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Tomorrow There Will Be Sun

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  1,006 ratings  ·  184 reviews
A private Mexican villa is the backdrop to this smart, absorbing story of a milestone vacation in a tropical paradise gone wrong, wrong, wrong.

Two families arrive in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. Jenna has organized the trip to celebrate her husband's fiftieth birthday--she's been looking forward to it for months. She's sure everything is goin
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Pamela Dorman Books
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Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
It is an undeniable truth that there is nothing duller than someone else’s travel mishaps. But when those mishaps are encountered to escape the worst vacation in the history of vacations, perhaps they deserve to be heard.

In my eyes, Jenna—the sole narrator of this novel—puts her foot in her mouth with those sentiments. In no way, shape or form is her vacation what I would consider the worst of the worst. Not even close. So, referencing her words, does that make Tomorrow There Will Be Sun und
Katie B
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This one left me feeling a bit conflicted about how much I truly enjoyed the book. I can't say I really liked any of the characters but yet I did have an interest in finding out what was going to happen in their lives. I guess I can file this one under the category of it was an okay way to pass the time but I probably won't remember much about this book within a couple months.

Jenna arrives in Puerto Vallarta to celebrate her husband's 50th birthday with her family. They will be sharing a house w
Sep 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
If you care to read about someone else’s boring and annoying vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, comprised of 2 couples/friends, with their kids, celebrating the two guys’ big 5-0, then go for it. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, though...

Add in two teenagers (one sullen and spoiled, the other with a criminal delinquency having to do with drugs) and a 5 year old that says “ding dong.” Yeah, it’s still not very exciting sounding, is it?

This is supposed to be the luxurious vacation of a lifetime, a
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this even though it's no page turner. It was a slow burn that kept me reading it. A family vacation that goes wrong. A writer with a cancer diagnosis. Teens and all that goes with it and them some. I'll be looking for more from this author.
Tomorrow There Will Be Sun by Dana Reinhardt was an incredibly hard book for me to assign a rating to. On one hand, I kept waiting for something really big to happen, but what actually happened was something more relatable and realistic than what I was expecting. On the other hand, it's a thought-provoking novel that will still give you vacation vibes due to the location. The end was also a little anticlimactic, but at the same time felt like a good way to end the story while making the reader w ...more
Tomorrow There Will Be Sun is a marvelously written piece of women’s fiction that humorously explores a woman’s life as she realizes that she has reached “middle age,” and her life is not as perfect as she had planned.

Jenna Carlson has planned the perfect birthday party for her husband, Peter. Each year Peter and his best friend, Solly, celebrate their birthdays together but this year, their 50th, has to be the best ever! Jenna has been planning for more than a year for the couples, she and Pete
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Once in a while, I get in the mood for something far outside my usual reading habits. This general fiction piece about two families of friends sharing a vacation villa in Puerta Vallarta and showcases that a truly horrid vacation story might be the one you never tell and never leaves you the same.

Jenna is the narrator of this story and she turns out to be an everyday, average middle-aged woman who has a penchant for needing control over everything, lots of worrying, and a confidence of being set
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this contemplative novel. Maybe it was because I could really identify with Jenna--we're in the same time of life, so many of her life experiences mirror mine. I found her to be a bit too overbearing and helicoptery, but that was kind of necessary for the drama of the novel, although I just wanted to say "Chill! Enjoy your vacation without feeling like you need to control every single thing and person!"
The book is somewhat melancholy and not light enough to be considered a beach r
Oh my. If you are the type of reader that enjoys a character driven story in spite of their flaws, then this is a book you might enjoy.
The characters were not at all likable. Not even a little bit. Characters that live a life of privilege and have no sense of self or gratitude. There wasn't one character that I felt I could relate with or have some understanding. All the characters are driven by control and ego.
It isn't often that I can't find something to pull me into a story but I couldn't f
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Slow burning thriller set in PV

Two families are certainly anticipating a week’s sunshine in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to celebrate up-coming 50th birthdays. Charismatic Solly is there with his second wife and their young son who suffers from autism and his teenage son from his first marriage. Peter and Jenna are married and arrive with Clementine, their teenage daughter.

This is a luxury beach house with attendant butler and staff, who are good at mixing margaritas and diligently catering to th
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Jenna's husband and his best friend are turning 50, so she has secured a rental in Puerta Vallarta for their families. A week of sun, getting away from it all, and time spent together would be perfect, if things went as smoothly as Jenna envisioned. While this was an easy and quick read, it wasn't one of my favorites. There were a lot of things I didn't like about the book but it wasn't an awful book, it just fell flat for me.

