Summer Iris by M. Kate Quinn
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Length: Full Length (300 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Rosemary
The last thing Iris Stanton feels like doing is celebrating her fiftieth birthday. She’s divorced, has been downsized out of a job, and her post-marriage condo is for sale and she can’t afford to buy it. And when her crazy, out-there best friend, Yvonne, offers her the use of a beach cottage for the summer, Iris thinks the idea is preposterous. That is, until she comes up with what could be a solution to her pending homelessness. Selling off her small piece of waterfront property would save the very roof over her head, so she heads to the shore with a mission.
The cottage is in the midst of renovations orchestrated by handsome flirtatious owner, Sam Hanratty. His roguish attention gets Iris’ heart doing flips, jump starting it into remembering she’s still a woman. Sam’s foreman, Eddie Morgan, is the most annoying hulk she’s ever met, and Iris’s heart sinks like lead when she learns that he alone could sabotage the sale of her property.
Iris’ heart gets a workout this summer, with a string of unlikely events that force her to turn inward to examine what makes her tick, what is her heart’s true desire and who might hold the key.
A charming seaside town, delightful friendships, and witty dialogue create a captivating read that is heart-warming, poignant, and uplifting. Summer Iris by M. Kate Quinn is, without a doubt, one of the best written debut novels I have read a very long time.
Iris Stanton’s fiftieth birthday present from her best friend, Yvonne, is a summer at a cottage by the sea. Iris is standing at a major crossroad in her life. She is divorced, out of a job, and about to lose her home. Upon her arrival at the cottage, she finds herself vexed by Eddie Morgan, the man overseeing renovations on the cottage and charmed by Sam Hanratty, the owner of the cottage. The two men are lifelong friends and total opposites. Iris quickly discovers the joys of small town living when the locals embrace her arrival with open arms. With Yvonne’s gentle prodding, Iris begins her journey of rediscovery and transformation.
Summer Iris is a fast-paced and engrossing novel. M. Kate Quinn has an engaging writing style with a quick wit that pulls the reader into the story. The plot and characters are very well developed and realistic. Ms. Quinn keeps the story light and angst free. The scenes with Yvonne and Iris are laugh out loud funny, and I fully believe every woman needs a friend like Yvonne in her life. The relationship between Iris and her daughter, Stephanie, is touching and true to life. Sam and Eddie are both hero material, and Ms. Quinn keeps the reader guessing who will finally win Iris’s heart.
Summer Iris by M. Kate Quinn is the perfect summer read. It is light-hearted and fun with an emotionally satisfying, feel good ending. I am eagerly awaiting Ms. Quinn’s next installment in The Perennials series!