The Summer Without You by Karen Swan
Could not wait to delve in to this book after reading Prima Donna as I am a huge fan of Karen Swan.
This hefty book follows the story of Rowena Tipton, who is a professional photographer. Her life is suddenly put on pause because her long-term boyfriend wants to take a "break" from their relationship to go travelling with a promise of a marriage proposal on his return. Ro decides there is little more to do than to wait for him. On a whim whilst on a commission in New York she accepts a houseshare with a few newly acquainted friends in The Hamptons.
There are several possible romances, each with its own twists and turns . Intertwined in to the story are political and environmental issues that cause tension between the residents.
There is also mystery a plenty to keep us speculating. For instance who is Ted Connor really? Ro's first encounter with him has him wrestling both herself and her camera into the sea which seems at odds with the husband and loving father of two that she gets to see in his family movies. Florence, who is a Hampton local, seems convinced that she is the victim of a dangerous stalker but is she really in danger or is she suffering from paranoia? and who is the mystery woman that is keeping Hump from his life of regular parties?