Ali Morris, a professional organizer with a less-than-organized personal life, is startled when her soon-to-be-ex-husband Pete announces it is time to file for divorce, on the second anniversary of her mother’s death. Ali has been going through the motions of life for their year of separation while trying to hold it together for their three children, but she feels like she’s failing. Social media keeps telling her what she should be doing for self-care, but Ali feels paralyzed by heartbreak, grief, and clutter. Then a chance meeting with a handsome stranger at the dog park at the beginning of the summer lifts Ali’s spirits. When the stranger turns out to be Ethan, the younger brother of her childhood friend, the awkwardness of their initial attraction fades as he begins to remind Ali of her strength and confidence. She might not be able to stick to her plan of a no-strings summer fling with Ethan.

VERDICT In this sweet romance, Monaghan (Same Time Next Summer) has created believable characters who are multidimensional, while her touches of humorous dialogue enhance the story and make the characters even more likable. ~Nicole J. Suarez

Summer Romance by Annabel Monaghan