Julia Ducharme is ready for a fresh start. Her little brother has finally recovered from a serious illness, and now she just wants to enjoy peak season at the campground her family owns. Maybe this will be the year her annual summer fling with Dan Schaeffer becomes something more? But her summer dreams are quickly shattered. First, Dan arrives for vacation with a new girlfriend in tow, and then Julia discovers this may be her last summer in the only home she's ever known. Crushing medical bills have brought her single mom to the brink of bankruptcy, and a wealthy developer is sniffing around the campground. He sees what Julia sees: lush woods, a pristine lake, miles of trails for adventure. Unlike Julia, he thinks this is the perfect spot for a casino resort. Heartbroken and afraid, Julia looks to the stars for some perspective. Taking her telescope down to the dock one night, she has a chance encounter with a guitar-playing boy who offers some helpful advice. Too bad this handsome stranger is the developer's son, Nick Constantine. As plans for a resort move forward, Julia is desperate to find a solution that doesn't mean leaving the lake. Nick, in turn, is desperate to separate himself from his father's aggressive business tactics. He promises that, together, they can thwart the sale. But can Julia trust him to conspire against his own father? And could she ever she trust him with her heart? SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS is a story of lost summers, hidden treasure and love written in the stars. It is also a thoughtful reflection on what it means to love --- and leave --- one's childhood home.
A Sweet Romance
In SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS, Julia's summer starts off horribly wrong. First, her mom shares the news that their family camp might be sold, then she gets a broken heart from her usual summer fling, and lastly, a betrayal from a stranger.
When Julia meets the tall, dark, and handsome Nick, she didn't realize that he was the possible buyer's son. If she had, she wouldn't have opened up her world of problems to him. But as Julia spends more time with Nick, she can't help but feel that he isn't her enemy, especially when her heart becomes involved. Instead, he might be the key at saving their family camp, which is home to Julia.
I devoured this story in one sitting. I couldn't put it down and found myself captivated by the romance sparking between Nick and Julia. There's so much bad in their past that it helps them to bond and it's also very real to others who have dealt with relatives dying or the impending loss of a home. The ending is one of the best I've read in a while and I loved how everything came together.
Final Verdict: I would recommend this to fans of romance or for those going through a hard time. It can be encouraging to see you're not alone and several other people may share the same pain.