Elizabeth Margaret—better known as Em—has always known what life would contain: an internship at her father’s firm, a degree from Harvard and a career as a lawyer. The only problem is that it’s not what she wants. When she gets the opportunity to get away from it all and spend a month with the aunt she never knew, she jumps at the chance. While there, Em pursues her secret dream of being a chef, and she also learns that her family has kept some significant secrets from her, too. And then there’s Cade, the laid-back local surfer boy who seems to be everything Em isn't. Naturally, she can’t resist him, and as their romance blossoms, Em feels she is living on her own terms for the first time.
A huge THANK YOU to JKS Communications for allowing me to read an ARC copy of The Summer My Life Began as well as being on the blog tour. Months ago when the new summer line up came out and I saw this book I said I have to read this book. This cover screams SUMMER READ!
Em's life is controlled by her father and mother. She has no say in what she does because her father has already mapped out her life for her. She will go to the college her father has chosen which is the college he graduated from and she will come work for his law firm and follow in his foot steps. No questions asked she is to do what he says. So senior year she works her butt off so she can continue to get good grades and gets ready to do her summer internship at her father's law firm.
Then a letter comes in the mail a few days before graduation and Em's life is turned upside down. She gets a card from her aunt Tilly whom she did not know she had. Her family has never spoken of this aunt Tilly ever so Em and her sister have to pry all the information out of her parents and when they start to question her parents they tell her to leave it alone. But Tilly decides she will go to her aunt Tilly's house for a few weeks and then come back and work at her father's law firm. Her father is not happy with this but they eventually agree to let her go.
Once Em get's down to her aunt Tilly's house which is a bed and breakfast she starts to question everything she has known. There at the bed and breakfast Em will learn some things and what she learns leads her to make decisions she would have never guessed she make. She has to make decisions that will make her or break her. She will have to break free from her parents control but can she do that? She will learn secrets that will both excite her and upset her. She will also have to make the ultimate decision and that is whether to follow her heart and dreams or follow her controlling family.
This is a MUST READ for the summer! You will not be disappointed. Come along for a ride with Em and Cade. See the coastal Carolina's through the author's eyes.
Today on A Diary Of A Book Addict I would love to welcome Elizabeth Margaret the main character from The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland. Em I have to say I LOVED LOVED your story. It has all the ingredients of a story I love! It has secrets, love and of course there is change. What would life be like without a chance for change? So without further ado here are a few questions your fans would like to know about you and your experience of change.
How did feel about having your life planned out for you by your parents? I didn’t think it was any big deal until I got away and realized their plans didn’t make sense for me.
If you could choose a career what would it be? I want to be chef, most definitely.
What is your favorite meal to cook? Lately, I’ve been experimenting with frittatas.
What did you think about Cade when you first meet him? Ha! ‘Sexy loser’ popped into my mind first.
What were your first thoughts when you arrived at your aunt’s house? How eclectic the entire place was.
What did you think about Frederick? I felt like I was looking in a mirror.
How did it feel to finally be out of your parents grasp and control for the summer? Literally a breath of fresh air.
If you could give one piece of advice to your readers what would it be? Follow your dreams and don’t let anything stand in your way.
Here is the fun part Em we want to know a few fun facts about you so here it goes…….
Favorite color? Light blue.
Favorite music? I’m old school rock.
Favorite season? Summer.
Favorite food? I’m ashamed to admit I have a weakness for oatmeal crème pies.
What is your favorite book? Right now I’m reading Simone Elkeles’ Perfect Chemistry.
Tell us something about you and Cade that we did not get to read about……. Even now when we kiss my stomach still flutters.
Em thanks for stopping by A Diary Of A Book Addict! I had a blast and happy summer! No, thank you!