I prefer strong female characters and Jenna definitely did not fit the
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I enjoyed reading this book until I was close to the end. It ended without a resolution or explanation of how their lives continued. Very disappointing. I feel like I'm left
Hanging and wondering.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Tomorrow There Will Be Sun is an okay book. I was expecting it to be much better. The characters and dynamic of the relationships are realistic, relatable even, but they're not that interesting. Parts that seemed like they could get interesting ended too soon, I felt that some of the parts were completely random and didn't make sense, and the book left me feeling like ' is she or is she not going to divorce him.' It left off on a rather disappointing note and the book felt like there was ...more
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I liked this book about two families who go on the "perfect vacation" to celebrate a 50th birthday. Nothing goes right, despite the fact that Mexico and the villa they are staying in seem the perfect getaway, and there's lots of backstory involved. The main character at times can seem to be a bit of a pain, but all in the all the writing is good and the story is enjoyable. I do feel, however, that the ending was a bit rushed ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun to read and enjoyable books. I liked the style of writing and how it describes the situations and the characters.
The plot was great, you cannot help being hooked.
A good book that I recommend.
Many thanks to Pamela Dorman Books and Edelweiss for this ARC
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up. Compulsively readable fluff.
Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I have read several of Dana Reinhardt's YA books (A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life, The Things a Brother Knows . . .) but this is her first adult novel. It's a quick easy read about a woman who plans a luxurious vacation to celebrate her husband's 50th birthday and things don't turn out as picture perfect as the website makes everything look. Dana Reinhardt is a great writer and the characters were very well-developed. I especially loved that the protagonist was a children's author herself, ...more
Two married couples, children included, are off to Mexico for a luxury resort vacation. Jenna organized the trip to celebrate her husband Peter's 50th birthday. Their teenage daughter Clem is with them as well. Peter's best friend Solly and his wife Ingrid have joined them along with their 5 year old Ivan. Rounding out the group is Malcolm, Solly's son from his first marriage. The novel is told from Jenna's point of view. She is an annoying character as are most of the others since none of them ...more
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
TOMORROW THERE WILL BE SUN is a quick, fun read. I want to call it a beach read, but mostly because it is set on a beach and I read it in one day. The novel, which takes place over one week during a swanky vacation spot in Mexico, follows two families who have a long and complicated history as they come together to celebrate the two patriarch’s 50th birthdays. It is a classic family drama, which secrets, confessions, confusion, and jealousy abound.

It was a page-turner for sure, but nothing too
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Two middle-aged families go on vacation to Mexico with their kids and have a mediocre time and nothing major ever happens. I finished it and literally kept waiting for something noteworthy to happen and it never did. The only real “revelation” could be seen coming for miles. I know everyone’s tastes are different, but I wouldn’t recommend this one. Two stars instead of one because it was well written even though it was super boring.
Jennifer Smyth
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I can't say for sure if I really liked this book. I think I liked that it passed the time. I didn't care for the characters, especially the main character Jenna who is quite annoying. I kept waiting for something big to happen and it never did.
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a solid 3.5, but Christ, was I depressed after reading this. The story centers on Jenna, a recent cancer survivor and struggling young adult author, who has rented a villa in Mexico for her husband's 50th birthday along with their daughter and their business partner's family as well. What should be a relaxing occasion becomes a free fall into horror between Mexican cartel violence and family secrets coming to light, letting Jenna know she doesn't really know anyone in her life.. The sto ...more
Lauren Hannough-Bergmans
3.5 stars. This reminded me of The Vacationers by Emma Straub. I enjoyed the book despite it not really having a complex plot. It felt like a true depiction of vacation life, relaxed, without anywhere to go or be, and fun.
Jean Benedict
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This was an enjoyable read. Jenna and her family go with her husbands best friend and his family on a luxurious vacation to Mexico.What can go wrong? This where the plot gets interesting. I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway.A fast interesting read.
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The timing of this book was perfect, I had just read about a nursing home so I enjoyed the snarky behavior of a beach vacation gone awry.
Carol Irvin
Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it
3 and 1/2 Stars 🌟
Randi Webb Gillstrap
Quick summer read. Liked it. Didn't love it.
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a welcome diversion during COVID-19. What’s not to like about a book about a family’s vacay to Puerto Vallarta?
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received Tomorrow There Will Be Sun as part of a Goodreads giveaway.

To celebrate the 50th birthdays of her husband Peter and his best friend and business partner Solly, Jenna has planned a weeklong stay at a luxurious villa in Puerto Vallarta. Along for the trip are Jenna and Peter's teenage daughter Clem, Solly's wife Ingrid, Solly's teenage son Malcolm, and Solly and Ingrid's young son, Ivan. While there, Jenna must navigate her dormant relationship with her husband and her distant daughter,
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
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