“Summer in Sand Lake isn’t complete without a trip to Meade Creamery—the local ice cream stand founded in 1944 by Molly Meade who started making ice cream to cheer up her lovesick girlfriends while all the boys were away at war. Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best of friends. Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend Cate have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is “Head Girl” at the stand this summer. When Molly passes away before Amelia even has her first day in charge, Amelia isn’t sure that the stand can go on. That is, until Molly’s grandnephew Grady arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business…but Grady’s got some changes in mind…”


Wow. This book was not for me.

My first DNF in 2 years.

I really tried to like this book. I really did. But after about 250 pages, I just could not take it any more.

Starting off with the author’s writing style, I think it was pretty good. Vivian’s writing is very flowery and perfect if you are looking for a nice summer read. Overall, I liked it.

Then going into the characters, Amelia was very relatable. She was very hard-working and clearly loved her job. She had the drive to stand her ground against what Grady wanted to change about the stand. A good character overall. I didn’t like Grady. I think we, the readers, weren’t supposed to like him though. The side characters were also good. There was enough focus on them to drive the story forward. Overall, some very enjoyable characters.

Then let’s talk about the romance. Oh the romance. I didn’t like it at all. Kind from the minute that Grady is introduced, we know that him and Amelia are going to end up together but I was hoping they wouldn’t. By the time that the offically “got together” as a couple is when I DNF’d the book. I just wasn’t a fan of it.

Finally going into the plot, there was barely any. One of my biggest pet peeves in books is when they are written in the second-person point of view and this book was a perfect example of why I don’t like that point-of-view. It took me completely out of the story and whatever plot was there did not matter to me. The book was also extremely predictable. The combination of those 2 things are the main reason why I ended up DNF-ing this book.

Overall, this was a huge disappointment for me. I had picked this as my book club book of the month for May and even though I didn’t like it, I am really curious to hear what the other members think about it. Since the author’s writing is still pretty decent, I might check out her other works but this one was just not for me.