Author: Alisha Sevigny
Publisher: KCP Loft
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Julia Ducharme is ready for a fresh start. Her little brother has finally recovered from a serious illness, and now she just wants to enjoy peak season at the campground her family owns. Maybe this will be the year her annual summer fling with Dan Schaeffer becomes something more?
But her summer dreams are quickly shattered. First, Dan arrives for vacation with a new girlfriend in tow, and then Julia discovers this may be her last summer in the only home she's ever known.
Crushing medical bills have brought her single mom to the brink of bankruptcy, and a wealthy developer is sniffing around the campground. He sees what Julia sees: lush woods, a pristine lake, miles of trails for adventure. Unlike Julia, he thinks this is the perfect spot for a casino resort.
Heartbroken and afraid, Julia looks to the stars for some perspective. Taking her telescope down to the dock one night, she has a chance encounter with a guitar-playing boy who offers some helpful advice. Too bad this handsome stranger is the developer's son, Nick Constantine.
As plans for a resort move forward, Julia is desperate to find a solution that doesn't mean leaving the lake. Nick, in turn, is desperate to separate himself from his father's aggressive business tactics. He promises that, together, they can thwart the sale.
But can Julia trust him to conspire against his own father? And could she ever she trust him with her heart?
SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS is a story of lost summers, hidden treasure and love written in the stars. It is also a thoughtful reflection on what it means to love --- and leave --- one's childhood home.
❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃
Review: SUmmer Constellations
Summer Constellations tells the story of a headstrong girl fighting to save her family’s campsite while also falling for its potential buyer’s son. I always love summery reads, but I don’t think I’ve ever read a book in which the main character owns a campsite. This book is light yet serious, and it contains a strong bond between siblings bound to make you smile.
This book tells the story of a girl who is trying to save her family’s campsite. They need to sell the campsite in order to pay off medical bills, but Julia isn’t ready to lose her home. As if this wasn’t hard enough, she ends up falling for the buyer’s son. The setting of this book is so perfect, and I loved reading the descriptions of the campsite. I could just picture myself swimming in the lake and hunting for treasure. I also enjoyed how realistically the story is portrayed, which makes me feel for Julia even more. Overall, this is a sweet story with some strong summer vibes.
Strong Main Character
Julia is such a strong character. She is dealing with a lot of hardship after her best friend leaves, her boyfriend shows up with a new girl, and her mother announces the news about the campsite. However, Julia perseveres and tries her hardest to raise money to keep the campsite open. There is a bit of insta-love, but it is interesting how she first thinks to make sure Nick isn’t just using her. I always love an independent character, and Julia is not afraid to stand up for what she wants.
I really enjoyed the theme of family in Summer Constellations. Julia and her brother have a strong bond, and the things they do for each other made me smile. They stick together to fight for their campsite, even if it goes against what their mother wants. I also enjoyed how Dan (Julia’s boyfriend) befriends her brother and teaches him to play the guitar. There are so many books out there with sibling rivalry, and I definitely prefer the wholesome interactions in this story.
Summer Constellations is a summery read with some heavier topics. The main character is perseverant, and I loved reading her interactions with her brother. This book is short and sweet, and it contains an important message.