Vacationland by Meg Mitchell Moore

ooh, I loved this. Very reminiscent of other stories focused on multi generations at a family Maine summer home. I really enjoyed the changing p.o.v. from chapter to chapter and the writing in general was great. Certain sentences were just beautifully crafted, capturing feelings and moments that went straight to your heart.

When I talked about this with Melissa there was something I liked about it that was a turnoff to her. That was that I found none of the characters to be terrible people or wonderful people. Everyone was a real person and consequently I didn’t find any real heightened drama. (As opposed to Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan.) (We both agreed though that we found it annoying that one person didn’t want to tell someone else something. Just tell him already.)

For myself in the future: this is the Maine book where an adult woman and her children go every summer and she grew up every summer there, too. Her father is a retired judge and has dementia now. She loves being there, though is having some marital woes-her podcasting husband isn’t joining them. Meanwhile, a young woman from Pennsylvania comes to town and is spying on them. This “mystery” is very quickly revealed. Lots of questions of haves and have nots, growing up with a safety net and money.

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Two Truths and a Lie by Meg Mitchell Moore

I enjoyed this very much-a perfect summertime read.
A woman and her daughter move to a seaside town that has a ruling clique of moms. Everyone gossips, drinks a lot, and is kind of the worst. But they aren’t seeking to be vicious or harm anyone. It’s a very large social group, which I found nearly unfathomable. And before you can brush everyone off you realize that the former “head” of the group actually has a personality and she’s a widow and there’s a lot of grief there. The newcomer improbably is able to penetrate this group, which causes all kinds of waves and friction. She has a secretive background (which the reader will very quickly figure out.)
What I liked about this was every now and then there would be a voice (one of the women, but you don’t know who) talking about that summer from some point in the future. So you are pretty sure things are going to come to a head that summer with some kind of big event, though you aren’t sure what.

There’s also more than just Mean Girls as Grownups going on. There’s the daughter who has just graduated high school and doesn’t want to go to college and has a semi-secret budding career online. (I was so relieved it wasn’t a sex thing.) There’s a couple of romances which might be sincerely sweet. And of course there is the big secret of the newcomer.

I thought this was a great classic beach read.