Summer Secrets by Jane Green

23245587 Summer Secrets by Jane Green

**This review is based on an ARC from Netgalley, release date is 6/23/15.

I didn’t read Jane Green much until recently but I really enjoy her storytelling. This particular story is about Cat, who we see in the late 90s as a woman in her late 20s, who is discovering that she most certainly has a problem with alcohol. She knows she needs to quit drinking so much because she is tired of waking up feeling horrible and not remembering what happened the night before. She thinks she has finally found the reason to change when she wakes up in Jason’s bed (without Jason) and finds that he is a recovering alcoholic that is willing to help her. She starts to attend meetings and comes to term with just being friends with Jason until she can get her life together.  In the process, she learns a secret about her father and travels to the States to meet the sisters she never knew about. She makes a huge mistake and betrays one of them, ruining any hopes of a good relationship with any of that part of her family.

Skip to present day, Cat has finally found the reason that she needed to change and is officially a recovering alcoholic, clean for longer than she ever has been and raising a daughter without her ex-husband. Cat is on the step in her program where has to make amends to those she has wronged along the way and finds it is finally time to travel back to Nantucket to salvage her relationship with her sisters. She is actually relieved when all seems to go well with the one she betrayed and is able to even form a relationship with the other sister, whom she thought would never forgive her just for existing. That is until she finds out the true personality of the one she thought she could trust…

I enjoyed how this story covered 2 different parts of Cat’s life, which really helps the reader to understand what happened and how Cat was thinking when she was suffering from alcoholism. It allows you to have empathy for her, even knowing all the bad things she did. I found most of the characters in this book to be likable and have already recommended the title to a few family members to watch for on release day. I am impressed again by Jane Green’s writing and will be looking into some of her past titles that I have missed…if this TBR pile ever seems to allow for that! 🙂

My rating: 5/5

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