The Summer We Lost by Helen Blacksmith.
After being approached by the author to review her upcoming novel, I had a great feeling about the story. The premise of the book was great, I was automatically drawn to it.
The Summer we Lost is the story of two lesbian characters, TJ and Gwen, who used to be childhood best friends. The two grown-ups end up meeting again years later, both with their own children now. Their children quickly become friends together, therefore, the mommies end up spending a crazy amount of time together as well, years after they were taken away from one another by their parents. Are things over between them, or will the time spent together be enough to relight the flame between them? What’s not to like about that.
As promising as the story was, I must admit I sometimes found myself lost at first, probably because of my less than perfect English skills. I also had a few troubles with the file format at first, which I already mentioned to the author before I wrote this review, and which already got rearranged right away and is no longer an issue with the final project.
To be honest, I think this story is a great one, but it could have been a lot longer. There are a few moments when the story between them goes so fast, it feels like the years they’ve lost meant nothing. I would’ve loved to see them talk a lot more about their stories since they’ve got taken away from their young love by their parents. There is a lot left unsaid, not that it makes the story any less good, I just think it would benefit it greatly.
With every great story being published, you need an army to edit and review the work, and I think a full team behind this author might benefit the book and her other projects a lot, with either grammar correction, fluidity, and other writing issues. Being a self-publishing author is a challenge nowadays and it is nice to see authors still giving all they have into a project they love as much. Helen Blacksmith is still new to the writing world, and I feel like she still has a lot to learn from those who currently dominate the charts. Her ideas are great, but they need more work to be 5 stars level. I did love the exchange I had with her and I am curious to see what her next projects will be.
I suggest you read the story to get your own opinion on it since I am still forging my own.
Get it on Amazon: http://a.co/dHZv070