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An Invincible Summer

(Wyndham Beach #1)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  1,708 ratings  ·  129 reviews
It was a lifetime ago that recently widowed Maggie Flynn was in Wyndham Beach. Now, on the occasion of her fortieth high school reunion, she returns to her hometown on the Massachusetts coast, picking up right where she left off with dear friends Lydia and Emma. But seeing Brett Crawford again stirs other emotions. Once, they were the town’s golden couple destined for one ...more
Kindle Edition, 373 pages
Expected publication: May 1st 2021
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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
So heartwarming and I shed more than a few tears!
I think this story hit home with me so much because it’s about older women and their relationships with each other and their family. Those in the mid life and beyond are going to appreciate this one.

Those friendships you form in high school can be super tight especially if you foster them throughout the years. This is a story of three women and their relationship along with their family ties. It’s heartwarming, and even a little hea
Karren  Sandercock
Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-reads
Maggie Flynn’s returning to Wyndham Beach in Massachusetts for her fortieth high school reunion and catching up with her best friends Liddy and Emma. Maggies a widow, she has two grown up daughters and a granddaughter. Back in high school she dated Brett Crawford, their relationship ended very badly and seeing him again has made her very emotional about the past. She has a secret, it’s the reason they broke up and not even her two best friends know what happened.

Maggie discovers her childhood h
LianaReads blog
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: montlake
This was such a heartwarming and also heartbreaking story. A lifetime friendship, a second chance at life to start over from fresh after the death of her husband, a second chance at first love as well and a beautiful setting that makes you dream with your eyes open.
I enjoyed immensely this book and if you are looking for a great story with interesting characters and a second chance romance, this one is definitely for you.
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
Normally, the synopsis of this wouldn't make me want to pick it right up. But when it came across my desk, there was just something about it that screamed at me to read it. (Ok, so all my books yell at me to read them but we all know how that goes sometimes.... 😏) Maybe it comes with age that you begin to love seeing reuniong after a significant period of time, first loves to reminisce over, good friends that you fall right back into line with.... and of course, a secret you've kept to yourself ...more
Carol Deegan
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent book. From the start I was drawn into the story about a widow, her daughters and her BFFs. The books covers friendships, forgiveness and starting over. The characters are very realistic and likable. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a clean book about a wholesome family. I am excited this is the beginning of a new series by Ms. Stewart. I have enjoyed all of her books. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Montclair Publishing. All opinions expre ...more
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Maggie Flynn is returning to her hometown of Wyndham Beach for her 40th class reunion. She has been recently widowed, but is eager to catch up with her best friends Lydia and Emma. While at the reunion, old memories are awakened when she runs into her high school boyfriend Brett Crawford. Why did the golden couple break up so long ago? What secrets do they still keep?

Maggie’s two daughters are also going through a rough time as well. The story details
Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An Invincible Summer is the story of Maggie Flynn. Recently widowed, she returns to her hometown of Wyndham Beach for her 40th high school reunion and finds a connection with her best friends Liddy and Emma and an uneasy spark with her high school boyfriend, Brett Crawford. When Maggie decides to relocate back to her hometown - along with her grown daughters, Emma and Natalie - she reopens some unfinished business from the past, with surprising results.

I wanted to read this novel because it soun
Cindy Roesel
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
“Friendship is complicated. Families are complicated. Love is complicated.”
The occasion of their fortieth high-school reunion brings three women together who were BFFs those many years ago. In Mariah Stewart’s new novel, AN INVICIBLE SUMMER (MontlakeRomance) Maggie, Emma and Lydia pick up their friendship in Wyndam Beach on the coast of Massachusetts just where they left it.
The girls catch up over margaritas and the gossip, belly laughs and stories begin. Maggie left Wyndam Beach after high-scho
Apr 16, 2021 rated it liked it
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***4 Stars***

The title was the lure and once I read the description my curiosity was peaked because I am a sucker for small towns and second chances and this book definitely gave me all of that and more. I was hooked from the first chapter and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know this cast of characters and cannot wait to see what happens next.

As for Maggie. I have to say that I really liked her. She’s had a good life, but her world has gone sideways a few times, but each time it has she’s fou
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mariah Stewart has been my go-to for romance novels for a while now. They’re the perfect comfort beach read for me, I know exactly what to expect with them. And yet, this one surprised me, in the best way.

