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: 9781335468321
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Edition description: Original
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 194
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(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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Sisters of Summer's End 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Amanda-Novel-Addiction 3 days 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 9 days 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
Born2Read 1 days 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 1 days 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 2 days 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 2 days 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 3 days ago
Great+story.++++I+loved+it.++Lots+to+personally+relate+to+my+life.
Anonymous 3 days ago
Love her stories.
Janeen 6 days 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 7 days ago
It+was+fun+to+go+back+to+the+RV+Park+and+catch+up+with+everyone.+I+loved+it
NhaughtyV 7 days 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!
Jen1234 8 days ago
This is another home run for Lori Foster! This is the second book in the series. You will fall in love with the characters and most of them are from the first book Cooper’s Charm. I loved the way Joy and Royce have an instant connection and the way he bonds with her boy, Jack, is very special. I also love how the community has a great role in the story and you can really see that the rest of this series is going to be a big hit as the first two books. It’s a perfect love story that you can’t put down until you finish reading it. I can’t wait to read the next one. I received an ARC from NetGalley and this is my honest review.
Cali-Jewel 8 days ago
Truly heartwarming, emotionally engaging, sweetly sexy and engaging journey filled with intriguing and wonderfully written charters. This story pulls you and and sits you down for a beautifully lazy and highly entertaining good time. Loved this adventure and the charters I got to know along the way.
LMDH98 8 days ago
I have been a fan of Lori Foster for years. I love her alpha heroes and her strong female characters. this series is different from some of Lori's other series but still good. Sisters of Summers End was an easy read. Joy is a divorced single mom from a wealthy family. She knows that money can't buy happiness and that sometimes friends that you choose make the best families. Joy and Maris are from different upbringings but learn to trust again in themselves and each other which leads them into outing themselves out there and both finding love. It was a good quick read. Great book to read while traveling.
rc1836 8 days ago
HEA all around Sisters of Summers End is the second book in Lori Foster’s RV vacation setting of Cooper’s Charm. While there are crossovers of the characters this book reads well as a stand alone story. I loved this book for so many different reasons. The friendships built between Joy and Maris, two women from very different backgrounds, the family of choice the employees of Cooper Charm made, adorable Jake, and the 2 romances between Joy and Royce and Maris and Daron. It was satisfying to watch as the 4 main characters evolved into stronger multi faceted versions of themselves. This book was a joy to read from the very first page to the final sentence of the book. I received an advance reader copy via Netgalley.
sm0120 8 days ago
Sisters of Summer’s End was a feel good, light-hearted addition to the Summer Resort series. I’m still on a quest to find a real Cooper’s Charm so I can pack up and move, because how awesome would it be to live and work in a place like that?!? Granted, you’d probably get tired after a while of being in such close quarters with your coworkers, but the friendships you’d make would be worth it! That’s one of my favorite things about this story- the friendship that developed between Joy and Maris. It was nice that it was just as much of a focus of the story as the romances between Joy & Royce and Maris & Daron. Neither Joy nor Maris were in any hurry to get involved romantically, but when they found themselves doing just that, they had each other there for support, guidance, and their own personal cheering section. I loved the persistance of Royce and Daron, and appreciated how they knew just when to push and when to pull back. I really enjoyed how Ms. Foster integrated the two storylines together, everything flowed so well, without any awkwardness as the points of views changed. Joy and Maris's stories mirrored each other, even with their differences. Joy, the single mom whose sole focus is making sure her son has the best upbringing possible, and Maris, whose past has colored everything about her present. These two were such strong ladies, and I just loved their friendship.
boclairedesigns 8 days ago
What a great story of who makes up a family. It's not only the blood that's shared, and sometimes the friendships forged from similar circumstances and understanding result in bonds stronger than blood. Maris comes from a poor and neglected background while Joy comes from influential people with great wealth. They bond over current situations where they've both learned to stand on their own, without help or support. In their current jobs at Coopers RV Resort they forge a new friendship being each other's sounding board and in matters of life and love. They learn to support each other, and give opinions to help each other see the complete picture. Along the way there are bumps and they learn how to weather them and that "we all get by with a little help from our friends." Lori Foster has hit this one out of the ballpark, in my opinion. I hated for the story to end and would recommend it to all her fans and new readers. Although part of a series, this can be read as a standalone story. I received an ARC eBook from the publisher and Net Galley for my honest review.
