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Still Summer
by Jacquelyn Mitchard
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Grand Central, 2007 (2007)
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* * *   Reviewed by Lori Waddington

Olivia, Tracy, and Holly were best friends in high school. Olivia, the ringleader in the old days, is now a widow, her late husband having been a very wealthy man. Tracy, happily married and the mother of two, is a gym teacher at the same high school from which she graduated; Holly is a nurse and also a happily married mother of two.

Twenty-five years after high school, the three women, along with Tracy's nineteen-year-old daughter Camille, reunite to take a luxury sailboat cruise on the Caribbean. It's everything the women had hoped for. The two man crew in charge of the sailboat - forty-seven-year-old Lenny and twenty-five-year-old charmer Michel - attend to all the womens' needs, preparing delicious meals and taking their charges shopping on various islands. But the cruise soon takes a tragic turn when they encounter bad weather, and the women are left to fend for themselves after Lenny and Michel get caught up in the storm and are lost at sea.

Still Summer is ultimately a story of survival and courage. While dealing with dwindling food, water, and the unspeakable horror of modern day piracy, the relationships between these women are put to the ultimate test. While I found some of the dialogue a little unrealistic, it really didn't matter; Jacquelyn Mitchard has written a page-turner that I found impossible to put down.

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