After reading Charm School I put Susan Wiggs on my To Buy list. I am so glad I did. While the two books have nothing in common, both are very good. Even better Summer By the Sea has one of my all time favorite plot devices: lost or first loves reunited. There is just something about a second chance at love that gets me every time. I think, maybe, it gives me hope. (Let's just say I am keeping my fingers crossed... this time around.) Rosa in strong, loud and unabashedly Italian. Alex is a "summer person." Old money rich. Ms. Wiggs does a wonderful job of intertwining present day and past memories together to give the reader a full picture of their relationship. You see the early friendship, the young love, and the mature relationship. Yes, there are some Italian-American cliches, but they are stereotypes for a reason: they are very often real. And can I just say, if Alex were real he would be mine, all mine!
OK, I think that is enough for now. I will give ya more quickies soon. Look for some Rachel Morgan/Kim Harrison, an ARC (my first!!!), and Lord of Scoundrels. I didn't do that one yet, did I? Ugh. I really need my brain to start working again. I have to go back to school soon!