California Summer by Anita Hughes


The perfect beach read!” —Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of Beach House Reunion.

“Tender and triumphant…California Summer made my heart sing.” —Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author of Between Me and You

Anita Hughes’s California Summer is a charming and beautiful love story about a former Hollywood producer who trades her cast list in for cookbooks in the hopes of following her dreams and finding new love.

Ben and Rosie are Hollywood’s newest director/producer dream team. After hitting it big at Sundance, it seems that their ten years of love and hard work are finally paying off. Rosie is happy making independent films, but Ben wants the A-List celebrity package: a house in Beverly Hills, fancy cars in the driveway, and his name on the biggest blockbusters. He’s willing to do anything, even sleep with the most famous producer in town, to get them.

Rosie is devastated by Ben’s affair, and she decides to take a break from show business. She accepts her best friend’s invitation to spend the summer at her parents’ estate in Montecito. It’s far away from L.A., the perfect place to start over.

In Montecito, Rosie meets a colorful cast of characters including Rachel, who owns a chocolate store, and Josh, a handsome local who splits his time between surfing and classic cars. Suddenly Rosie has new friends and a new purpose. She starts a business in the village, and her luck seems to be turning around. But Rosie knows all too well that success comes with a price, and the price might be losing love…again.

California Summer is a touching and romantic story about following your dreams but not letting them get in the way of love.


Rosie and Ben have been together 10 years. They have just hit it big in the film industry. Then Ben has an affair and Rosie’s life falls completely apart. Thanks to her good friend Angelica and her family, Rosie starts to heal and turn her life around.

I have read several Anita Hughes books. This one fell a little short for me. Basically because Rosie is such a frustrating whiney butt! I just wanted to give Rosie a good punch upside the head. She made me want to throw this book out the window! If I heard Ben and I were going to….Ben and I did…one more time!!! She also overreacts in many situations in this read. So needless to say there are many many eye rolling places in this book.

Now that the bad is out of the way. There are lots of good parts to this read. I loved the setting of the small town of Montecito. I could just picture the store fronts and the picturesque streets. Also, Josh! Josh is the sexy surfer dude! He helps pick up Rosie and put her back on her feet. He can help me anytime!

The story is predictable, as many of these types of books are. But, it is a pretty good read if you can keep from slapping Rosie.

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4 Responses to California Summer by Anita Hughes

  1. Cute pic! Loved your review, too!

  2. macjam47 says:

    I love your reviews! Your description of Rosie is hilarious. I think this is one I’ll skip. I’ve read other reviews and the blurb before and decided this wasn’t one for me. I’ve read too many Hollywood-type stories and I need a break.

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