Sep 132016



Wicked Summer: A Cape Harriet Novel by Roma Brooks
Women’s Fiction
Setting – Virginia
Self Published
Print Length: 307 pages



Wicked Summer follows the Bloom family as they spend a once in a lifetime vacation at Cape Harriet, a charming seaside town on Virginia’s scenic Eastern Shore.

All Mary Bloom ever wanted was to celebrate her 60th birthday at the beach. The extended Bloom family converges at the Rising Tides Inn, where their slightest whim is catered to.

Forty something Iris is the perfect suburban mom, holding her four kids and husband on a tight leash. 36 year old Hyacinth is single, successful and the self-proclaimed brains of the family. At 26, Poppy is a top travel blogger, wandering across countries most people only dream of visiting.

The rivalry among the sisters is as strong as ever, and each sister is dealing with it in her own way. So while Iris taunts and needles, Hyacinth takes the high road and shows disdain. Poppy suffers silently, lost in her own inner turmoil. None of them has an inkling of the storm that is about to break loose in their lives.

Soft shell crabs and salt marshes will be forgotten as shocking secrets are revealed. Everyone seems to be guilty of hiding something.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I really needed a great beach read for the end of the summer and this book filled the bill nicely. While it is Women’s Fiction there is a little bit of mystery and secrets too and that made me like the story even more.

The Rising Tides Inn sounds like a fabulous place to spend a week. The owners become extended family to Mary Bloom and her daughters, Iris, Hyacinth, and Poppy. They cater to every whim imaginable and always with a smile on their faces.

The Bloom sisters are each so different, it is hard to imagine they all had the same parents. Their father has passed on so it is just Mary and her girls. She always wanted to spend her 60th birthday at the beach and Poppy seems to have found the perfect place. Iris and her family join her mother and her sisters but it not the week Mary had longed for, the girls just really don’t get along with each other. Mary hopes after spending their time at the beach together the sisters will grow closer. That won’t be easy as everyone seems to have their own issues/secrets to deal with.

After I started reading I realized that this is the author’s second book set at the Rising Tides Inn, but the owners seem to be the only overlap so it did read easily on its own. I did enjoy meeting Zadie and Pete so I may have to read the first story, a novella, Clipper Beach, to see if they treat their previous guests as greatly as the blooms. 

The story had a great flow as we delved deeper and deeper into each of the characters. There was also a great deal of description of the wonderful fresh seafood found on the Eastern Shore. In the Midwest we miss out on those fresh catch of the day fish, but I did have a yearning to head to the nearest Red Lobster several times while I was reading or a vacation anywhere along the shore would work too. One is in my price range, the other not so much.

As I stated above their were a few surprises in this story but the last one was a real twist, totally unexpected, taking this story beyond my expectations.

I am excited to learn that this will be a continuing series because I loved this escape to Cape Harriet and want to return soon and often. This was a “wicked” great way to end the summer!

perfect 2016


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  21 Responses to “#Review / #Giveaway – Wicked Summer by Roma Brooks”

  1. I haven’t had a vacation yet this summer. The best thing about my summer wasn’t really fun but it was oh so rewarding. My daughter had a massive stroke in June. Through the power of prayer and the intercession of God, she defied the odds and has recovered. Watching and helping her return to normal was better than anything else I could have done this summer. We will have our fun with a trip to the beach later in the year.

  2. I read a lot of books this summer in the backyard as I had to stay home.

  3. Something fun I did this summer…I truly can’t think of a thing. Sorry.

  4. I’m always ready for a good summer read! Heading to the beach in just a couple weeks! Thanks for the review.

  5. Sounds like a fun read.

  6. What fun thing did I do this summer? Our family went to our favorite hot dog drive in and celebrated Father’s Day there. It was something simple but it was a special family time. I’d love to have a chance to own and read this book.

  7. After wrist surgery and a cast, I read a great deal and enjoyed the sun.

  8. Sounds like a great read.

  9. Wicked Summer sounds like a good book to add to my Must Read List!

  10. I wish I did something fun this summer. I got new glasses for the first time in four years. For me that was fun. That’s about the most exciting thing that’s happened to me.

  11. I enjoy reading this type of Women’s fiction. I usually read cozy mysteries, but like to read some Women’s fiction in between. This sounds like a great book from your review. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  12. Sitting in the sun read lots and lots of books

  13. I attended a family reunion with around 100 relatives I hadn’t seen in ages. Swimming, football, crafts, GREAT FOOD and lots of fun catching up; as well as reunion t-shirts, pictures and great memories!

  14. Reading as always makes it a fun Summer. The thing that I did that was really fun was spending a week with my brother who is 18 years older than me. His wife died last Summer. It was mostly quiet so plenty time to read and color. Although we did go out to eat and visit relatives/friends. I got together with friend/relative that I have not seen in 2 years . She loves to read like I do. Gave me an author’s name that has a series of mystery books. In my mind I have to start with the 1st book so when I got back I went to the library for the first book and am hooked. My husband came up for the weekend and I don’t if anyone is familiar with Wisconsin but we ate at a wonderful supper club on Maiden Lake. Thank you for the chance to win two books.

  15. I so want to read both books and especially Wicked Summer. I love anything that is beach related as long as it is a well written story. Here’s hoping I win this giveaway. Thank you for the chance. I love your website, Facebook and blog…all so interesting and keep me adding more authors to my list of “want to read”. Have a happy day!

    • Our good friends came out on their 2nd vacation to New England, and we met up and took them to a nice outside lunch spot right on a harbor in Scituate. Had good food, lots of laughs, and just a nice leisurely lunch. Then later that same day/night we headed in to Boston to see a Red Sox game and had one beautiful summer night watching them win. Then we hated to see them go so we picked them up early next morning to take them out for breakfast where we ate so much home cooked foods, lots of coffee, and more laughs all around. What good people they are (of course, they are from my home state of Michigan) and we stay in touch weekly. Just a good boost to our summer in Massachusetts.

  16. I was lazy this summer! I read a lot of books!

  17. I spent a week at the beach this summer.

  18. I read a lot!!! Planted tomatoes and flowers!

  19. What a wonderful post. Thank you so much for choosing to feature my books here. I am glad you liked reading Wicked Summer :). Book 3, set around Christmas in Cape Harriet is coming up soon.

  20. Beam me up for this fun summer read. I moved this summer and started class Sept 9th for RN Refresher course at college.

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