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Summer Fridays - a sweet, nostalgic coming-of-age story.

It's 2001 and the setting is New York City. Without needing to mention the tragedy of 9-11, it is clear that the world changed in a flash and people are taking stock about life and those they love. Rewinding back to 1999, we are introduced to Sawyer, an assistant to a demanding editor in a publishing house. She lives with her fiancé Charles who is working all hours to get ahead in a prestigious law firm. An important case has Charles and co-worker Kendra working all hours and traveling together. When Sawyer and Charles are at a company function with Kendra and her boyfriend Nick, Sawyer is immediately turned off by the good-looking musician who also works at an ad agency. Nick, displaying an unpleasant demeanor, mocks Sawyer's name, prompting him to later send an apologetic email. Through a series of communications through their AOL accounts, a friendship blossoms between them. When half-day Fridays begin, Sawyer and Nick decide to spend time together, bonding over their shared suspicions that Charles and Kendra might be getting a little too cozy. Sawyer and Nick open up to one another and their Friday outings around NYC become very important to both of them. Despite allowing Charles' mother to continue planning their Fall wedding, Sawyer finds herself questioning her feelings for her new Friday friend.

Suzanne Rindell's last book The Two Mrs. Carlyles (2020) set in the early 1900s was a historical mystery/thriller with a gothic feel. In Summer Fridays, Rindell takes a different direction, and the result is also very enjoyable. In her new book, Rindell captures that special feeling of opening your heart to someone new. But things are complicated. The main characters in the book are so likeable. And their Fridays exploring some memorable NYC settings had this Brooklyn girl grinning from ear to ear. Regardless of whether the phrase "you've got mail" evokes memories for you, this charming and romantic book is worth reading.

Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars.

Contemporary Fiction | Romance.

Publication Date: May 28, 2024.

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