It still has so much what I love about her books, especially the quaint little beach town full of traditions. Yes, there is still a love story within, but it isn’t the central focus. Instead it’s much more focused on friendships and Maggie’s relationships with her two grown daughters.

I’ve belie
Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Maggie goes home for her 40ieth high school reunion (so we are of an age. I am slightly older but still, it’s been a while since I’ve had the pleasure of a beach read that features a protagonist in my demographic.) She left a very long time ago for reasons best left forgotten and has had a life well lived but it was time to go back.

She buys her old family home and finds that some friendships are forever where other relationships that were broken can still stir strong emotions. Particularly the o
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well written, well rounded characters and a beautiful setting.

Maggie goes back to her hometown for her 40th high school reunion. She gets to spend a great weekend with her lifelong best friends Liddy and Emma. She decides to go visit them more often.

She’s avoiding running into her high school boyfriend because the cause of their breakup is still painful.

Maggie is recently widowed (two years ago) and she feels like the best thing for her is to be close to her best friends again. Maggie’s daughter
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a women's fiction at its best. Three women, friends since child hood, reconnect at their fortieth high school reunion. All three have suffered devastating losses and survived. Two are widowed, one is divorced. All three are financially comfortable but, for different reasons, lonely. The central character, Maggie, has lived way from her hometown for forty years, visiting every summer while her mom was alive, but less often in recent years. This novel covers a year in her life, while she r ...more
Susan • BryantParkBooks
If I had to pick a favorite genre of all genres, I’d probably say I like women’s fiction the best. An Invincible Summer was a great addition to the genre when a new to me author, Mariah Stewart!

The story starts with three friends attending their 40th high school reunion. All 3 friends are single now after Maggie’s husband passes away. They talk a lot about old times from HS and growing up in a small coastal town near Cape Cod. Maggie had moved away but returns often and finds out her parents old
Dallas Joanna
Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
I never think I could have ever stop wiping if not for the help of Dr Olujimi a great spellcaster, when the love of my life left me for another, the world was like hell to me, I could not cope neither can I feel as a human. But all the-same, I thank God for using this great spellcaster to restore back my broken relationship and makes my life filled with joy and happiness by bringing my ex lover back to me with the help of his powerful spell cast. All appreciate & honor be onto him. if not for th ...more
Janilyn Kocher
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Reading a Mariah Stewart book is like snuggling under a soft blanket; it’s pure pleasure. I’m thrilled she has begun a new series. I like the setting of Wyndham Beach, Massachusetts. Maggie has suffered loss and is ready to shake up her life but is she ready to reveal some deep secrets? I liked all the characters and it was immensely satisfying to see one villain get just desserts. Grace showed a lot of growth, I was uncertain about her at first. One of my favorite scenes is the 4th of July para ...more
Sarah Dressler
Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was raw and real. Stewart crafted beautifully imperfect characters that allow us to see ourselves in their struggles.

Even the most put-together family, like the Flynn’s, can have a hidden secret!

This story follows Maggie as she navigates life after her husband’s death, and the life she experiences with her twp best friends and her two daughters.

I spent the majority of the novel on the edge of my chair cheering for Maggie and her daughters.

This book also gives off what I’d consider Virg
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
As the weather starts to warm up I’m drawn to beachy, breezy reads so when I read the description of this one, I knew immediately it would be just what I’ve been in the mood for lately. A multigenerational storyline, an idyllic setting and a new series from one of my tried and true authors? Yes please!

As much as I loved the setting and the premise of this one, the characterization is where it really shines. Maggie and her two lifelong friends were all such lovely, authentic women and I also love
Sep 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maggie Flynn returns to her hometown of Wyndham Beach for her fortieth high school reunion. She had left her home years ago hiding secrets that she had never shared with anyone. Upon returning Maggie reconnects with her old high school friends Lydia and Emma and decides to buy her old family home and resettle in Wyndham Beach. Returning home also means having to see her high school sweetheart Brett. But coming home also means Maggie will have to face emotions and secrets she has kept hidden for ...more
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can you ever return home after being away 40 years? Maggie is returning to her hometown where her two best friends remained and created their lives. Maggie moved away and never really looked back. She broke up with her high school sweetheart without a word. Her friends never knew why or what caused the breakup.

Secrets can sometimes get messy if you don’t face up to them! Maggie moves back to town and things are going to happen!

The author has done a superb job of creating intrigue with twists an
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Remarkable story

I'm so glad I got a chance to read this story. It was such a good story. I couldn't put it down. She built up the characters so well for this introductory story and for more to come. I love the friendship that Maggie, Emma and Liddy had. I also like the two other storylines of Natalie and Grace.
I loved Maggie's character. She was strong, caring, loving and forgiving. She held such a deep secret from everyone and it had such a reaction from her family and friends. She handled it
Rhonda Lother
Apr 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great Character-Driven Story

I LOVED this book. I enjoyed the characters and their individual storylines. It was a good change of pace from the mysteries I've been reading. It begins with three women spending a weekend together at their class reunion, where Maggie encounters her high school sweetheart. I identified with her on several levels, having reconnected with my beau (now my husband) at a reunion. It's a story of relationships with family, longtime friends, and finding your way as an adult
Jeannie E. Hennig
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Very good!

The book hits very close to home. I was raised by mother and a stepdad who until I was 12 years I believed was my biological father. It was earth shattering to find out he wasn't. After years of wondering, was invented. I joined intending on using it, not only to find mine and my husband's ancestors but also to find my biological father. One day I realized that I might be misspelling his first name I added an E to it and immediately found my grandfather which led to findin
Hsiau Wei
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-read-2020
A story of a widow and their daughters. Maggie, who lost her husband, reconnect with her best friends. Her daughter, Grace is struggling to accept that her husband, Zach betrayed and divorced her. Working together with Zach and his new flame, doesn’t help her. Until she found a way to relieve her pain. Natalie, Maggie’s youngest daughter is about to discover a secret that may change her perception of her mother.

I love how the story were written. Each character have their story to tell and love
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a well written novel that follows a mother and her two daughters through their summer of healing. The daughters especially have had difficulties in life and love and their mother also had a past love that needed to be reconciled. The mother, Maggie, attends her 40th HS reunion and she, her daughters and her friends grow emotionally to overcome their pain. It was beautifully written, very detailed with good character growth. There are multiple character viewpoints so a lot of attention is ...more
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Heartwarming and Emotional

This heartwarming book explores the relationships that are so essential in women’s lives - wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend. This is an excellent story of navigating life - there may be disappointments, extreme hurt, loss, poor decisions, and mistakes along the way, but that support group of the important women helps each one of the characters move on to joy and second chances. This emotional tale made me laugh and cry - I’ll be anxiously awaiting the continuation
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This could be a true story of the times.

I gave this book a 5 star rating as I read it from the perspective of a birth Aunt. Sister of a birth mother who loved and agonized about her baby girl, given up in the 1950s, until we found her daughter. Then the sadness was gone and pride and love for her found grandchildren took its place. I recommend this book to anyone who lived through the 50's and 60's and knows there are many birth mothers who also experienced the pressures put on young girls to gi
Apr 17, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2021, for-review
An Invincible Summer follows Maggie who return to her home town for her fortieth high school reunion. As there always are in small town, there are secrets that need to be revealed and dealt with. I think this book will be a good summer beach read for a lot of fans of this author. For me, I found it to be just OK. I felt like it took me forever to get through. The first couple of chapters felt very much like an info dump and I could myself skimming. I like Maggie well enough. But none of the othe ...more
Mickey Solan
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in one day. So I guess you can say I enjoyed it. Loved the three friends coming together at a reunion which changed the course of their lives. Each friend had some personal heartache. The author wrote these characters in a way that wanted me to know everything about them. There was a secret that Maggie kept hidden that almost tore apart her friendship with Liddy and Emma, but almost caused a rift with her and her daughters. Hope to read more from Mariah Stewart i would recommend ...more
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Mariah Stewart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of forty-one novels and three novellas and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal. She is a RITA finalist in romantic suspense and the recipient of the Award of Excellence for contemporary romance, a RIO Award for excellence in women's fiction, and a Reviewers Choice Award from Romantic Times Magazine. A three-time winner ...more

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