About the Book
Book: Girls of Summer
Author: C.E. Hilbert
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release date: March 19, 2021
When Charlotte receives the news that her estranged father has passed away, she finds herself in small-town South Carolina, forced to partner with her half-sister in running the baseball team and family business. If she can make it through 365 long days of running her daddy’s business, she’ll inherit half his multi-million dollar fortune—money she desperately needs to rectify the sins of her mother.
But can a big city girl overcome small-town sass and the unwelcome guidance of too-handsome-for-his-own-good general counsel Mac Taylor, or will this uptown girl discover she is truly a southern girl of summer at heart?
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About the Author
C.E. Hilbert lives in sleepy town outside Columbus, OH in a 120-year-old fixer-upper with her Golden Retriever, Georgie. She believes that life goes best with Jesus, cookies made with real butter, summers watching baseball and winters filled with hockey.
More from C.E. Hilbert
Did you ever have a fascination with an organization or an event? Maybe you are a World War II buff like my friend Nick or you have a deep appreciation (or obsession) for all things Star Wars like my nephew Alex? Maybe you were entranced with a book series or a television series? For me, I had a deep curiosity about organized crime in high school and college. I know, odd choice of interest, but my fascination was so deep I spent a semester being advised and mentored by a sitting federal judge and the head of our local FBI office on a school project about the impact of the Cosa Nostra in Ohio.
I, like so many people who have read Mario Puzo’s “The Godfather” or seen the movie adaptation, was infatuated with the romance the family drama told. I hadn’t really considered the destruction or lack of care for human life that actually existed within the American Mafia until I studied the organization. Although my curiosity continued, no longer did I see Michael Corleone’s story as a well-crafted work of fiction, but rather an overly romanticized view of a world of corruption and depravity. What I learned from those two mentors was simple – cut off the head of one organization and two more will rise in its place. The Cosa Nostra’s influence on America has waned in recent years, but organized crime is unfortunately alive and well.
In Girls of Summer, we see a glimpse of the impact of organized crime in America through the lens of one family so enmeshed in its web we are unsure if they will be able to survive to find freedom. Through telling this story, I not only wanted to share how the love of God can redeem even the most lost soul, but also give a window into the destruction that follows in the wake of those who do not value human life. Instead of romanticizing organized crime as books and movies have done for decades, my goal with integrating the Russian mafia into the fabric of Girls of Summer was to shine a light on the lack of decency and morality.
Girls of Summer is a suspenseful romance filled with the hope of redemption and reconciliation, but the story also gives a peek into a world most of us would prefer to believe lives only in fiction. Thankfully, we have dedicated men and women who are quietly fighting for justice with the hope of one day saying, organized crime is truly a thing of make believe.
Girls of Summer is a Romantic Suspense that is written by C.E. Hilbert. This is the first book that I have read by this author. I will tell you that it will NOT be the last. I enjoyed everything about this book. The cover, the characters, the storyline, and the ride that it takes you on.
Charlotte is a big city girl. However, she is devastated to find out that her mother is skimming from her gallery. Poor girl gets hit with a double whammy when she finds out that her father has passed. She had not seen her father in some time. They were estranged. She does to go to South Carolina for the funeral. Her father, Bentley, is the owner of the Watershed Inc. Which is a minor league baseball team. When she gets to South Carolina she finds out that her father has left her and her half sister, Georgie an inheritance with a catch. They must live together and work together for a year then they will inherit the fortune that he left them.
I felt bad for Charlotte. Her whole world is falling apart. Her mother seems to be caught up in some shady stuff, she is living in an unfamiliar place, she needs that money. She can't see that this is a great time to get to know her half sister. The family attorney, Mac, wants to help Charlotte, but finds himself falling for her. Then factor in the fact that the FBI is poking around and convinced that Charlotte is part of the shady stuff her mother is connected to.
As I stated in the beginning of this review, you will go on a ride. Carve some time out to read this book in one sitting. The characters are well developed, the storyline is suspenseful and intriguing. I hope to read more from this author.
I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit Blogging program, all thoughts are my own.
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To celebrate her tour, C.E. is giving away the grand prize package of a tote that contains four books (Girls of Summer, From Scratch, Life on the Porcelain Edge & The Wooing of Jane Grey) and some “surprise items”!!
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