Berkley, Nov 2003, 5.99, 368 pp.
Obstetrician gynecologist Ellen Markowitz loves living in Shelter Rock Cove however, not as much as she loves Dr. Hall Talbot. She knows her feelings remain unrequited as he still loves Annie Galloway, who is married to someone else and has been for quite awhile.
Ellen and Hall get drunk one evening and share a passionate night of love. The next day both are awkward with one another sharing the same bed. Both fear the impact on their friendship and professionalism that this one night stand can cause. When Ellen's half sister Deirdre arrives needing a temporary place to stay, she serves as a stimulus that makes the two medical practitioners understand that the heart is the most precious place for friendship to reside. Though they exchange feelings of love, will either one take the bold risk of saying so at the cost of their friendship.
Fans of relationship dramas will appreciate GIRLS OF SUMMER though wonder about three strikes and your out with the lead protagonist failing four times and still infatuated with a married woman. The story line is loaded with angst not only from the regretting lead couple, but also between the step-siblings. Barbara Bretton provides deep tale of individuals struggling with caring connections of the heart.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner