Sisters of Summer's End

Sisters of Summer's End

by Lori Foster

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Overview

As the summer ends, friendship begins…

When single mom Joy Lee abandoned her old life to take a job at a lakeside resort, she found something that her family’s wealth and influence could never buy: peace of mind. Not easy to come by for the once-burned divorcée who keeps everyone at a distance. But when her new friend Maris dares her to take a chance with the drive-in’s charismatic new owner, everything changes for Joy and her young son.

A difficult childhood has left Maris Kennedy with definite priorities. Her job running Summer’s End, the camp store and café, comes first. Always. Nothing could ever make her risk that hard-won security—especially not her free-spirited colleague. But the more she encourages Joy to open herself up to new experiences, the more Maris begins to wonder what she, too, might be missing.

Learning how to trust will bring Joy and Maris together. And soon they form a friendship that leaves them as close as sisters—and open to love where they least expect it…in Summer’s End.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781432866198
Publisher: Gale, A Cengage Company
Publication date: 07/10/2019
Edition description: Large Print
Sales rank: 1,180,407
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Lori Foster is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author with books from a variety of publishers, including Berkley/Jove, Kensington, St. Martin's, Harlequin and Silhouette. Lori has been a recipient of the prestigious RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy, and for Contemporary Romance. For more about Lori, visit her Web site at www.lorifoster.com.

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CHAPTER 1

After dropping her son off at school, Joy Lee returned to Cooper's Charm, the RV resort where she worked and lived. It was backtracking since she had an appointment near the school later this morning, but it wouldn't do to show up a half hour early.

Actually, nothing in the small town of Woodbine, Ohio, was too far away. In fifteen minutes she could drive to the school, the park, the grocery ... or visit the new owner of the drive-in, who she'd be meeting today.

Hopefully Mr. Nakirk would continue to work with her. As the recreation director of the park, she and the past owner had put together various events with a lot of success. Halloween was coming up and she didn't want to have to completely restructure a tried-and-true camper favorite.

Coming through the grand entry of the resort, Joy couldn't help but admire the beauty of it. She'd been seeing the same gorgeous scenery for six years now, yet it never failed to soothe her.

She'd found peace here, a kind of peace she hadn't known existed. Now she couldn't imagine living anywhere else.

Large trees, currently wearing their fall colors, lined the property and served to add privacy to the costlier campsites.

A wooden walk bridge divided a pond from the large lake. Wooden cabins were scattered about, with plenty of lots for RVs and level, grassy areas for campers who preferred a tent. Even the playgrounds were well maintained, colorful and attractive.

Deciding a cup of coffee wouldn't hurt, Joy headed for Summer's End, the camp store. Maris Kennedy, a woman close to her own age, always had coffee ready. She also worked nonstop and treated everyone like a friend.

When Joy came into the camp store, Maris was busy wiping down the tops of the dining booths. She glanced up and said, "Hey."

In so many ways, Joy admired Maris. For one thing, the woman never seemed to tire. She opened early, kept it open late and rarely slowed down throughout the day. During the busiest season, Maris employed part-time help, but she handled the bulk of the responsibility herself.

Maris apparently preferred it that way.

Another admirable thing? Maris always managed to look fantastic with her dark blond hair in a high ponytail and a shirt at least a size too large over her jeans.

Unfair, but Maris was so incredibly nice, and she took such great care of all the employees, Joy forgave her the perfection. "Good morning."

"Is it?" Maris turned her gaze to the window. "Ah, sunshine. Better than rain and clouds, right? Coffee?"

Joy hated to pull her away from her task. "Yes, but I could —"

"I'll get it." Toting her little carrier of cleaning supplies, Maris headed to the kitchen. Joy heard her wash her hands, and then a moment later she reappeared with two cups. "I just made a fresh pot."

Of course she had. Smiling, Joy shook her head.

