Book Review-Summer Girl: A Novel- Linda Watkins | Miki's Hope

Book Review-Summer Girl: A Novel- Linda Watkins

Monday, June 10, 2019

This book will grip your heart. It is the story of a boy and girl in the summer of 1965. First Love--. However it is not the usual book you will read--it is set in three sections--First you are told the story of Jake--Then the heartbreaking story of Andi (have tissues ready). They don't see each other after that summer but each affected the other's life profoundly.

Many years later they are both married to different people and both end up in that little town at the same time--does true love ever really die? I will leave it to you to decide.

At the very end a third party who has been disabled since that fateful summer-and watched the love play out between Jake and Andi thru his binoculars through his bedroom window. He was amazed that they were both back in town and it somehow gave him the strength to try to see if he too could walk among people again**(more tissues needed.) Which just goes to prove there is a rainbow at the end of every true love story--and not only for the lovers!!

A must read for EVERYONE in my opinion!!

About the Book: (from Amazon)

Winner of the 2018 FIRST PLACE AWARD in Chanticleer International Book Awards’ SOMERSET AWARDS!

From award-winning USA Today Bestselling Author, Linda Watkins, comes a story of love, loss, survival, and, most of all, hope.
>>>Does First Love, True Love, Ever Really Die?

Andi Martin asks herself that question as she sits on the porch of the Sloane Cottage, her mind flooded with memories of the summer of '65 and a boy, once loved, but never forgotten.

Jake Chambers is also on a collision course with the past as he returns to Cutter Island for the first time in more than a decade. And, as the ferry approaches the wharf, he finds his mind filled with thoughts of a summer long forgotten and a girl destined to haunt him forever.
>>>"A heartfelt story of a boy and a captivated my heart from beginning to end." ~Patricia Bell for READERS FAVORITE

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About the Author: (from Amazon)

Linda Watkins is the author of the multi-award-winning MATEGUAS ISLAND SERIES. She currently resides in Sedona, Arizona and, in another life, was a Senior Clinical Financial Analyst at Stanford University School of Medicine. In 2006, she packed her belongings and, along with her four rescue dogs, took the plunge and moved to a remote island off the coast of Maine. It was there that she wrote MATEGUAS ISLAND, which has garnered the following awards:

* 2014 Gold Medal, Supernatural Fiction, Readers Favorite International Book Award Competition
* 2014 First Place Award, Contemporary Gothic, Chanticleer Book Review, Paranormal Awards
* 2015 Outstanding Novel in Horror/Suspense, IAN Book of the Year Awards

The second novel in the series, RETURN TO MATEGUAS ISLAND, was also awarded a First Place in Contemporary Gothic Fiction in the 2015 Chanticleer Book Review’s Paranormal Awards and was named 2015 Finalist in Horror by Readers Favorite International Book Award Competition, and 2016 Finalist in Horror by the IAN Book of the Year Awards.

GHOSTS OF MATEGUAS, the third novel in the series, was published in early 2016 and, in 2017, was named "Finalist in Thrillers" in the Book Excellence Awards and "Finalist in Horror/Suspense" in the IAN Book of the Year Awards.

In addition to the MATEGUAS books, in 2017, Linda published a new stand-alone novel, SUMMER GIRL, and a novella, SARAH & ZOEY, A STORY ABOUT THE POWER OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.

Today, she is working on a new series of gothic fiction, THE KATE POMEROY MYSTERIES, the first installment of which she hopes to publish in late 2018. Also, on her agenda will be to write the fourth installment in THE MATEGUAS SERIES.

Serious about dog welfare and rescue, all net proceeds from sales of THE MATEGUAS ISLAND SERIES are donated to Linda's charitable trust, The Raison d'Etre Fund for Dogs, Dedicated to Rescue and Research.

Linda is a member of the Horror Writers Association, The Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers, The International Association of Crime Writers (N.A.), and the Authors Guild.

To take a look at her other works or communicate with her, please visit her website (, her blog where she posts book reviews and other features ( and/or her novel website, dedicated to the Mateguas Island Series (

Author's Website

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