A Lakeside Reunion by C. Chilove
I always love book mail. So, just imagine how nice it was to receive an ARC of A Lakeside Reunion by C. Chilove.
So, what’s it about? Here’s the blurb:
This summer, escape to the Shores–a Southern lake town full of elegance and glamour in a story about family traditions, friendship, and a love that can’t be denied.
Chareese “Reese” Devlin spent every summer of her childhood in the lake town of Mount Dora, Florida, where her days were filled with fun in the sun. Reese never realized that the idyllic haven hid a deep divide between the town’s haves and have-nots. Not until the summer she turned seventeen and fell for Duncan McNeal, a boy who lacked the pedigree so valued by her parents and their equally well-connected friends.
After her family squashed the budding romance, Reese refused to return to the place she lost her heart. Now, ten years later, she’s back to attend her sister’s debutante ball and must come to terms with all she’s missed. But the biggest surprise of all is that Duncan is now a successful real estate developer in Mount Dora—and time hasn’t weakened the connection between them.
Behind the multimillion-dollar homes of the Shores lay old grudges and secrets capable of collapsing any family legacy. As the summer progresses, Reese must fix the sins of the past by facing the lines between truth and deception, tradition and breaking free, and family expectations and self-discovery.
What happens when a couple on the verge are separated by her family who think he’s not top drawer enough for them… and then circumstances bring them together again? Well, that’s exactly what you get with A Lakeside Reunion by C. Chilove.
Think of it as an updated version of Persuasion
Especially since this story focuses on issues like classism and racism, among other things. How C. Chilove dealt with these issues resonated with me most, especially since they played a huge role in the relationships between Reese and Duncan. But for readers who are dealing with issues with how family members deal with homosexuality, there’s a lot to chew here as well.
A Lakeside Reunion doesn’t shy away from these issues and, if you have a problem with them, then it’s not the book for you.
But if you’re like me and you spent your summers in the South and you want a book that will challenge how you look at the world we live in, then you should absolutely read A Lakeside Reunion.
I’ve already decided that it will be the book my mom and I discuss when she’s visiting me here in Sweden this summer. And I think you should put it high on your TBR list.
Don’t hem and haw over it.
Read it now.
I received an advance copy of this book and voluntarily left this review.