Review: Mystic Summer by Hannah McKinnon

A chance run-in with a college boyfriend puts a young woman’s picture-perfect life in perspective in this warm-hearted and lyrical novel—from the author of The Lake Season.

Since finishing graduate school, Maggie Griffin has worked hard to build an enviable life in Boston. She’s an elementary school teacher in a tony Boston suburb, a devoted sister, and a loving aunt. With her childhood best friend’s wedding quickly approaching and her own relationship blossoming, this is the summer she has been waiting for.

But when Maggie’s career is suddenly in jeopardy, her life begins to unravel. Stricken, Maggie returns home to seaside Mystic, Connecticut, where she expects to find comfort in family and familiarity. Instead, she runs into Cameron Wilder, a young man from her past who has also returned home, and whose life has taken a turn that puts Maggie’s city struggles in harsh perspective. When tragedy strikes for Cameron, Maggie is faced with big decisions as she weighs what matters most and strives to stay true to the person she’s become.

Set against the gorgeous backdrop of a New England summer when past and present collide, Mystic Summer is a gorgeous novel about looking back, moving forward, and the beauty that blooms when fate intervenes.

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*** 3 Star Read ***

Second chance stories are always those reads some of us either love or or dislike. This one fell right dab in the middle for me. I liked it. It was an easy read. It didn't move too fast or too slow and it wasn't cheesy. There is enough "real life" in this one to keep the story completely interesting.

This was my first Hannah McKinnon book. I would not be adverse to reading another by her. Her characters are well-developed. Her plot development flows seamlessly. I sat and read this book with much interest, anticipating the ending.

This is the perfect book for a beach read. Tuck into your beachbag, lounge out by the water and read it from start to finish. It's one of those light, not overly emotional reads you can just sit back and read in a few hours.