Review:  The Summer of Me
THE SUMMER OF ME - Angela Benson
William Morrow Publishing
PRINT | EBOOK
April 2016
INSPIRATIONAL FICTION
REVIEWER:   Barbara Larnell | RATING:  B
REVIEW:  THE SUMMER OF ME is centered around the life experience of the protagonist, Destiny Madison, divorced, mother of two, friend, and daughter. The storyline focuses on the life changes and personal growth of a woman who is seeking a better life for herself and her children.

There are several plot points in this story that the author, Angela Benson, introduces and develops. The author recounts the heroine’s emotional journey in detail. First, there is the drama that Destiny is having with her ex-husband, Kenneth, concerning their children, their education, and custodial issues. Second, Destiny’s financial situation is shaky and she needs to make more money. This situation sets her up to make an unwise move which will lead to more drama. Third, there is an underlying rift in the relationship that Destiny has with her ‘mother’, Patricia Madison. That precarious mother-daughter relationship has its own set of complications that are revealed later in the story. Fourth, there are Destiny’s close circle of friends, Bertice, Natalie, and Gavin who support, and encourage her as she maneuvers her way through the labyrinth of transforming her life. In addition, there’s another character who certainly belongs in this inner circle. She is Mrs. Robinson whom Destiny meets in her role as a career counselor. However, as the story moves on, we discover that Mrs. Robinson is much more to Destiny than a counselor. No spoilers.  Last, but certainly not least, Destiny is definitely in self-discovery mode as she engages in a romantic relationship.  She meets the handsome widower and man of God, Daniel, who is a positive influence in her quest to improve her life.

I enjoyed
THE SUMMER OF ME in spite of its length and the multi-plot points. I think it’s a great addition to the genre of Women’s Fiction. It’s not a book to be read in one sitting, but it will make a great vacation read. I recommend it.

26th April 2016 | romcol@caribsurf.com