The café in Summer's End offered a menu of sandwiches, soups and daily specials. Positioned on the walls behind the seating area, packed shelves held basic grocery necessities and emergency items, as well as things like pool floats, sunscreen and fishing tackle. Campers didn't have to leave the park once they arrived, and if they didn't want to make use of the grills, Maris always had something to eat.

Joy took a sip of the coffee, fixed just the way she liked it, and sighed.

Instead of moving on to another chore, Maris stood there with her own coffee. "I'm wondering something."

"Oh?" She and Maris were friendly; Maris was too nice for anyone not to be friendly with her. But Joy wouldn't say they were close.

Sadly, it had become Joy's habit to keep some measure of distance from everyone.

"How the hell do you always look so put together?"

Surprised by the question, Joy looked down at her cotton skirt and button-up sweater. "It's a casual skirt." At least five years old, like the majority of her wardrobe. She'd updated only a few pieces since moving to the park.

"Yeah, but everything you wear looks like it came from a fashion magazine. Always, no matter what, you're styled head to toe. There are days I can barely get my hair into a ponytail, and yet you never have a wrinkle."

Feeling suddenly self-conscious, as well as amused by the irony, Joy laughed.

"Why's that funny?" Maris asked, looking genuinely curious.

It wasn't like Maris to linger, so Joy hastily explained, "I was literally just thinking how great you always look. Especially your ponytail! No matter what's going on, you ... glow."

"Me?" Maris snorted. "Glow?"

Even more embarrassed and feeling completely out of her element, Joy continued. "You don't need makeup or anything. You always look fresh, even when you've been working all day. There's an energy about you." A wholesomeness that few other women could pull off. It was probably attitude as much as appearance that was responsible for that vibe. Maris personified friendliness, but she owned the space around her in a way Joy could never manage. "Believe me, the natural look works for you."

When Maris laughed, it made her even prettier, but before Joy could say so, she asked, "So what are you up to today?"

Hmm. Had Maris just deflected? Maybe she was as uncomfortable with compliments as Joy. "Meeting the new owner of the drive-in."

"That's right. I heard it changed hands."

"Very recently," Joy confirmed.

"Heard the new guy was a gorgeous hunk, too."

"You ... what?" Joy sputtered. A gorgeous hunk? Definitely not what she'd hoped for, although it absolutely wouldn't matter. A man's appeal meant nothing to her — and good thing, since the guys at the park were all very handsome in varying ways. "Who told you that?"

"I'm like a bartender, you know?" Maris bobbed her eyebrows. "Everyone talks to me. You should try it sometime."

Generally the small town shared everything about everything. If a squirrel dropped a nut, someone announced it and the gossip spread like wildfire — though Joy was usually the last to hear it since she didn't cultivate those close relationships. Maybe she should chat with Maris more, if for no other reason than to keep up on current affairs in Woodbine. "I don't know about the hunk part since I haven't met him yet, but it's not an issue. My only interest is —"

"In recreation for the park, I know." Maris rolled her eyes in a playful way. "But there are all kinds of recreation, and I'm thinking you should try the kind that involves a man."

A nervous laugh trickled out. Since when was Maris Kennedy interested in her lack of a love life? Joy's next thought was whether or not the lack was that obvious.

Did she seem ... lonely? Or, oh God, needy?

No, Maris more than anyone else at the park understood that a woman didn't need a man to complete her. Joy's life was already full, thank you very much.

To keep things friendly, Joy said with a smile, "Jack gets all my free time. I don't even know when I'd fit in a date." Just to clarify, she added, "Not that anyone is asking."

"Hello," Maris said. "You realize you have a big old blinking not available sign on you, right? Guys would —" she pinched the air "— if you'd give them just a teeny tiny bit of encouragement."

"But I don't want to encourage anyone. I mean, not for that reason."

"Why not? Jack's in school now, so don't tell me you can't eek out an hour or two."

"Hmm. Well, I guess technically I could ..." Joy sat at the counter, and finished with, "But I won't."

"Spoilsport." Maris joined her, taking the stool to her left.

