Summer's End, by Kathleen Gilles Seidel, is a multi-layered story about family, love, and finding comfort in your own skin. Gwen and Hal are finding love for a second time and their children have a hard time coming to grips with their nuptials. Jack and Amy, both live for the moment free spirits, also fall in love at the family cabin. The blended family experiences even more familial drama as the summer progresses. Summer's End is a rich family drama. There is a great deal of angst involved. The ending was a bit abrupt, but overall, I was thoroughly engaged in this book.
To their respective families, Jack Wells and Amy Legend are outsiders. A free-spirited man-of-all-trades, Jack takes life as it comes—not at all like his supremely organized mother, the admiral’s widow, and his methodical lawyer sister. Amy, a professional athlete with exquisite taste and golden beauty, has a glamorous career a world apart from her bookish older siblings and college professor father.
When Jack’s mother marries Amy’s widowed father, they invite all the children to spend the summer at the Legends’ retreat in northern Minnesota. They never imagine just how well Jack and Amy are going to get along—as affection unexpectedly flares into a burning attraction that threatens to damage already fragile familial bonds. Agreeing to deny their desire until the vacation is over—caught between long-simmering conflicts and clashing personalities—Jack and Amy find, nonetheless, that they are falling deeply in love. And passion this strong couldn’t possibly wait until summer’s end . . . no matter what the consequences.