Still Summer

By Jacquelyn Mitchard

The long island Times bestselling writer of returns with a wide ranging story of suspense and excessive adventure.

In highschool, Olivia, Tracy and Holly were referred to as The Godmothers, and their friendship has persisted through the resulting many years. Now, with the demise of Olivia's husband, a prosperous Italian count number, and her go back to the United States, the chums choose to reunite on a luxurious cruise within the Caribbean. in addition to Tracy's college-aged daughter and a two-man workforce, they start their trip uneventfully, having fun with the solar and the nice and cozy, transparent waters of the Caribbean.
Then, a chain of devastating occasions unfolds, leaving the ladies crewless, ravenous and terrified. nearly in a single day, what used to be intended to be a completely happy holiday devolves right into a determined struggle for survival, as they quickly locate themselves scuffling with the weather, a frightening assault via drug traffickers, and their very own frailties. it's instantaneously a narrative concerning the bonds of friendship, the affection among moms and their childrens, and the strengths we do not comprehend we own until eventually we're confronted with our personal mortality.

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I want i may have performed extra. I want I were with Tracy, if Tracy is . . . damage. i believe she needs to want me,” Janis acknowledged. “It needed to were Tracy within the inflatable. Livy could by no means have long past. She’s now not used to paintings. Tracy could by no means have allowed Cammie to be in danger in a bit rubber boat. And Holly’s difficult, yet she simply isn’t as robust and healthy as Tracy. Tracy was once an athlete. She nonetheless teaches health club type. ” “Then i'd think she made it to land. ” “I pray that she did. ” “I will pray with you, for those who like. An outdated renegade Presbyterian’s prayer will not be fairly the object. yet there’s a sailor’s prayer I keep in mind. It is going, ‘Though my sails be torn and tattered, and my mast be became approximately, permit the evening wind sit back me to my very soul, even though the salt spray may possibly sting my eyes, and the celebs no mild supply, simply enable me one other morning gentle behold. ’” “That’s beautiful,” Janis stated, and not able to avoid herself, she further, “In the identify of the daddy and the Son and the Holy Ghost, amen. ” “Amen,” Sharon stated. Cammie lay at the deck within the sunlight. The sunlight felt healthy, as though it may possibly provide her a few type of nutrients. Didn’t it have supplements? She knew it needs to. That used to be why sunscreen should be risky. No, it wasn’t. It used to be the IV rays. No, the UV rays. was once it diet A or diet D? the entire sunscreen used to be long gone. She needed she may lie at the floor, within the grass, even the grass on her entrance garden or the hill prime as much as her dorm, lie in its robust and immobile embody and adhere to it. Earth. simply reliable earth. The geography of her international were deconstructed. Aunt Holly, she inspiration. She had identified the instant she’d opened Holly’s cabin door. Holly’s limp arm was once nonetheless hot. Cammie raced for the transportable defibrillator. whilst she couldn't rouse Holly, she cracked the replicate in Holly’s rest room together with her fist and, utilizing one of many higher items from the sink, held it to Holly’s nonetheless, blue lips. No mist shaped. “Oh Aunt Holly,” Cammie cried, shaking and shaking the valuable, nonetheless shoulder in its T-shirt that learn NURSES DO all of it evening. She started to sob, leaning deep into Holly’s chest as though Holly may in some way have the ability to arrive up and luxury her. She laid arms opposed to Holly’s wrist. no longer a flutter. the top of Holly’s nostril and her hands have been already cool. All Cammie may possibly do for Holly was once weep with no tears for her little cousins, all unknowing that they have been now motherless. potentially she, too, used to be a motherless baby. Her nonetheless now not relatively grownup brain couldn't fathom this. A reminiscence coalesced in her brain of Ian’s and Evan’s 3rd birthday—just earlier than Christmas, the yr she was once ten and Emma and Ali only a 12 months or more youthful. For a few cause, Holly had sewn matching clothes for all of them—not purely her boys, yet them all. the ladies wore purple knit skirts with striped red-and-black tights and black velour long-sleeved shirts. Teddy and Ian and Evan wore rompers with little straps over the shoulders. At nineteen, Cammie may perhaps see now that those clothes truly have been lovely and nonetheless present.

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