Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Girls of Summer by C.E. Hilbert

Book:  Girls of Summer

Author: C.E. Hilbert

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release date: March 19, 2021

When Charlotte receives the news that her estranged father has passed away, she finds herself in small-town South Carolina, forced to partner with her half-sister in running the baseball team and family business. If she can make it through 365 long days of running her daddy’s business, she’ll inherit half his multi-million dollar fortune—money she desperately needs to rectify the sins of her mother.

But can a big city girl overcome small-town sass and the unwelcome guidance of too-handsome-for-his-own-good general counsel Mac Taylor, or will this uptown girl discover she is truly a southern girl of summer at heart?


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Romance and Suspense novels are always a good read.  The combo of genre's are a fun read because they seem almost mysterious for romance to happen to happen in the midst of Suspense. Girls of Summer by C.E. Hilbert is just that type of novel and I was excited to read it. Also, C.E. Hilbert is a new to me author, I LOVE new authors. 

Charlotte Dixon runs a Gallery in Manhattan and she loves her life. She is furious to learn her mother has been stealing money for her Gallery and now has a HUGE debt. Charlotte's father was not an active part of her life, so she was surprised when she learned of his recent passing. She heads to South Carolina and finds herself in an interesting situation. Her father's will has stated she must live and work with her 1/2 sister for 365 in order to claim her inheritance. The sisters need to manage a Baseball Team and run the Family Business in order to claim her portion of Mutl-Million windfall. Mac Taylor is the Family Attorney and he is trying to help Charlotte with all the information contained in the will. Charlotte is on edge because the FBI thinks she has something to do with her Mom's stealing. Mac finds himself helping Charlotte, but also his feelings for her are growing. Charlotte is not sure she will make it to the 365th day, because she really misses Big City life. Can Charlotte grow to enjoy the Small town Living and reach the 365 Day mark? Does Mac have a chance at romance with Charlotte? 

WOW, talk about Suspense and Mystery. I was hooked on this book from the very first chapter. The Storyline flows great and keeps the reader focused. Charlotte is a strong individual and is smashed that her mom would steal from her. She gets a reprieve from her Mom when she moves to South Carolina. The Mystery that follows her to South Carolina has her on edge, but she handles it all well. The connection with her half sister and their journey to survive the 365 days is a good part of the Storyline. The potential romance with Mac Taylor was a good twist to the story! The Twists and Turns in this book are amazing and kept me on the edge of my chair! I HIGHLY recommend this book for anyone who likes Christian Suspense and Romance! GREAT BOOK! 


C.E. Hilbert lives in sleepy town outside Columbus, OH in a 120-year-old fixer-upper with her Golden Retriever, Georgie. She believes that life goes best with Jesus, cookies made with real butter, summers watching baseball and winters filled with hockey.


More from C.E. Hilbert

Did you ever have a fascination with an organization or an event? Maybe you are a World War II buff like my friend Nick or you have a deep appreciation (or obsession) for all things Star Wars like my nephew Alex? Maybe you were entranced with a book series or a television series? For me, I had a deep curiosity about organized crime in high school and college. I know, odd choice of interest, but my fascination was so deep I spent a semester being advised and mentored by a sitting federal judge and the head of our local FBI office on a school project about the impact of the Cosa Nostra in Ohio.

I, like so many people who have read Mario Puzo’s “The Godfather” or seen the movie adaptation, was infatuated with the romance the family drama told. I hadn’t really considered the destruction or lack of care for human life that actually existed within the American Mafia until I studied the organization. Although my curiosity continued, no longer did I see Michael Corleone’s story as a well-crafted work of fiction, but rather an overly romanticized view of a world of corruption and depravity. What I learned from those two mentors was simple – cut off the head of one organization and two more will rise in its place. The Cosa Nostra’s influence on America has waned in recent years, but organized crime is unfortunately alive and well.

In Girls of Summer, we see a glimpse of the impact of organized crime in America through the lens of one family so enmeshed in its web we are unsure if they will be able to survive to find freedom. Through telling this story, I not only wanted to share how the love of God can redeem even the most lost soul, but also give a window into the destruction that follows in the wake of those who do not value human life. Instead of romanticizing organized crime as books and movies have done for decades, my goal with integrating the Russian mafia into the fabric of Girls of Summer was to shine a light on the lack of decency and morality.

Girls of Summer is a suspenseful romance filled with the hope of redemption and reconciliation, but the story also gives a peek into a world most of us would prefer to believe lives only in fiction. Thankfully, we have dedicated men and women who are quietly fighting for justice with the hope of one day saying, organized crime is truly a thing of make believe.

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To celebrate her tour, C.E. is giving away the grand prize package of a tote that contains four books (Girls of Summer, From Scratch, Life on the Porcelain Edge & The Wooing of Jane Grey) and some “surprise items”!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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