Daily Review: Summer Girl by Linda Watkins

A fairy-tale romance that somehow goes crazily, tragically awry

“Does first love, true love, ever really die?”

Andi Martin asks herself that question as she sits on the porch of the Sloane Cottage, her mind flooded with memories of the summer of ’65 and a boy, once loved, but never forgotten.

Jake Chambers is also on a collision course with the past as he returns to Cutter Island for the first time in more than a decade. And, as the ferry approaches the wharf, he finds his mind filled with thoughts of a summer long forgotten and a girl destined to haunt him forever.

From award-winning author, Linda Watkins, comes a story of love, loss, survival, and, most of all, hope…SUMMER GIRL, A Novel.

Linda Watkins

Reviews for

Summer Girl

“Summer Girl is the heartfelt story of a boy and a girl….It captivated my heart from beginning to end….Beautiful, just beautiful.” ~Patricia Bell for Readers Favorite.
Summer Girl isn’t formula writing about a summer fling, but a deeper story of coming of age, sexual abuse in families, and methods of survival that enter the picture of a blossoming interpersonal relationship, making Summer Girl an unexpectedly complex read…The process of falling in love is well detailed in this moving account that is especially powerful for its inclusion of not only Andi and Jake’s perspective, but that of an outside observer….Readers who enjoy coming of age stories given from the perspective of maturity will relish the unique detail and perspectives Summer Girl embraces which sets it apart from other coming of age romances and makes it accessible to new adults as well as mature teen readers.” ~D.  Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review


“…a tale of love arisen and somehow – despite vicious betrayal and extended adversity – preserved and growing, creating its own special hope. My writing focuses on warfare, but, in Summer Girl, Watkins led me through an emotional battlefield. My only other words about this wonderful story are ‘read it.'” ~ J. Scott Payne, Author of The Green Hell and Brought to Battle


Linda Watkins’ coming of age/literary fiction novel, Summer Girl, begins with a fairy-tale romance that somehow goes crazily, tragically awry….Watkins powerfully addresses the issues of sexual and emotional abuse of minors by parents or caregivers and its continuing impact is seen so clearly in Andi’s situation….Seeing how Jake and Andi continue to grow and become better somehow, simply because of their relationship no matter how short, is inspiring and makes for a marvelous reading experience. Summer Girl is most highly recommended.” ~Jack Magnus for Readers Favorite.


“Having three narrators in such a short book is unusual, but Linda Watkins handles it beautifully, and when one finishes reading, you marvel at this novel approach to literary fiction. It truly works….Well done, Linda Watkins. Highly recommended reading.”~Viga Boland for Readers Favorite

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