Reviews

 

The Summer Sail

“Francis illustrates with charm and insight the drama and love of friendship and sisterhood, realistically portrayed through relatable and likable characters. A great summer read for fans of Jennifer Weiner and Emily Giffin.” (Library Journal)

“Lasting friendships, sandy beaches, and hot sun make this novel a perfect summer read.” (BookTrib’s “30 Books Perfect for Summer Reading”)

“A wonderful book about friends and sisterhood.” (Linda’s Book Obsession)

“A beautiful journey. . .I truly couldn’t put the book down once I started.” (Eclectic Bookworms)

“One read that is a summer must!” (A Southern Girl’s Bookshelf)

Another great ‘Calgon, take me away’ beach read.” (Robin’s Books)

Everything a good beach read should be. . . light, witty, juicy, and with the right touch of mystery. Chock full of details that help the reader slip away.” (What Jen Reads)

“The perfect summer read!” (Inspire My Style)

“A fun beach read with an incredible setting.” (Confessions of a Bookaholic)

“If you’re looking for a great summer read, this book is for you.” (Feathered Quill)

“What could be more fun than a summer cruise with old friends, along with all their hopes, fears, and extra pounds, not to mention husbands, children, and the one who can’t commit—yet.  A thoroughly entertaining summer read!”  (Shelley Noble, author of The Beach at Painter’s Cove)

“Every reader longs for the kind of female friendships Francis has created in The Summer Sail. Her words whisk us off to sunny skies and sandy beaches, but when the holiday ends, we are left with more to think about than when we began. Hope and heart fill these fast-turning pages.” (Lynda Cohen Loigman, author of The Two-Family House)

 

The Summer of Good Intentions

“Wendy Francis’s book thrilled me like a ride in a race car along the coast with the top down. It is everything a summer read should be.” (Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Perfect Couple)

“The Summer of Good Intentions is a tender and vivid portrait of a family by the sea, of three unforgettable sisters and the tidal pull of their love and secrets. Wendy Francis is a wonderful writer. She made me feel the salt air.” (Luanne Rice, author of The Lemon Orchard)

“There is much to like in Wendy Francis’s The Summer of Good Intentions. Love in all of its messiness is written with convincing thoughtfulness and insight, each flawed character beautifully and realistically portrayed. Feel the sand between your toes as you explore the special bonds of sisterhood and family in what promises to be one of the best books of summer.” (Karen White, author of The Time Between)

“I was immediately engrossed by this story of three adult sisters who share their own bonds, heartbreak and challenges. So much more than a beach read, this very real, poignant, and funny novel will make you look at your own family in fresh, new ways.” (Lee Woodruff, author of Those We Love Most)

“A lovely summer read. Wendy Francis deftly explores the bonds of sisterhood and the complexity of family relationships.” (Wendy Wax, USA Today bestselling author)

“Wendy Francis has created both a family and a story I did not want to leave. These three sisters on a summer vacation display the strong ties that can both hurt and heal a family. Filled with the sweet briny air of Cape Cod, this extraordinary tale shows that, together, we can weather all the seasons of life.” (Patti Callahan Henry, author of The Stories We Tell)

“A compassionate and warm family drama filled to the brim with characters who feel like old friends.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“It has a pull to it…thanks to the author’s skillful writing and realistic dialogue. Maybe this is what’s meant by an ‘addictive’ summer read.” (The Barnstable Patriot)

“An ideal summer read.” (Booklist)

“Heat Index: What do you get when you mix family, secrets and a mysterious accident? A messy and engrossing scorcher of a story that we couldn’t walk away from even after the sun went down. Temperature: 95°” (Booktrib)

Three Good Things

“A toothsome tale . . . a debut as light, sweet, and fluffy as Danish pastry dough. Culinary romance lovers—fans of Sharon Boorstein, Susan Mallery, and Deirdre Martin—will devour it.” (Library Journal)

“Like gossip over morning coffee in the kitchen . . . warm and comforting.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Ellen and Lanie are great characters. . . . Engaging.” (Booklist)

Three Good Things is a flavorful tale of sisters and second chances, fresh starts and sweet surprises. Wendy Francis has written a rich debut, sure to delight the lucky readers who discover her here.” (Barbara O’Neal, author of How to Bake a Perfect Life)

“There are so many good things to say about Three Good Things. It’s a warm, witty and wise story of sisters on their journey through love and life. Wendy Francis’s new novel is as delicious as the kringles made in Ellen’s bakeshop.” (Susan Wiggs, author of The Goodbye Quilt)

“Wendy Francis’s Three Good Things is as sweet, rich, and comforting as a Danish kringle, spiced with lots of good surprises.” (Nancy Thayer, author of A Nantucket Wedding)

“A lovely story about people you wish were your next-door neighbors. I wish, too, the kringle shop were next door, because I loved the mouthwatering descriptions of its treats. Curl up with this book, along with a cup of tea and a kringle (what else?) and lose yourself in a world you won’t want to leave after you turn the last page.” (Eileen Goudge, author of The Replacement Wife)