Wednesday, August 5, 2015
THE SUMMERTIME GIRLS by Laura Hankin
Ally Morris and Beth Abbott were beyond inseparable. From the very first time they met, the girls knew they’d found a once-in-a-lifetime friendship. But sometimes, life can’t help but get in the way.
As time goes by, disappointments and petty resentments begin to alter what they once thought was forever. Ally’s boho lifestyle leaves her drowning in confusion and cheap whiskey, while a terrible secret threatens to shatter Beth’s carefully controlled world. By the time they need each other most, Ally and Beth are nearly strangers to each other.
When a family crisis prompts Beth to contact Ally for help out of the blue, the girls reunite in Maine. But the distance between them is overwhelming. To save their friendship, Ally and Beth will have to confront painful moments in their past and redefine who they are—before their incredible connection fades away for good…
We've all been through it. Jobs, relationships, marriage, children - any major life change can be a threat to friendship. The next thing you know, that person from whom you were once inseparable begins to feel like a stranger. That's what happened to Ally and Beth. Ally throws herself into a romantic relationship and becomes so caught up in it that she doesn't have time for much of anything or anyone else. So on the darkest day of Beth's life, Ally is too busy and distracted to be there for her friend. In response, Beth withdraws, but Ally is completely clueless as to why. Time passes and the pain of loss deepens. A summer reunion at Beth's grandmother's home in Maine offers the women one last chance at reconciliation but it turns out things CAN get worse. You'll have to read the book for yourself to find out if they ever get better.
This book is a powerful reminder that true friends are hard to come by, even harder to keep, but well worth fighting for. Great summertime read! Very highly recommended!
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