Summer on the Island by Brenda Novak @harlequinbooks #bookreview #fiction

Summer on the Island : A Novel Brenda Novak
On Sale Date: April 5, 2022 9780778311850
Trade Paperback $16.99 USD


For fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak’s newest standalone novel about friendship, family and the ties that bind and challenge us follows three friends as they escape to a coastal Florida town for the summer.
Marlo Madsen has just been through a global pandemic that turned her life—and the lives of almost everyone she knows—upside down. Her beloved father has died from COVID. Helping her mother, who has MS, handle his estate means returning to the small coastal Florida town where she was raised.

Having just left her job as a divorce attorney—which paid well but showed her too much of the worst in people—she’s invited two friends to join her for a seaside summer. The two friends are also facing huge life changes after the worsening California wildfires took everything from them, and need to decompress and recuperate. And travel has long been forbidden, so they are beyond appreciative for the ability to escape.

Unfortunately, a restful summer doesn’t seem to be in the cards, especially when Marlo learns about a special provision in her father’s will that reveals he has a love child with Rosemarie, the housekeeper who’s worked for the family for years. Rosemarie’s son was around while Marlo was growing up, but she never suspected a thing. Nobody did. And once the news is revealed, the fallout will cause waves big enough to topple two families and a whole community.


Marlo and a few of her friends have decided to spend the summer on Teach island off the coast of Florida. Marlo is dealing with lots of issues, the loss of her father, the closing of her law practice and a possible stalker. This should be a trip to rebuild and reevaluate. But, her past comes back in the form of the new police chief, which she needs to make amends.

Marlo has some family drama which comes to light while she is closing out her father’s will. Her dad kept a huge secret from his family. She is just not sure how she is supposed to deal with this. Then there is Walker. You MUST read this to find out!

This is a wonderful story to get lost in. I was so caught up in Walker and Marlo, just about everything else took a back seat. Well, that is until the stalker made an appearance! Talk about a tale full of all kinds of feels!

Need a good story about love, family and secrets…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.


Brenda Novak, a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author, has penned over sixty novels. She is a five-time nominee for the RITA Award and has won the National Reader’s Choice, the Bookseller’s Best, the Bookbuyer’s Best, and many other awards. She also runs Brenda Novak for the Cure, a charity to raise money for diabetes research (her youngest son has this disease). To date, she’s raised $2.5 million. For more about Brenda, please visit


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2 Responses to Summer on the Island by Brenda Novak @harlequinbooks #bookreview #fiction

  1. macjam47 says:

    Hi Reeca! I’m so glad you enjoyed this one. I have it on my wish list, but i’m thinking i need to just get a copy. I hope you’re enjoying Spring. We’re still waiting. We had a light snow yesterday. Take care, my friend.

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