I am thoroughly enamoured with this story. It is well thought out and well written. Despite being written using flashbacks through the first part of the book, it flows well. The story brings a wide range of emotions and deals with love separated by time because of misunderstanding and others’ machinations.
It is easy to forget what it feels like to be 17. One misinterpreted statement or situation is enough to cause a lover’s quarrel. Imagine that someone behind the scenes could manipulate that situation to break both lovers’ hearts.
Should the expectations of your family’s class (inner-circle), dictate behavior? Maura thinks so, especially after she believes her childhood ‘everything’ broke her heart. The truth is, she is afraid of turning her back on the familiar to have no one left.
This story definitely underscores the fact that the exceptionally wealthy can sometimes play by their own rules and pay their way to anything they want, including an extended sense of entitlement. Maura doesn’t think this way. She never has and neither did her grandfather. When beach access, for the locals, is threatened, Maura is behind the scenes helping the opposition. (Baby steps)
As Maura’s last summer at the beach progresses it is as page-turning as it is frustrating to see whether Maura leaves her world of privilege, goes to law school in Michigan, or works things out with Nate. You don’t want to miss the revelations once certain truths are uncovered and what Maura finally decides to do.