June 15, 2016

Mystic Summer Hannah McKinnon

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Published:Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Date: June 7th 2016
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 304
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
4 stars                   Add to Goodreads
Since finishing graduate school, Maggie Griffin has worked hard to build an enviable life in Boston. She’s an elementary school teacher in a tony Boston suburb, a devoted sister, and a loving aunt. With her childhood best friend’s wedding quickly approaching and her own relationship blossoming, this is the summer she has been waiting for.

But when Maggie’s career is suddenly in jeopardy, her life begins to unravel. Stricken, Maggie returns home to seaside Mystic, Connecticut, where she expects to find comfort in family and familiarity. Instead, she runs into Cameron Wilder, a young man from her past who has also returned home, and whose life has taken a turn that puts Maggie’s city struggles in harsh perspective. When tragedy strikes for Cameron, Maggie is faced with big decisions as she weighs what matters most and strives to stay true to the person she’s become.

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Mystic Summer is a delightful story of a woman reassessing where she is going in life and making the right adjustments. We make the journey with her. The school year is winding down, and it looks like Maggie might have to look for another job. 

Evan her "everything is so right" boyfriend seems perfect for her. He is thoughtful and handsome and in a TV series. However as Peyton (a friend) points out pertinently there are one or two differences that could count.

Then there is Cameron and the adorable daughter Emory. Since Cameron and Maggie were very good friends way back when Cameron has moved on, and moved back to Mystic. However there is a mother for Emory in the wings. So while Maggie feels some heartstrings being pulled that doesn't seem to be viable.

Set against a backdrop of a beautiful part of the USA, Mystic Summer is a romantic story. Maggie takes her time coming to know her heart and making some big decisions.

I was a little disappointed with the ending, I wanted a little more, perhaps an epilogue, but aside from that a life-affirming story that I really enjoyed.


  1. I'm glad this one sounds as nice as the cover looks. I love stories where characters reevaluate and figure out what makes them happy. To bad the ending wasn't quite what you want but it sounds like the rest of it was lovely!

  2. I'm glad to hear that you (mostly) enjoyed this. I just purchased it and am hopingto get to it soon!

  3. Ending aside, this sounds like a great beach read. And now I have a weird craving to watch Mystic Pizza for possibly the millionth time!

  4. Great review! I have been back and forth on reading this, but you convinced me it's worth it, even if the ending was lacking. Sounds like a good summer read.

  5. I like it, thanks for the great review. I love the cover too!

  6. I have been eyeing this book...loved another one by the author. Sounds good, except for the ending. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I wonder about that ending now

  8. I love the setting of the novel and even with the ending I will give it a read.

  9. I loved The Lake Season and really want to read this one. I'm sorry the ending wasn't there for you, and sometimes an epilogue can make all the difference.


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