Arguably more grating than the clichés and hyperbole are lines that stand out for being clumsy or cloying ... Now, I’m no literary snob. I even (proudly!) hail from armpit New Jersey. But I need more sophisticated writing, as well as a protagonist more evolved than Kate Campbell, for a novel to land in my beach bag. Others surely will disagree, as books about returning home are appealing, and Rock the Boat doesn’t lack energy. And sophomore books are tricky. I’ll look forward to watching the evolution of Dorey-Stein in subject matter and presentation.
As the trio tries to rebuild their lives in enticing creative ways that include an alluring dose of romantic entanglements, they find their way back to one another and forward to astonishing intertwined futures ... Dorey-Stein has written the perfect beach read, filled with delicious heart and meaty observations about knotty relationship issues and offering surprises and delights with every chapter.