THE SUMMER GIRLS
It’s a common women’s fiction setup, where four very different women find friendship and strength in their bond to withstand tragedy, that fuels this novel. The highlight is a subplot about a wild dolphin with which Carson forges a connection. Readers who’ve enjoyed the conservationist and animal-activist aspects of Monroe’s previous books will enjoy this one as well.
The invitation from their grandmother comes at the perfect time for the three Muir girls: Carson’s newly out of a job, Dora’s newly out of a husband and Harper’s newly sick of her stifling society life. But little do they know that Marietta Muir’s plans for their last summer vacation at Sea Breeze include unearthing some dark family secrets, and it will take all their strength and each other to heal. (GALLERY, Jul., 400 pp., $16.00)