kimjda 8 days ago
4 big stars for this amazingly sweet read! No one does romance better than Lori Foster! Sisters of Summers End is packed full of everything that is classic Lori. Both Joy and Royce have plans and none of those plans include the opposite sex. Keeping things simple and doing what they need to do to get what they think they need/want is all the two of them think about. Sometimes though, life sends a gift that can't be ignored. I loved Jack! He's sweet and lovable and full of energy. Everything a small boy should be. And dont even get me started on the fuzzy critter we get to meet. I loved Joy's spunk and determination to make her own way, to become her own person. The fact that she found the courage to explore with Royce made me like her even more. Royce is so sigh worthy. From the second he realized Joy is more to him, he doesn't hesitate to be Joy's knight. The story shows us what can be found and appreciated if you just take a moment to open up to the people around you. The friendship between Maris and Joy was sweet to watch develop and turn into family of choice. I also loved the secondary story between Daren and Maris. Sisters of Summers End will keep you flipping pages and sighing out loud. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review this book.
JuliaAD 8 days ago
I just love going back to Cooper's Charm where everyone is family. Joy has devoted all her time and attention to her son, Jack. That is until the new drive-in owner shows up. Royce bought the drive-in and is hoping to get his life together - unencumbered. But, when Joy and Jack enter his life, he starts to rethink that plan. Joy and Maris have become close friends, like sisters. So after Maris encourages Joy to go after Royce, Joy encourages Maris to go after the man, Daron, who has been chasing Maris for a long time. It is time for both of them to find their happiness. Can they let go of their past heartaches and look to the future?
JustNicole 8 days ago
Sisters of Summers End is the second book in the Summer’s Resort series, written by the wonderful author, Lori Foster. I have really enjoyed Foster’s stories as she has an amazing way with words! She knows how to write a great multi-person POV story without making it confusing. The storyline flows so well and you get to meet more of the tenants (as well as newcomer, Royce) of the Cooper’s Charm Vacation Park! This one mostly focuses mostly on single mom, Joy Lee, and her adorable little boy, Jack. It also begins the deeper friendship of Joy and Maris, the owner of the little store at the park. This is a wonderful love story as well as an understanding and healing of family. There is some drama, heat, romance, heartbreak, love and healing in this story…in other words…PERFECTION! I love the setting in the Sisters of Summers End… Lori Foster has developed this incredible little community so vividly that I want to move there now! I loved this book so much! It gives you all the feels and at the end, you just sigh and then wonder when the next book in the series will be in front of you. I give this 5 stars and totally recommend it!
Madm007 8 days ago
This!! This was just so much more than a romance. Started out very family oriented at a beautiful campground, and I couldn't help but fall in love with the area and the ideals of what a campground could be. Joy with son, Jack, has lived and worked here for years, enter Royce, new guy in area running the drive-in, and there's chemistry. A lot of baggage on both sides, a lot of uncertainty, to taking some very big steps forward. Maris, owner of Summer's End and Daron, maintenance engineer, have known each other a long time and the chemistry is there also, but it's laughable the ends that Maris goes to denying it all. Until she doesn't. Through this all, Maris and Joy find deep friendship, what sister of the heart truly means and sharing everything LoL. Bonus when Royce finds and keeps Chaos, adding to the awww factor of kids and puppies. The 2nd in a series, stand alone, started out a smidge slow for me, but necessary, to get all the feels and depth of this dual romance. Such an emotionally happy ending.
