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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rayo; First Edition edition (May 28, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060009802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060009809
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,756,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

On her way to a wake in Coral Gables from her Miami Beach home one July evening, 35-year-old Margarita Solana savors her purchase of a new black dress with practical joie de vivre. Margarita has the proverbial everything: she enjoys a successful career as an immigration lawyer and a good marriage to a handsome, successful self-made Cuban lawyer who adores her; their life in the upper-class Cuban-American enclave is enviably comfortable. The only question troubling her is whether she should resume her career now that she's reaching the end of parental leave following the birth of her son. Her husband, Ariel, and her mother are encouraging her to have another child, but what does she truly want? Things heat up when Luther Simmonds, her gorgeous, Anglo college boyfriend and first love reappears, intent on winning her back. Even after a visit to her psychic, Margarita can't decide whether to change her life, but soon questions about adultery and other moral choices are inevitable. Meanwhile, her best girlfriendsVivian, an attorney, and Anabel, an architectare facing decisions of their own. Garcia-Aguilera perfectly captures the conflicts of these cosseted Cuban-American women. Her tongue-in-cheek humor enlivens the situations she describes with intimate familiarity, and she treads gently around other aspects of the exile experience (including the Eliùn Gonzalez case). Despite Margarita's emotional conflicts, the outcome is never seriously in doubt, but no matter, it's how she reaches it that provides this zesty tale with its sparkle. Garcia-Aguilera's Miami sleuth, Lupe Solano (Havana Heat and Bitter Sugar), has won her the Flamingo and Shamus Awards. By sticking to a world she knows well, the author has produced another crowd pleaser.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

The Cuban-born author of the popular "Lupe Solano" mystery series here makes a foray into contemporary romance with disappointing results. Living in Miami, successful Cuban American lawyer Margarita inexplicably threatens her admittedly wonderful life with her Cuban American husband and their young son for a tryst with her "American" (i.e., not Cuban) college flame, who wants her to leave her husband and marry him. Margarita also has to decide whether to return to work after a yearlong leave of absence to spend more time with her son. Her husband and mother think that she should stay at home and have more children, but Margarita has worked hard to become a partner and doesn't want to throw her law career away. This book is often laugh-out-loud ridiculous, with unbelievable plotting straight out of a daytime soap opera. In addition to frequent references to Margarita's gas-guzzling Cadillac Escalade and designer clothes, barely a page goes by without a reference to Cuba or something Cuban. Although the characters are Cuban American, these references often seem gratuitous and overstated; the author's opinions on the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Eli n Gonzales ordeal, for instance, have no bearing on the story and seem particularly out of place in this romance. Not an essential purchase, though there may be demand. Samantha J. Gust, Niagara Univ. Lib., NY
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Carolina Garcia-Aguilera is a Cuban-born American writer. She has written ten novels including the Lupe Solano mystery series. Her latest novel is Magnolia.
Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the United States when she was 10. She went to Miss Porters in Farmington, CT for high school, before graduating from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, with B.A. in history and political science.
She became a Private Investigator in 1986 with a goal of writing a series featuring a female Cuban-American P.I. based in Miami. Garcia-Aguilera is the author of ten books, seven in the Lupe Solano series.
She lives in Miami Beach with her three daughters and four dogs.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I had "One Hot Summer" on my Books to Read list for so long, I bought it ready to enjoy a quick beach read while on vacation. I don't know what I was thinking when I included this book on my list because it wasn't a good beach read. It wasn't a good book for anything.
To summarize, Margarita Solana is a successful lawyer and loving mother that has to decide if she's going back to work after her year of absence ends or if she'll remain a stay-at-home mom to her 3-year-old son. First of all, this woman was rarely at home. She employed a woman that worled as maid, cook and nanny. Margarita drove around Miami in her too-big SUV dining with friends as shallow as her, exploring an affiar with her college boyfriend, and grappling with her overbearing mother and sexist husband. In short, she is a spoiled woman that uses her parents exile from Cuba and her family background as an excuse for every unlikeable quality she has.
