Cat Coombs always seemed to struggle in finding her place in her world of London. She did not fit into the popular crowd, but eventually discovered that with a few drinks in her, she could bring on the liquid courage that seemed to make her fit. In her teen years and into her 20’s it became known that the party had not started until Cat had arrived. Sure, Cat did not always remember events that took place in these crazy drinking binges, and she did not always make it to her job as a journalist on time, but being “absent” from a dad that does not seem to really care and a mom that keeps her distance isn’t so bad.
When Cat meets Jason, a handsome guy who is a recovering alcoholic Cat tries to stop drinking for him (although she is sure she doesn’t have a problem) but a bombshell dropped by her mother sends Cat not only into a shock… but also to the states and Nantucket to stay with family she doesn’t know. This family is a lot of fun and Cat slips easily into old habits. A serious mistake destroys relationships all around her and sends her back to London planning never to return to Nantucket again and put what happened out of her mind.
But…. things have a way of popping up when not dealt with.
As Cat grows into her 40’s, now a recovering alcoholic who understands the importance of her meetings and never drinking again, she finds herself stuck on the 9th step in her recovery: Made direct amends to such people, wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
While Cat has completed most of this step, she has not addressed what happened in Nantucket or the people she hurt deeply. When an opportunity arises for Cat to write a story on Nantucket and she is able to spend two weeks there, she knows it is time to face whatever happens… even if it means risking it all.
I have to admit Summer Secrets surprised me. I found I liked Cat. This is the first book I have read that really placed me inside an AA meeting and I found that interesting. Of course I have heard of the steps, but learning more about the meetings through Cat’s character was interesting and really thinking how hard that 9th step has to be – to face those you have hurt, has to be so hard and yet so lifting as well, no matter what the outcome. Author Jane Green did an excellent job of covering this topic through Cat’s character without it ever feeling heavy or draining. Well done.
Summer Secrets has a great mix of people, places, and situations. This is not your typical “Nantucket read”. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and think that this would make a great book to pick up and enjoy this summer. If you enjoy summer reading, realistic family dynamics, great friendships, and learning a little something along the way do not miss out on this book.
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (June 23, 2015)
11 thoughts on “Summer Secrets by Jane Green”
Sounds like a fun summer read that will break all the lighter books a lot of us read with a bit of a “heavier” theme.
I have this on my wishlist. I’ve been to meetings and know a lot about AA because of a relative and a past friend (both who shall not be outed), and I attended open meetings with those persons in the past. There are closed and open meetings for privacy sake. I like that she wants to follow through on the 9th step, a difficult one for many. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
I liked this one too…sometimes…like Elin Hildebrand…these books get old…but this one was good.
I am familiar with AA, too, as I had many clients with addiction issues…and attended open meetings occasionally.
I loved Summer Secrets, and thought that Green did a great job of dealing with these issues.
I always enjoy Jane Green and was disappointed to be declined for this on NetGalley. Glad it wasn’t trite.
Hope things went well at the fund raiser.
This will be my first JG book so I’m glad to read your positive thoughts on it!
Glad to know that the subject matter was handled very well. I look forward to her books.
This sounds like one for the tumbling TBR.
I read Saving Grace earlier this year and hadn’t read a Jane Green for ages. I didn’t dislike it, but didn’t love it, but I do kinda like the sound of this one!
I definitely have this one in my sight, glad you enjoyed it, I look forward to the pleasure sometime soon.
Sounds interesting. I have seen this at several blogs. Glad you enjoyed it.