I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Tell Me S'more by Beth Merlin
Series: The Campfire Series #4
Published by Firefly Hill Press LLC on May 25, 2021
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
“A beautifully written contemporary romance, with plenty of enjoyable comedy, it challenges us to evaluate our lives and make big decisions on who we want to be and not necessarily what everyone expects us to be.” – Adventures in Lit about The Campfire Series
Camp Chinooka was supposed to be a place of inspiration, the place where Perry Gilman would finally compose his symphonic masterpiece. But four years later, Perry Gillman isn’t any closer to his dream of becoming a world renowned musician. Instead, he fell love in with Gigi Goldstein and he thought that love would be enough. Now, struggling to find the right subject for a new musical while hustling as a piano player at a local jazz bar, he can’t help but measure his own shortcomings to his famous father’s monstrous success. So, when he stumbles onto the idea to write a musical about the life and times of Elizabeth I, everything finally changes. The musical is an international sensation and suddenly, Perry is on the fast track to super stardom.
However, fame and success come at a price. When his relationship with Gigi is thrown into a tailspin, he must decide whether to follow his dream for which he fought for so long or sacrifice it all for true love.
Told from Perry’s perspective, Tell Me S’more shows that there are two sides to every story and a cost to every choice.
So while this is labeled as the 4th book in the series, timeline-wise, it really takes place in between the first and second books in the series. But it was a nice addition. Because the other books are really from Gigi’s point of view. It was good to get Perry’s viewpoint and side of the story. I really did love the whole development of his musical about Queen Elizabeth. Obviously in a way it was modeled in the same way that the whole Hamilton musical was done. And I kind of wish someone would actually do this musical about Elizabeth. The musical Perry was writing in a way reflected his own life and decisions of the time. Perry did a lot of things in this that made me mad though, and totally explained why Gigi had to do what she did. I always hate when characters think if nothing really comes from a situation, they can just not bother telling their significant other about it. When it is so obvious that it could come back to bite them in the end, and would not be such a big deal if they’d just talked about it like a normal person as it happened. But as I said it was nice to be back in this world with these characters and get a look under the curtain of the other side of the story.
If you’d like to read my reviews of the other books, here are those links:
Beth Merlin has a BA from The George Washington University where she minored in Creative Writing and a JD from New York Law School. She’s a native New Yorker who loves anything Broadway, rom-coms, her daughter Hadley, and a good maxi dress. She was introduced to her husband through a friend she met at sleepaway camp and considers the eight summers she spent there to be some of the most formative of her life. One S’more Summer is Beth’s debut novel.