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Summertime Guests by Wendy Francis []



Wendy Francis centers her latest at the recently restored and reopened (fictional) Seafarer hotel in Boston, with its impressive history of important guests and air of glamour making it a destination for special occasions and events. The novel follows a handful of customers who intersect one fateful afternoon, and presents through flashbacks the stories of how they arrived at that moment. When a woman falls (or does she jump?) to her death from her room’s balcony on to the restaurant patio, her story ends, and the stories of the other players begin to unfold. Jean-Paul is a French expatriate juggling the management of the hotel and life as a new father. Riley is a bride-to-be attending a tasting as she, her fiance, and his mother consider wedding venues. Claire is a recent widow hoping to reconnect with the one who got away. Jason is a troubled grad student on a weekend getaway with his girlfriend. Who is the dead woman, and what happened? This engaging tale maintains a pleasant level of suspense throughout, and a satisfying conclusion of the mystery that will still leave readers with some things to think about.

Add this to your arsenal of beach reads along with Elin Hilderbrand, Nancy Thayer, and Dorothea Benton Frank.

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