Well, that was new. Sure, Maris conversed with Joy, but usually while she worked. She didn't sit down and join her.

She didn't focus on her.

Unsure what was going on, Joy said, "I don't mean to hold you up ..."

"Already got through my routine, so I was ready for a break."

Curious, she asked, "What type of routine?"

"Coffee first — that's as much for me as it is for anyone who might drop in. Then I turn on the oven so I can make cookies from the dough I prepared the night before."

"Wow."

"I dust again, make sure all the chrome shines. Face up the shelves so they look orderly." Maris looked around her store with obvious pride. "There's always food stuff to prep, too. Soup to get in the pot, tea to make. Oh, and I have to put money back in the cash register. I like to take inventory each evening before I head home, so I know what I need to replace the next day. That means sometimes I have to restock the hot dogs or condiments."

Joy shook her head. "I have no idea how you do it all."

"Listen to who's talking, Super Mom."

"I'm not —"

"Yup, you are. I see plenty of moms here at the park, but you make it look effortless."

"Oh. Well, thank you." What else did someone say in this situation? Joy had no idea. Before moving to Woodbine, she hadn't had any friends like Maris. Her social group had been superficial, not down-to-earth. They talked about the latest high-end fashions and the next important social function. None of her so-called friends would have ever owned a wonderful little camp store like Summer's End — and none of them would have ever ended up as a single mom. Losing them hadn't been a hardship.

Other things had been hard. So very, very hard.

Like finding herself alone.

Over the years she'd adjusted, but now she shied away from getting too personal with anyone. Life felt safer that way.

"So." As if she'd been privy to her innermost thoughts, Maris gave her a direct smile — one filled with warmth and sincerity. "I'm just saying if you ever want to go out, or even if you just want some time to yourself, let me know. I'd be happy to help."

Touched by the offer, Joy laid a hand to her heart. After all her effort to keep real friendship at bay, Maris still reached out to her. It meant a lot and made Joy rethink some of her choices.

Honestly, since turning thirty, it had played on her mind, anyway. Perhaps she should begin to open up a little.

Jack certainly had. Then again, her son was one of the most personable, engaging, adorable people ... and maybe she was just a tiny bit influenced by the incredible love she had for him.

Jack liked Maris a lot, and vice versa.

That didn't explain why Maris was suddenly so keen on Joy dating. "So ... what's going on?"

Maris lifted her brows. "What do you mean?"

Ha! That innocent look didn't cut it. "You're up to something. We've known each other five years now and you've never asked me about dating."

"Sure I did. You just didn't answer much, so I let it go."

Ouch. That could be true.

"Gawd, don't look guilty," Maris said. "Here's the thing. You were quiet, I was swamped, so we let it go, right? But know what? I'm thirty-one now. Freaking thirty-one."

"Oh my God," Joy said, amazed that their thoughts seemed to be on the same track. "I'm thirty now, so I know exactly what you mean."

"Yesterday," Maris said, "this lady came in with three kids, one of them a newborn. She and her husband were frazzled and happy, and they said it was their first vacation after buying their house. Guess how old that woman was."

Joy said, "Um ... thirty-ish?"

"Twenty-nine. Two years younger than me."

"Younger than us," Joy corrected.

"Right, but you have a kid. A great kid." Maris propped her head on her hand. "My point is, I can't do the whole family and home thing — but you can. Heck, you're already halfway there."

Family? Joy almost choked, since her family didn't want anything to do with her. She knew that wasn't what Maris meant, though. "You can't do it ... why?"

"It's not my thing." Maris shrugged that off with haste. "You're great at being a mom. Heck, you're great at everything you do. So the least I can do is lend a hand, and maybe give you a push."

After all that, Maris smiled, as if she'd explained everything to her satisfaction and Joy should be jumping on board.

When Joy just blinked at her, Maris said, "Consider this your push."

