Author: Sarah Madison
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 5.00 of 5 Stars
Working for a California-based film production company, David McIntyre is the go-to man for matching the right location to the right project for the right price. On an extended trip to Hawaii, he hires Sutton’s Air Service to cart him all around to some of the most exotic locations in the South Pacific. During one of those trips, a freak tropical storm forces them to make a crash landing, leaving both men stranded without a radio and with very little in the way of food and water. Rick Sutton’s injuries make it imperative that they be rescued soon, and David finds himself calling on all his professional skills to keep both of them alive.
It takes a vivid dream about WW2 however, to make David realize that he has real feelings for Rick—more than just his natural concern that both of them get out of this mess alive. But putting his heart on the line might be the greatest risk David has ever taken—does he have the courage to make it before time runs out on both of them?
Josie Goodreads’s View:
Sarah Madison’s Boys of Summer is an unusual story, it has it all, a contemporary will they won’t they romance, a disaster in a plane crash, and a historical in the WW2 ‘dream’ part of the story. The cover is also perfect, and its impact cannot be understated. The cover is what initially drew me to the book, but what I read was so much more than the sum of its cover.
David McIntyre is a film scout who hires Rick Sutton and his plane for trips around Hawaii and the surrounding islands scouting for film locations; it’s during one of these trips that a storm forces them to crash land on a deserted and forgotten atoll, one that was last used during WW2. The first part of the book is devoted to the bid for survival, trying to find water, food, shelter all the while Rick’s injuries from the crash adding tension to the situation. I loved the character building here, the banter that flowed between them, and how they gradually came to trust and rely on each other. I’m also a fan of Corsairs, so Sarah using make as the plane found on the atoll immediately put me in the right head space for the WW2 element of the story.
In the WW2 ‘dream’ we get to meet an earlier version of Rick and David. David is a physicist working at Bletchley Park and Rick is an American fighter pilot with the RAF during the Battle of Britain. They form a tentative friendship which gradually evolves into more, and it’s heart-breaking to read, many a time I had to stop and wipe away the tears. Sarah’s research really shines here as she delves into the day to day life and horrors the fighter pilots, and in a small part the civilians, had to endure.
Once past the ‘dream’ and back into the modern day story David and Rick struggle to survive and attract rescue, with Rick getting sicker as each day passes. David remembers the dream vividly but is he strong enough to reach out to Rick and take a chance to finally be with the man he loves?
No words of mine can truly do this book justice, it is beautiful, packed full of emotions so powerful they pull you in and won’t let go. The characterization is perfect, the story revolves around the two men, and it works, you don’t feel the lack of anyone else, you don’t need anyone else, David and Rick are just perfect together, and the story is so well told it just flows superbly. I’m a hopeless romantic at heart and in a book like this I like to think that souls can be reincarnated, and given a second chance. Readers can interpret the dream in many ways but that’s how I like to interpret it.
This is my first book by Sarah Madison but it certainly won’t be my last. I devoured it and it’s moved into the ranks of my top ten all time books. It’s one I’ll read time and time again. For anyone who wants a timeless love story, full of angst, hurt/comfort and triumph over adversity look no further than The Boys of Summer, you won’t be disappointed.
This review was originally posted on Mrsconditreadsbooks.com which is no longer online.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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