One Summer Night
In this story of friends-to-lovers with a Montague and Capulet sort of background, Maggie and Owen reconnect at a wedding after having drifted apart for several years. Both are children of powerful businessmen, but while Owen’s family has thrived, the fortunes of Maggie’s family have dwindled after a feud separated the families years ago. Following the wedding meet up, Maggie and Owen are determined to make their relationship work and they do, finding their happily ever after and kicking off a new series in the meantime.
I wish I could recap the plot for you all, I really do, but I’m not entirely sure there is one. I was frequently lost and slightly confused as to the details, and then realized the details weren’t the focus of the story. This book is entirely about Maggie and Owen and everything else is superfluous. Maggie’s family business is going under and she’s desperate to save it. Owen wants to help but isn’t sure how to because the baggage between the two families. The process of working out the business problems is no small task, but by the end of the novel, the futures of both the business and the relationship are solid. If that sounds charming, then dive on into this book.
As a Jersey Shore devotee myself, I was excited to read One Summer Night. I got married just off of Long Beach Island, where our family has had a house since the early 1950s. The shore, for the uninitiated, is how those of us who head to the New Jersey coast refer to the beach. I have no idea why we do this, but I have known since I was wee that all other bodies of sand are beaches and the coastline of Jersey is the shore. It’s just what is. This book splits its time between the northern coasts of New Jersey and the upper addresses of New York City and I never really got a sense of place in either locale. However, I’m not entirely sure this would bother anyone else except this reviewer with a potentially unhealthy attachment to a coastline.
Overall, your milage on this book will entirely depend on how much you like Maggie and Owen. If you get invested in their story early, then it will absolutely carry you through the book and will most likely be a delightful, if predictable, journey. The two are sweet and likeable, and it is easy to root for them. If, like me, you were looking for a few other details to hang your hat on, this is probably not the book for you.