Summer Island Hope
by Ciara Knight
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Pub Date 9 May 2022 | Archive Date Not set
Business tycoon, Weston Knox, focused on his career avoiding marriage and family since his mother died in childbirth until he met Kathleen. Now, he wants nothing more than to sweep his soon-to-be fiancé off her feet to live on private islands in exotic locations until he arrives to find her so ill she can barely stand on her own.
Fit, fabulous, and fifty make Kathleen Stein’s life perfect, especially since she’s about to marry the man of her dreams-a workaholic with no desire for children-when she discovers she’s pregnant.
Together, they must learn to navigate through fear of family, a high-risk pregnancy, troublesome family, friends, and a mischievous ferret to find their new happily ever after.
Average rating from 32 members
You'll love the characters in this story. Two people with their life in order meet new challenge as unexpected pregnancy happens. Learn how they deal and how their friends help.
Summer Island Hope by Ciara Knight is a good, different, unique, lovely story.
I loved this book! It makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside… A perfect summer read!
The characters and their development was interesting. I loved following Weston and Kathleen's story to find happiness and love.
A story about overcoming fears, family, pregnancy, family and friends. This book filled my heart with so much happiness.
Heart-warming and full of surprises I devoured this well written novel!
“I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”
Author Collective 20,
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A long romance and a surprise baby. Kat and Wes must face their past lives and learn that they are going to be great parents.
Summer Island Hope by Ciara Knight is another visit to Summer Island with the group of friends Wind, Trace, Jewel and Kat. The girls are now in their 50's and Kat has come home with her new partner Wes when she discovers she is pregnant for the first time. The story covers dealing with both Kat and Wes's fears about the pregnancy and how life could change and shows us the importance of love and the support of friends and family.
Although part of a series, this book works perfectly well as a stand alone. The characters are all likeable and believable as is always the case in Ciara's books. The topic is covered with care and respect and offers an insight into concerns many of us never need to consider, but maybe we should!
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This was a quick, easy and cute read that would be perfect to read during the summer on a sun lounger.Good writing with a good flow and pacing and extremely well developed charcaters that I loved. I really enjoyed it.
This book gave me all the good feels. Kat and Wes are both in their 50’s and never wanted children. Less work and more travel was what they planned on. Of course the universe had other plans for them and a baby is now their future. This was a book filled with trepidation, fear and an emotional roller coaster of feelings. It brought back memories of my pregnancies. It was a very touching and emotional book. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
Weston Knox has met his true love Kathleen Stein. They are both dedicated to their very successful careers and want for nothing. Theirs has been a rolling romance, but they are carrying scars from their family life in their childhood. Weston’s mother died in childbirth, the first born and never forgiven by his father. Kathleen’s mother was distant with her and threw money at staff to look after her and also kept the house clean. Both Weston and Kathleen had a miserable childhood believing they were unwanted and unloved.
Now in midlife Weston wants be with Kathleen forever and she feels just the same way. In discussions together they have decided that they don’t want a family. They want to travel, enjoy each other and use their wealth to live a life of luxury, enjoying their time together without ties. Unknown to Kathleen, Weston has sold his business and is on his way to her gorgeous house on Summer Island. With him on the plane is a beautiful engagement ring that he has commissioned just for her, both unique and stunning.
However Kathleen is ill with a debilitating sickness bug that she just cannot get rid of. She feels very weak and frail, but her friends are with her. They have been together, the four of them, since childhood and they know all about Weston and how much she wants to be with him, despite her engagement refusals in the past. He managed to get on an earlier flight than he told her, so he is sure she will be surprised to see him. He plans to ask her to marry him upon his arrival at her door. In 1785 Robert Burns wrote “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry”, and unfortunately this happens once again, as sadly his proposal is halted before he gets a chance to propose. He is warned off because Kathleen is so ill. Her friends have bought a pregnancy testing kit, just to rule a disastrous pregnancy out.
Kathleen needs to do this pregnancy test. She has discovered she is late and worries what will happen if she is pregnant. She prays the test is not positive as she fears that will end their relationship and she will be a single parent. This is their story of a high risk pregnancy, two lovers and very protective friends.
This story was well told and poignant. The characterisation was very good with a relatable cast of great friends who were loyal and supportive. I enjoyed the romance and my favourite character was Weston, who stood by his girlfriend and adored her. I had a traumatic pregnancy although I was still in my twenties and so I empathised with the loving couple and their dilemma. Nine months is a long time when there are concerns about both mother and child. The research undertaken by the author was meticulous and added authenticity to her story. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Defy the Dark Publishing through my membership of NetGalley. These are my own honest and well considered opinions. This is an easy read with an involving story filled with interesting and diverse characters to keep you turning the pages.
