Beauty of Summer

Romance - Contemporary
282 Pages
Reviewed on 01/29/2023
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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Zomerschoon: Beauty of Summer is a contemporary romance novel by Wendi Dass. After an adventurous trip to Rome, Italy, Anna Franklin is back in Oxford as a grad student when her advisor, Dr. Cayley, suffers an unfortunate stroke. Left without her favorite professor, Anna has no choice but to work on solving math problems with the seemingly brusque post-doc Hendrik Van der Aart. But as the two of them spend time together, they develop a strong mutual attraction that neither can deny. With Anna close to solving an old cipher, Hendrik seems to pull away from her every time she expresses her feelings. During a trip to The Hague, Anna is approached by none other than the NSA. Meanwhile, her relationship with her mother deteriorates further. Will Anna be able to do what she loves while balancing romance and family?

Prepare yourself for an entertaining journey of self-discovery full of romance, humor, and drama. Zomerschoon is the story of a young woman's search for purpose and meaning in her life. Wendi Dass introduces a quick-witted math genius as the protagonist of her debut novel, to whom readers will soon become attached. Anna is a likable and relatable character you can sympathize with. She has doubts about compromising the professional career of the man she loves in exchange for their relationship. This creates an interesting dilemma that is delicious to devour as a reader. The author's sense of humor also hit all the right notes for me as I found the banter and dialogue to be top-notch. Happy to recommend this one.

Bernadette Longu

In Zomerschoon: Beauty of Summer, Wendi Dass has taken her passion and woven a most delightful romance between Anna Franklin and Dr. Hendrick Van Der Art. Dass has written a love story taking place at Oxford University. Both the main characters are exceptional in their own way. This alone does not make it plain sailing as there are certain taboos that should not be breached under any circumstances. The author takes the star-crossed lovers on an adventure from Oxford to Italy, to Holland, to America, and back to Oxford. The reader is captivated from the first page to the last as the story catches your interest and you find you keep returning to read again and again to see if your perceived outcome is the same as that of the author.

Zomerschoon: Beauty of Summer by Wendi Dass is a light-hearted yet inspiring story highlighted by minor characters that play a very important part in the main characters' story and ending. These minor characters are Klara, Eduardo, and Sarah with their children. Sister Maria, Connor, Rashaad, and Professor Cayley play their part perfectly and lead the reader to an unusual and unexpected conclusion. In Zomerschoon you will find that you cannot predict the end as it is not the normal ending to any romance that I have read. Thank you for a joyful and truly entertaining read. I really enjoyed it. A most enthralling story.

Delene Vrey

Zomerschoon: Beauty of Summer by Wendi Dass is a beautiful contemporary romance set against the academic backdrop of Oxford. Anna Franklin comes from an academic family that pressures her into following in their footsteps. Though she is a mathematical and cryptography genius, at age 25 she is looking for some warmth and love. When her academic overseer falls into a coma after a stroke, she is left with Hendrik van der Aart, a Dutch Cryptographer, as her overseer. When their love for puzzles brings them together, they realize that there may be something between them to fight for. However, can Anna ignore the academic rules that keep them apart, and can Hendrik accept that she is a genius and still want to be with her? Apart from these difficulties in their blooming relationship, jealous roommates and difficult parents also influence the two lovebirds.

In Zomerschoon, Wendi Dass has written a beautiful romance, perfectly capturing the atmosphere of Oxford and its academics. In a world where people tend to write about billionaires and their love lives, an account that is so honest that it could be a true story is refreshing and comforting. Having met my husband while he taught my Ancient Greek course, I could identify with the struggles and frustrations Anna and Hendrik faced. The themes of family and ambition are also treated with great sensitivity, especially since some people marry and have children purely to further their careers without thinking about their impact on their close family members. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good romance without sex and nudity. This kind of book is rare and a definite treat.