The Season Between: A Cape Cod Summer Romance by Anna Thorne #Review

The Season Between: A Cape Cod Summer Romance by Anna Thorne #ReviewThe Season Between: A Cape Cod Summer Romance by Anna Thorne

Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on September 14, 2014
Pages: 141
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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So we’ve been breaking records right and left with the coldest temps and snow fall amounts lately and I figured something set in Cape Cod for the summer would be just what the doctor ordered. I didn’t pay close attention other than to see that it was a summer beach side romance so boy was I in for a pleasant surprise. It’s a Sabrina retelling!! I loved it.

For those unfamiliar with the plot of Sabrina, it’s basically a modern fairy-tale blend of The Ugly Duckling and Cinderella. A young nondescript girl who grew up with her working class father above the garage on the estate of an extremely wealthy family with a son who doesn’t know she exists and whom she crushes on leaves to live in Europe for a few years and comes back changed and immediately catching the eye of her still handsome teenage crush.

In this particular scenario, Bea Taylor, left for Italy to pursue a career in graphic design as well as discover her mother’s roots. She didn’t plan to stay long, but then she fell in love and thought it was the real thing until it wasn’t. She got herself put back together and now she returns to home and Cape Cod in time for her best friend’s summer wedding. Bea plans to get a summer job while she applies with companies in Boston for a graphic design position. Her first night back she somehow ends up at the annual Hamilton Masquerade Ball knowing her dad would disapprove if he finds her rubbing elbows with his snooty Hamilton employers and other rich folk. She knows that she’s just one of the Townies, but for one night, Bea wants to see how the other half lives. With a borrowed dress, a mask and her new looks, she captures the interest of Nick Hamilton and it is glorious and dreamy until the moment he discovers who he has been kissing. Bea runs away in fear of what he will think now after discovering the daughter of the hired man at the party. Nick surprises her and doesn’t let it go. Bea isn’t sure what to think. Is she just a passing interest or is he serious? They are from two different worlds so it can’t work, right?

The story is a summer romance and moves rather quickly. There are cute moments and sad ones. It’s sweet in tone, but packs some heat. It’s not deeply developed, but is still a fun read. The story is told first person from Bea’s perspective. I liked her and enjoyed following along as she tentatively let herself go with a guy she isn’t sure about, but wants it to be real. Nick is handsome and perfect. In Bea’s insecure opinion, he’s too perfect and of course there is a fly in the ointment- her name is Madison and she’s stiff competition for Bea.

All in all, this is perfect if one is looking for something cute, light, steamy and quick with a modern fairytale feel to it.

My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I love Sabrina! And a summer romance/fling never fails to make me feel good.

    • Loved the surprise of finding this to be a Sabrina retelling.

  • Modern day fairy tales are sometimes fun to read.

    • This was definitely just a light romance with a little conflict to make it interesting.

  • It’s a classic story that still works well. Thank you for reviewing, looking forward to reading it.

    • Yes! I loved the underlying classic story and it did well in this most recent retelling too.

  • Oh that sounds fun Sophia 🙂 I love when I get a bit of a surprise like that. And a warm locale sounds really really good right about now. lol

    • It was a very delicious taste of a favorite storyline that I wasn’t expecting and so lovely to visit summertime Cape Cod. 😉

  • Oh this one sounds fun and perfect for getting ready for the warmer weather (when it happens lol).

    • It was perfect summer fun and dreaming. I’ve never been to Cape Cod, but I have this picture in my mind and it was a great mental get away. 😉

  • Yes a little bit of summer and a sweet romance sound perfect for shaking away winter gloom. I love a beach romance 🙂

    • Me too! I was glad to still have it on the stack of reads.