It was almost laughable, but also very sweet. Joy said with feeling, "Thank you so much. Even though I don't have any hot prospects, I appreciate the offer."

"That's what friends are for, right?"

Joy had no real idea, but she nodded, anyway. "The same from me. If I can do anything for you, please just let me know."

"Great. Know what you can do? After you meet with the new owner, let me know if he's as gorgeous as everyone says he is. I'm dying of curiosity."

"Right, okay. Sure." Wondering if she'd misread this entire conversation, Joy offered, "If you want, I could mention you to him ...?"

Maris blinked at her, then laughed. "We're talking about you, not me, but thanks." She nodded at the coffee. "Good?"

After another, more cautious sip, Joy sighed. "Mmm. Of course. You make the best coffee."

"True story." Maris suddenly sniffed the air. "Be right back."

So much for Maris's break. "Whatever that is smells delicious." Through the last five years, Joy had taught herself to cook by trial and error, but she didn't come close to Maris's skill in the kitchen. From full-blown formal dinners to the soup of the day, Maris worked magic.

Less than a minute later, Maris returned with a plateful of warm chocolate chip cookies. "Fresh from the oven. Want one?"

"I wish I could, but if I don't get going, I'll be late." Joy prided herself on her professionalism. Showing up tardy for an appointment was unthinkable.

"We stay too damn busy, don't we? We should carve out more time to visit." Maris wrapped two in a napkin. "For the road, then."

Joy's mouth already watered. "They won't last five minutes. Thank you." Smiling, she stood and slipped her purse strap over her shoulder. Hesitating, she said, "This was nice. Us talking more, I mean."

"Right?" Moving the cookies under a covered dome, Maris remarked, "We need to do it more often."

Surprised by the idea, Joy nodded. "That would be terrific."

She loved her role of recreation director at the park, and she appreciated all the wonderful people. She thought she did a good job — and yet, she'd never truly fit in. This morning, for a few minutes, Maris had been much more like a friend than an acquaintance. She didn't know if it was seeing the other couple with the three kids, or because Maris was suddenly more aware of her age.

Whatever the reason, Joy liked it. She liked it a lot.

Twenty minutes later, cold and miserable, Joy peeked in the small door window of the concession stand at the drive-in.

How had things changed so quickly?

The meager overhang barely shielded her from the pounding rain of the pop-up storm. Not that it mattered since she was already soaked to the skin.

If you could see me now, Maris ...

There wasn't anything fashionable about her drowned-rat persona. Joy couldn't remember a time when she'd been more of a wreck.

Freak rainstorms could do that to people.

Instead of knocking, she peeked inside again. People didn't usually catch her off guard like this, but for once, she felt totally flummoxed.

Royce Nakirk was everything Maris said he'd be — and more.

He stood over six feet tall, his body very ... fit, and his dark hair reflected the blue of the concession lights.

Didn't matter. Men, attractive men in their prime, held no significance to her.

She was a mother.

A dedicated employee.

A once-burned, never-again divorcee.

My, oh my, the gossips hadn't exaggerated.

Joy wanted elderly Mr. Ostenbery back. She could deal with him. She could charm and bargain and coerce him without noticing his thighs. Or his shoulders.

Or his ... butt.

All she'd ever noticed on Ostenbery was the impressive size of his nose and his genuine smile and kindness.

But this new owner was a different animal. Denim companies should pay him to wear their jeans. The way his T-shirt fit his body — snug in the shoulders, loose over a flat midsection — caused her ovaries to twitch. Until this moment, she'd forgotten she had ovaries.

Mother.

Employee.

Divorcee.

The mantra marched through her brain without much effect. She wondered what Maris would say when she told her about this.

Would she tell her?

Yes. It might be fun to share her shock. No doubt Maris would have some witty comment to contribute.

With his back to her, the owner squatted to rinse a cloth in a bucket of soapy water.

Biting her lip, Joy let her gaze track over him.

Stop it, she silently demanded, and she wasn't sure if she spoke to herself or the new, much too young and attractive owner.

