About the Book
Book: Sweet Summer
Author: Christina Sinisi
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Release date: July 6, 2021
Shelby Marano is the youngest of three sisters and was always Daddy’s baby girl–until
her father was murdered. Ever since, she’s been running from anyone or anything that
could truly hurt her. Instead, she seeks calculated thrills that leave her exhilarated, but
when she’s caught outside during a summer storm, she quickly realizes not all adventures
are within her control.
Tyler Burgess offers her both refuge from the rain and a safe place to land.
Time spent with Tyler proves him to be much more than just a nerd in a history museum,
but what she finds out about him is a dealbreaker for her. As Shelby’s perfect little world
is threatened by family health issues and an unknown stalker, she learns the hard lesson
that no one can hide from the dangers of life. Can Shelby let her sisters, Tyler, and even
more importantly, God, show her in one Sweet Summer, that love is worth taking the
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About the Author
A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, Christina Sinisi writes stories about families, both the broken and blessed. Her works include a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest and the American Title IV Contest in which she appeared in the top ten in the Romantic Times magazine. Her published books include The Christmas Confusion and Sweet Summer, the first two books in the Summer Creek Series, as well as the Christmas On Ocracoke and the upcoming Why They Call it Falling. By day, she’s a psychology professor and lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina with my husband, two grown children and Hemingway cat, Chessie.
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In Sweet Summer, Tyler and Shelby play tourist in their hometown city (or at least, the city next to their small hometown of Summer Cree), Charleston, South Carolina. While Charleston has been labeled as one of the top tourist destinations in the world, the city and its surroundings hang on to some of the South’s special charm.
I am not a native Charlestonian, but am native to the South. I grew up in the mountains of Virginia where my family traces its roots back into the 1700s and a family farm. While there are many similarities between Fincastle, Virginia and Summer Creek, South Carolina (a mixture of real life towns Summerville and Goose Creek), there are also differences.
My husband and I moved here in pursuit of a job when my son turned one and he’s about to turn 28 so we have become very attached to the city. Since then, we’ve loved trying all the restaurants we can afford (or if our jobs are paying, can’t afford) in Charleston. The food is fantastic. The beaches are beautiful and the history is awe-inspiring.
One dish that we didn’t have in the mountains where I grew up is shrimp and grits. Makes sense, given that we only visited the beach one time during my childhood. There were creeks and lakes with their catfish and trout, but no shrimp.
You can buy shrimp at the farmer’s market and on the side of the road here in Charleston. I love the former and don’t trust the latter. Still, I pursue shrimp and grits around the LowCountry and up to Pawley’s Island. I don’t think I can share the real restaurant’s name here, but my favorites come from a restaurant on Pawley’s (just south of Myrtle Beach) and one on the Isle of Palms (next to Sullivan’s Island where Fort Moultrie is located next to Charleston). For legal reasons, I had to change the name in my book, but there’s only one little restaurant on a side road of the Isle of Palms with six different ways of preparing shrimp and grits.
My recipe comes from a completely different source…adapted from various recipes, including one of those Junior League cookbooks that raise money for charity. I love those books because of the homey, personal feel—and hope you enjoy the dish! *And the book!
Shrimp and Grits:
2 cups heavy cream
¼ lb. butter (1 stick)
2 cups water
1 cup grits
Salt and white pepper to taste
Heat cream and water to boil. Add butter, salt, and pepper. Slowly add grits and reduce heat. Cook 20 minutes, stirring every once in a while. OPTION: Add sharp cheddar cheese or crumbled bleu cheese and stir in to melt after the grits are cooked.
Note: If grits aren’t the right consistency after twenty minutes, continue to cook. I have tried this with varying amounts of liquid. The key is to be patient and stir to prevent lumps.
Take your choice: Blackened or Gumbo style.
2 lb. shrimp
Canned or fresh shoepeg corn
Saute shrimp and onion in butter. As you stir, sprinkle with desired amount of seasoning, depending on how much heat you prefer. Stir in corn at end to just heat. Spoon on top of grits.
OR Gumbo style:
Let’s be real. You can’t beat Zatarain’s gumbo mix.
2 lb. shrimp
Rope of Andouille sausage
Red bell pepper, diced
Onion, diced or sliced
Saute all ingredients to cook. Follow gumbo mix directions for sauce. Serve on top of grits.
By the way, no one said any of this was healthy! Live a little!
That’s part of the point of Sweet Summer. Even during life’s hardships, we need to find the little joys. God bless!
Most of us are familiar with the saying, “opposites attract.” This story is the perfect example of how people are attracted to others that are not quite their type. I remember when my husband and I first met we didn’t like each other at all. I thought he was very handsome but he irritated me. It’s funny that thirty-eight years later we still irritate each other but are still in love with each other like newlyweds.
I loved everything about this story and how realistic and relatable it is. Shelby is a fun character and I enjoyed her carefree attitude but serious side as well. Her faith has been almost non existent since her father was murdered when she was young. I know she still hurts from losing him. She has been hurt by a guy she thought was the one. When she meets Tyler she starts to doubt they are compatible.
Tyler oh my how I liked him. He is a loner and some call him a nerd. He is uncomfortable around women and I felt so sorry for him as he tried to have a conversation with Shelby. What I admired was his dedication to his parents. Some may say he gave up his life to take care of them, but I think he gained respect, compassion and a big heart. The scripture, “Honor your mother and father,” suits him well. It was hard to read about his mother who has Alzheimer because my mother had the same thing. If I could hug Tyler I would. His father is a little gruff at time but maybe watching your wife who is not well is part of the reason.
The story has a few surprises in it which was interesting. There is a point in the story where Shelby feels betrayed by Tyler. My heart went out to both of them. For Tyler he knows taking care of his parents was never a sacrifice and he doesn’t regret one minute he has spent with them. Shelby has a trust issue which affects every relationship she has. Can these two people work through their problems ? To find out you must read this emotional story filled with hope, family and faith.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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