Author Stories Podcast Episode 1088 | Wendy Francis Interview
Today’s author interview guest is Wendy Francis, author of Summertime Guests.
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As featured in Bustle‘s “Best New Books of April”
The Boston Globe
Woman’s World Book Club
“Compelling, surprising, and a wonderful summertime read.”
–Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author of Family Reunion
THE SEAFARER IS THE PLACE TO SEE AND BE SEEN IN THE SUMMER…
With its rich history and famous guests, the glamorous Boston hotel is no stranger to drama. But the bustle at the iconic property reaches new heights one weekend in mid-June when someone falls tragically to her death, the event rippling through the lives of four very different people.
Bride-to-be Riley is at the hotel to plan her wedding. She would have preferred a smaller, more intimate celebration, but her bossy mother-in-law has taken charge and her fiancé hasn’t seemed to notice. Jean-Paul, the hotel’s manager, is struggling to keep his marriage and new family afloat, but now he must devote all his energy to this latest scandal at work. Claire, recently widowed, comes to town to connect with a long-lost love, but has too much changed in the last thirty years? And then there’s Jason, whose romantic getaway with his girlfriend has not exactly gone the way he’d hoped and instead has him facing questions he can’t bring himself to answer.
Over three sun-drenched days, as the truth about the woman who died—and the secret she was hiding—is uncovered, these four strangers become linked in the most unexpected of ways. Together, they just might find the strength they need to turn their own lives around.
“Riveting…A smart read with plenty of meat for book clubs.”
–Barbara O’Neal, Washington Post bestselling author of When We Believed in Mermaids
“In prose as glittering as the hotel in which the novel is set, Francis shines as a master storyteller. A must-read for anyone who could use an escape.”
—Kristy Woodson Harvey, USA TODAY bestselling author of Feels Like Falling
“Engaging…Add this to beach reads along with those by Elin Hilderbrand, Nancy Thayer, and Dorothea Benton Frank.”
“The best kind of page-turner… This seductive novel will draw you into the fascinating backstories of characters sipping cocktails poolside, and you won’t stop reading until you know what really happened.”
—Brooke Lea Foster, author of Summer Darlings
“At a glamorous hotel by the ocean, four people face up to truths that can no longer be hidden. Summertime Guests is compelling, surprising, and a wonderful summertime read.”
—Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author of Family Reunion
“Wendy Francis delivers a smart, probing drama that skillfully unravels the complex emotional lives of an ensemble cast in Summertime Guests…a reflective, deeply engaging and suspenseful story with many threads sure to ensnare the attention of rapt readers.”
“Idyllic coastal settings, drama, dynamic characters…this story has it all!”
Wendy Francis is a former book editor and the author of five novels, including Best Behavior, The Summer Sail, and The Summer of Good Intentions. Her essays have appeared in Good Housekeeping, The Washington Post, Yahoo Parenting, The Huffington Post, and WBUR’s Cognoscenti. Born and raised in the Midwest, she now lives outside Boston with her husband and eleven-year-old son. Follow her on Twitter @wendyfrancis4, Instagram @wendyfrancisauthor, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wendyfrancisauthor.