – isn’t that a cruel joke? Bahaha, as if I could focus well at that point). But don’t despair, dear friend, our heroine, Sara will be just fine.
I took two days to read this fabulous story (because work, family, life) and every time I had to put it down it was like coming out of a deep book fog. You know the one, I’m sure you’ve been there yourself. I was so immersed in the story, It felt like literally climbing out of the pages.
Oh, and don’t even get me started on all the delightful feelings this book evokes, and then there is the handsome pilot, Everett, the old-flame Jason, and we can’t forget the best-friend, Luke. With such handsome, gentleman what’s a girl to do? If you asked Sara, I’d imagine she’d say, “Help my best friend plan a wedding and spend time chatting with the girls.”
I highly recommend this fantastic book. Trust me when I tell you that you won’t be able to put it down. The Last Summer easily earns 5 stars. I couldn’t go to bed without finishing this story, I was in too deep!
(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
“God must ache with love for us. Hurting for us. Wanting us. And sometimes we respond to Him in kind. Other times we reject Him.”
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About the Author:
Brandy Bruce was scribbling stories in spiral notebooks at the age of 12. She finally traded in notebooks for a laptop and now writes romance novels. Having worked as a book editor for a traditional publishing house for more than a decade, Brandy is thrilled to work in an industry she loves. She’s currently a freelance editor, a writer, a wife, a mother to three fabulous children, and she’s someone who really loves dessert. Brandy makes her home in Colorado with her family.