THE SUMMER SET is a standalone novel by
Aimee Agresti set in the world of actors and drama both on
stage and off. This is a great book for readers who enjoy
character-driven and â€śsecond chance at loveâ€ť stories. The
story is alternately told from several different
characters, but with the main story involving actress
Charlie Savoy and director Nick Blunt reuniting in his
attempt to make his theater a success. I like this story
because it has a charming and very intimate feel to it as
you get to know these characters. In addition to Charlie
and Nick, the supporting characters include Nickâ€™s
narcissistic and obnoxious ex-wife Jasmine, and fellow
actors Chase, Ethan, and Sierra among others.
I adore stories like this with characters
who have a complicated past. Charlie and Nick have some
life experience between them and are realistically flawed
yet entertaining to read about. Aimee Agresti gives enough
glimpses of their past to tantalize the reader and have us
long for them to work out their issues and get together.
Communication, or a lack thereof, is something that keep
sinking their frequent attempts to rekindle their romance.
They are aware of it on some level, and Nick even voices it
at one point, but they keep letting it happen. Although
frustrating, their inability to totally hash things out
between them doesnâ€™t ruin my enjoyment of this book. There
are a million or so little triumphs and tragedies over the
course of THE SUMMER SET, and you root for the characters
and delight in their longing rather than despair over it.
The struggle over whether to show vulnerability or confess
your true feelings is something many of the characters
agonize over including Charlie and Nick, and Ethan and
Sierra. I found Charlie and Nickâ€™s story equally compelling
as those of the minor players.
THE SUMMER SET is a sparking and very
romantic character-driven story that satisfies. I
appreciated the parallels the author made between her
charactersâ€™ lives and those of the Shakespearean ones they
were acting out on stage. The settings for the characters
real-life dramas are divine and as evocative as any stage
managing out of the plays they perform in. The epilogue
provides a satisfying update on where the main characters
landed after the dust settled. Aimee Agresti is a new
author for me, but I look forward to reading her next
The best drama happens offstage in this undeniably charming novel about an idyllic summer theater where hot stars, has-beens and hopefuls chase roles—and each other.
Charlie Savoy was once Hollywood’s hottest A-lister. Now, ten years later, she’s pushing forty, exiled from the film world and back at the summer Shakespeare theater in the Berkshires that launched her career—and where her old flame, Nick, is the artistic director.
It’s not exactly her first choice. But as parts are cast and rehearsals begin, Charlie is surprised to find herself getting her groove back, bonding with celebrity actors, forging unexpected new friendships and even reigniting her spark with Nick, who still seems to bring out the best in her despite their complicated history.
Until Charlie’s old rival, Hollywood’s current It Girl, is brought on set, threatening to undo everything she’s built. As the drama amps up both on the stage and behind the curtains, Charlie must put on the show of a lifetime to fight for the second chance she deserves in career and in love.
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