When he turned, she saw his intent concentration as he scrubbed at a corner of the counter.

Joy almost envied the counter. How long had it been since she'd garnered that much concentration from anyone? Five years? Closer to six?

Scowling, he glanced at the clock, a jolting reminder that she was already fifteen minutes late.

(Continues…)


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Amanda-Novel-Addiction More than 1 year ago
First off, I LOVED Cooper's Charm. I mean... really, loved. It was one of my all time favorite books of last year, and of all time. I actually bought two copies - so I could give it to my friend and make her read it and love it as much as I did. And I'll be honest, I wasn't really looking forward to The Sisters of Summer's End. I didn't think it would be able to come close to Cooper's Charm, but once again... I was proven wrong. I'm not sure it can beat CC out, but they're definitely tied in my book. Lori just has that special magic touch when it comes to characters - They always feel so real and genuine. Her heroes are the type I can really believe in - good guys that could actually exist in the real world. And this book is no different. Sisters of Summer's End is just so... Heartwarming, I guess is the word I'm looking for. Maybe just warming in general. It's the perfect read for a summer's day, or a gloomy rainy day. I actually sighed when I finished it, and felt that warm happy glow that I get when finishing a truly good book. Highly recommended.
nku More than 1 year ago
Sisters of Summer's End (kindle)by Lori Foster .... This is worth more than 5 stars... Lori Foster has done it again ...thanks so much for letting me preview this book on #NetGalley. This book is about two women who both have family issues who work at a RV resort and become friends(close as sisters) Joy (mother of five year old Jack) meets Royce (new owner of the Drive In) and Maris (owner of Summer's End camp store) and Daron (RV maintenance man). Their budding romances have it all ...I laughed, cried, laughed and cried again... I was totally involved from the beginning and hated for the book to end...Then there is Chaos...who is part of the glue that gets us to two very HEA's. Reasons I enjoyed this book: Entertaining Happily Ever After Page-turner Tear-jerker Steamy Romantic Easy-to-read Great world building Funny Wonderful characters Original
BuckeyeAngel 5 months ago
When single mom Joy Lee abandoned her old life to take a job at a lakeside resort, she found something that her family’s wealth and influence could never buy: peace of mind. Not easy to come by for the once-burned divorcée who keeps everyone at a distance. But when her new friend, Maris, dares her to take a chance with the drive-in’s charismatic new owner, everything changes for Joy and her young son. A difficult childhood has left Maris Kennedy with definite priorities. Her job running Summer’s End, the camp store and café, comes first. Always. Nothing could ever make her risk that hard-won security—especially not her free-spirited colleague. But the more she encourages Joy to open herself up to new experiences, the more Maris begins to wonder what she, too, might be missing. Learning how to trust will bring Joy and Maris together. And soon they form a friendship that leaves them as close as sisters—and open to love where they least expect it…in Summer’s End. This was a great read by a great author. I loved both Joy and Maris. I felt that the main story is actually about Joy’s and Maris’s friendship. It was the love they both really needed to have a happy ending. I highly recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
SardisYS 6 months ago
In THE SISTERS OF SUMMERS END by Lori Foster, the two ladies each learn life lesson, discover things about themselves, and become open to love and life. It’s delightful must-read women’s lit that may have you singing a bit too.
jwitt33 10 months ago
Confession #1: I love Lori Foster and will happily read anything she has written!! Confession #2: That being said, I haven't read the first book in the Summer Resort series - Cooper's Charm - yet, but I will be rectifying that oversight very quickly because I absolutely loved this book!! Luckily, even though this is the second book in the series, it was able to be read as a standalone story. The most important thing I noted as I was reading this story is that, while it has a couple of very hot romances in it, the relationship that is mostly explored is the friendship between Maris and Joy, and I absolutely loved that! Their friendship grows and blossoms even as they get to know each other, but they have each closed themselves off to any type of relationship because they are putting all of their time and energy into the priorities in their lives: Maris with her camp store and cafe, and Joy with her son. So the question is, can they change that and open themselves up to new experiences and new people? Watching their journey was both captivating and heartening, and I loved it. The characters were all very