Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Giveaway/Beach Read Alert! Mystic Summer by Hannah McKinnon


Title: Mystic Summer
Author: Hannah McKinnon
Publisher: Atria
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Source: copy received for honest review through TLC Book Tours

Plot Summary from Goodreads:

Since finishing graduate school, Maggie Griffin has worked hard to build an enviable life in Boston. She’s an elementary school teacher in a tony Boston suburb, a devoted sister, and a loving aunt. With her childhood best friend’s wedding quickly approaching and her own relationship blossoming, this is the summer she has been waiting for.

But when Maggie’s career is suddenly in jeopardy, her life begins to unravel. Stricken, Maggie returns home to seaside Mystic, Connecticut, where she expects to find comfort in family and familiarity. Instead, she runs into Cameron Wilder, a young man from her past who has also returned home, and whose life has taken a turn that puts Maggie’s city struggles in harsh perspective. When tragedy strikes for Cameron, Maggie is faced with big decisions as she weighs what matters most and strives to stay true to the person she’s become.

Set against the gorgeous backdrop of a New England summer when past and present collide, Mystic Summer is a gorgeous novel about looking back, moving forward, and the beauty that blooms when fate intervenes.


My Review:

I haven't read a lot of beachy romances lately, but when I saw the title of Mystic Summer and realized it was set in Mystic, Connecticut, there was NO way I could turn it down!  Nothing like a hometown (well, almost hometown...I grew up in next-door Groton, but spent a fair amount of my youth hanging around Mystic) read to kick off the summer.

Even though my main attraction here was the setting, I ended up loving the story itself.  Maggie is a great protagonist--she's a smart woman, but makes a fair amount of mistakes as she navigates this uncertain time in her life.  I appreciate that she isn't a perfect character who never fumbles or questions her decisions.  She also finds herself in a rather messy love triangle, the results of which I found satisfying without being corny or predictable.  There may not be anything groundbreaking or heart-stopping to this novel, but it's got BEACH READ written all over it.  Fun characters, summer flings, high school nostalgia, and even a wedding thrown in--what else could you ask for?  I was able to read this in a few small sittings, and it was a great choice at a time in my reading life when I really needed a smartly-written, yet lighthearted novel.

As a local, I'll say that McKinnon's ability to bring out the atmosphere of the town was admirable.  I loved all the shout-outs to nearby shops and landmarks (Bank Square Books, Harp and Hound, the drawbridge, woohoo!).  However, I am morally obligated to point out a few inaccuracies, though I'll keep the list short in order to not sound TOO picky: based on where Maggie lives, she and her friends should be alumni of Fitch High (GO FALCONS!!) not Stonington High, the Naval Base is in Groton (not New London), and there is NO local resident who eats at Mystic Pizza nearly as often as Maggie and her friends do (tourist trap! haha).  Okay, I'm done.  Told you I was being picky.  ;)

Anyway, since today is the second official day of summer, I'm recommending this one for your poolside read list for sure!

As always, much thanks to Lisa and TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour.
Want to find out more?  Check out the other blogs on this book tour HERE. And connect with Hannah McKinnon via Twitter and Facebook.
GIVEAWAY TIME!!
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21 comments:

  1. I love anything by Mary Kay Andrews, Elin Hilderbrand, or Karen White for great beach reads. This cover is gorgeous!

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    1. Oh yes, I went on a Hilderbrand kick a few years ago, gotta love Nantucket!

  2. Ooh, this looks like another good Connecticut book for Reading New England! It was interesting to know of the details you found not in sync with reality.

    For beach books, out of my recent reading I recommend Jane Steele - fast paced and fun.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation, Lory! And yes, this would be perfect for RNE. :)

  3. Wendy Wax's beach books, The Vacationers by Emma Straub, Tumbledown Manor. Thanks for this lovely feature.

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    1. I had The Vacationers out from the library and ran out of time to read it before I had to bring it back. I'll have to go back for it soon!

  4. Sounds like I'd love it! All those inaccuracies about Mystic would drive me crazy too, and I never lived there. Clearly, the author never spent much time there.

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    1. Yes, I think I read that she vacationed there a few times? Something like that. In the acknowledgements she thanks someone for being her Mystic tour guide. I think that person deserves some finger-wagging too. Haha.

  5. I'll try not to be too picky, but I can't guarantee!

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  6. This sounds like such a delightful read!!

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  7. I love James Patterson's books - but I pretty much read anything.

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    1. I still have yet to read any of his novels! A tragedy, I know! :)

  8. Oh I have to say mine is The Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer! Its a great beach summer romance that I loved! Its about two singles who rent the same guest house in the summer!

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation! Sounds like a fun one.

  9. Anything by Nicholas Sparks is great.

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    1. Ah yes, it's been a while since I've read any of his stuff, but Sparks is always fun in the summer.

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  11. I love Nicholas Sparks books & movies. Thank you for the chance :)
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  12. How cool! I've read books set in places I've visited, but not any set someplace I've lived.

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    1. It's unique, that's for sure! Many of Wally Lamb's books are also set in this area (southeastern Connecticut), though he focuses closer to Norwich/New London area. I often think how lucky people who grew up in NYC/LA/London/etc. are because they probably get this feeling from novels ALL the time!

 
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