The Summer I Dared by Barbara Delinsky {52 Books in a Year}

My goal is to read 52 books in 2012.  Good or bad, as I read, I will be reviewing the books here.  Be sure to leave a comment and tell me about your favorite books!

The Summer I Dared by Barbara Delinsky

(Book overview found on

On Big Sawyer island, life is as steady as the routine of the lobstermen who leave with the tide each morning and return with their haul each night. But for forty-year-old New Yorker Julia Bechtel, life and what’s important in it are about to be forever altered when she survives a terrible boat accident en route to the island. Now, in the company of her aunt and daughter, Julia finds herself feeling strangely connected to the tragedy’s other survivors — Noah, a divorced lobsterman, and Kim, a young woman rendered mute since her rescue — and newly outraged at the state of her marriage to a domineering man. Seeing the world with new eyes, Julia vows to embrace life with all of its joys and uncertainties. And the journey begins on Big Sawyer….


The Summer I DaredThe Summer I Dared by Barbara Delinsky

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a typical “disgruntled urban trophy wife who journeys to the coast on her own to discover herself” kind of novel. The plot was totally predictable:
1. Women feels unloved, unappreciated, suspects husbands infidelity
2. Women goes on vacation ALONE to rediscover herself
3. Women falls in love with local
4. Women uncovers truth about husbands affair.
5. Women divorces husband.
6. Women marries local and lives happily ever after.
So why 4 stars if it was so predictable? I normally would have given 3 Because it was exactly what I expected with this story. Nothing impressive, nothing surprising. I gave it 4 stars because it was set in Maine and I LOVE Maine. The town and the setting were perfectly described and all the information about Lobstering was well researched and well presented.
If youre looking for a great summer beach read…this is it. If you looking for intellectual fodder…seek elsewhere!

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