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Boardwalk Summer

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  40 reviews
In the town of Tranquility Bay, summer is the season of second chances...
Single mother Hope Thompson has built a happy life for herself and her twins in beautiful Tranquility Bay, Washington. She doesn t dwell on her painful past especially not on the man who broke her heart all those years ago. But when Hope s beloved son needs help, she takes a desperate chance and reaches out to
Published June 27th 2017 by Berkley
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Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance. Women's Fiction

Boardwalk Summer is an emotionally charged novel that is bound to make readers feel love and hope in their hearts. It's not a lighthearted book by any means (looking at the cover you may think so) and readers are probably going to feel their hearts tugging while reading. I don't want to spoil what the emotional aspect of the story is, but if you absolutely NEED to know you can find it in this small spoiler/>
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Hope and Nick are forced to overcome many obstacles to try and help their son; it’s a life and death matter. Hope is a very private and guarded person, with her sons’ trouble Hope has been forced to become even more precautions and guarded about her life. Nick has always lived life in the fast lane; from absentee parents to fast cars and faster women, Nick are thrown a huge curve to find out he’s a dad.

Boardwalk Summer is a very hope filled novel. Hope that overcome a parents worse nightmare, h
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Boardwalk Summer was such a sweet surprise. I was a little caught off guard by how un-put-downable it was. It reminded me a little bit of a Lifetime/Hallmark movie. It was sweet, a bit dramatic, and full of heart. And really, I didn't put this one down. It would make a great summer beach or poolside read.
The cover was deceiving to me. It looks like this book should be much lighter and fluffier than it really is. I wouldn't consider the book heavy, despite the subject matter, but it does h
Linda Zagon
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Review I would like to thank First to Read, Berkley Books and Kimberly Fisk for the ARC (advanced reading copy) of "Boardwalk Summer" by Kimberly Fisk for my honest review.

The genres for this book are Women's Fiction, Fiction and Romance.

I really liked the characters in this story. Kimberly Fisk describes them as flawed, worried, insecure, fearful, brave, courageous and hopeful. These are characters that could live in our community.

Hope is a single mother o
Maudeen Wachsmith
An emotional read great to include in the beach bag this summer. This book was the winner of the prestigious Golden Heart Award from the Romance I Writer's of America. Hope is the single mother of boy/girl twins, living life with her family in the Pacific NW when her son is diagnosed with leukemia. Only a bone marrow transplant will save him. But since neither she nor her daughter are matches, this means contacting her estranged mother and the children's' father, a nationally-known race-car driv ...more
received through First To Read(Penquin) for review
3.5 stars
I really liked the synopsis of the story. We have a second chance at love with a secret pregnancy. The story has great characters. My only exception being, Hope. It took me a while to warm up to her. She made a lot of assumptions about Nick before giving him a chance to show her who he became. I did like how she fought for her kids and tried to protect them. There was angst without being over the top dramatic. Nice read for a
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feel-good
The pink clouds on the cover of Boardwalk Summer are a bit deceiving. This book from Kimberly Fisk is certainly not only a romance-only. We meet Hope Thomson, a single mum, juggling between going to the hospital to her son Joshua, trying to console his twin sister Susan and keeping two jobs to pay for all the bills.

Joshua has been diagnosed with cancer. After the first successful treatments, the cancer reappeared and this time, there is no other option than to find a donor for him. K
Laurie Ryan
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. What a poignant story. The reunion between Hope and Nick is for a desperate need that immediately pulled me into the story. These two had no choice but to work together, their common goal reminding them of so much more. I loved the main characters. They had depth and the emotions felt real. And the secondary characters, the kids and Hope's friend, were just as thought out. I'll be hoping the author has more stories in the works because this one tugged at my heart and made me want to read mo ...more
Jessie Young
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a sit and read all day cuz you can't put it down type book. The storyline is simple but so real. Characters were authentic and lifelike. Well developed throughout the story. They interacted naturally. Feelings were real not exaggerated. Deals with many issues but not in an overly dramatic way. I was hooked pretty much from the beginning and found myself rooting for the characters to "win". Great love story. Great family dynamics story. It is a quick enjoyable read. Loved it. Can't wait t ...more
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I received this ARC from Goodreads giveaways.

Wow! This is my first book by Kimberly Fisk and I'll be reading more!

Wonderful storyline and a great pace... more to come to my review later.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jerjen

Boardwalk Summer
By Kimberly Fisk
ISBN13: 9780425235157
Author’s website:
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jerjen


In the town of Tranquility Bay, summer is the season of second chances…

Single mother Hope Thompson has built a happy life for herself and her twins in beautiful Tranquility Bay, Washington. She doesn t dwell on her painful past especially not on the man who broke her heart all those years ago. But when Hope s belove
Barb Lie
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Boardwalk Summer by Kimberly Fisk is an emotional second chance romance. Hope Thompson, is a single mom, who lives with her two children, Susan and Joshua in Tranquility Bay, Washington. Years before, Hope left her hometown to start a new life, after finding out she was pregnant, and her then boyfriend left town and never returned as promised. Hope had tried to contact the father, but unsuccessfully. She had no relationship with her mother, who pushed her away. Content and happy with her wonder ...more
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time with the star factor because I tend to be too hard on romances. I finally added a fourth star because I realized I had been reading the book nonstop, so it must have caught my interest!

The characters are strong and sympathetic; nobody gets on your nerves too much; things don’t get sappy. The plot stays realistic even if the romantic “leading man” is a very famous, very wealthy wealthy NASCAR driver. The way Fisk wove him into the picture made perfect sense.

