Cape Harriet is a small seaside town on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Life slows down here, and things are done the old fashioned way.
The Rising Tides Inn is the scene of most of the action. Super luxurious, set on several acres, this Victorian inn is the place to be if you want to be pampered on your vacation. Pete and Zadie Strathmore run it with love, and if your step falters, they won’t hesitate to nudge you in the right direction.
Zadie, a former chef, makes the best of the local produce and her organic garden. Don’t miss her famous pimento cheese or barbecued wings.
The Blooms as a family are slightly peculiar, peculiar enough to be ordinary. Mary’s a widow who keeps to herself. Her three daughters have come together to throw her the best 60th birthday party ever.
Iris Robinson/ Bloom is aggressive and abrasive. With four demanding kids, she has to be. She keeps everyone on a tight leash, watches her figure, runs the carpool, and leads the most meaningful life amongst her sisters. She has no doubt she’s the idol they should live up to.
Hyacinth Bloom got the brains in the family, and kept them. An English professor about to get tenure, she is a modern career woman who has it made. She loves her nieces and nephews, but never understood why Iris had so many kids. She’s smarter than Iris, but somehow, her clothes are not trendy enough, nor her barbs as sharp. Oh well, at least her younger sister is a softer target.
Poppy Bloom has roamed the world at 26, and yes, she has wheels on her feet. She’s worked hard to set up this beach vacay for all of them. But nothing is going as planned. Poppy’s busy training for the trip of a lifetime, dodging her sisters’ snarky comments about how she does nothing in life.
Sibling rivalry and petty squabbles are forgotten when events take an unexpected turn. Life will never be the same again for the Blooms.
Thank you Roma for that interesting look at the characters in your new book Wicked Summer.
A fun family summer holiday on the beach takes an unexpected turn.
Wicked Summer follows the Bloom family as they spend a once in a lifetime vacation at Cape Harriet, a charming seaside town on Virginia's scenic Eastern Shore.
All Mary Bloom ever wanted was to celebrate her 60th birthday at the beach. The extended Bloom family converges at the Rising Tides Inn, where their slightest whim is catered to.
Forty something Iris is the perfect suburban mom, holding her four kids and husband on a tight leash. 36 year old Hyacinth is single, successful and the self-proclaimed brains of the family. At 26, Poppy is a top travel blogger, wandering across countries most people only dream of visiting.
The rivalry among the sisters is as strong as ever, and each sister is dealing with it in her own way. So while Iris taunts and needles, Hyacinth takes the high road and shows disdain. Poppy suffers silently, lost in her own inner turmoil. None of them has an inkling of the storm that is about to break loose in their lives.
Soft shell crabs and salt marshes will be forgotten as shocking secrets are revealed. Everyone seems to be guilty of hiding something.
Set in idyllic Cape Harriet, Wicked Summer takes the reader on a thrilling roller coaster ride with plenty of laughs, tears and intrigue with heartwarming emotions, scrumptious food and never a dull moment.
Roma Brooks writes stories featuring real life characters, the kind you would come across in your own family. Her books will make you laugh, cry, love, hate and bite your nails. She dreams of retiring to a seaside town like Cape Harriet where the gentle waves of the ocean lull you into sweet dreams.