likable (or hard to like as the case may be) and they were all fleshed out beautifully. Their back stories were woven in so you know exactly where they are coming from and why they have made the decisions that have brought them to this place and time. The setting was very well written, so much so that I want to go stay at this lakeside resort myself! The descriptions of the fall and winter seasons were so real that they cooled me off in the midst of this hot summer! And the plot line unraveled at just the right pace, which is hard to achieve, but is done so beautifully here. In summary, this book was a fascinating read, a different kind of love story, and it captivated me right from the start. I give this book 5/5 stars, and can enthusiastically recommend it to anyone looking for a light, but very fulfilling, book to read.
whatsbetterthanbooks More than 1 year ago
Heartwarming, emotive, and rewarding. Sisters of Summer’s End is an engaging, lighthearted tale that features the hardworking, single mom Joy and the dependable, supportive Maris as they forge an unconditional friendship that will help them both conquer and embrace past hurts, childhood baggage, strained familial relationships, and newly budding romance. The prose is crisp and fluid. The characters are easygoing, helpful, and likeable. And the plot is a heartfelt tale of life, love, support, understanding, tenderness, familial drama, friendship, steamy moments, playful banter, and delicious chemistry. Overall, Sisters of Summer’s End is a sweet, uplifting, humorous addition to the Love at the Resort series by Foster that will leave fans delighted to revisit with all the characters they came to know and love in the first novel in the series, Cooper’s Charm, as well as being introduced to some unforgettable new ones, both of the human and four-legged variety.
Donna More than 1 year ago
Very emotional! I love the RV park and the little camp store. Lori makes you feel like you are right there. Great characters that you will fall in love with. Love this series. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt this was a great book on overcoming adversity as well as the gift of true friendship.
KIJERO More than 1 year ago
Two thirty something women are wanting to change their lives. One is focused on her goals completely. The other devotes herself to her young son. Neither thinks about a romantic relationship until a chance encounter with a guest at the RV resort gets one of them thinking. They'll become Sisters by Summer's End! Joy Lee really doesn't notice men and has no time for a relationship between her job of recreation director at Cooper's Charm RV Resort and her 5 year old son Jack. Marisa Kennedy's past has shaped her life and has her so goal oriented that she hasn't wanted a relationship to get in the way. One day a guest about their age comes into Summers End the RV resort diner and store and gets Marisa thinking about her life. Her acquaintance for several years Joy comes in and they start moving there casual friendship into something more. Joy must go try to get the new drive-in owner to work with the Resort for the benefit of both businesses. When she arrives soaked through because of a rainstorm and gets a look at Royce Nakirk she's immediately attracted to the man. Royce is also hit by the attraction. Meanwhile Marisa has been attracted to the handyman for the resort, Daron Hardy. Daron has had a thing for Marisa for years, but because of her assumptions about him she doesn't want anything to do with Daron. The two women wanting to change their lives embark on romances that are about to change their perceptions and lives forever. As pasts are revealed and Joy and Marisa become best friends both start to fall in love. Royce and Daron can't resist the women in their lives. A visit from Joy's mother has old feelings and anger resurfacing. Marisa decides to take a chance on Daron. As fall settles in and an early winter hits these two women give into the the love and desire for the men in their lives, sparks fly and misconceptions are put to rest. When Joy needs to make a decision about an inheritance she turns to the her adopted family for advice. All their friends love the change in Joy. A talk with her father brings a new perspective to the past. A visit to an attorney results in Royce coming to the rescue and brought him to the realization that he must give up the woman he loves. Both, Joy and Royce are miserable until they talk to Daron and Marisa. Joy makes a decision about her future and a reconciliation meeting. Lori Foster has a unique take on family and friendship with Sisters of Summer's End and takes place in a different type of setting an RV Resort. Two women who work together and are looking to make changes, become like sisters when they start their two woman club. They must talk through problems from their pasts, family and the men in their lives to get their happily ever after. They help each other through the rough spots and that brings them together as sisters. Lori Foster shows that you don't have to be a blood relation to be family that you can make your friends family when love is involved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I+enjoyed+this+book%2C+it+was+so+great+to+be+back+in+Cooper%27s+Charm.++This+was+a+wonderful+well+written+story%2C+the+characters+are+so+believable+and+real+I+hated+for+it+to+end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i loved this book! the story was wonderful! i cannot wait to read more of this authors books. i highly recommend it!
