Review: An Endless Summer – C. J. Duggan
Memories of Onslow follow Amy at every wake. Though she’s done her best to put her past behind her, she can’t deny that she misses her home. Three years ago, she almost lost her life. Her parents were only doing what they thought best, and she knows she was sent away to boarding school for her own good. Yet it doesn’t change the fact that her life has changed so much since then.
Returning home for the summer, Amy is determined in making the most of things. Though she knows people haven’t forgotten her escapades of long ago. Refusing to leave things as they are, she turns to the one person she never expected to turn to-Sean Murphy. Not once has she forgotten how he saved her life so long ago. Nor can she forget about the way he makes her feel.
Realization dawns on her on just how much things have changed. The place she once called home is dark and deserted, a mere shell of what it used to be. Deep inside, she knows she can’t let the place go to ruin. If she’s to succeed in saving the hotel, she’ll need to put her trust in Sean’s hands and that of his friends. It’s the only way she’ll overcome the uncertainties she experiences whenever she’s around him. The question is, how can she do that when she’s not even sure as to what the future will hold for them in the long run?
An Endless Summer is a great addition to the Summer series. Where the first book gave us a peek into Tess’s life, this book immerses you in Amy’s chaotic life. She’s had to contend with so much, and now has to deal with even more chaos. It’s refreshing to see just how much C. J.’s beloved characters have grown. This is definitely a series worth reading time and time again!
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Sean looked out over the lake, squinting against the sunlight. He turned to me, his expression sobering as his eyes flicked over my face in a silent study.
“Come on Amy, I saved you once, I’ll save you again.”
I met his stare unflinchingly. “I don’t need saving.”
A wicked grin formed slowly. “Don’t you?”
After a rebellious summer night that almost claimed her life, Amy Henderson – the Onslow publican’s only daughter – is sent away to suffer a fate far worse than any other punishment:
Three years on, a now nineteen-year-old Amy returns to Onslow for the summer. What once was a cauldron of activity with live bands, hot meals and cold beers, the Onslow Hotel now lies dark, deserted and depressing. All fond childhood memories of loitering on the hotel stairs and eavesdropping on customers’ colourful conversations are in the distant past.
How had her dad let it come to this?
With the new threat of putting the Onslow up for sale, Amy reluctantly turns to a local tradesman for help: Sean Murphy, the very same Onslow boy who saved her life all those years ago. With his help and that of some old friends, the task is clear: spend the summer building the hotel back up to its former glory or lose it for good.
In an endless summer, Amy soon realises that sometimes in order to save your future, you have to face your past, even if it’s in the form of a smug, gorgeous Onslow boy.
About The Author:
C.J Duggan is an Australian author who lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia.
The Boys of Summer is Book One in her Mature Young Adult Romance Series.
For more on C.J and ‘The Summer Series’, visit www.cjdugganbooks.com
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