Anonymous 9 days ago
It’s another book with two true love stories inside!! I love it when Lori Foster can make two love stories happen in one book and yet you don’t feel like anything is missing from either story. Both of these ladies have had to fight for something in their past to bring them to be the strong independent women they are today. Joy wasn’t too hard of a nut to crack, she’s stubborn but she has to be. She has a son to raise by herself, or so she thinks you see Coopers Charm is full of non-blood related family she just hasn’t figured that out yet. I love how Lori Foster always creates family out of friends in all of her books, because honestly isn’t that how it really is in real life? Jack her son is amazing, and adorable, and kind. He really takes to everyone who lives at the RV Park, and I loved that. I loved how he thought the park’s swing set was his own even though it was for the RV Park. Royce was a delight and not just because he had instant chemistry with Joy, but because he connected with Jack. He came to Jack’s level, he treated him with respect. I think he won me over right there. Maris we met in a previous book (you don’t need to read that one to read this one) and she is an enigma. She works from sun up to sun down, with no down time. Daron keeps trying to insert himself into her space and distract her with his charming smile, and flirtatious attitude but she won’t let it work. I think that their relationship may have been a little more interesting than Royce and Joy just because they were more explosive. I liked that Daron was completely respectful of all of boundaries that Maris set up even when Maris wanted to go back on the deal. I felt bad for Maris’s background but she grew from it and learned and that’s the most anyone can do. The girl power and friends club is the best in this book, maybe one of the better ones Lori Foster has created. There is a scene and I don’t want to do too many spoilers but someone tells someone they love them with their best girlfriend there. I literally laughed out loud because the scene is hilarious. It’s almost like these two are kindred spirits.
arubaqueen 9 days ago
Such a bonus in this book! We get to go back to Cooper's Charm, catch up on old friends and get 2 romances in one! Joy is a single mom to Jack and Maris runs the camp store and restaurant. Neither has dated in years and stay too busy to live for themselves. But they become fast friends who help each other fill the void of friendship. When Royce buys the drive-in next door to the RV park the sparks between he and Joy are undeniable. Then they rescue a dog and she sees how incredibly wonderful he is with Jack and she starts to fall. When her past makes a visit it's the strength she gets from Royce and Maris that help her work through it and get to her HEA. While Maris is encouraging Joy, she in return points out to Maris that Daron, the camp handyman, is a great match for her and helps her to work around the issues she has with relationships and priorities to find that she can have everything she's wanted! I read an ARC and am voluntarily leaving my review.
paulalala09 9 days ago
Royce and Joy. Daron and Maris. Falling in love can be a tricky thing especially if you are not quite sure you are ready for it. But, then again, whoever is ready? Love happens for Royce and Joy-both burnt by things that have happened in their lives. The same is true for Maris who finds she cannot continue to resist Daron. This is such a cute story melding differing personalities into friendship and love at an RV park. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
gdsnv 9 days ago
Love and family don’t have to start with a blood relation; they can also be what you make of ‘em. If there is one thing that jumped out at me when I read SoSE it was that Cooper’s Charm is a place to work, to meet, to love and to heal. All of these things make the folks who live and work here family. It’s not always by blood, but always with their hearts. Although we were introduced to Joy Lee and Maris Kennedy in the first book – no worries, this is truly a standalone but previous characters weave in and out of the story – this is the first time we are able to understand their backgrounds and their personalities. And yeah, both have smexy stories. Joy has a meet/disaster with Royce (when you read it, it will make you laugh) that is like throwing gasoline on a fire and they hit it off, sort of, from the start. Both have major issues with their own lives but as always happens, they are better and stronger together than they are apart. My heart often broke for these two but their chemistry is off the charts. In their story, my favorite characters are Jack, Joy’s young son, and Chaos the dog. OMG, I can’t begin to describe how these two will steal your heart. And as is sometimes the case, these two little ones teach the grownups a thing or two about acceptance and love. Maris has been an enigma, not only to me as a reader but to the folks around her at Cooper’s Charm. She was closed off – friendly, super on top of things – but she didn’t really open herself up to anyone. During the story, she and Joy become close, like “sisters”, and the interactions are most often hilarious. Daron works at the resort, too, and has been in – let’s say – lust with Maris for a long time. She, however, won’t give him the time of day. There are misconceptions and misunderstandings and an age difference but how they work it all out is so much fun to read. Loved Daron, too. I guess what stuck with me the most is the way these characters all pulled together and were “there” for one another, no matter what the issue was. Some surprises thrown in the mix but all of ‘em really were terrific to read. Can’t wait to see if there are more folks hanging around Cooper’s Charm so we can get a peek into their lives.