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Sweet Summer Discussion Questions


Tomorrow marks the beginning of my 30th year of full-time college teaching (27 at my present university). So, in other words, I'm excited to meet new students and sad to see summer go. In that spirit, let's have a different kind of blog today. I'm going to post discussion questions for my recent book. I'd love to see your answers and thoughts. Of course, some responses could get personal so feel free to protect your identity or just jump right in!


If you haven't read Sweet Summer yet, what are you waiting for? :) The digital version is only $4 on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Summer-clean-beachside-romance-ebook/dp/B097YVT32P/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=Christina+Sinisi&qid=1629659834&s=books&sr=1-2


ALSO, If you comment below, you'll be entered into a drawing for a free autographed paper copy!! :)


First, what did you enjoy about the book? Not enjoy (don't hurt my feelings, please, but I can certainly improve)?


And then here are some more in-depth questions which could be great for a book club if you have one. Also, I'd love to Zoom in as a guest if anyone needs a speaker!


1. In Sweet Summer, Shelby was around eight when her father was killed. Do you think children of this age might postpone grieving? Have you heard of people grieving by taking risks and testing their mortality?


2. Tyler gives up some of his young adult years to take care of his aging parents. In today’s society, this often falls on older adult children. How has caring for older parents affected your life? What do you think is our duty as children? Do you struggle with the idea of a nursing home?


3. Shelby and Tyler seem to be opposites at first. Do you think opposites attract and, if they attract, do they last?


4. As part of her reaction to her father’s death, Shelby pulls away from faith, God, and her family. Have you ever blamed God from something bad in your life? How did you return to Him?


5. This is the second book of the Summer Creek series. Do you find the sisters’ strained relationship understandable? Have you and your siblings’ relationships experienced ups and downs through life? How has your faith affected those relationships?


6. Were you surprised by Tyler’s real profession? Do you find yourself sometimes viewing a person one way and then having difficulty when your predictions are incorrect?


7. Did you find the ending cheesy? Or do you love over-the-top romantic gestures? Share a romantic time in your life?


8. Thank you for reading! Next year is Emma’s book, Why They Call It Falling. The release date is set for May! Since Emma was painted as a villain of sorts in the first book, do you think she can be redeemed?

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Aug 22, 2021

I enjoyed the book immensely! A stand-out point was encountering a heroine who is very athletic and a hero who is not. I'm not a feminist, nor am I interested in roll-reversal, but many women are more athletic/sporty/graceful than their men, and it was nice to see the stereotype flipped.

I do believe that children postpone grieving because often there is no one to guide them through it. Whether it's grief over a death, a divorce, or "just" a relocation, children may believe that they cannot express that grief, that they have to "be good" (or something worse will happen). When they do express their grief/anger/frustration, it can be in inappropriate ways, and many adults don't recognize this as grief…


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Christina Sinisi
Christina Sinisi
Aug 22, 2021
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Kaethe, thank you so much! I start off with an image of each character, but they become their own people. Shelby is a lot more athletic than I am, too, but I know a lot of beach ladies here in SC. I also wanted to explore the different ways people grieve because we talk about the process in my Psych of Adulthood class. I think it's so very important for people to know the many ways people can react so we don't judge or shut people down. Thank you!

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diannemiley
diannemiley
Aug 22, 2021

I enjoyed the story! Yes, I believe opposites attract, and yes, they can last! My hisband and I are opposites. We’ve been together over 40 years and married for 38.


I most relate to question 2. I have cared for my mother-in-law and will soon be caring for my mother. This has taught me compassion and patience. Elderly people live a slower paced life, so it has also helped me slow down and see the benefit in that. I do struggle with the idea of nursing homes for those who are active. However, every family situation differs and I believe each family needs to determine what’s best for their circumstances— taking into account the well being of caregivers as well…

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Christina Sinisi
Christina Sinisi
Aug 22, 2021
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About opposites attract--research says the pairing is less likely to last, but there's always the outliers. ;)

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