Harper, Dec 2001, 6.99, 400 pp.
THE BEACH HOUSE has always been a place for relationships with some ending in love while others in broken hearts. The current owners should sell the California place since they live across the continent, but Julia cannot bring herself to do so. Instead she and Eric rent the place from May through August to various people.
May. Back in high school twenty years ago, Andrew Wells broke Cheryl Cunningham's heart. Now he desperately wants a second chance with the woman he always has loved, but can Cheryl trust him not to break her heart again?
June. Marine biologist Matt Landy provides a talk attended by attorney Kelly Anderson, who looks for an edge in an upcoming court case involving the scientist. However, her attraction to Matt leaves Kelly wondering if her personal feelings might cause a professional conflict of interest?
July. The death of their child Angela destroyed the Davis family's joy in life. Craig and Ann and their other child Jeremy desperately need healing, but unless a miracle occurs, the Davis relationship seems near an end.
August. Cheryl brings three Oakland teenage girls with her when she returns to the house to join Andrew. If he accepts her charges and still wants the complete her after a month of inner city chaperones, Cheryl knows that she and Andrew can share both their lives.
ANOTHER SUMMER, the sequel to THE BEACH HOUSE, is a warm anthology that fans of contemporary romances starring strong characters will enjoy. Each story is fun to read, as the audience will appreciate Georgia Bockoven's fine work.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner