24.4.18

#BlogTour: SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS by Alisha Sevigny // #Review + #Giveaway

Hello and welcome to my blog tour post for

SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS by Alisha Sevigny!

Today I have a review of the book today (which I loved!) and a giveaway for one of THREE copies of the book if you live in the United States! Be sure to enter below, but first let's learn about the book...

SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS

Author: Alisha Sevigny
Series: N/A
Source: ARC via Publisher
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Summary:
Julia Ducharme is ready for a fresh start. Her little brother has finally recovered from a serious illness, and now she just wants to enjoy peak season at the campground her family owns. Maybe this will be the year her annual summer fling with Dan Schaeffer becomes something more?

But her summer dreams are quickly shattered. First, Dan arrives for vacation with a new girlfriend in tow, and then Julia discovers this may be her last summer in the only home she's ever known.

Crushing medical bills have brought her single mom to the brink of bankruptcy, and a wealthy developer is sniffing around the campground. He sees what Julia sees: lush woods, a pristine lake, miles of trails for adventure. Unlike Julia, he thinks this is the perfect spot for a casino resort.

Heartbroken and afraid, Julia looks to the stars for some perspective. Taking her telescope down to the dock one night, she has a chance encounter with a guitar-playing boy who offers some helpful advice. Too bad this handsome stranger is the developer's son, Nick Constantine.

As plans for a resort move forward, Julia is desperate to find a solution that doesn't mean leaving the lake. Nick, in turn, is desperate to separate himself from his father's aggressive business tactics. He promises that, together, they can thwart the sale.

But can Julia trust him to conspire against his own father? And could she ever she trust him with her heart?

SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS is a story of lost summers, hidden treasure and love written in the stars. It is also a thoughtful reflection on what it means to love --- and leave --- one's childhood home.
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.

When I was younger, my family and I went to Muskoka for a week to spend some time by the lake and with nature. Reading SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS took me back to this time and added another dimension that I didn't know I was missing. I am now in my group chats trying to convince my friends we should go spend a week or two in the "wilderness" this summer. SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS has everything you need to be satisfied with a summer, contemporary, romance novel so I do hope you pick it up.


The family relationships were amazing. I loved seeing how much Julia, Caleb, and their mother cared about one another - and how familial relationships went beyond blood to Red. Everyone looked out for everyone and I just realized how grateful I am for a family relationship like that - and how much I wish everyone had that.

I also liked the romance. Julia and Nick fell for each other right away and I usually shy away from "instalove" but they were so open and honest with one another right away that I got it. I know what it's like to just know you can trust someone even when you have been crushed and feel as though you can never trust someone again. I completely empathized with Julia and her worrying about trusting Nick and giving herself to him completely. And it was great that they communicated? I am so sick of the non-communication trope making its way into YA novels and people romanticizing this "angst" as a healthy and good relationship. If you don't communicate with your partner, there is no point in being with them. 

Overall, this is a great novel. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a good beach read and summer romance novel. Also, if you can, go to Muskoka. You won't regret it.
Alisha Sevigny holds a degree in Professional Writing and
Sociology from the University of Victoria, is a film school graduate, former literary agent and hot yoga lover. 

A shameless romantic, Alisha and her husband have travelled the world together. On a trip to Panama she fell in love with the country, culture, and their national emblem, the Golden Frog and was inspired to write her first Young Adult novel, KISSING FROGS.

Her second book, SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS is about a young woman fighting to save her family campground while trying not to fall in love, comes out May 1, 2018 with KCP Loft.

Born and raised in Kitimat, British Columbia, Alisha has always had a strong connection to the environment and conservationist spirit. She now lives in Toronto with her family.

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2 comments:

  1. Will it be Dan Schaeffer or will it be Nick Constantine? I want to know!

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  2. This one sounds so cute! I love how you got to really connect with it which i'm sure definitely helped the reading experience! Lovely review, thanks for the chance to win a copy! :)

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