Book Review: The Summer of Songbirds by Kristy Woodson Harvey

You know how some books are so good that whatever you read next is bound to be a disappointment because you’re still basking in the glow of the last book? That was The Summer of Songbirds for me! I already want to read it again, and I rarely read the same book twice.

I listened to the audiobook because I’ve been on the road a lot lately, and I thought the narrators were great. There were three narrators for three different characters, who each had chapters in their point of view. It’s definitely a good book for audio.

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The Summer of Songbirds is a heartwarming story of friendship, self-discovery, and the magic of summer camp. The book centers around Camp Holly Springs, a beloved summer retreat for girls run by June Moore. When June finds herself on the brink of losing this treasured place that has defined her life, she’s forced to confront pains and regrets she’s long avoided.

Meanwhile, June’s niece Daphne reunites with her two best friends from childhood summers at Camp Holly Springs, Lanier and Mary Stuart. Though now in their thirties, their bond remains unbreakable despite diverging lives and personal struggles with love, loss, addiction, and more.

When a confidential work issue becomes personal for attorney Daphne, she faces an impossible choice that threatens her most treasured relationship. Lanier too is torn between past and present loves on the verge of a marriage commitment.

Yet no matter their individual troubles, preserving their haven of Camp Holly Springs becomes most vital. As the three women fight to rescue this magical place, they embark on deeply meaningful journeys of friendship, courage and growth.

With lyrical prose and engaging characters, Harvey delivers an ode to the power of female friendship, the restorative magic of summertime, and the places and people that shape our identities.

I only went to overnight camp once as a kid, and I hated it so much that I called and begged my parents to come get me. When they wouldn’t, I did what any smart kid would do . . . I called my grandparents. And, of course, they came to my rescue!

However, after reading The Summer of Songbirds, I regret not giving camp more of a chance. I wish I had a summer camp experience like Daphne, Lanier and Mary Stuart where I created lifelong friendships instead of feeling left out and like I didn’t fit in.

And now I’m off to research adult summer camps to see if I can still discover the magic of summer camp!

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