The story is supposed to be about Margarita and her life during three months. Instead of sticking to that, the author gets preachy with Cuban American issues, reviews Miami's hot spots, and tries a subplot involving one of Margarita's friends that comes about suddenly, then ends with no explanation.
Summer can't end fast enough.
I didn't hate the book. I didn't like it, but I didn't hate it either. It took me until Vivian, Margarita's friend, broke her news to actually like the book and care how things turned out, but was dissappointed with how the author handled that story. I view it as "poor little rich girl" and had no empathy for anyone except Marti, Margarita's son. He's a little boy that's paid attention to only when his parents feel guilty. How wonderful (typed with great sarcasm).
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
There's nothing suprising in this book...the plot is predictable and the characters are stereotypes. Instead of reading a romance/mystery as it was advertised you get a dissertation on Miami Cubans...how they like their coffee, thier booze, their cars, their food, how they feel about Elian and Castro (as if we couldn't guess) and on and on. Even when the author stuck to the plot it was passable at best. My advice...pass of this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Whitney on July 23, 2002
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Carolina Garcia- Aguilera's newest book,One Hot Summer is luke warm. It does not have the rich , loveable characters that her Lupe Solano books offer. There is no likeable or interesting character in ther book to cheer for.Margarita, the main character, is not really believeable as a old rich Cuban, well placed successful lawyer. She has two dippy friends that are not really well developed in the story. Margarite hates her mother and has little use for anyone else.She is self centered. Her lover Luther, a New York lawyer, is supposed to have learned Spainsh as an adult and now is in Cuban Miami speaking Spanish without any accent, get real. The only good guy in the book is her husband, but he is a rather bland person, a hard working lawyer working so many hours on his no win, no money case that he doesn't notice his wife's fooling around.The ending is as if the author discovered she had written the required number of pages, being also so bored with this book that she just ended the book as quickly as possible without much thought.If Margarite's husband was truely a self made man, hot shot lawyer, macho Cuban husband, he would never have accepted Carolinas ending. The book appears to be a rushed work with little research or planning and developement of it's characters. I feel that Carolina Garcia-Aguilera is too good of an author to turn out this kind of "beach reading" book. I was dissapointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Not a lot of substance to this book or any of the characters, which would be acceptable if the book was funny or had some kind of redeeming entertainment value, but it doesn't. I absolutely loathed the main character, a manipulative, one-dimensional, shallow, self-absorbed ninny, more obsessed with dining in four star restaurants and her designer clothes than in her family, her friends or her job.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Although Garcia-Aguilera captured the funkiness and steaminess of Miami in her story, this book was full of characters that I could not like. In fact, I loathed Margarita -- she is spoiled, boring, and to borrow a term from another reviewer, a "ninny!" I didn't care what happened to her or any other of the characters, except perhaps her husband and her son (though we don't really know much about either of them). Miami itself was the most interesting part of a boring book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
As a BIG fan of this author, having read ALL of her earlier works, I was greatly disappointed in this book. The plot was thin to non-existant. It was a struggle to continue reading, but I persisted hoping it would get interesting with the next turn of the page. As I read I had the feeling that the author had struggled as much in writing as I was in reading. In her future books I hope she will go back to the themes she has had so much success with in the past. They all were interesting and fun to read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Imperial Topaz on October 20, 2003
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The cover on this book was unfortunate. Why ? The skimpy bathing suit implies light (airhead) reading to me. Yet this book is not only fun, but surprisingly MEATY, with a lot of serious issues to think about. Don't let the cover put you off.
I picked up the book expecting a continuing saga of the Lupe Solano series (private investigator in Miami), but soon found that the main character was a different woman, a partner in a Miami law firm. Once I got over that initial disappointment, I was more than pleasantly surprised. The book is about a happily married woman whose former boyfriend arrives in town, and the consternation caused when he tries to get her to leave her husband. The main character is pulled into a quagmire. The BEST part is the ABSOLUTELY SATISFYING ENDING with how she gets herself OUT of this quagmire, in a way that leaves you REALLY admiring the heroine.
Suffice it to say that my turn in our bookclub is coming up, and this is the book I will be choosing ! After reading two books by this author, I plan to read every book of hers that I can get my hands on.
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