Summertime Guests (Original)
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About the Author
A former book editor, Wendy Francis is the author of five novels and has written for Good Housekeeping, the Washington Post, and WBUR's Cognoscenti, among others. A proud stepmom of two grown-up children, she lives outside Boston with her husband and eleven-year-old son.
"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 "At first glance, Summertime Guests is a riveting mystery set in a newly restored Boston hotel where a guest falls to a gruesome death. But in the chorus of voices exploring who died and what lead to the plunge, Francis explores the myriad facets of marriage--the little joys and banal failures, the kindnesses and physical attraction, the ways we neglect and support each other. 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."
--Booklist "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 "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!"
--Woman's World PRAISE FOR BEST BEHAVIOR:
"With warmth and humor, Best Behavior delivers a delicious family drama; look no further for your perfect poolside read!"
--Jamie Brenner, bestselling author of The Forever Summer "Francis writes with grace, depth and humor about complex family dynamics and the joy and heartache of watching young adults spread their wings and fly from the nest."
--Meg Mitchell Moore, author of The Islanders "Wendy Francis captures all the joy and pain of being an (almost) empty-nester in her latest novel. A terrific summer read."
--Amy Poeppel, author of Small Admissions PRAISE FOR THE SUMMER OF GOOD INTENTIONS:
"Wendy Francis's book thrilled me like a ride in a race car along the coast with the top down. It is everything a summer read should be."
--Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author "The Summer of Good Intentions is a tender and vivid portrait of a family by the sea, of three unforgettable sisters and the tidal pull of their love and secrets. Wendy Francis is a wonderful writer. She made me feel the salt air."
--Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author