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Susan Kietzman, “It Started In June” and Hannah McKinnon, “Sailing Lessons”

Susan Kietzman, “It Started In June”

It Started in June Cover ImageSusan Kietzman’s engrossing and thought-provoking novel explores the choices and revelations that come with life’s most unexpected events.
Grace Trumbull’s after work drink with Bradley Hanover, a handsome younger colleague, on a warm summer night turns into an impulsive, intimate encounter. After a few weeks of exhilarating secret dates, Grace—forty-two and divorced—realizes she’s pregnant.
For Grace, whose estranged mother refers to her own teenage pregnancy as her biggest mistake, the prospect of parenthood is daunting. She’s just been made vice president of a media relations company and is childfree by choice. Still, something deeper than her fear makes her want to keep the baby. She knows she can be a better, more capable parent than her mother was to her.
As months pass and seasons change, Grace questions her decision to include Bradley in her plans. But they continue to navigate their complicated relationship, each struggling with what it means to make a commitment to someone. Most importantly, Grace begins trusting her instincts—maternal and otherwise—finding the courage that will guide her through an uncertain future ripe with new possibilities . . .

Susan Kietzman is a Connecticut native. She has a bachelor's degree in English from Connecticut College and a master's degree in journalism from Boston University. Before focusing on fiction full-time, she wrote in several other capacities—as a newspaper reporter, as corporate client wordsmith, and as a museum fundraiser. She also taught English and public speaking at two community colleges. It Started in June is her fifth novel. Readers can visit her website at

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Hannah McKinnon, “Sailing Lessons”

Sailing Lessons Cover ImageOn the shores of Cape Cod, the Bailey sisters reunite with their long-lost father for a summer of hope and forgiveness in this heartfelt novel from the author of the “sharp and evocative” (Kirkus ReviewsMystic SummerThe Lake Season, and The Summer House, sure to appeal to “fans of Elin Hilderbrand” (Booklist).

Wrenn Bailey has lived all her life on Cape Cod with her mother Lindy, older sister Shannon, and younger sister Piper. Growing up, life was dictated by the seasons with sleepy gray winters where only the locals stayed on, followed by the sharp influx and colorful bustle of summer tourists who swept up the elbow of the Cape and infiltrated their small paradise.

But it wasn’t just the tourists who interrupted Wrenn’s formative years; her father—brilliant but troubled photographer Caleb—has long made a habit of drifting in and out of his girls’ lives. Until the one summer, he left the Cape and did not return again.

Now, almost twenty years later, Caleb has come back one last time, suffering from pancreatic cancer and seeking absolution. Wrenn and her sisters each respond differently to their father’s return, determined to find closure. But that means returning to the past and revisiting old wounds—wounds that cause the tightknit Bailey women to confront their own wishes and wants and admit to their own wrong-doings over the years. In a place that brings both great comfort and great pain, the Bailey sisters experience a summer on the Cape that promises not only hard endings, but perhaps, hopeful new beginnings.

Hannah McKinnon is the author of The Lake Season, Mystic Summer, and The Summer House. She graduated from Connecticut College and the University of South Australia. She lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut, with her family, a flock of chickens, and two rescue dogs.

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Event Date: 
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 7:00pm EDT
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R.J. Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443
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ISBN: 9781496714220
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Published: Kensington - May 29th, 2018

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ISBN: 9781501194849
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - June 5th, 2018