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An endearing novel of friendship, forgiveness, and second chances by New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart.

It was a lifetime ago that recently widowed Maggie Flynn was in Wyndham Beach. Now, on the occasion of her fortieth high school reunion, she returns to her hometown on the Massachusetts coast, picking up right where she left off with dear friends Lydia and Emma. But seeing Brett Crawford again stirs other emotions. Once, they were the town’s golden couple destined for one another. He shared Maggie’s dreams - and eventually, a shattering secret that drove them apart. 

Buying her old family home and resettling in Wyndham Beach means a chance to start over for Maggie and her two daughters, but it also means facing her rekindled feelings for her first love and finally confronting - and embracing - the past in ways she never thought possible. Maggie won’t be alone. With her family and friends around her, she can weather this stormy turning point in her life and open her heart to the future. As for that dream shared and lost years ago? If Maggie can forgive herself, it still might come true.

©2021 Marti Robb. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Rachel R
  • 05-05-21

Anti-feminist drivel

I am so confused at the overwhelming positive reviews of this book, and so frustrated at the genre name "Women's Fiction". If you can get past the narrator's terrible Massachusetts accents and the extremely bland, predictable plot, I hope you get stuck on the gross caricatures of middle-aged women. The fixation on appearance (labeled "taking care of yourself") came to a distressing head for me when the character who has steadfastly refused make-up because she's happy with her looks "realizes" she should wear make-up and change her clothes to "make herself feel good" - totally coincidentally when she's trying to attract the attention of the 2-dimensional men who are completely in thrall to the woman with the lowcut dress. Fiction should lift us up while it entertains. This kind of nonsense drags us all down.

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  • Beth
  • 03-05-21

SO DISAPPOINTED IN MARIAH STEWART

I've read almost every book Mariah Stewart has written and this book doesn't seem to have been written by the same person! I persevered to Chapter 7 but had to stop because I could tell the content wasn't going to improve nor was the fake Northern accent of the narrator. Not worth a credit or my time.

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  • DT Caprio
  • 30-05-21

Total Disappointment

I have listened to many of Mariah Stewart’s books. Her books narrated by XE Sands are exceptional! I was so excited waiting for the release of An Invincible Summer only to be so disappointed. I could not even get past the 3rd chapter!
The narrator was ok, but the story was so poor. The accent from Rhode Island was so annoying...I just could not listen. I was born and raised in the NY city area and am well aware of the accents surrounding NY. It should not have annoyed me so much, but it did. I decided I would try to get through it but the story in itself was horrible. Who wants to read about or listen to women in their late 50s or 60s who really do not have anything to offer. They still were portrayed as if they were in high school. So disappointing.

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  • Lisa
  • 22-05-21

Too Long

Way too long and filled with many unnecessary details. The reader/listener does not need to know every piece of clothing or jewelry a character puts on for every event or day. ! Sounds like word filling and it's ridiculous. Second, while I love that the main characters are older, why make them sound so insecure or dumb? They are smarter for having lived and gone through life experiences and the writer should've portrayed that better. This story had so much potential but with all these unnecessary things, it makes it hard to concentrate and listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-05-21

fabulous

Another fabulous book from Mariah Stewart! Her characters are intriguing. Can't wait for the next one!

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  • Nanny
  • 16-05-21

Robotic Reader

I believe this may have ended up being a good story, however, I gave up on it after only a few minutes. I felt like it was being read by my car’s navigation system. Disappointing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-05-21

Didn’t like the narrator

I haven’t finished this book yet, but keep getting distracted because the narrator makes the characters quite unlikable. The way she phrases the dialogue can’t be the way the author intended it to sound. It’s confusing because it sometimes gives the characters an attitude I don’t think they are supposed to have!

First time listening to this author, and I like the settings/character so far