Sarah Morgan returns to the blog with a multi-generational story of change, hope and family with
The Summer Seekers
I’ve read a handful of this author’s books, and each stands out for the clearly defined (and enjoyable) relationships, with dynamics and conversations that work, allowing you to feel a part of the story while wishing that you were there. When you add in family and the long-standing issues, memories, and expectations, and the potential for the dynamics jump to spectacular heights. And I will say that Morgan did not disappoint, allowing us to understand (and empathize with) each character, their concerns, fears, issues and joys.
Liza is married with twins, and a husband that she’s slowly found herself disenchanted with the stress and worry are too much, and when you add in her mother’s run-in with an intruder, she’s determined that a care home is what she needs in her eighties. Kathleen, in her eightieth year has always made her own choices and lived her life on her terms. While her daughter Liza may very well be having a mid-life crisis, she’s certain the time to jump out and have an adventure has just arrived. She’s going to travel the length of Route 66, after hiring a driver as her daughter won’t go, doesn’t approve of the decision and is currently working out her own thing.
Martha is having her own crisis and is stuck where she cannot see a way to extricate herself. Being forced (or trapped) hasn’t helped her self-esteem or confidence, and while she’s intrigued with Kathleen’s advert for a driver, and having only a few reservations about the opportunity, she would love to just disappear to sort herself out – she decides to go for it. Plans are made and the adventure begins on the long and winding road – and as Kathleen and Martha see new things, experience and share the experience and their lives (as well as some advice), Liza has shaken up her family to the core and isn’t quite sure that it will be enough.
Taking the different people at different stages (and places) in their lives, then shaking them up like a snow globe seems to work wonders for everyone. Kathleen gets a chance to do and see things she had yet to see, all while finding a new friend (and potential ‘daughter stand in’) in Martha. Martha has a chance to share (or not) and find advice and conversation about her own situation, worth and options, and as her confidence grows as she tackles little and larger challenges, she’s starting to see options opening for her – ways out to challenge her long held belief that she was simply stuck. With Liza, her family (for sure) took her for granted as always being there – and perhaps the changes are enough to shake up their behavior and appreciation – all after the anger and sadness is done that is. There are moments when each reader will see themselves (past or present) or find the situations and conversations familiar – or ones that have yet to be explored in their own lives. But far from being an internal and highly “look at my depth’ story – each moment, every challenge is handled with a delicacy that doesn’t affect the enjoyment of the story or the characters and leaves you smiling and feeling far lighter than when you started.
Title: The Summer Seekers
Author: Sarah Morgan
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Action / Adventure, Contemporary Elements, Dual Narration, Family Saga, Friendship, Older Heroine / Hero, Second Chance, Travelogue
Published by: HQN Books
Published on: 27 May, 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 11 Hours: 3 minutes
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Get swept into a summer of sunshine, soul-searching, and shameless matchmaking with this delightfully big-hearted road-trip adventure!
Kathleen is eighty years old. After she has a run-in with an intruder, her daughter wants her to move in to a residential home. But she’s not having any of it. What she craves—what she needs—is adventure.
Liza is drowning under the daily stress of family life. The last thing she needs is her mother jetting off on a wild holiday, making Liza long for a solo summer of her own.
Martha is having a quarter-life crisis. Unemployed, unloved and uninspired, she just can’t get her life together. But she knows something has to change.
When Martha sees Kathleen’s advertisement for a driver and companion to share an epic road trip across America with, she decides this job might be the answer to her prayers. She’s not the world’s best driver, but anything has to be better than living with her parents. And traveling with a stranger? No problem. Anyway, how much trouble can one eighty-year-old woman be?
As these women embark on the journey of a lifetime, they all discover it’s never too late to start over.
As these women embark on the journey of a lifetime, they all discover it's never too late to start over....
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.