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Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on September 14, 2014
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.