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Summer Sail
by Wendy Francis
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Touchstone, 2018 (2018)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Wanting to celebrate a twentieth wedding anniversary by taking a cruise to Bermuda, Abby invites her forever friends college roommates to take the cruise with her and her husband, all expenses paid. This invitation includes their families also. Both Caroline and Lee accept with glee.

Everyone is looking forward to days in the sun, lovely meals, as well as many activities to keep the younger members of the group happy. Lee's daughter Lacey is but sixteen and Abby's twin sons, Chris and Ryan, have a carefree time, but the adults feel a problem lurking in the background, about to make itself known. Lacey suffers teen angst of course not wanting her mother Lee to know what her real problem is, other than being a teenager, of course.

Caroline is hoping her long-time boyfriend Javier will propose. She downright refuses to pop the question herself. But as time passes, she feels the chances of his proposing get slimmer and slimmer. Lee, who never married, thinks she might like a little romance in her life, but feels she might be just a tiny bit old to start looking. A chance encounter gives her hope.

Abby and Sam, the originators of the cruise idea, seem not quite themselves. But can the others ask them directly? Is everything all right? As the time comes for the renewal of their vows, they question whether they are doing the right thing. Even their twins feel tension in the air.

The value of friendship shines through the pages of The Summer Sail, as well as a message that asking for help isn't as hard as it might seem. This is a real winner of a book. Just right for summer reading.

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