What if everything you knew about your past turns out to be wrong?
Ten years after leaving home, the last thing Summer Thompson expects is to inherit her estranged father's half-renovated mansion. And the last thing she wants is to face the memories of the night her brother died sketchy as they may be. Now a San Francisco museum curator, she plans to stay east just long enough to settle the estate and get rid of the house. Until she finds it occupied by a hunky handyman who's strangely reluctant to talk about his past.
Damian Knight has something to hide: his mother and sister from a brutal stalker. They've found a measure of peace and carefully guarded safety in Pine Point. Yet when the lonely, haunted Summer steals his heart, he finds himself opening up to her in ways he should never risk. Especially to a woman who's planning to return to the west coast after selling their refuge out from under them.
Summer's mounting flashbacks leave her confused and more determined than ever to find out the truth behind her brother's death. But in a small town full of powerful secrets, confronting the past could cost her the man she loves. Even her life.
Reviews for Summer's Song
4.5 Books "Assumptions, misconceptions, misguided actions on the part of main and secondary characters alike, ensure the reader will stay glued to the page to the end to unravel all the intertwining threads of mystery...Ms. Boniface's fluid writing and vivid imagery work as strongly on the scene setting as they do on her characters, and make for a clever and intriguing read. For me this book is a keeper." - The Long and the Short of It
4.5 Stars "Allie Boniface's Summer's Song is an engrossing story about hidden pasts, lost memories, and finding love despite everything else...I thoroughly enjoyed this book, a wonderful read when you want to curl up on the couch and relax." - Ecataromance
Allie Boniface was born and raised in a very small town in upstate New York, which probably explains her fascination with the magic of small town life. She spent most of her youth reading anything and everything she could get her hands on, and it was only a matter of time before she began writing poetry, short stories, and the beginnings to lots and lots of novels.
She earned her B.A. in English from the University of Rochester in New York and then moved to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where she earned her M.A. in English Literature. She currently lives in the northern NYC suburbs with her husband of ten years, where she teaches English and Education to high school students.
Allie is multi-published in contemporary romance with both Samhain Publishing and The Wild Rose Press. She can be found on the web at www.allieboniface.com and www.allieboniface.blogspot.com
An Interview with Allie Boniface
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Allie, thank you for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book, Summer's Song, is the story of a woman carrying the scar left from losing a loved one and a man trying to protect his family. Where did you get the idea for their amazing story?
AB: I have heard from so many readers that Summer’s Song was their favorite of my books! I think the ideas of finding safety in a small town, and the importance of family, resonate with most people, and those are the ideas that were most important to me when I was writing this story. I was born and raised in a small town very much like Pine Point, and while I loved the familiarity of knowing everyone and everything that happened, places like these also have their own peculiar quirks and troubles. In this book, I wanted to explore what makes people leave the security of “home,” what makes them return, and how they come to terms with what has happened in their past so they can move on in the future.
HH: What do you like best about Summer and why will readers relate to her?
AB: I love that Summer grows up, in effect, in this book. She leaves home at eighteen after a tragedy and only returns after her father dies, 10 years later. She has no intention of staying in Pine Point, but once she’s there again, she begins to realize that she has unclear memories and demons from the past to deal with, and she does. I think the moment we each decide to move on from a past hurt, we become stronger and more able to embrace love – and that’s exactly what happens to Summer.
HH: What do you like best about Damian and why will readers love him?
AB: Well, he’s super good-looking and he knows how to wear a tool-belt – need I say more?! But seriously, I love that Damian is absolutely devoted to his mother and sister. Their safety is paramount to him. He’s a family guy who will do anything to protect those he loves.
HH: Tell us how you went about creating the town their story takes place in.
AB: Ah, this was an easy one. As I mentioned before, Pine Point is very similar to the town where I grew up. In fact, many of my hometown readers say that it’s easy to picture the streets and homes I describe! I’ve always been drawn to writing contemporary romance, I guess because I like writing about places and people I know (of course, I mix things up a bit! Those places and people are usually a combination of many that I’ve had the chance to experience.) I love traveling, and I always soak in the atmosphere of a new place.
HH: What did you enjoy most about writing this story?
AB: Well, I loved the characters of Summer and Damian and the way in which they come together. They have pretty lousy circumstances to deal with, and they each have their own family issues which get in the way of their growing attraction – and yet they find a way to be together despite all of that. The ending for me was – still is – so sweet =) I also have to say that this story took a very long time to come to fruition. It went through many, many revisions before it was accepted for publication, and I am forever grateful to my editor, Deb Nemeth, for her guidance and patience in helping me shape the final version
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
AB: This summer, three of my novels will release in audio book from AudioLark (www.audiolark.com), and I’m really looking forward to that! I hope readers who don’t necessarily have the time to sit down and read a print book or ebook will consider downloading an audio book instead. There are so many places you can listen to one hands-free: during your commute, while doing housework, traveling, relaxing on the beach, etc…
HH: What goals have you set for yourself at this point in your career?
AB: My goals are to continue to write and publish, ideally one book a year, though sometimes my day job gets in the way of my writing! I’d also like to continue to promote my name and my books, as well as be more active in the world of social media. Times are forever changing and the publishing world is keenly affected by our reliance on and daily use of the Web.
HH: What sources of inspiration do you draw from for ideas?
AB: So much about the world around me is a source of inspiration: my own friends and relationships, songs on the radio, stories in the news…I constantly ask the question “What If?”
HH: What's the best book you read in 2011?
AB: I’ll have to go with The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I was more than pleasantly surprised by the novel about black “help” in 1960s Mississippi and the white woman who convinces the help to tell their story. It’s a powerful glimpse into a piece of recent American history I knew very little about. I also thought Stockett did a terrific job creating the voices of such distinct characters. It’s always nice to see success from a debut author, too. A nice bonus was the fact that the movie version remained true to the story and was tremendously well acted. If you haven’t read this book, put it on your list right now!
HH: What are you most looking forward to in 2012?
AB: I think I am most looking forward to writing new stories and meeting new readers (and keeping contact with my faithful ones!). I teach high school English full-time, which can be very time-consuming and exhausting, so writing truly is a creative outlet for me. I love talking about my books, so thank you very much for having me here at The Romance Studio!