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Sunday, August 1, 2021

The Summer Seekers by Sarah Morgan- Feature and Review


Get swept into a summer of sunshine, soul-searching, and shameless matchmaking with this delightfully big-hearted road-trip adventure!

Kathleen is eighty years old. After she has a run-in with an intruder, her daughter wants her to move in to a residential home. But she’s not having any of it. What she craves—what she needs—is adventure.

Liza is drowning under the daily stress of family life. The last thing she needs is her mother jetting off on a wild holiday, making Liza long for a solo summer of her own.

Martha is having a quarter-life crisis. Unemployed, unloved and uninspired, she just can’t get her life together. But she knows something has to change.

When Martha sees Kathleen’s advertisement for a driver and companion to share an epic road trip across America with, she decides this job might be the answer to her prayers. She’s not the world’s best driver, but anything has to be better than living with her parents. And traveling with a stranger? No problem. Anyway, how much trouble can one eighty-year-old woman be?

As these women embark on the journey of a lifetime, they all discover it’s never too late to start over.

As these women embark on the journey of a lifetime, they all discover it's never too late to start over....



The Summer SeekersThe Summer Seekers by Sarah Morgan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Summer Seekers by Sarah Morgan is a 2021 HQN publication.

Kathleen, once the host of a popular travel series, hasn’t been on a journey is quite some time. She’s eighty years old, and her taskmaster daughter, Liza, is hellbent on moving her to a residential home.

But after tangling with an intruder, Kathleen realizes that what she really needs is a new adventure. To that end she advertises for a driver as she makes plans for a long overdue road trip.

Liza is not invited- as Kathleen feels she would be a wet noodle and worry incessantly about her teenage daughters. Instead, she asks Liza to check on her cat while she's away- although she's already assigned that task to her neighbor...

Martha never quite measured up to her sister and her family reminds of this regularly. She’s at crossroads in her life after a divorce and no clear career path, when she sees Kathleen’s ad. Martha doesn’t even like to drive, but with nothing to lose, and the need to get away from her family and ex-husband, she applies for the job.

Meanwhile, Liza is questioning her approach to life. She reads a magazine article listing eight possible signs one’s marriage might be in trouble. Believing she and her husband are in a rut, Liza begins to resent how her organization keeps the family running- but also gives her family a free pass to take advantage.

Deciding she needs a break- she moves into Kathleen’s while she’s away and discovers a cache of old, unopened letters from a mysterious friend of her mother’s, while also striking up a flirty friendship with her mother’s neighbor- a famous rock star…

This is a fun, touching, feel good story- an absolute perfect beach read – but a story one can read anytime for a nice pick me up.

My virtual road trip with Kathleen was a real mood enhancer! Kathleen is an inspiration. I love how she continued to seek out adventure and live her life to the fullest- but, the real lesson I took away from Kathleen’s story is that it is never too late to make amends, to make peace with the past, to admit mistakes, and to grow as a person.

I liked Martha, too- especially the way she cared for Kathleen. Her story is also one of personal growth as she gains confidence in herself. Her story also comes with a romantic element, which was nice- but perhaps a little too rushed.

Liza spent years distanced from her mother and resentful of the way her mother prioritized her career over family. She has a lifetime of habits to overcome, but with the help of her family, she’s learning to relax, take a little time for herself, and put a little more spontaneity in her life.

Liza and Kathleen have personal issues to contend with- but the relationship between the mother and daughter is mingled together as they begin to open up to one another in ways they never could before.

Overall, the story is light, nothing overly dramatic or weighty- just three women at various stages in life, having the courage to reassess, and take stock of their lives and make necessary changes. It’s also a story about mothers and daughters, family, and friendship, with a heartwarming conclusion that put a big smile on my face!!



Sarah Morgan is a USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of romance and women's fiction. She has sold over 18 million copies of her books and her work has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Booklist.

Sarah lives near London, England with her family and when she isn't writing or reading, she likes to spend time outdoors hiking or riding her mountain bike.

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  1. This put a smile on my face, too! Excellent review, Julie💜 I’m really glad you enjoyed it, too.

    1. Thank you very much, Jonetta!! Glad we both enjoyed this one!


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