One Day in Summer, One Day, One Day in December… all great books with the premise of taking place on the same day or the same day every year or just a special day where a story began.
One Day in Summer is Agnetha McMaster’s birthday. She is turning 45 and her one day begins with breakfast in bed served by her twin daughters. (Skye and Isla are about 20 years old.) While eating her breakfast, Aggs notices the two girls have added a photo to a nearby frame. The picture is of Aggs at age 22 stretched out in a bikini on a shore in Malibu, far away from her home in Glasgow. What happened to that carefree girl she once was?
What happened on that one day in summer long ago?
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The summer long ago was a vacation for Agnetha and her best friend, Celeste. The plan was to travel in America until their money was gone or their Visas expired. Things change when they meet two young men Zac and Aaron. The girls move into Zac’s apartment and things are going great. In fact, Aggs and Aaron have a serious relationship. Serious, as in, a possible marriage.
Yet, the girls return to Glasgow. Aggs marries Mitchell and Celeste pursues a career. Aggs has the twins and everything is really perfect. Until Mitchell’s success as a lawyer entices Celeste back into their lives. And them bam, Aggs and Mitchell divorce and he marries Celeste!
What a tangled mess this becomes, of course.
Now, I must tell you about the style of this book. Part of the charm of this book is the way the story unfolds. It begins at 8 am and the events of a two-hour span are told from the point of view of Agnetha or Celeste or Mitchell. Some of those chapters tell the story of Aggs and Celeste during their summer in the USA.
And intertwined with these stories is the story of Hope. Hope is a young woman that was adopted as an infant and has found information that may lead to finding her biological father. But, back to the one day…
As the one day in summer continues you will discover that Aggs is being pampered by all her friends for a surprise party later in the evening. You also will find that she has joined a grief group due to the deaths of her parents and met a man there she fancies.
You will also learn just what a manipulative, scheming person Celeste was and how she creates drama everywhere. You will find Aggs to be a selfless person that always thinks of others and has a low self-esteem even though she is quite beautiful to her friends. Her daughters are completely different. Mitchell (Agg’s husband) is a busy lawyer that rarely stops working. And, have I mentioned how awful Celeste is?
Somehow all these characters will come together on this one day in the life of Aggs. Don’t forget that Hope might be part of this story, too! I really enjoyed this book. I give it 4 stars- it kept me reading because I couldn’t wait to see how this one day in summer ended. Definitely try this one- it’s a fun read with characters you will love (except for Celeste)!
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My rating system: 5 stars means perfection- the book was written well, held my attention, and I did not want it to end. 4 stars- the book was really good, but I had questions or concerns about parts of it. This might include the way it ended. 3 stars- the book was okay, but I just didn’t like it much. 2 stars- I skimmed most of it. 1 star- I could not finish it.