Blog Tour: Summertime Guests (review)


By Wendy Francis 

ISBN: 9781525895982

Publication Date: April 6, 2021

Publisher: Graydon House Books


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About the Book

Sip cocktails in the lounge, bask in the summer sun by the pool, and experience the drama of the rich 

and famous firsthand in Wendy Francis’s newest novel, SUMMERTIME GUESTS (Graydon House; 

April 6, 2021; $16.99 USD). With its rich history and famous guests, The Seafarer is no stranger to 

drama. But the bustle at the social hotspot reaches new heights one weekend in mid-June when a 

woman falls tragically to her death from the tenth floor, unwittingly intertwining her life with the lives of 

the hotels’ guests and staff.

Claire O’Dell, reeling from the loss of her husband and possibly her job, has gone to The Seafarer for 

a little vacation…and to reconnect with a long-lost-love.  Jean-Paul, the hotel’s manager, is struggling to 

keep his marriage and new family afloat. Bride-to-be Riley is at the hotel to plan her wedding with her 

fiancĂ© ... or, she’s at the hotel with her fiancĂ© while her mother-in-law tells them how to plan their wedding. 

Jason, whose romantic getaway with his girlfriend has not exactly gone the way he'd hoped and instead

has him facing questions about his past that he can't bring himself to answer.

As their truths and secrets come to light, the lives of these four will collide in tragic, beautiful ways none 

of them could have expected that will teach them about the love they deserve and the strength they 

possess to change their lives for the better.


 4.5 stars! I was so surprised by how much I LOVED this book! At first glance, this book appears to be a light beach read book--and it does have that element to it--but it's so much more than that. It blends contemporary fiction, romance, and mystery to create a novel you just can't put down. I flew through this novel for two reasons--I wanted to know who tragically fell to their death (not a spoiler, it's in the blurb) and I just got so invested in the characters. Each one of them had their own unique struggles and all were in different stages in life--but all were so relatable. I loved the Boston setting of this novel and all the summertime vibes it created. This book was the perfect balance of entertaining yet thought provoking. The ending hit me in ways I can't explain without giving spoilers--but if you've read it, DM me if you want to chat! This is a great book to add to your spring and summer reading list--perfect for a weekend or vacation read!


About the Author

Wendy Francis is a former book editor and the author of the novels The Summer Sail, The 

Summer of Good Intentions, Three Good Things, and Best Behavior. Her essays have 

appeared in Good Housekeeping, The Washington Post, Yahoo Parenting, The Huffington 

Post, and WBUR's Cognoscenti. A proud stepmom of two grown-up children, she lives outside 

Boston with her husband and eleven-year-old son. 

Wendy Francis 

Social Links:

Author Website

Twitter: @wendyfrancis4

Instagram: @wendyfrancisauthor

Facebook: @wendyfrancisauthor





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