Friday, May 9, 2014

Book Review: Cure for the Common Breakup

Cure for the Common BreakupAuthor: Beth Kendrick
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: NAL Trade

Welcome to Black Dog Bay, a tiny seaside town in Delaware known as "the best place in America to bounce back from your breakup." Home to Better Off Bed-and-Breakfast, the Eat Your Heart Out bakery, and the Whinery bar, Black Dog Bay offers a haven for the suddenly single.

Flight attendant Summer Benson lives by two rules: Don’t stay with the same man for too long and never stay in one place. She’s about to break rule number one by considering accepting her boyfriend’s proposal—then disaster strikes and her world is shattered in an instant.

Summer heads to Black Dog Bay, where the locals welcome her. Even Hattie Huntington, the town’s oldest, richest, and meanest resident, likes her enough to give her a job. Then there’s Dutch Jansen, the rugged, stoic mayor, who’s the opposite of her type. She probably shouldn't be kissing him. She definitely shouldn't be falling in love.

After a lifetime of globe-trotting, Summer has finally found a home. But Hattie has old scores to settle and a hidden agenda for her newest employee. Summer finds herself faced with an impossible choice: Leave Black Dog Bay behind forever, or stay with the ones she loves and cost them everything...

“What’s in Black Dog Bay, Delaware?”
“Ben & Jerry’s and Steel Magnolias.”

That’s when the Taylor Swift song came on.

She wanted to watch the world passing her by.

Around this time of year I always look forward to the perfect beach reads that are usually being published. This book, well any Beth Kendrick book really, is the perfect summer/beach read. I flew through this book, and not only was it light and refreshing, but it had some really great messages behind it as well. This story is about breaking up and staring over, with our main character, Summer Benson in the middle of it. And not to mention she has also quit her job as a flight attendant too. She winds up in Black Dog Bay, a place where many people go to recover from a broken heart. Summer finds solstice here, not to mention a cast of crazy friends!

It was very difficult to put this book down once I started reading it. Summer is such a relatable character, and I often found myself wanting to be her best friend. She was written so well that she seemed like a real person. She never claims to be perfect and through her character readers will be able to learn some life lessons about moving on and learning to love and accept yourself as who you are.

Black Dog Bay, the setting in this book, was unbelievable. I am a little biased to Kendrick’s writing style, but she truly does have a way with words and everything is always so easy to imagine in your mind. I really wish this were a real place. I found myself stopping to imagine it in my head. It has now become my “happy place”. Not only is the location wonderful, but the people that Summer meets there are too. If you are looking for a great summer read, please pick up this book immediately!!

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at NAL Trade in exchange for my honest review***

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