Image of Sailing Lessons: A Novel


Image of Sailing Lessons: A Novel

If you are a fan of sisterhood-themed beach reads by Nancy Thayer and Elin Hilderbrand, then McKinnon’s latest engaging standalone needs to go on your summer to-be-read list. Told in multiple points of view, Sailing Lessons is a heartfelt and well-written read that has well-developed characters. The story has relatable sibling and parental dynamics where each member is going through their own crisis and experiencing personal growth. The story flows smoothly as McKinnon interjects wonderful descriptions about Cape Cod life amongst the drama. Readers that enjoy beach reads with a gorgeous setting and ones overflowing with family drama, will want to give Sailing Lessons a look.

Wrenn Bailey and her sisters, Shannon and Piper, have grown up with a fair-weather father, who has drifted in and out of their lives for years. That is until one day when he stopped coming back to Cape Cod for good. Now, twenty years later, their father is back, and he’s been given the terminal diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Their father wants to make things up with them before it’s too late. Each sister responds to their father’s return in their own way. Will each sister be able to forgive their father and find closure before the summer ends? (ATRIA, Jun., 384 pp., $28.00)

Reviewed by: 
Susannah Balch