This book is about kat the lawyer that is moving back and doing work remotely for now. Wes is the live of her life but has turned down 5 proposals only because she didn't want to end up like her mother. Wes wants to marry her cause she is the only woman for him. But when the unexpected happen they both get scared and comes to terms and they both come to an agreement.
I enjoyed the story of kat and wes.. it was very quick read , I read it in one day. I. always enjoy cara knight books
A wholesome story following Wes and Kat as she falls pregnant at 50. The couple hadn’t planned on becoming parents and they didn’t know if the pregnancy would make it nor their relationship. A good group of friends surround the couple as they work out their next steps which adds to the telling. An interesting look at pregnancies of women close to the menopause and the risks and impacts.
I really enjoyed this book! It had me hooked from the first chapter, and kept me on my toes the entire time! I fell in love with the characters and the romance!
Thank you NetGalley, Ciara Knight and Author Collective 20 for the book Summer Island Hope. This is my personal review.
I started reading this book with the feeling that I had read this storyline many times but the further I read I was on to a book that had me hooked.
Weston and Kathleen had a life changing event that gave them so much to think about. With each other side by side they handled the changes and filled their lives with so much happiness. Along the path there was fear, love, decisions, family, and friends that made their fills fuller than they ever imagined it could be.
The author did a fantastic job of making me care deeply for Weston and Kathleen.
This is a perfect book to grab and sit in a comfy chair in the sun and spend the day with the characters in the story.
This third book in the Friendship Beach Series, Summer Island Hope by Ciara Knight is a true hit to the heart. I have been following this series from the beginning with this book having the most surprising and heart touching plot. Kat is the high power attorney who never expected to have a child while also having more than a little fear of the marriage commitment. Longtime boyfriend is the perfect man for her, with Wes thinking he would never be father material either. What a surprise they encounter after reaching the age of fifty plus.
This story touched my heart in so many ways. The shock and adjustment in their acceptance, the uncertainty, the friendships, and the confrontation with the past gave all the feels and emotions of what Kat and Wes were going through. The story was realistic and the characters relatable with the sweet surprise at the conclusion. And yes, we all want to be part of the Friendsters and Mansters.
A clean romance that borders on women’s fiction. While this is part of a series it would read well as a stand-alone. One to read today.
An ARC of the book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley which I voluntarily chose to read and reviewed. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
When you think you have your life figured out, life sometimes has other plans for you. That is what happens with Kat and Wes. Now they have to navigate and figure out what they are going to do now. This was never in their plans, but they do have to figure it out. There are a lot of ups and downs, for me there were a few holding my breath moments waiting to see what would happen.
Their journey continues, and they struggle to find the new balance in their life, and the path that is right for them. Life does throw them a curveball, but they face their new reality, and Ciara Knight writes the story, so we enjoy all that they go through, right along with them.
I received an ARC from Author Collective 20 through NetGalley.
Ms. Knight has once again wowed me with her latest extraordinary story. This is a truly beautiful and heartwarming story that is not to be missed. The characters are realistic and relatable with strong and endearing qualities and you just can't help but fall in love with them. I was pulled into the story right from the start and it held my attention till the very end. A later in life, touching, romantic story, Wes and Kat are thrown for a loop when they get some very shocking news. They are both forced to deal with their past while embracing this blessing and their future. This was a beautiful and heartwarming story that I really enjoyed. An emotional tale that will warm your heart and bring a smile to your face. The cast of characters are wonderfully well-developed and realistic and relatable which give them an authentic quality.
Really loved it and wholeheartedly recommend!
I received a complimentary copy from Netgalley and am voluntarily leaving my
I was thrilled to return to the 'Friendsters'. This book focuses on Kat who thinks her current symptoms indicate she's starting menopause when in fact, due to a supplement she takes which affects her birth control, is pregnant at 50.
Her boyfriend has always said he didn't want children due to his mother's death during childbirth. Now they must navigate the future and deal with a high risk pregnancy due to her age.
Are they able to work through the challenges? The significant others of her girlfriends welcome Wes and name themselves the 'mansters'. You'll laugh and cry as Wes and Kat face an uncertain future. I can't wait for the final book in the series.
I received a free ARC eBook from Net Galley and the publisher in exchange for my honest opinions.
