The Summer We Lost Her by Tish Cohen is a family drama, with a bit of mystery, centered around the Sorensen family. Matt is a Manhattan lawyer from a very prominent family in Lake Placid, New York. Elise is a competitive dressage rider with her sights on the Olympics. Together they have a young daughter, Gracie, who has disability. When they go to Lake Placid to sell some family property to help finance Elise’s Olympic goals they find their time spent there will either save their marriage or end it.
Elise and Matt are from two very different worlds and The Summer We Lost Her shows how that affects the way they see things and their place in the world. There were many times when this couple frustrated me. They are both very flawed people who both have to come to terms with the past and the demons that have followed them. Though they frustrated me I did find myself engaged and rooting for them. I enjoyed watching as different realizations came to each of them.
I enjoyed learning more about the sport of dressage and the time, money, and sacrifice that goes into Olympic goals. And the conflict of such an athlete who is also a wife and a mother.
While in Lake Placid, Matt and Elise’s daughter, Gracie, disappears. I wanted to know who took Gracie, and whether or not she would be found. The answer did surprise me and was something I did not see coming. I felt though that the story was more about how Matt and Elise handled such an awful time rather than about what happened to Gracie. They each handled the tragedy differently and their upbringing and past experiences are shown to contribute to how they handled things and I found that look into their lives very fascinating.
This is a family drama that I really enjoyed. I enjoyed the look into the complications in a family and also the forgiveness that a family needs to have. Though there were a couple of times that forgiveness came a bit to quickly and easily to make it feel realistic, I did feel the author handled it in a way that I could buy. The story also shows development of self worth and how that worth changes the way you look at life.
My copy of The Summer We Lost Her was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.