Published by HQN Books on May 18, 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Family Life, Fiction, Friendship, Marriage & Divorce, Women, Romance
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“The ultimate road-trippin’ beach read and just what we all need after the long lockdown.” —Booklist, STARRED REVIEW for THE SUMMER SEEKERS
“The Summer Seekers is the ultimate road trip book.”—Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Get swept into a summer of sunshine, soul-searching and shameless matchmaking with this delightfully bighearted road-trip adventure by USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan!
Kathleen is eighty years old. After she has a run-in with an intruder, her daughter wants her to move into a residential home. But she’s not having any of it. What she craves—what she needs—is adventure.
Liza is drowning in the daily stress of family life. The last thing she needs is her mother jetting off on a wild holiday, making Liza long for a solo summer of her own.
Martha is having a quarter-life crisis. Unemployed, unloved and uninspired, she just can’t get her life together. But she knows something has to change.
When Martha sees Kathleen’s advertisement for a driver and companion to share an epic road trip across America with, she decides this job might be the answer to her prayers. She's not the world's best driver, but anything has to be better than living with her parents. And traveling with a stranger? No problem. Anyway, how much trouble can one eighty-year-old woman be?
As these women embark on the journey of a lifetime, they all discover it's never too late to start over…
I’ve really enjoyed every Sarah Morgan book that I’ve read, and The Summer Seekers was no exception. Focusing on an 80-year-old mother and her only child, with a nice helping of a 25-year-old woman who comes along for the literal ride, this novel was heartfelt, emotional, fun, and a fantastic road trip novel all in one.
Kathleen is finding life boring in her old age, and she’s yearning for the adventure that she had when she was younger, hosting a travel television show called The Summer Seekers. Since Kathleen was out of the country for work adventures, daughter Liza grew up with her father and quickly took the roll of nurturer of the family. While her mother is fun and feisty, Liza is very serious and does everything for her family. When Kathleen encounters an intruder in her cottage in the middle of the night–and promptly takes care of the situation with a frying pan–she realizes that she needs to go on a road trip to feel young again, and to put off her daughter trying to have her move to a retirement home. And that’s where Martha comes in, needing a job and to get away from England as fast as possible to escape her parents and her ex-husband.
While Kathleen and Martha fly to America for a road trip down Route 66, exposing both of them to a country they don’t really know as well as memories and feelings neither wanted to acknowledge, Liza finally has had enough of doing everything for her husband and two teenaged daughters, so she finally takes some time to herself at her mother’s cottage in the country. All three women are running from their problems, hoping these new experiences will make everything in their life good again.
As they make their way down Route 66, I really enjoyed their visits to places that I know and love–from their start in Chicago, then through Joliet down to Pontiac. It was great seeing some familiar places in Kathleen and Martha’s travels. Kathleen, Liza, and Martha all get their own point of view chapters, giving so much more insight into their lives, struggles, and emotions.
I give The Summer Seekers a 4.5 out of 5. The scenery and places they visit was like a secondary character in this novel, and it was nice to go on their trip with them. All three women really go through a journey from unhappy in the beginning, growing into so much more by the end. The characters were sympathetic and realistic while the relationships between them and their families was very familiar. The Summer Seekers is the perfect summer get away book, or read it to make you feel as if you’d gone on a trip yourself.
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About Sarah Morgan
USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy, contemporary romance and women’s fiction, and her trademark humor and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. Described as “a magician with words” by RT Book Reviews, she has sold more than eleven million copies of her books. She was nominated three years in succession for the prestigious RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America and won the award three times: once in 2012 for Doukakis’s Apprentice, in 2013 for A Night of No Return and in 2017 for Miracle on 5th Avenue. She also won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award in 2012 and has made numerous appearances in their Top Pick slot. As a child, Sarah dreamed of being a writer, and although she took a few interesting detours along the way, she is now living that dream. Sarah lives near London, England, with her husband and children, and when she isn’t reading or writing, she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying.
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