I found this book thrilling the characters were fantastic and in the end this book stays with you long after you close the book this book is well worth the read I promise you wont be disappointed.
This is my second Ciara Knight book and I hope there will be more! She swept me away with this story. It was very fast paced. I would have enjoyed some more time with these characters.
The romance and pregnancy was the center of the story, but the friendships were just as important. All the women were strong, independent and had other interests along with their romances. The women also encouraged the men in their lives to support each other and have their own friendship.
I will be looking for Ciara's next book.
Summer Island Hope by Ciara Knight is a romance novel that is a fun read. The novel is part of a series, however I read it as a stand alone and understood everything. My only regret is that I am sure I would enjoy the other books in the series as well - so I will have to track them down.
Kat Stein is in love with Weston Knox. They have made plans around their future, which do not include children. But life happens and Kat finds herself pregnant with extreme morning sickness. Together they have a new landscape to figure out including a high risk pregnancy and their plans moving forward.
Summer Island Hope has some serious content about pregnancy over 50 and the higher chances of having a child with severe needs. However, it also allowed both Kat and Wes to share their love of each other and their determination to be better than their parents were at raising a child. Summer Island Hope by Ciara Knight is a great read.
Summer Island Hope specializes in love, care and hope, yet includes just the right amount of confusion. Kat finds herself pregnant at 50. She and long-term boyfriend/potential fiancé had their future planned. A baby was definitely not part of those plans. Unexpectedly pregnant while on the pill is tough, being 50 makes it that much harder. This romance will pull your heart strings as we follow Kat and Wes’ travels through their difficult journey of a late in life surprise. Their worries and troubles seem real and are written in a way to help us understand how this could really happen to a couple.
The Friendster group is back and are a large part of this stand-alone romance. They do their part to encourage, hold each other accountable and support Kat and Wes. Kat’s mother even gets in on the confusion. Explain to your mother that you are unwed and pregnant at 50 – not even!
Summer Island is a fantastic, clean series. Although each is a stand-alone, I have so enjoyed reading them in sequence. Looking forward to more.
Finding happily ever after is the theme of Summer Island Hope. And, what a beautiful and heartwarming story it is.
Kat and Wes are the main characters. They are in their early 50’s, thinking about marriage with no plans about having children. I have to say, all the characters are well developed and so likeable, you just want to be friends with them.
Definitely a very emotional and touching book that I highly recommend. Would be a great summer/beach read.
Many thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and author for the opportunity to read this book for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
This book hits home in today’s world where so many are waiting til later to have babies. It shows the true emotions and worries about what could happen and is very easy to read and a believable storyline. It’s a part of a series of which I’ve read them all and recommend the series as well as the others from this author.
A really good book. Nice to read a book with older characters as the leads. Thanks for the opportunity to read and review this book.
A truly lovely story, when Kat and Wes have a spanner thrown into their well planned life they discover that having a baby whilst unexpected can be the best thing for them. They slowly come to terms with how it affects their plans for the future and the reasons why they both thought children wasn’t for them. A well written and emotional read.
Summer Island Hope is a very well written romance. Great plot and character dynamics and a beach setting. I recommend this book. My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for my advance ebook. This is my unbiased review.
Loved the story and the characters.
I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and the publisher. This is my honest and personal review.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advance copy in exchange for my honest review and opinion. This is a series but you can read it as a stand alone book as well. Such a heartwarming read and I was unable to put it down. I can't wait to continue to read more of the series by this author.
I am going to let our high school English teacher know about this book, so she can let her students know about it in her classes.
Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read and enjoy Ciara Knight’s latest novel “Summer Island Hope”.
Karherine Stein and the Friendsters are back in this touching story about saying yes to life when you already have other plans.
Kat’s boyfriend, Weston Knox, comes along with an agenda of his own. Can two forceful individuals commit to building a life together?
If you have read the first two books (like me) of “A Friendship Beach Novel” series, you will devour this book. But if you haven’t, you will eagerly enjoy this story about family and love.
Jewels, Trace, Wind and Kat show us the true meaning of relying on friends to support you when life takes a detour.
This is a good book. The two main characters are Kat and Wes. Kat and Wes are attorneys and Wes owns a software company. They have been dating for five years. They each have very bust lives. Kat decides to buy her previous childhood home in Florida. Wes comes down from Florida to visit her. Kat realizes she is pregnant at fifty years old. She tells Wes he is going to be a father. They have lots of decisions to make, their love grows stronger.
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