Friday, July 30, 2021

Book Review: The Summer Seekers

By Sara Steven

Kathleen is eighty years old. After she has a run-in with an intruder, her daughter wants her to move into a residential home. But she’s not having any of it. What she craves—what she needs—is adventure.

Liza is drowning in 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… (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

The Summer Seekers focused heavily on living your best life, whatever your age. I felt motivated by Kathleen, Liza, and Martha, because they are all inspirational in their own ways while they deal with various hurdles and obstacles. 

It’s hard not to feel as though life needs to slow down the older you get, but Kathleen is the antithesis of that. Her daughter, Liza, insists on attempting to get Kathleen to pump the brakes and doesn’t support the decisions Kathleen makes for herself. I could feel the struggles between the two, and could see why Liza wants to protect her mother, while Kathleen wants to fight against that.  And speaking of Liza; she hasn’t slowed down, but feels she can only stick to one particular lane due to her role as wife and mother. It’s easy to forget the person you were before familial roles and to feel guilt if you push against the grain of expectation, and I felt I related the most with Liza. Then there’s Martha, who doesn’t have the courage to venture out or try for anything, due to a lack of support and not feeling secure within her own world. The moments we get to see her home life were heartbreaking, and offered up insight into why Martha is the way she is.

The road trip across America and Route 66 really brought out the inner workings of each person, and there were so many moments of discovery about their pasts, including hidden secrets and at times, potential crises. There were moments of potential romance, too, which was a lot of fun to read and hypothesize on how it would all end. It was a definite five-star experience!

Thanks to Harlequin for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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