Elizabeth Margaret--better known as Em--has always known what her life would contain: an internship at her father's firm, a degree from Harvard, and a career as a lawyer. The only problem is, it's not what she wants. So when she gets the opportunity to get away and spend a month with the aunt she never knew, she jumps at the chance. While there, Em learns that her family has some pretty significant secrets. And then there's Cade, the laid-back local surfer boy who seems to be everything Em isn't. Naturally, she can't resist him, and as their romance blossoms, Em feels that for the first time ever, she is really living life on her own terms.
The Summer My Life Began is a perfect beach read—light, romantic, and full of island flavor. Elizabeth Margaret (a.k.a. Em) received a mysterious letter from her Aunt Matilda, whom she never knew existed, and who wants her to come visit for the summer. Em’s family is stern about Em’s future as a lawyer, and they’re afraid once Em has had a taste of island life, she may become as free-spirited as Matilda.
Em’s secret dream is to be a chef, not a lawyer like her family has pushed for. When Em visits her Aunt Matilda (a.k.a. Tilly) for the summer, Tilly’s chef allows Em free reign over the kitchen. What could be better than a relaxing summer vacation full of delicious meals created with local ingredients? How about a hot surfer boy by the name of Cade? Unfortunately, Cade’s hiding secrets of his own, along with the rest of Em’s family. Does Em really want to know what the feud between her family and Tilly is about, or will her quest for the truth lead to something bigger than her?
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