Another Summer

Romance - Contemporary
168 Pages
Reviewed on 04/22/2015
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Author Biography

Rebecca Stevenson is a freelance editor and writer whose frequent visits to New England have become the inspirations and settings for her stories. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Dallas Area Romance Authors and currently lives in Texas with her husband. Her debut novel, Another Summer, was released June 2014.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite

In Another Summer by Rebecca Stevenson, Tracy lives and works in Boston and has not taken a vacation in a very long time. When her mother suggests renting a house in the seaside village of Wentworth Cove, Maine, where she spent some time many years ago, Tracy thinks it is good idea. She arrives to find a lovely little cottage near the seaside, knowing no one and not sure how she will spend the next month. Tracy soon meets her neighbor Kate Norsworthy, Maggie, a local bookstore employee, and her sister Annie, but most importantly, the very good looking Nathan Norsworthy. While attending a fourth of July celebration, she and Nathan hit it off and soon are spending lots of time together.

Tracy enjoys exploring and when Kate takes her to the next town to buy some clothes and visit the local library, her vacation is about to change. John is the librarian and a good friend of Kate, but he seems to react strangely to Tracy, telling her he thinks he knew her mother when she was there many years ago. On the ride home, Kate explains to Tracy that John had one true love and it didn’t work out so he has remained a bachelor. When Tracy puts all of the pieces together, she becomes convinced that John must be her real father. Tracy soon realizes that the time she is spending in Maine is much more than she bargained for and has brought her love - something which she has never really looked for or found before - and family questions. The ups and downs that Tracy deals with make Another Summer so good.

Another Summer by Rebecca Stevenson is a delightful way to spend an afternoon. The romance is perfect, the touch of mystery is just right and the characters are wonderful. Rebecca Stevenson has brought the New England summer community to real life with perfect descriptions. I could almost smell the ocean. Another Summer is a good story from beginning to end with characters that quickly became my friends, and a plot that kept me reading. I highly recommend this book to all, but especially to those who enjoy a good and pure romantic story. I enjoyed this book a lot and will be looking for more books by Rebecca Stevenson.

Natasha Jackson

Another Summer is the story of lit agent Tracy Ratcliffe, sent off on a much needed vacation by her mother. Choosing the little village of Wentworth Cove, Tracy makes the decision to completely “unplug” by turning off her cell phone and making the most of her time off. The story really gets going as Tracy encounters several villagers who mention how familiar she seems to them, which is odd since this is her first trip to Wentworth Cove. It turns out there is a portrait hanging in a local art gallery of a woman who looks a lot like her. Then Tracy meets the moody and brooding Nathan Norsworthy who is an aspiring novelist. Rebecca Stevenson penned the interactions between Nate and Tracy beautifully. He is gruff and perfectly moody and at times downright rude, but he is actually a nice guy when he chooses to be.

There is much more to Another Summer than a simple romance. It is a layered story with the underlying mystery of who the woman in the portrait is and how it may or may not affect Tracy. The romance between Tracy and Nathan is well-written. They are clearly attracted to one another but, given some of her past relationships, Tracy is wary that perhaps Nathan’s interest has more to do with her career than her as a woman. That doubt, combined with the mystery of the summer her mother spent in Wentworth Cove, makes Tracy a very real character to whom we can all relate. Rebecca Stevenson has written a truly great story with the beautiful Maine backdrop as real as Maggie, Kate and John.