Name: The Last Summer
Author: Brandy Bruce
For twenty-something Sara Witherspoon and her group of friends, a perfect Southern summer includes lake-house getaways, wedding planning, outdoor concerts, and a dash of romance. But for these seven friends who love each other like family, this year, summer rolls in with changes for everyone.
Sara’s longtime crush, Luke, has been her best friend for as long as she has been a part of the group. When Luke begins seriously dating another of their friends, Sara’s forced to deal with her hurt and jealousy, while outwardly try to support them both.
While Sara comes to terms with her own heart and her friends’ relationships, an unexpected handsome pilot from North Carolina and an old flame are thrown into the mix. Knowing her heart suddenly becomes much more complicated.
But as time unfolds and friendships begin to unravel, Sara and the others are presented with the reality of what a season of change does to old friendships and new love interests.
Does growing older mean growing apart?
I’m known to love pretty much every book I read. Not because I want to write a positive review, but because I genuinely love the stories I read and there are SO many talented authors out there. Now when I come across a story that I fall severely in love with, I have to let everyone know! This book was one of them. I. Could. Not. Put. It. Down. The flow of the story was fantastic, and the characters were so relatable. It was raw, it was real, it was painful, and it was full of so much emotion. It filled me with hope, and love while I read it. It also filled me with frustration! (Mainly because of the characters’ decisions ;P) I’m not going to mention anything specific about the story or the characters because I don’t want to give anything away!! I honestly did not know the direction the book was going to go. But Bruce has a way with writing that made me feel like I was living this story…and I really wanted to! It represented the difficulty in making life decisions and how we need to rely on God with the big ones. We so often want to take control of our lives and think we know what’s best, but in reality we need to learn to let go and let God do His thing. So if you need encouragement in that area of your life, please read this book!! Even if you don’t need that, read this book anyway because it’s sooooo good!!!
Thanks again to Brandy for sending me this book, I will definitely read it over and over ❤