Synopsis from Goodreads
From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes a friends-to-frenemies-to-sisters story… And then add in a love story (okay, two love stories). Shake. Stir. Read on a lazy summer day at the beach.
Brynn Turner desperately wishes she had it together, but her personal life is like a ping-pong match that’s left her scared and hurt after so many attempts to get it right. In search of a place to lick her wounds and get a fresh start, she heads back home to Wildstone.
And then there’s Kinsey Davis, who after battling serious health issues her entire twenty-nine years of life, is tired of hoping for . . . well, anything. She’s fierce, tough, and pretty much the opposite of Brynn except for one thing: they’re half-sisters. Kinsey is keeping this bombshell, and a few others as well. Long time frenemies from summer camp, there’s no way she’s going to tell Brynn they’re related.
But then Brynn runs into Kinsey’s lifelong best friend, Eli, renewing a childhood crush. He’s still easy-going and funny and sexy as hell. When he gets her to agree to a summer-time deal to trust him to do right by her, no matter what, she never dreams it’ll result in finding a piece of herself she didn’t even know was missing. She could have a sister, love, and a future―if she can only learn to let go of the past.
As the long days of summer wind down, the three of them must discover if forgiveness is enough to grasp the unconditional love that’s right in front of them.
I loved how the main characters in The Summer Deal were interconnected from a young age via there stay at Summer Camp. There is more to their connection that they even realise but which is revealed as the story progresses.
The story is told from the perspective of three main characters, Brynn, Kinsey and Eli set in the present with glimpses of their shared past via journal enteries from their time at camp.
The characters may be very different on the surface but share a similarity in the way events in their lives have shaped their identity and the way in which they interact with others, most of all their ability to trust. I am sure those of us old enough to have some life experience behind us can relate to this.
There are two different love stories entwined within the pages of The Summer Deal as well as friendship, family – this refers to the family you choose for yourself as well as those you are tied to by blood, alongside the way others actions impact our belief in ourselves. As you can see there is a lot to the plot of The Summer Deal and a fantastic foundation with which to attempt personal reflection at the same time.
I adore Jill Shalvis and her ability to connect the reader so deeply with her characters.