Malibu Summer

A Novel

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Pub Date May 21 2024 | Archive Date Jul 20 2024

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Lose yourself in this opposites-attract romance set on a sunny Malibu hillside

Ivy Bauer is a young, bright soil scientist and inventor of a game changing organic irrigation system. She’s on top of the world when, suddenly, her husband is killed in a biking accident. Needing space to grieve, she takes a summer job as a gardener in Malibu.

Conrad Reed is a wealthy Hollywood has-been who, after the death of his wife, feels overwhelmed by the care of his anxious stepson Hudson, massive cliffside estate, and deteriorating career. He hopes Ivy will help take at least one thing off his plate. But the bossy, opinionated Ivy isn’t making things any easier for him. Sparks fly—and not the good kind.

But it’s when Ivy finds the key to Hudson’s heart that Conrad’s own heart begins to melt as well—and then the sparks that fly are the ones that kindle the best kind of love affair . . .
Lose yourself in this opposites-attract romance set on a sunny Malibu hillside

Ivy Bauer is a young, bright soil scientist and inventor of a game changing organic irrigation system. She’s on top of...

Advance Praise

“Perfect escapism. . . heartbreaking and hopeful. . . simply gorgeous.”

—Paige Toon, bestselling author of Only Love Can Hurt Like This

“Heartfelt and funny… it’s easy to fall for the colorful cast, and the exploration of grief rings true.”

—Publishers Weekly

“Perfect escapism. . . heartbreaking and hopeful. . . simply gorgeous.”

—Paige Toon, bestselling author of Only Love Can Hurt Like This

“Heartfelt and funny… it’s easy to fall for the colorful cast...


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ISBN 9780143137924
PRICE $18.00 (USD)
PAGES 304

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This was so much more then I thought when I requested it in the best way! It wasn’t just a romance but really a story of grief and second chances. It had such nice depth to it in addition to a romance that had me very invested. I loved the characters and the setting. Would recommend 100%!

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I recently immersed myself in this absorbing opposites-attract romance, beautifully set against the sunny backdrop of Malibu. The story follows Ivy Bauer, a talented soil scientist and inventor who faces a tragic turn when her husband dies in a biking accident. Seeking solace, she takes on a summer gardening job in Malibu.

Enter Conrad Reed, a once-wealthy Hollywood figure struggling to balance his responsibilities after his wife's passing, including caring for his anxious stepson and managing his sprawling estate. He hopes Ivy can alleviate some of his burden, but their initial interactions are far from smooth leading to a clash of wills and unexpected sparks.

As Ivy connects with Conrad's stepson, Hudson, a gradual transformation takes place, thawing Conrad's heart and setting the stage for a deeply touching love story to unfold.

This book is a delightful journey that blends heartache, personal growth, and the blossoming of an unlikely romance. The author paints a vivid picture of Malibu, while expertly weaving together the emotional landscapes of grief, family dynamics, and the tender development of love. I found myself captivated by the characters and their evolving relationships, and I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a heartfelt and engaging romantic tale!

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This is one of the best literary fiction books i gave 5 stars to! Perfect summer read when you’re laying by the pool or beach and just need nostalgic vibes. Can’t wait for everyone to read this. I have read Judy Blume and now this one and would absolutely recommend this author! Thank you to NetGalley for the arc!

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Libby Gill is truly one of the most gifted authors I’ve ever read. The writing was flawless, and the deep emotions she conveys through her words stay with you long after you finish the book. Undoubtedly, a full 5 stars read for me.

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