I don’t know how I manage to read two books in a row with nearly identical plots, but I managed to do it again. Mystic Summer was a weightier chick lit novel where Maggie found herself attracted to Cameron, a guy from her past, rather than her actor boyfriend, Evan. Maggie was a teacher who was let go from her job as a result of budget cuts. She returned home to the small town of Mystic for a friend’s wedding and suddenly felt old feelings for her former flame.
My only complaint with this novel was that Maggie didn’t have her own story other than being out of a job. To tell you the truth, there wasn’t a lot going on other than Maggie going back and forth about which guy she should pursue. The entire novel was consumed by whether she was or wasn’t going to stay with Evan. The subplots were a friend’s wedding and Cameron’s daughter’s illness. Almost immediately, Maggie started having thoughts about pursuing Cameron, which led to them spending time together either at the hospital or talking about the procedures to be performed. I thought that was a weird subplot. I couldn’t figure out if it supposed to make Cameron look responsible, but it seemed out of place because Evan wasn’t necessarily against having kids, although he was quite busy with his career.
I also wasn’t totally on board with Maggie pulling away from Evan. He wasn’t a jerk to her that a reader would want her to get rid of. He did spend quite a bit of time working, but since when is that a crime? Especially when the work is on a hot new tv show and the boyfriend is a budding star? Actually, it made Maggie look like a nag when she was jealous of Evan working closely with a model on the show and their sex scenes. As a protagonist, Maggie seemed felt like someone who would be a good friend. She was compassionate to the problems of those around her, but also had slightly critical thoughts about their actions. Maggie was far from perfect and relied on her friends to give her quintessential love advice at pivotal points in the novel, but it worked well because of the easy dialog her friends used. Each scene had a natural flow to it because their statements showed they cared without being too ridiculous.
This was a light read that fell right into the women’s fiction category. I liked the novel and enjoyed reading this.