Flight attendant Summer Benson lives by two rules: Don’t stay with the same man for too long and never stay in one place. She’s about to break rule number one by considering accepting her boyfriend’s proposal—then disaster strikes and her world is shattered in an instant.
Summer heads to Black Dog Bay, where the locals welcome her. Even Hattie Huntington, the town’s oldest, richest, and meanest resident, likes her enough to give her a job. Then there’s Dutch Jansen, the rugged, stoic mayor, who’s the opposite of her type. She probably shouldn't be kissing him. She definitely shouldn't be falling in love.
After a lifetime of globe-trotting, Summer has finally found a home. But Hattie has old scores to settle and a hidden agenda for her newest employee. Summer finds herself faced with an impossible choice: Leave Black Dog Bay behind forever, or stay with the ones she loves and cost them everything.
Review: The Common Cure for Breakup is a light, breezy, beach read. I didn't have any expectations for this book except for it to be entertaining and it was for the most part in a Hallmark movie kind of way. Summer is the heroine of this whimsical story. She is a beautiful girl whose charm is loved by all even by the most grumpy character.
We meet Summer as a flight attendant who is known for wearing stilettos. She has been going out with the incredibly famous and gorgeous pilot. Summer does not do serious relationships well and she starts to freak out when she hears that her boyfriend is about to propose. Before the actual proposal, the plane crashes and she is later dumped by her boyfriend. I had a really hard time buying into Summer's heart break. The relationship was doomed and it seemed as if the breakup would be okay if she was the dumper and not the dumpee. Summer escapes from reality to a resort called Black Dog Bay which is known as heartbreak central. People come here to get over a heartache and a fresh start. At Black Dog Bay, Summer finds love, friends, and a second chance.
I liked Summer at first. She is witty and funny, but her novelty soon wore off and she became annoying. She didn't act her age of a woman who was in her thirty's but more like a popular teenager. Though I liked the chemistry between Summer and Dutch (who is almost a mirror of Luke Danes from Gilmore Girls minus the diner), their relationship moved too quickly. For a guy who hasn't dated or been in a relationship for ten years, he is sudden he's interested in Summer, and is proposing marriage to her within weeks of knowing her.
The rest of the book focused on how Summer saves the resort from a bitter, elderly woman named Hattie who has been holding a grudge for several years. There are fun secondary characters who are unfortunately one dimensional and none of them stood out to me. There are moments where things get serious such as showing a peek into Summer's past and explaining why she is so flighty about commitment, but other than that everything was just peachy keen. I actually wanted to know more about the plane crash. What happened to the passengers? Did anyone die?
If you are looking for a book to relax and turn off your brain for a little while, then check out The Common Cure for Breakup. You will be entertained for a few hours and after a little while you will forget about it.
Rating: 3 stars
Words of Caution: There is some language, allusions to sexual situations, and crude humor. Recommended for older teens and adults.
If you like this book try: New Uses for Old Boyfriends by Beth Kendrick,