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California Summer

California Summer

A Novel

Anita Hughes

St. Martin's Griffin

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"The perfect beach read!" —Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of Beach House Reunion.

"Tender and triumphant...California Summer made my heart sing." —Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author of Between Me and You

Anita Hughes's California Summer is a charming and beautiful love story about a former Hollywood producer who trades her cast list in for cookbooks in the hopes of following her dreams and finding new love.

Ben and Rosie are Hollywood’s newest director/producer dream team. After hitting it big at Sundance, it seems that their ten years of love and hard work are finally paying off. Rosie is happy making independent films, but Ben wants the A-List celebrity package: a house in Beverly Hills, fancy cars in the driveway, and his name on the biggest blockbusters. He’s willing to do anything, even sleep with the most famous producer in town, to get them.

Rosie is devastated by Ben’s affair, and she decides to take a break from show business. She accepts her best friend's invitation to spend the summer at her parents' estate in Montecito. It's far away from L.A., the perfect place to start over.

In Montecito, Rosie meets a colorful cast of characters including Rachel, who owns a chocolate shop, and Josh, a handsome local who splits his time between surfing and classic cars. Suddenly Rosie has new friends and a new purpose. She starts a business in the village, and her luck seems to be turning around. But Rosie knows all too well that success com… More…

"The perfect beach read!" —Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of Beach House Reunion.

"Tender and triumphant...California Summer made my heart sing." —Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author of Between Me and You

Anita Hughes's California Summer is a charming and beautiful love story about a former Hollywood producer who trades her cast list in for cookbooks in the hopes of following her dreams and finding new love.

Ben and Rosie are Hollywood’s newest director/producer dream team. After hitting it big at Sundance, it seems that their ten years of love and hard work are finally paying off. Rosie is happy making independent films, but Ben wants the A-List celebrity package: a house in Beverly Hills, fancy cars in the driveway, and his name on the biggest blockbusters. He’s willing to do anything, even sleep with the most famous producer in town, to get them.

Rosie is devastated by Ben’s affair, and she decides to take a break from show business. She accepts her best friend's invitation to spend the summer at her parents' estate in Montecito. It's far away from L.A., the perfect place to start over.

In Montecito, Rosie meets a colorful cast of characters including Rachel, who owns a chocolate shop, and Josh, a handsome local who splits his time between surfing and classic cars. Suddenly Rosie has new friends and a new purpose. She starts a business in the village, and her luck seems to be turning around. But Rosie knows all too well that success comes with a price, and the price might be losing love...again.

California Summer is a touching and romantic story about following your dreams but not letting them get in the way of love.

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Rosie carried her overnight bag up the stairs and was greeted by the familiar mess of their kitchen. Ben had left the blender on the counter, next to a half-empty box of strawberries and a can of protein powder. Rosie imagined him...

Praise for California Summer

"A beachy read that is satisfying when read in any environment...a good one." USA Today, Happily Ever After

"In this tale of self-discovery, budding romance, and learning to let go, Hughes...crafts another fast-paced beach read for those who crave new beginnings that lead to happy endings." Booklist

"This paperback is the perfect addition to your beach bag, and we know you’ll be riveted by this story about starting over and falling in love." Bookish

"Anita Hughes's California Summer is a charming and beautiful love story about a former Hollywood producer who trades her cast list in for cookbooks in the hopes of following her dreams and finding new love." Detroit Lakes Online

"A romantic story that shows that sometimes you just need a new start. A broken heart sucks but it can also be the thing that pushes you forward and kicks you in the butt to move on and find your thing (whatever that may be). A perfect summer beach read for the pool or lake." Red Carpet Crash

"Anita Hughes is a master at sweeping the reader away to an exotic location! In California Summer Hughes takes us behind the gates to the manicured lawns, exquisite gardens, and mansions of Hollywood royalty to experience a second chance at a career and love. The perfect beach read!" Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of Beach House Reunion.

"A tender and triumphant look at what happens when life falls apart and you are left to rediscover the world through an e… More…

"A beachy read that is satisfying when read in any environment...a good one." USA Today, Happily Ever After

"In this tale of self-discovery, budding romance, and learning to let go, Hughes...crafts another fast-paced beach read for those who crave new beginnings that lead to happy endings." Booklist

"This paperback is the perfect addition to your beach bag, and we know you’ll be riveted by this story about starting over and falling in love." Bookish

"Anita Hughes's California Summer is a charming and beautiful love story about a former Hollywood producer who trades her cast list in for cookbooks in the hopes of following her dreams and finding new love." Detroit Lakes Online

"A romantic story that shows that sometimes you just need a new start. A broken heart sucks but it can also be the thing that pushes you forward and kicks you in the butt to move on and find your thing (whatever that may be). A perfect summer beach read for the pool or lake." Red Carpet Crash

"Anita Hughes is a master at sweeping the reader away to an exotic location! In California Summer Hughes takes us behind the gates to the manicured lawns, exquisite gardens, and mansions of Hollywood royalty to experience a second chance at a career and love. The perfect beach read!" Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of Beach House Reunion.

"A tender and triumphant look at what happens when life falls apart and you are left to rediscover the world through an entirely different lens than the one you imagined: new friends, new passions, new roads. Anita Hughes crafts a winning heroine you absolutely root for, and California Summer made my heart sing." Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author of Between Me and You

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Anita Hughes

ANITA HUGHES is the author of Monarch Beach, Market Street, Lake Como, French Coast, Rome in Love, Island in the Sea, Santorini Sunsets, Christmas in Paris, White Sand, Blue Sea, Emerald Coast, and Christmas in London. She attended UC Berkeley’s Masters in Creative Writing Program, and lives in Dana Point, California, where she is at work on her next novel.

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