Author: Jamie Brenner
Published April 24, 2018 by Little, Brown and Company
Lauren Adelman and her high school sweetheart, Rory Kincaid, are a golden couple. They marry just out of college as Rory, a star hockey player, earns a spot in the NHL. Their future could not look brighter when Rory shocks everyone-Lauren most of all-by enlisting in the U.S. Army. When Rory dies in combat, Lauren is left devastated, alone, and under unbearable public scrutiny.
Seeking peace and solitude, Lauren retreats to her family's old beach house on the Jersey Shore. But this summer she's forced to share the house with her overbearing mother and competitive sister. Worse, a stranger making a documentary about Rory tracks her down and persuades her to give him just an hour of her time.
One hour with filmmaker Matt Brio turns into a summer of revelations, surprises, and upheaval. As the days grow shorter and her grief changes shape, Lauren begins to understand the past-and to welcome the future.
Wow! What a fantastic read! I flew through this book over the course of a weekend and could not stop reading it. Brenner tackled some pretty serious issues like CTE in athletes and PTSD in veterans in a respectful and honest way that allows the reader to learn about these issues through the eyes of Lauren and many other great characters. I loved the theme that everyone has flaws--no one is the perfect husband, wife, sister, or mother....and that's OK. People close to you will love you anyway. It's part of what makes us human. This was beautifully illustrated in this book.
Lauren's character had so much depth and was so easy to relate to. Brenner's portrayal of grief and loss was so real--it was an emotional read but so well written and so relevant in today's society. The beautiful cover makes it look like it's another women's fiction summer beach read--and while it's set in the summer and perfect to read over a summer weekend--it's so much more than a traditional beach read. This one will stick with you. I HIGHLY recommend you read this book!