Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Lucy Hansson was ready for a perfect summer with her boyfriend, working at her childhood Bible camp on the lake. But when her mom’s cancer reappears, Lucy falters—in faith, in love, and in her ability to cope. When her boyfriend “pauses” their relationship and her summer job switches to a different camp—one for troubled kids—Lucy isn’t sure how much more she can handle. Attempting to accept a new normal, Lucy slowly regains footing among her vibrant, diverse coworkers, Sundays with her mom, and a crush on a fellow counselor. But when long-hidden family secrets emerge, can Lucy set aside her problems and discover what grace really means
Release date: May 16th, 2017
My rating: ★★★★★
I have come to realize I am a reader who loves character driven stories, and while this book also has a very strong plot, I LOVED the large cast of characters. I did not expect to be able to love and relate to the main character Lucy as much as I did. This is because Lucy is very religious, and religion and church are massive parts of her every day life, which just isn’t something I can relate to at all, but I was pleasantly surprised. I found Lucy to be such a sweet and caring character who has amazing development throughout the novel. Both Lucy’s mom and dad are important roles in the book, and I came to care for both of them as well. Something incredibly noteworthy about this book is that even though there is such large cast of characters, they are all unique and diverse and distinct from one another. I think this book is a good example of an author including diversity in a genuine way, not because they’re trying to jump on the bandwagon. I personally felt Emery Lord did a good job of staying in her lane, but if you read this and disagree with me, definitely let me know!
While I lean more towards caring about the characters than the plot, it is important to me that there aren’t parts of the plot that are just boring. This is another thing this book did well. I never found myself bored while reading this, I always wanted to turn to the next page to find out what will happen with Lucy and her fellow camp counselors, and her mother’s illness. The plot was paced very nicely, and was written in such a way that made me not want to put the book down for too long because I kept wanting to read more and see what happens.
I would definitely recommend this book. It does deal with cancer, and the main character has panic attacks, so if those are things that are sensitive to you, be aware that they are in this book. Other than that I would recommend this book to anyone who loves summery heartfelt contemporaries. 🙂
Until next time,