One S'more Summer

One S'more Summer

by Beth Merlin

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"If HBO’s Girls went to summer camp, this would be their story. A fast-paced, enjoyable read!" -- Kristin Harmel, international bestselling author of The Sweetness of Forgetting

For twenty long years, Gigi Goldstein has been pining away for her best friend’s guy. She knows it’s wrong and it has to stop, but she hasn’t been able to let go ever since they all met on the bus to summer camp back when they were seven years old. The same week that her best friends finally announce their wedding date, Gigi loses her high-profile design job. With all of her dreams unravelling, she runs to the last place she remembers being happy.

Taking the Head Counselor position at Camp Chinooka, Gigi hopes to reclaim the joy she felt as a camper, but the job isn’t all campfire songs and toasting marshmallows. Gigi’s girls are determined to make her look bad in front of the boys’ Head Counselor—the sexy but infuriating Perry—and every scrap of the campground is laced with memories.

When Gigi finally realizes she can’t escape the present by returning to her past, she’s forced to reexamine her life and find the true meaning of love. But will she be able to mend fences and forgive herself before she loses her one real shot at happiness?

If you love Sophie Kinsella and Emily Giffin, you'll love this heartwarming debut from a fresh voice in contemporary chick-lit that offers a lighthearted and fun take on friendship, love, and how to recover from past mistakes.

The Campfire Series

1. One S’more Summer
2. S'more to Lose
3. Love You S'more
4.Tell Me S’more – Coming 2020!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943858200
Publisher: Firefly Hill Press, LLC
Publication date: 05/30/2017
Series: The Campfire Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 270
Sales rank: 81,489
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Beth Merlin has a BA from The George Washington University where she minored in Creative Writing and a JD from New York Law School. She’s a native New Yorker who loves anything Broadway, her beautiful daughter, and a good maxi dress. She was introduced to her husband through a friend she met at sleepaway camp and considers the eight summers she spent there to be some of the most formative of her life. When Beth finds a moment of free time, she loves to read books by the authors who've most influenced her work, like Sophie Kinsella, Emily Giffin, and JoJo Moyes.

One S’more Summer is Beth's debut novel.

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One S'more Summer 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
JavaBean More than 1 year ago
This is just and easy, fun read. Great for a weekend or a beach vacation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a fan of sex crazed minors
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Char1294 More than 1 year ago
This whole series is MAGIC. What I love about it is that it is fun and funny and an easy read, yet under all of the antics is a character who has a lot of growing and learning to do. She is certainly flawed (aren't we all!), but Gigi does what many of us only dream about - she takes her life by the horns and changes her trajectory. Best of all, unlike a lot of romance that I've read, Gigi's happily ever after isn't really about whether or not she gets the guy! (The guy is the icing on the cake.) It's about her own triumphs, successes, and her overall growth. It's a love story where the heroine falls in love with herself. Women need more stories like this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A quick, fun, summer read. I couldn't put it down.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun well written story of what summer camp means to so many A place to find yourself and learn about love as well as fridndship
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great light read that kept you engaged on its characters and care so much for Gigi!! Looking forward in reading the upcoming books and where her journey takes her
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good light read. Interesting story and character development.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Thanks to NetGalley and Ink Monster for the opportunity to read and review One S'more Summer by Beth Merlin! This is a fun story filled with summer camp adventures and relationship struggles. Gigi is at a rough place and becomes a camp counselor to escape and hopefully regroup before she heads back to her regular life as unemployed and single, after a confusing affair. Perry has been a summer counselor for four years and he’s dealing with his own supposed skeletons in the closet. Gigi treats Perry with only anger, assuming he’s arrogant and immature when she hasn’t even given him a chance. Over the summer and in spite of their bad start, Gigi and Perry began to confide in each other and realize they have a lot in common. Gigi can’t seem to get away from her past and she faces everything head on, thanks to the support of her friends and family. The ending is cute and hopeful after the tumultuous distrust and intensity. One S’more Summer weaves a realistic and rocky story of how relationships come and go and how we handle them and how we deal with the in-betweenness of being single. 5 stars! *I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration.
Tammy Lee Bradley More than 1 year ago
This is a lighthearted read that is perfect for anyone that ever dreamed of chucking it all and hiding from real life-- if only for a summer. Close your eyes and imagine the cast of Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin at summer camp. Add in a bit of my favorite television show, Project Runway and you have One S'more Summer by Beth Merlin. Gigi, a recently fired NYC clothing designer and former reality tv star, heads off to the sleepover summer camp of her youth to escape a tangled love triangle and an uncertain future. This time away gives her an opportunity to find closure and new love. The eight years I attended Camp Maria Pratt in Connecticut were very important to me so this brought a flood of memories. The swim lessons. Awkward socials with the boy scouts. Early morning duty in the mess hall. My first experience with a real bully. The counselors that made a difference. All of it. I wouldn't have traded a moment. Thank you Beth for helping me revisit this special time in my own life.
Lisa_Loves_Literature More than 1 year ago
This was an extremely sweet story, perfect for a summer read! I'll admit, I am a HUGE fan of S'mores, and I love all things that are s'mores flavored. In fact, I am still quite miffed with Dairy Queen for discontinuing their s'more flavored Blizzard treats, especially after that extremely catchy commercial the summer they brought them out. Anyway, even though I've never been to a summer camp myself, I enjoy stories about them because I like the look into what they might have been like for me. At first I was unsure if I would enjoy this book, because it seemed as if the main character, Gigi, might have cheated with her best friend's boyfriend. But really, that's not exactly what happened. Gigi and Joshua, and her best friend Alicia, they had all been best friends since their summers at Camp Chinooka. While Gigi had always had a crush on Joshua, it just turned out that Joshua and Alicia were the ones that got together. That was a part that I could somewhat identify with, knowing friends who have ended up with guys that I might have thought were perfect for me, although none in ever such a situation, or that I'd ever gotten together with in any way. And really, I don't feel like Joshua was very fair to Gigi, and he didn't really give her a chance to move on. And so her decision to get away for the summer to work at the summer camp was totally justified. And then there was Perry. The hot British camp counselor. It went from a hate type of relationship, the two of them seeing only the irritating bits of each other at first, and the passion from that turning into more, a friendship and definitely more with their attraction to each other. All of their misunderstandings/fights were very realistic to me. They didn't seem to be anything blown way out of proportion or too much like other stories where it's like they need something to have the conflict. And I feel like because of this, the way the end of the story went, with the final conflicts having to do with friendship issues, and no silly last minute, "I'm still not sure about this relationship" issues, well, I loved that the story ended that way. I'm excited to see this is a series, as I'm looking forward to seeing where Perry and Gigi's story might go next. Although the little blurb about what is happening, and that it is 4 years in the future are scaring me a bit for what is going to happen. Now, to wait till December for that one? How do I get to be a beta reader for this author so I can read it earlier? :-) Like I said, a fun summer read, with romance, but no real sex scenes, for those who prefer a more clean, yet realistic, romantic read.