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 STARS! You just can't read a book in this series and not walk away smiling! With the follow up to her beloved feel-good romance COOPER'S CHARM from last summer, Lori Foster brings us another trip to the homey RV resort to see a few more of the family of employees find their happily ever afters. Like the original book, this one also encompasses two couples and spotlights a close-knit friendship. We saw several familiar faces as we touched base with the couples from last year and brought a new character into the fold. Really enjoying the down-home feel of this vacation spot! Single mom Joy Lee loves the life that working at Cooper's Charm resort has brought to her and her young son. She's not all that big on taking chances and shaking the boat, but when her knew best friend dares her to take a chance on the attraction she is feeling for the new drive-in owner Royce Nakirk, she decides to throw caution to the wind and lives a little! Maris Kennedy isn't all that good at practicing what she preaches. She lives and breaths running Summer's End, her country store/cafe at the RV park. She came from a life of having little and she never wants to let her guard down and open herself up to being in that position again, but when Joy takes her advice and takes a chance on love, she feels like she has to do the same and finally give Daron the chance he's been wanting for awhile now!
JROMERO More than 1 year ago
Another amazing read by Lori Foster. I love a book that leads from another, I enjoy when characters pop up that we have already created a relationship with. This one is a follow up from Coopers Charm. And I really enjoyed these characters. Joy is a single mom and Maris is a special woman overcoming tragedy. Two broken souls that heal together. Together they form a bond and create romances that will last forever in our hearts. Its a great follow up with endearing characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great sequel
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
There was so much to love about this story. Full of second chances and new beginnings along with the friends to family of the heart theme and romance. Joy is a single mom who was basically disowned by her wealthy parents years before. She is managing the RV resort where Maris runs the cafe and store. Maris came from a poor family that provided love, but not much else. When they are all gone and she is alone, she finds her way to Summer's End. Both of these women are leery of romance and are guarded with their emotions. As the story moves on and they begin to open up to one another, they become sisters of choice. Along come two romantic interests and it was fun to read about this development. Royce has not plans to get involved until he meets Joy and her delightful son Jack.The interactions between Royce and Jack are wonderful. This little boy is looking for a father figure, but does not fall easily for any male. For some reason, he latches onto Royce and melts Royce's heart. Maris is also not looking for romance, but has always notices Daron. He is handsome and a womanizer, so she has held Daron at arms' length. He has made it clear many times that he is interested in her, but with her baggage, she just is not ready. As well, she has never been intimate with a man before, and she is sure that is what Daron is looking for. It takes Joy to convince Maris to take a chance, and Maris to push Joy into a date. Can these women, with all their baggage, find love at Summer's End. I loved the characters and their relationships. Jack was loved by everyone in the story and it was easy to see why. This sweet, loving and trusting boy was so open with his feelings that he touched everyone. Of course there is the requisite dog that is rescued and taken in by Royce, that is loved by Jack and brings them even closer together. All four of the main characters have flaws, but that makes them more human and relatable. As the baggage is shared with one another, the characters are well-developed and I began to think of them as friends. The secondary characters flesh out the rest of the story with their relationships. The story is well-paced and I raced through it in one day. My only complaint were the two relatively descriptive love scenes. It is not that they were unexpected, but the story was beautiful without the details. Overall, this was a wonderful story and a great addition to the Summer Resort series. This book can be read as a standalone with no