It’s been a long seventeen years since Jess last saw her grandmother or visited the family cottage set on an idyllic lake in Northern Michigan. For all that time, she’s been haunted by loss—of her innocence and her ability to trust and, most of all, of a profound summer romance that might have been something more. So when her grandmother leaves the house to her, Jess summons her courage and returns to a place full of memories—and secrets.
There, she stumbles upon old letters and photographs of a time not so much forgotten as buried. As she begins to unravel the hidden histories of her mother and her grandmother, she makes a startling discovery about a tragic death that prompted her family’s slow undoing. With every uneven and painful step into the past, Jess comes closer to a truth that could alter her own path—and open a door to a different future.
THE COLOR OF WATER IN JULY is about Jess Carpenter, a young woman who returns to Michigan, where she spent her summers growing up, to sell the lakeshore cottage she used to stay at, which she found out she inherited. The cottage has been in her family for generations and obviously had a lot of memories attached to it. Although she plans on her visit being brief and all business, she gets caught up in the memories there and starts to unravel a family secret that changes everything she knows about herself and the person she has become.
The book started a tad slow for me, or maybe it was just because Jess irked me a bit in the first few scenes. She just seemed a bit cold and detached, but not long after I was drawn into the story and the mystery the author started to unravel. The characters were very realistic and well written, although Jess and Russ (her boyfriend) did irritate and bore me a bit. I always love books themed around beach houses or cottages as I feel like they're nostalgic in a way, and the author painted a beautiful picture n this novel. Overall, this was a good read and I would recommend to literary fiction fans.
3.5 of 5 stars!
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