Title: Summer of Georgie
Author: Kerry Crisley
Publisher: Lazy Sunday Books
Publication Date: December 2, 2021
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Deep into her 40s with a lackluster career, Georgie wonders how she became so…underwhelming. If she’s not battling her micromanaging boss and egotistical CEO, she’s trying to quiet her inner voice, the one whispering that she hasn’t lived up to the cool, funny and creative person she used to be.
When she’s fired for finally pushing back on her CEO’s questionable business practices, Georgie – with the support of her husband and book club friends– uses her free summer to rekindle latent talents and redefine success. But just as she figures out what’s next, an unexpected hurdle threatens to turn her summer of opportunity into a zero-sum disaster.
Summer of Georgie is a fresh and likably snarky take on the “middle age do-over,” with an authentic portrayal of friendship, marriage, motherhood, and that inner critic inside us all.
Why This Book
Summer of Georgie is one of my favorite women’s fiction novels for so many reasons, but the only reason relevant to this book highlight is how much I adored the relationship between Georgie and her husband. At the beginning, Georgie is abruptly laid off from a job she hated, and I loved how her husband supported her and maintained that they would work through any financial hardships together. Of course he was there to support her, but he was more than that. He kept things realistic, but Georgie could always count on him. They’re a wonderful couple and I loved getting a peek into their world and lives. He’s just as much an important figure in Georgie’s life as her friends.
My review: “Georgie always pushed through. I couldn’t help but admire her. But it wasn’t all just about her. She’s a wife and mother, failing and succeeding at turns. Her husband Dan was delightful in that his character felt real. He was supportive of his wife, but also brought in a healthy dose of reality that helped keep this novel firmly standing on the ground. I loved that, instead of a cookie cutter man who just lets the women in the novel run everything, he felt very life-like and reacted the way I’d expect most husbands to react in the same situations.”
Sindhu S: Freelance Writer/Editor/Storyteller said “Her husband Dan seemed very realistic in that although he worries about their finances, he supports her wholeheartedly. Her parents, her friends, and her children are also similar to people you might meet in your everyday life”
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