If you never got over your obsession with Blue Lagoon, but like your “stranded on a deserted island” love stories a little less incestuous, then Summer by Summer by Heather Burch is the book for you.
When Summer took a job as a nanny for a couple vacationing in Belize, she imagined it would be a fresh start before starting college in the fall. And while she adores her charge, Josh, she can’t say the same for her employers’ oldest son, Bray. He’s cocky, inconsiderate, and makes her feel she’s a chore he has to put up with. In short, he’s everything she dislikes in a guy.
Bray had a plan for the summer: party, hang out with friends, and forget all the responsibilities waiting for him back home. But every time he’s forced to be around Summer, her dour, serious mood sets him off. Not to mention she has a habit of picking up on what he already knows is wrong with him.
Then the two find themselves on a dive trip gone wrong, stranded on a remote island. As they focus on survival, their differences melt away, and they find being together may be what both needed all along.
Summer by Summer delivers on its synopsis, giving readers the unlikely romance they would want and expect from such a description, with a lush tropical setting and unexpected danger thrown in for good measure. Though the latter did offer some plot twists and elevated intensity, the story is – for the most part – rather predictable.
And though ultimately Summer and Bray share a sweet and endearing romance, their coming together did not flow very naturally. Their initial mutual dislike felt forced, and then cleared up surprisingly quickly. And yes, the fact that they then fall in love while stranded together on a tropical island was very expected and predictable. But that’s why you’re reading this book, right?
One additional note: while I know that Blink, the publisher of Summer by Summer, is a Christian imprint, I did feel as if the religious aspect of the story was very heavy-handed. So if that’s not your thing, you might get frustrated at certain parts of the book.
Summer by Summer is in stores April 7th.