Hope Thompson and N
Suze Lavender
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hope is a single mother. She raised her twins, Joshua and Susan, mostly by herself. She became pregnant at seventeen and thought she and Nick shared something special, but Nick let her down and she had no choice but to move and start over. She made a life for herself in Tranquility Bay and never thought she'd see Nick again. However, when her son's life is in danger she calls him and asks for his help.

Nick is a famous race car driver. He's won many prizes and has achieved almost all
Kelly (Simply Kelina) C.
4.75 Rating

I was sent this book as part of a blog tour. Thank you to the author for allowing me to read this emotional and page turning story.

Let me start by saying the cover is stunning, but it is deceiving! This involves teenage pregnancy, a bad boy, and a life changing illness for one of the characters. I would never get any of that from the cover. Also, the significance of the boardwalk will not be what you think, it is even better!

I am the type of reader
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story starts out with a woman named Hope Thompson trying to contact her estranged mother and non existent father of her twin children because the boy is really sick. Joshua the boy (a teen actually) is stuck in the hospital for most of the story and is kind of gloomy (rightfully so). The twin sister Susan is avoiding the hospital most of the story and going off with her friend. Hope does pretty much everything she can to take care of her children with out relying on others and it nearly kill ...more
I saw this one offered as part of the Penguin First To Read program and the synopsis intrigued me. Getting a call out of the blue telling you that not only are you the father of a 15-year-old son that you never knew about, but that he needs your help, is sure to make for a good story!

This is a perfect summer read for an afternoon by the pool. With no interruptions you should be able to finish this book in an afternoon, and it has everything you want from a good summer romance; confli
Elizabeth H.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Review written by Marie for Ever After Book Reviews!

4.5 Stars!

Oh my goodness, this was not at all what I was expecting. This emotionally charged story is far from light-hearted. It’s a raw, emotional story that will hit you in all the feels.

Hope and Nick loved each other once. And in a moment of desperation, Hope is forced to confront that love head on, as she and Nick must learn to overcome a past full of mistakes to save the very life that they’ve created together.

This was a/>4.5
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-to-read
Thanks to First to Read for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. Boardwalk Summer by Kimberly Fisk was a great summer/beach read. A sweet story about loss, love, hope and second chances. Hope Thompson is a single mother to twins and lives in Tranquility Bay, Washington. When her son, Joshua, gets sick with leukemia and needs a transplant, Hope has to turn to two people who stopped being there for her sixteen years ago, the father of her children and her mother. Nick Fortune is a famous NASC ...more
☘Tara Sheehan☘
At first glance you’d think this is going to be another simple romance novel, perfect for summer time and the beach. Well, you’d be a little bit right but it’s not just a simple romance novel.

Fisk does provide tender love scenes wrapped amidst some tough topics such as single parenting, balancing work-family life, and worst of all a very sick child dealing with cancer of all things especially when it’s not as simple as it first appears.

As a mother I felt like I had bonded
Lynn Brooks
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartwarming! A sweet & feisty reunion story. Great characters, a heart-tugging story line, and a race against time to get a happy ending. Really enjoyed this book!

NASCAR phenomenon Nick Fortune is living the life! A successful career, on the verge of breaking a huge industry record, a great group that’s like family surrounding him for the ride. To say he’s shocked to get a message from his old high school girlfriend after all of these years is putting it mildly, but when he does
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book I have read by Kimberly Fisk. She is an awesome writer! This is the best book I have read this summer! I enjoyed the book from beginning to end. I cried a few times while reading this book. The story has made me think about how precious life is. We will move heaven and earth to help our children be healthy. We never can give up trying to help the doctors find a cure. Ms. Fisk handle a difficult health problem with such class and dignity. She reminds us we can never give ...more
Margaret Tidwell
FTC: I received a free copy of this book from Pump Up Your Book in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are one hundred percent true and my own.

Boardwalk Summer by Kimberly Fisk was a good book but very predictable. Even with that being said I really did enjoy this book and I would love to read more books by this author. I really enjoyed her writing and her characters throughout the book. I really liked Nick, and I
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.

Hope Thompson and Nick Fortune were high school sweethearts. They made plans for the future. Nick left to start on the dream with plans to return for Hope. Instead, Nick didn't return and Hope found herself pregnant and alone. She ended up moving across the country and raising twins by herself. Sixteen years later, a medical emergency has Hope reaching out to Nick for help. This was not a light, easy summer read. It was a very emoti
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
they were teenage lovers; he left town to make his fortune and it took a lot longer than he thought it would. She finds out she is pregnant and is kicked out by her mother. Sixteen years later her son (fraternal twins) has cancer and needs bone marrow. Hope contacts Nick who is furious she didn't contact him as soon as she knew she was preggers. He is not a match but the evil grandmother is. Granny does the transplant and disappears from the book.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very inspiring book that i enjoyed reading a lot. Here we have Hope a single mother of twins and she lives a pretty good life. She leaves the pain of her past an moves on with her life by raising her children. However, when her son has issues and problems she goes on the deep end to face the one man that broke her heart all those years ago to help save her son. Nick is shocked to see her again let alone the fact he is a father. A must read for book lovers everywhere.
Nancy Alexander
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Contemporary Second Chance
Wonderful story of a second chance love between a single mom-Hope Thompson with twins Joshua & Susan and the father Nick Fortune. Nick was a champion race car driver & didn’t know he was the father of twins. Joshua had a life threatening disease & Hope needed to find Nick to notify him of his children & that Joshua was very ill. This was a very emotional, tissues needed story but it will leave you with a smile. Enjoy!!
Shanique Edwards
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, 2017
This is really all I want in a romance novel. A secret baby story (that's my genre kryptonite for romance), a heroine who knows her mind and has a strong personality, and a hero who shows a range of emotions. Also on the pro side: a pretty unique premise, an excellent bestie, and two kids with age-appropriate snark and complexity.
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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