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"The Summer Children" by Dot Hutchison
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I enjoyed the book and think the author writes very well. It was strange that Kennedy who is no longer in her twenties suddenly found herself attracted to a tall, lean & sexy butch in uniform, when her type used to be more feminine & "smaller" women . I found that one did not get to know Brynn very well. Her feelings are also excluded in the story because its written from the perspective of Kennedy. I also found Kennedy's decision to change her life so quickly and completely for love unbelievable. One also would have liked more in-depth information on the supporting characters as they really sound interesting. So many lesbians in a small town in Alaska is also a bid questionable.
After every said, it was an easy & good read and I will recommend it to readers who like a sweet & uncomplicated love story & who are attracted to tall, lean and sexy "butches" in uniform.
This author is better than quite a few other authors in this genre. At least her work is well editted & she has a talent for writing
Celebrity journalist, Kennedy Wells is relegated to Alaska to do a piece on deep-sea fishing for an outdoors magazine as a result of a past indiscretion. She is all gorgeous and glamorous and looking to get in and out of Alaska as quickly as possible. On her first day she meets Ranger Brynn Coleman who is the quintessential tall, dark and handsome leading lady. Brynn is capable and gallant. The only things she is missing is the suit of armor and white horse. Kennedy is completely out of her element in Alaska, but Brynn comes to her aide time and again and introduces Kennedy to the beauty and contentment of a simpler life in rural Alaska. Kennedy is immediately drawn to Brynn, but Brynn tries to keep things platonic until she can’t. The question is, can this city girl find her happiness north of the lower 48?
The descriptive prose Bryan conjures up paints an Alaska that this city girl is dying to explore. The book is full of supporting characters that are each distinctive, which isn’t always the case. The dialogue is natural while making both Kennedy and Brynn very relatable despite the fact that they are almost polar opposites. Oh, and there is the best pet I have ever found in the pages of a romance.
The book is told in the first person, past tense from Kennedy’s point of view. I generally don’t care for first person narration, but Bryant made this feel natural and I didn’t feel like I was shorted on learning about Brynn’s character. There is something about this pair that transcends most characters I have encountered. They are perfectly imperfect, but they make a wonderful matched set.
I love this book and highly recommend it. I plan on reading everything in this author’s body of work.
I was given an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
That leads to my two biggest gripes. The first being the length of the book is pretty short and the second that they fall in love in 2-3 weeks. Everything seemed rush. My favorite book of hers so far is Taste, and that’s because she did so well with more of a slow burn relationship. Even if these two did get to know each other by a lot of conversations, Kennedy being there for only two weeks made me feel like everything is headed toward Lesbian U-hauling. And conversations between the two weren’t fleshed out to help with that feeling. Brynn and Laura had a relationship once and Kennedy asks about it but gets no further details on why it didn’t work out. Brynn basically avoids the question….I’m still curious!!
I personally wish that Kris Bryant ventures out into a territory that she hasn’t gone to yet. Supernatural? Unique tragedy? Sci-Fi? I think it would help to go outside the box that her books have geared toward.