Kate Campbell thought she was living her best life in NYC's West Village with her boyfriend Thomas. She worked at his mother’s PR firm. After twelve years together, she was preparing for a proposal when instead, she got the breakup speech. “I’m not happy. I'm really, really not happy.” What??? She promptly quits her job and since she has nowhere to live, she heads back to the Jersey Shore and her hometown of Sea Point to regroup. Her friend and neighbor Ziggy is the local plumber and is also facing a fork in the road as he has just lost his father and is unsure of the future of the family business. The company books are a mess. His best friend Miles heads home to Sea Point to help Ziggy sort out the finances and also returns to prove to his mother Jo that he is worthy of running their family business, the Wharf, Sea Point’s very successful resort. Kate, Ziggy and Miles all have life decisions to make as friendships are renewed and broken along the way. Is Kate going to win Thomas back as she is plotting to do? Is Ziggy or Miles possibly her true love?
The description of Sea Point felt very real but you won’t be able to book a room at The Wharf or have drinks at the Jetty Bar. But you will be interested to know if these three thirty-something friends can make the right decisions and not let their glory days pass them by.
Rock the Boat by Beck Dorey-Stein is a very sweet book. Light but also has some substance. It doesn’t break new ground but will make your day at the beach all the more enjoyable.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars.
Publication Date: June 29, 2021.
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