issues, but the first book is so delightful as well, I would recommend reading it as well as this one. I listened to this book and the narration by Vivienne Leheny added to the enjoyment of the story. Ms. Leheny has a pleasant timbre to her voice and the various voices she uses to bring these characters to life were well done and it was easy to determine which character was speaking. I loved the childlike voice she used for Jack, I could picture this sweet, precocious child. The two male leads had authentic voices as well. Ms. Leheny also delivered on the emotion of the story, of which there was a lot and this was very important to the plot and storyline. I will definitely listen to more books narrated by Vivienne Leheny. I received a copy of this audiobook from Harlequin Audio upon my request, the rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
lhill82125 More than 1 year ago
OMG, OMG I absolutely love this book. I laughed and cried and I even got a bit angry when I was reading it. Lori knows how to write such a great book. You will truly fall in love with all of this characters, even Chaos. You really must read it! Thank you Lori for such a great book!!
Born2Read More than 1 year ago
Overall, I enjoyed this story with its blend of friendship, family and romance. Royce and Joy are such a sweet couple, and Jack, Joy’s five-year-old son, stole the show. I loved how Royce and Jack bonded, even while Royce didn’t want to get involved in a serious relationship. The theme of friendship and sisterhood is weaved throughout the book, with Joy and Maris forming a close bond. It’s a light, easy read for a lazy summer day. I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader copy of this book.
book-addictSR More than 1 year ago
This is another great story by Lori Foster. I just love the friendship between Joy and Maris. The bond they form truly makes them Sisters of the Heart. Not only is this a great story of the strength of friendship but it also is about the strength of trust and love. I love how Joy was brave enough to risk her heart again and give Maris the strength to risk hers too. This is a truly great story. Thank you Lori Foster for such a great story and I am looking forward to many more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful book from Lori Foster! Joy is a single mom, who is cautious about who she opens up to and becomes friends with, and whom she allows to get close to her son. Joy starts to get to know Royce, the man who owns the drive-in. Through working together they become close and see that they can become a wonderful family. Joy and Maris, who owns the camp store and cafe, spend a lot of time together discussing the camp, and their personal lives and become as close as sisters by the end of the book. This is a wonderful book full of love, laughter, and the beginning of life-long friendship.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful book from Lori Foster! Joy is a single mom, who is cautious about who she opens up to and becomes friends with, and whom she allows to get close to her son. Joy starts to get to know Royce, the man who owns the drive-in. Through working together they become close and see that they can become a wonderful family. Joy and Maris, who owns the camp store and cafe, spend a lot of time together discussing the camp, and their personal lives and become as close as sisters by the end of the book. This is a wonderful book full of love, laughter, and the beginning of life-long friendship.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great+story.++++I+loved+it.++Lots+to+personally+relate+to+my+life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love her stories.
Janeen More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book!! It was unlike the authors other books and stood out to me in a way that had me picking it back up even after I knew I had other things to do. The thing is - I loved all the side characters too!! Theres not just one character I love more than the other. With other books, i know I'm gonna love the main characters or I'm not because there likable, however, with this book i found myself loving everyone!! If you love this author and her storytelling then you'll obviously be picking this one up and if you haven't read her then this is a good book to start.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It+was+fun+to+go+back+to+the+RV+Park+and+catch+up+with+everyone.+I+loved+it
NhaughtyV More than 1 year ago
*4.5 Stars* "When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching -- they are your family."—Jim Butcher Welcome to Cooper’s Charm, a cozy lakeside RV resort where friends have become family. Lori Foster has written more than a dual love story with Sisters of Summer’s End, she’s created a world where the characters feel like long lost friends, and the reader feels welcome to join Maris and Joy and the rest of the gang for a cup of coffee and maybe a cookie or two. Loved and highly recommend this heartwarming story of long lasting friendship and romance!