Gabriela O’Brien is devoted to the girls at Briarwood Academy—even when their bad behavior earns them an entire summer at a remote campground in Echo Lake, Vermont. When the headmaster assigns Gabi to be their chaperone, how can she refuse? A long, hot summer with neither indoor plumbing nor wireless access might be just what she needs to get her own life in order…right?
Before Briarwood took over Camp Echo, Luke Magellan spent years there helping troubled boys. When four spoiled rich girls and their seemingly uptight den mother show up for the summer, it’s hard to hide his amusement as he watches them tackle the great outdoors. But it’s even tougher to resist the passion he sees in Gabi—especially when he learns about her past, and sees how much she cares about her students. Is this destined to be just a grownup version of a summer-camp romance—or can they find enough in common to build a love for all seasons?
Gabi and Luke are loveable, funny characters with hearts of gold and an unflinching desire to help kids in need, but in different ways. Gabi does it through an over-privileged boarding school for girls and Luke does it through a camp for troubled boys. You’d think they wouldn’t have the same problems, but oddly enough, they do. Luke is tasked with helping Gabi facilitate a punishment for four of the boarding school teens as they are sentenced to a month at Luke’s camp. What follows next are many laugh-out-loud scenes filled with hijinks…and heart!
If I had to describe this book in one word, I’d say it with “heart.” This story is filled with so much heart, it’s overflowing. It’s funny, heartfelt and completely engaging. I couldn’t put it down! The romance is slow-burning and all the characters have a complex beauty that brings the whole book together!
Maggie McGinnis is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine. Her stories are full of hope, love, laughs and LOTS of heart. There’s that word again. I still can’t use it enough. If you’ve got an ache in your soul, I suggest you take two Maggie McGinnis reads and text me in the morning…or don’t, because you’re too busy reading!
I highly recommend this and any book by the author. You’ll not be disappointed!
I want to thank the publisher for generously gifting me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.