Review: Sisters of Summer's End by Lori Foster

As the summer ends, friendship begins...When single mom Joy Lee abandoned her old life to take a job at a lakeside resort, she found something that her family's wealth and influence could never buy: peace of mind. Not easy to come by for the once-burned divorce who keeps everyone at a distance. But when her new friend, Maris, dares her to take a chance with the drive-in's charismatic new owner, everything changes for Joy and her young son. A difficult childhood has left Maris Kennedy with definite priorities. Her job running Summer's End, the camp store and cafe, comes first. Always. Nothing could ever make her risk that hard-won security--especially not her free-spirited colleague. But the more she encourages Joy to open herself up to new experiences, the more Maris begins to wonder what she, too, might be missing. Learning how to trust will bring Joy and Maris together.
And soon they form a friendship that leaves them as close as sisters--and open to love where they least expect Summer's End.

The one thing I love about reading a Lori Foster book is how easy they always are to get into. I also enjoy the characters she comes up with. They are never perfect, they have the same faults and issues we have which makes them! 

Sisters of Summer's End has so much going on yet it doesn't feel too busy. There are two love stories. The first one is the main story, the ones that are most forward in the book is between Joy and Royce and the secondary love story is Maris and Daron.

Joy & Royce
I totally loved Joy. Not many people could come from the life she did and totally take care of herself and a young baby. She shows just how strong she really is. Through all the hard times she's a great mom and that's all a kid can ask for. 

Royce is no stranger to taking care of people who can't take care of themselves either. He stepped up when he needed to and you have to love him for that. 

What I love about these two are their caring natures. They put those who count on them ahead of themselves. Royce past ended with his moms passing but Joy wasn't so lucky. She had to deal with a horrible, controlling mother who thought she could tell you, adult child, what to do. I really disliked her. But I did love how Royce was there for her throughout her interactions with her parents. It was about time someone stood with Joy, not against. I also liked how much Royce liked Joy's son and how they got along. Kids should always come first. 

Joy and Royce's story is very enjoyable. You'll like them and want them to get together. 

Maris & Daron
I think all of us who read the first book wondered when this would happen. I mean, come on...we knew he wanted her. Maris was a different story, she kept everything close to her chest. 

Like Joy, Maris had some issues in her past. Ones that really molded her into the women she is today. Where she is a wonderful, caring and capable women the child in her was very neglected. Sad to say her parents sucked. I almost think they were worse than Joy's in some ways. 

I think the only person in the group who hasn't yet been touch by life's more uncomfortable aspects is Daron. He has a loving family and has really done well for himself. One of the things I like most about him is just how caring he is. He's a great guy. 

Perfect for Maris. She needs someone like Daron who will just love her and need nothing from her other than her love. Someone she can count on when she needs them. It's what she's missed in life and I'm glad she's now got it. 

Even though their story wasn't the main focus it was very well done and you felt it was just as important as Joy's and Royce's. 

The whole book
As a whole, this book is very good. I enjoyed that the characters from the first book were there to tie the two stories together. They stayed in their lanes so they didn't overshadow the new couples. Well done. 

I also really enjoyed the story between Joy and Maris. I love reading about how their friendship (sisterhood) blossomed. These two fit as friends and let's be honest here no other two people ever need a friend more than them. 

This series has been perfect and I'm so glad I read it. I can't wait to see what she does next for her contemporary romance. So, have any of you read her before? If so what series or book is your favorite? 



  1. I enjoyed this one quite a bit, too. I was so ready for Daron to get his finally. lol I'll miss this group for sure.

    1. Me too! I really enjoyed them. It was a fun book to read.


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