ARC Book Review: A Summer To Remember by Erika Montgomery #BookReview #WomensFiction #Fiction #ASummerToRemember

A Summer to Remember

By Erika Montgomery

Publication Date: May 11, 2021


For thirty-year-old Frankie Simon, selling movie memorabilia in the shop she opened with her late mother on Hollywood Boulevard is more than just her livelihood–it’s an enduring connection to the only family she has ever known. But when a mysterious package arrives containing a photograph of her mother and famous movie stars Glory Cartwright and her husband at a coastal film festival the year before Frankie’s birth, her life begins to unravel in ways unimaginable.

What begins is a journey along a path revealing buried family secrets, betrayals between lovers, bonds between friends. And for Frankie, as the past unlocks the present, the chance to learn that memories define who we are, and that they can show us the meaning of home and the magic of true love.

Experience the salty breeze of a Cape Cod summer as it sweeps through this sparkling, romantic, and timeless debut novel tinged with a love of old Hollywood.

My thoughts:

Frankie’s still grieving the death of her mother and running their Hollywood memory shop where she sells movie memorabilia. Unexpectedly, a few unopened letters and a picture arrive which puzzles her about her mother’s past. Because Frankie’s never known her true father, she takes herself to a coastal town on a journey of discovery to uncover some hidden secrets.

This is a tale of friendship, love, romance, and family secrets that literally transported me to summer. It’s wonderfully written with plenty of detail and imagery. I enjoyed the little bit of romance and mystery with the interesting conclusion. The characters aren’t perfect and they’re easy to relate to as well.

Some parts in the book were fairly predictable, and the timeline didn’t always work for me, but it wasn’t hard to overlook. I wasn’t captivated with the old Hollywood references very much, but it added a neat touch to the story. Readers that have more knowledge of the golden age of Hollywood will likely enjoy the addition to these references much more.

Overall, this was a sweet, interesting story that held my attention throughout. It’ll stay with me for some time. I’ll definitely be reading future works by this author.


I’d like to thank Goodreads, the author, and the publisher for offering this giveaway.

Find this book on Amazon and Goodreads:

  • Publisher : St. Martin’s Press (May 11, 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1250274087
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1250274083

About the Author:

A card-carrying cinephile and native New Englander, novelist Erika Montgomery lives with her family in the Mid-Atlantic where she teaches creative writing and watches an unspeakable amount of old movies. 

A Summer to Remember is her debut novel.

Thanks for reading my review! Have you read any good beach reads lately? Feel free to comment below.


13 thoughts on “ARC Book Review: A Summer To Remember by Erika Montgomery #BookReview #WomensFiction #Fiction #ASummerToRemember

  1. Fair and beautiful review, Mischenko! I particularly liked the way you explained the things that worked for you and things that didn’t. Everything is explained in a manner which is not offensive, but fair and square. Love it!

    So glad to be back and able to read your posts again and am truly looking forward to many more to come!

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  2. starjustin

    Great review! Sounded like a book the reader could just sit and relax with. It’ll be interesting to see if the author sticks to the same theme with her next book. 📚👍🏻

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  3. David R. Dowdy

    Nice review! I like Hollywood’s golden age and by that I mean the movies. The actors don’t do much for me with a few exceptions. So, this book could be a good bet for me. Ms. Montgomery gets sympathy for issues with the timeline as they often must be squeezed, stretched, and exaggerated in all manner of ways to make them work.

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  4. This is a new author to me. It sounds like a story I would definitely enjoy. I like the idea of the Hollywood Golden Age and would definitely enjoy that addition. Great review Mischenko.

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