Book Review: The Other Side of Summer by Elyse Douglas

The Other Side of Summer Cover RTitle: The Other Side of Summer
Author: Elyse Douglas
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Joanna Halloran, a best selling writer and astrologer, lives in a beach house overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. After a violent storm, she roams the beach, glances seaward and spots a man clinging to a piece of wreckage, being tossed helplessly. She dives in and pulls him to safety. Robert Zachary Harrison is from a wealthy, political family. As he slowly recovers from a private plane crash, he and Joanna fall in love and spend passionate and secluded weeks together. But because of family duty, Robert departs, not knowing Joanna is pregnant.

Twenty five years later, Senator Robert Harrison is running for President of the United States.  In the midst of a contentious presidential campaign, Joanna’s beautiful daughter, who has a passion to expose secrets, seeks revenge on the father she has never met.  She also begins a passionate relationship with her father’s adopted son.

Joanna and Robert must confront the past and present.  While the world watches, they struggle with old passions and new secrets that could destroy them both.

In The Other Side of Summer, astrologer and best-selling author Joanna Halloran lives in a beach house overlooking the Atlantic Ocean (getting jealous yet? Because I sure am). After a storm passes over, she notices a man clinging to a piece of wreckage and dives in and saves him. His name is Robert, and his family is wealthy and influential, but that doesn’t stop him from falling for his rescuer in a minute. Joanna and Robert start a passionate love affair that ends a few weeks later when Robert is forced to go home.

Twenty-five years later, Robert is running for president when the daughter he never knew he had – the child he and Joanna conceived during their brief affair – visits him and starts a relationship with his adoptive son.

The book is more than just a contemporary romance – it’s a family saga, a book about the bonds of family, about love (not just between partners but between parents and children), about life and the choices we make. It’s heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. The writing is hauntingly beautiful, and the author has a talent for crafting believable characters, although not all of them (read: Robert) are equally likeable.

An excellent book, and I look forward to reading more by this author.


  1. Thanks for posting and for the review. It is much appreciated.

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