The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce
Release Date: June 9, 2017
Publisher: Bling! Romance
Genre: Contemporary / Romance / Women’s Fiction
About the Book:
For twenty-something Sara Witherspoon and her group of friends, a perfect Southern summer includes lake-house getaways, wedding planning, outdoor concerts, and a dash of romance. But for these seven friends who love each other like family, this year, summer rolls in with changes for everyone.
Sara’s longtime crush, Luke, has been her best friend for as long as she has been a part of the group. When Luke begins seriously dating another of their friends, Sara’s forced to deal with her hurt and jealousy, while outwardly try to support them both.
While Sara comes to terms with her own heart and her friends’ relationships, an unexpected handsome pilot from North Carolina and an old flame are thrown into the mix. Knowing her heart suddenly becomes much more complicated.
But as time unfolds and friendships begin to unravel, Sara and the others are presented with the reality of what a season of change does to old friendships and new love interests.
Does growing older mean growing apart?
Brandy Bruce’s The Last Summer is a must read for all women. It’s a coming of age story about friendships, relationships, and adapting to change no matter how hard it gets. Life can be tough and messy, but when we learn to trust God, we can see that He will get us through it even if it doesn’t look like things will ever get better. The characters and situations speak straight to the heart because they’re all things that we’ve all dealt with at some time or another in our lives. Singleness, break-ups, marriages, and children are all things that are thrown into this creative and sweet novel. Sara, the main character, starts out as the new girl having to learn to make friends with people who have known each other a lifetime. Fortunately, she has an amazing group of people as a welcoming party. Have you ever felt alone and out of place, even when you have people around who care and love you? Sara’s been there.
Her friends become like family. They go on vacations together, attend each other’s weddings, wedding showers, and even go on on coffee dates together. They are the kind of friends who do life together so whenever Sara needs someone in the group, they’re all there for her no matter what. Still, she struggles to feel out of place.
But things take a turn when her best friend Luke starts dating another one of their best friends. Everything starts changing and Sara doesn’t like it one bit. Is it possible to stay close friends with two people who you care about or is it a relationship that she has to let shatter away? Guess you’ll have to read to find out.
This was the perfect read for summer. I know I know. A story of pain, heartache, and tears doesn’t sound like the kind of book for summer reading, but trust me, it is. From the first line to last words in the text, I was captivated. It was impossible to put down. Many readers will be able to identify with at least one character found in the book. For me, it was Sara because I’ve struggled with friendships. Plus, she’s somewhat close in age with me. This is a super light about coming of age. It’s a story about trusting God with all of life’s situations thrown at us and knowing that He will see us through it. That to me, makes the perfect summer read.
Disclaimer: I purchased a paperback copy of this novel. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About Brandy Bruce:
Brandy Bruce is the author of Looks Like Love and the Romano foodie series. She’s worked in book publishing for more than ten years—editing, writing, reading, and making good use of online dictionaries. She’s a graduate of Liberty University and currently works as a freelance editor. She and her husband make their home in Colorado with their three children. When Brandy isn’t editing manuscripts or writing novels, she loves spending time with her family, baking kind of cheesecake, watching movies based on Jane Austen novels, or curling up with a favorite book.