A middle-aged widow meets a handsome CEO and is finally getting another chance at love, but she has her work cut out for her when she tries to blend two families of adult children.
After Alison loses her husband of 29 years, she resigns herself to the quiet life of grandmother and underappreciated family matriarch. Following almost six years of this sedate existence, she meets David Gladstone at a summer cocktail party in Nantucket, and she's shocked to discover she has romantic chemistry with another living soul. After a whirlwind courtship, Alison and David decide to marry and live out their retirement together. They begin preparing for their wedding and bring their four adult children to Nantucket to become better acquainted with each other. Alison’s daughters have never gotten along well, and the situation grows all the more complicated when David’s children step into the mix. Alison’s younger daughter, Felicity, is the mother of toddlers who is navigating her own strained marriage. She has long viewed her older sister, Jane, as an uptight career woman who wants little to do with Felicity or her family. However, when the sisters meet Poppy, David’s daughter and successor CEO of his thriving hand cream company, Felicity and Jane find themselves on the same team against a common enemy. And let’s not forget Ethan, David’s divorced playboy son who flirts relentlessly with Alison’s daughters, causing additional complications. As the summer progresses, Jane and Felicity each grapple with issues in their marriages and begin to question many of their preconceived notions about the other. As the chaos in the Gladstone home increases in tandem with the summer temperatures, the reader can’t help but wonder if Alison and David’s relationship can survive the heat.
A delightful beach-town tale about family relationships and second chances.