Series: Summer #2
Publisher: Self Published on July 17, 2013
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Sean looked out over the lake, squinting against the sunlight. He turned to me, his expression sobering as his eyes flicked over my face in a silent study.
“Come on Amy, I saved you once, I’ll save you again.”
I met his stare unflinchingly. “I don’t need saving.”
A wicked grin formed slowly. “Don’t you?”
After a rebellious summer night that almost claimed her life, Amy Henderson – the Onslow publican’s only daughter – is sent away to suffer a fate far worse than any other punishment:
Three years on, a now nineteen-year-old Amy returns to Onslow for the summer. What once was a cauldron of activity with live bands, hot meals and cold beers, the Onslow Hotel now lies dark, deserted and depressing. All fond childhood memories of loitering on the hotel stairs and eavesdropping on customers’ colourful conversations are in the distant past.
How had her dad let it come to this?
With the new threat of putting the Onslow up for sale, Amy reluctantly turns to a local tradesman for help: Sean Murphy, the very same Onslow boy who saved her life all those years ago. With his help and that of some old friends, the task is clear: spend the summer building the hotel back up to its former glory or lose it for good.
In an endless summer, Amy soon realises that sometimes in order to save your future, you have to face your past, even if it’s in the form of a smug, gorgeous Onslow boy.
“And just like Sean, without even knowing the reasons why, he just did. Without a word or a worry, he saved me.”
Favorite Character: Amy.
“‘There he is!’”
My Musings: Way back when, I was a part of the blog tour for the Boys of Summer by C.J Duggan, so I couldn’t pass it up when I got the email for the blog tour sign ups for this second, companion novel. I couldn’t wait to see what else C.J Duggan had in store.
An Endless Summer follows the life of Amy three years after the events of the Boys of Summer. Three years prior, Amy was shunned from Onslow after a night involving drinking, a lake, and almost dying. Three years later, Amy returns to Onslow for her summer holidays; however, she is shocked to find that the hotel that she grew up in has fallen to pieces. Amy resolves to fix up the hotel and to reclaim her home. With the help of the Onslow boys and her friends from three years prior, Amy works tirelessly to rebuilt the hotel. But when her parents decide to put it up for sale, will everything that Amy be for nothing?
Amy was a determined character. She was determined to fix the place that she considered home. She didn’t give up on fixing up the hotel, and she was tough on everyone that helped. She was a stubborn character, and she always wanted to get her way. Although she had good intentions, the fact that she would not let anyone help her was slightly irritating. She kept up the mantra in her head that she could do it all alone until the end of the novel. But finally, she realized that the hotel was just a place, and home was wherever she wanted it to be.
“Sean just did. Without question, without hesitation.”
Sean wasn’t my favorite, but he was an okay character. He had grown up a bit since the Boys of Summer, but his personality was the same. Sean was a hard worker. He worked for his wealth and he was generous about it. That’s the thing that I loved about him. He was always giving. He was also a very teasing character, which rolled over into this novel. He teased Amy like it was his job. He had trouble showing her that he was serious, and Amy often didn’t believe him, but as a reader, I could tell that his intentions were true. I’m glad that he persisted in getting the girl, because it was all worth it in the end.
Sean and Amy created sparks. Although for the majority of the novel, they were in a constant state of teasing each other, you could still see the chemistry between them. I was constantly waiting for them to stop playing games and just get together. However, it was fun reading all of their banter with each other, and picking out the undercurrent of caring that was buried underneath.
It was fantastic seeing the Onslow group together once again. Although they all grew up, they still had that perfect dynamic amongst themselves. They had fun, and they supported each other. It was really great to see them together once again.
The thing that I loved about this novel, as well as the Boys of Summer, was the local color. C.J Duggan, being a Australian herself, really pulled the locality of her life into this novel. I loved seeing all of the Australian slang words. It really put an authentic feel on the novel. It reminded me constantly that this novel was not taking place in the United States, but in Australia. I loved to different setting than that same-old that I read when novels are set in the United States. I have even made a mini-dictionary for you all with some of the words from the novel:
Boardies: board shorts
Overall, An Endless Summer was a great novel filled with determination, hard working, and fun. A lighthearted, warm read, this is definitely the right choice for a summer read!