Review: Mystic Summer by Hannah McKinnon

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.

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Wedding Bells, Drama Hell.

As we are transported to the Boston streets, and then directly plopped onto a train and let loose on the Mystic shore, we learn a lot about some of our gals: Erika, Maggie, Jane, and Peyton are the stars of the show, and they’re bringing their leading guys with them!  Everyone is holding onto some secrets, some resentments, and of COURSE some wedding day jitters!  For so many reasons, this book needs to be on your radar, so let’s discuss that…

Listen To Your Heart.

Without saying too much, I must tell you this book resonated personally with me due to an issue that is dealt with in a  rather large capacity throughout the novel.  Also, I must let you know that I fell HARD for one of the guys in the book, Cameron.  He is just absolutely an amazing guy, who has been through the ringer!  The ladies in the novel also really are flawed, and they are living proof that friendships can withstand anything if they are MEANT to.  Additionally, Jane and Maggie’s family.. they are rockstars.  I loved the role that they play, and the scenes where we get to see what it was like for Maggie to grow up in good ol’ Mystic, Connecticut!  

But here’s the great part about Hannah McKinnon, her writing is both soulful and beautiful, with lines like “That’s the trouble with memories.  Whether they are painted in soft strokes by a watercolor brush across a canvas or are written in the dreamy teenage scrawl of a best friend who holds a secret: they fade over time, but their imprint lasts.” you just FEEL so much of what not only her characters are going through, but what you can relate to that line, that moment of the story.  This story deals with love, loss, job satisfaction, family, and tragedy, and it does it all wonderfully.  My only qualm is it wasn’t long ENOUGH!  It was wonderful, and I absolutely can not wait for more from this author!  

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