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Robin O. Harris
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Victoria Connelly's "A Summer to Remember" is a highly enjoyable low-key read. Her storyline is unusual and most of her characters well developed. Sweet and kind-spirited twenty-eight year old Nina, after four years, finally breaks up with her Jekyll/Hyde boyfriend: charming, considerate, highly engaging to the outside world as well as when she first knew him...but angry, tense, and brutally verbal and emotionally abusive with her. Her sense of relief and freedom from one negative part of her life causes Nina to realize she has a similar situation in the work place. After an over-the-top frustrating day, and a three glasses of wine lunch with her best friend, Nina decides she has had all she can take in that facet of her life as well! Gathering up her personal belongings at the end of the day, she basically tells her boss "to take this job and shove it," and walks away. Now she really feels free and determined to chart a new course for her life wherein she can be the positive self-confident person she once was, and be respected and appreciated for the woman she is.
By an amazing coincidence, Nina runs into the woman, Olivia, whose three sons Nina babysat while in college. The Merton"s had warmly welcomed Nina into their home, and for the first time the only child of dysfunctional parents felt the warmth and harmony of a real family. When Olivia discovers Nina in need of employment, she immediately hires her as a secretary/research assistant for her husband, Dudley, retired and now writing a novel, and as a social secretary for herself. Happy beyond belief, Nina gives up her tiny, dingy apartment, packs all her possessions in one small box and a suitcase and heads for the Merton countryside home. The Old Mill, surrounded by beautiful gardens, with the river flowing close by, has always seemed like a sanctuary to Nina and she moves into a suite on the third floor she occasionally used during her baby sitting days. Sounds too good to be true, huh? And more like the end of a novel than the beginning?
Connelly goes to work to show the challenges and tensions Nina confronts, especially from her two former charges, now grown up, handsome, engaging young men only a few years younger than she is. Domonic, the youngest has carried a crush for Nina since he last saw her, and cannot believe that she is now within his reach. Alex, the middle son, likes all women and when faced with a beautiful charming one right under his nose, especially one who has been his younger brother's fantasy for years, is up to the challenge! The oldest son, who was away at boarding school during her baby sitting days, thank goodness is not there to add to the two bedeviling Nina into giving up her resolution to stay away from men and relationships for awhile. Yet, she does meet a stranger she knows only as Justin while walking the family dog. This mysterious man is handsome, kind, and easy to be with, only he is rarely around.
The story moves slowly just like the languid days of Nina's summer at the Old Mill. She anticipates the job ending in September and determines to embrace every wonderful moment in this beautiful tranquil place dear to her heart.
Connelly provides a satisfying conclusion, and a well-written story in between. I recommend this book as a gentle warm and pleasant read and a great gift as well!