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Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite
In Cherokee Summer by Susan Antony, Ace and her family are spending the summer in Cherokee, North Carolina. She just tries to take it day by day, taking care of her autistic brother and dealing with her alcoholic mother and absent father. Then, she meets John, a Native American Cherokee Tribe member on the nearby reservation. John has his share of family drama as well. His mother hasn’t exactly been a mother to him and his grandmother, while loving and just wanting the best for her grandson, is also very traditional, stubborn, and set in her ways. When Ace and John meet, there is an instant connection. They almost instantly fall in love, but their families and other circumstances try to keep them apart. Is their love strong enough to keep them together, especially when Ace mysteriously disappears?
Cherokee Summer is a beautiful love story between two teenagers from different worlds that will draw you in and get you hooked from beginning to end. Even though the pacing was a little too quick at times, I thoroughly enjoyed following their relationship. The romance was realistic and sweet, and I just couldn’t get enough. It may have been written for the young adult crowd, but as a woman in my 30s, I could easily relate to Ace and her relationship with John. It is young love, but it has its trials and tribulations just like any other relationship. With its relatable characters, exciting and suspenseful plot, and sweet, nostalgic romance, this book is perfect for teenagers and adults alike. I, for one, was on the brink of tears when it ended. I craved more. I wanted to keep reading about these characters that I grew to love. Susan Antony is definitely an author I will be following from now on.