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Awakening of the Summer

de Yorker Keith

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This romantic literary fiction represents a present-day pastoral story of a man and two sisters who go through intricate triple love-triangles during their summer vacation in a mountain resort.James, an economist at a Wall Street firm, takes a summer vacation at a hotel in Oberon Woods, New Hampshire, where he meets two beautiful sisters: Sophie, an editor of a law review magazine, and her younger sister, Kelly, a secretary at a museum. James is attracted by Sophie's intellectual beauty while he is infatuated with Kelly's ardent charm. But he finds out both women have their own boyfriends.James's pastime is oil painting. He begins painting a pastoral landscape of a lake near the hotel with the majestic Mount Washington in the background, adumbrating the green world. He decides to paint two additional pictures, one of Sophie and one of Kelly using the same scenery. He titles the three paintings the Summer Lake Series.David, an ambitious lawyer, visits Sophie. Their encounter ends in her mysterious near-drowning. James rescues her. Seeing his bravery, Kelly falls in love with him and becomes his lover. Sophie also falls for himâKelly finds this out.Steve, a son of a wealthy family, visits Kelly and proposes to her. She decides to return to Steve to give James to Sophie. Hearing about the relationship between Kelly and James, Steve rejects Kelly. She has a car accident but survives. Sophie, Kelly, and James reach an understanding that James is Kelly's lover.One evening at the hotel, there is a show opening of James's Summer Lake Series, attended by many hotel guests. James, Sophie, and Kelly become celebrities. They are all intoxicated with the fame. That night, while Kelly sleeps, James and Sophie end up making love.The following day, David and Steve visit the sisters again. Thus, the triple love-triangles continue, at the center of which James strives to make the situation best for both Sophie and Kelly, as dark secrets of each sister are revealed.… (més)
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I liked this novel and I could almost see the shore, the mountains, and Jame's painting. James had been warned to not get involved with a female as he was on a two week vacation, but then he met two lovely sisters on the beach. At times the novel dragged and it was slightly boring. ( )
  HOTCHA | Apr 9, 2019 |
If you seek a light romantic summer read, then this just may be the book for you. Frankly, I found the plot too far fetched to be believable. The pictorial settings were exquisitely described, yet the dialogue was rather stilted. The plot seemed more like a man's fantasy than a romance. There was an excessive number of typos and at times, awkward syntax. As for referring to this story as literary fiction, throwing in a few poems by Emily Dickinson just was not enough for me to call it such. This book could definitely benefit from some tighter editing.

I am grateful to author Yorker Keith and Goodreads First Reads for having provided a free copy of this book. Their generosity, however, did not influence this review - the words of which are mine alone. ( )
  KateBaxter | Jun 30, 2018 |
This is my honest review of "Awakening of the Summer." I received a free e-ARC from #NetGalley.

I finished the book, because it was an easy read. Throughout, though, I kept thinking that the dialogue sounded like something from the 50s or from a non-native speaker. It was strange to me, and it wasn't a difference between "American" English versus other Englishes. Since the story is set in the US, at a time when the characters are using cell phones, It wasn't set in the 50s, so I have no explanation. The other problem I had was that I just couldn't believe the sisters both giving up on the man they both loved. It felt like a man's fantasy - he gets to "have" both women, and when it is all over, everyone lives happily ever after. The conflict felt manufactured, like boxes were being checked off. I liked what the book said it was offering, but was disappointed when it did not deliver. ( )
  ptkpepe98 | Jun 11, 2018 |
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This romantic literary fiction represents a present-day pastoral story of a man and two sisters who go through intricate triple love-triangles during their summer vacation in a mountain resort.James, an economist at a Wall Street firm, takes a summer vacation at a hotel in Oberon Woods, New Hampshire, where he meets two beautiful sisters: Sophie, an editor of a law review magazine, and her younger sister, Kelly, a secretary at a museum. James is attracted by Sophie's intellectual beauty while he is infatuated with Kelly's ardent charm. But he finds out both women have their own boyfriends.James's pastime is oil painting. He begins painting a pastoral landscape of a lake near the hotel with the majestic Mount Washington in the background, adumbrating the green world. He decides to paint two additional pictures, one of Sophie and one of Kelly using the same scenery. He titles the three paintings the Summer Lake Series.David, an ambitious lawyer, visits Sophie. Their encounter ends in her mysterious near-drowning. James rescues her. Seeing his bravery, Kelly falls in love with him and becomes his lover. Sophie also falls for himâKelly finds this out.Steve, a son of a wealthy family, visits Kelly and proposes to her. She decides to return to Steve to give James to Sophie. Hearing about the relationship between Kelly and James, Steve rejects Kelly. She has a car accident but survives. Sophie, Kelly, and James reach an understanding that James is Kelly's lover.One evening at the hotel, there is a show opening of James's Summer Lake Series, attended by many hotel guests. James, Sophie, and Kelly become celebrities. They are all intoxicated with the fame. That night, while Kelly sleeps, James and Sophie end up making love.The following day, David and Steve visit the sisters again. Thus, the triple love-triangles continue, at the center of which James strives to make the situation best for both Sophie and Kelly, as dark secrets of each sister are revealed.

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