My Maine trilogy reads come to an end. Now I’m sad…I have no more Josh to live vicariously through and my time in York Beach has come to an end with The Ring On The Sill. Ugh. Do you ever just wish that books would go on forever? This is how I feel with this trilogy…
Jody Clark decides to span this book across two summers. Doug is still the womanizer he is. Pete starts to grow tired of his job and his marriage is starting to become strained. Josh…is Josh, still the hopeless romantic looking for the one.
Hang on a second. Doug ends up, not single?? Pete and his marriage…no, no, no. Josh finds someone?!?! WHAT?!?!?! The Ring On The Sill gives us some closure on the crazy summers which really truly happens when we grow up, get married, have families, and have bustling careers. This book culminates their lives as they reach different points.
Here is where I am going to say DAMN YOU JODY!!!! The story leaves us hanging with an open ending. %##@@&@*@%@ By now you all know I love my stories wrapped up with little bows (but I am starting to mature in my reading and accept open ended endings more) and The Ring On The Sill just smacks us with an open ending. The only reason I actually end up LIKING the end is because Clark acknowledges the open ending and tells us, the reader, to have it end how we would like to…and I darn well did!
I struggled with a rating for this book. I felt like a 5 would not be fair to Between Hello And Goodbye, but a 4 isn’t quite right either. Ultimately, I’m going with a 4 with the premise that if you have read the other two books, this is a must read. This is not a book I would recommend as a standalone because you wouldn’t be able to truly appreciate it and understand a lot, this really takes a lot from the first two books and ties everything together. Plus, you would not appreciate the ending and where everyone ends up!
This trilogy really hit me hard emotionally. It was unexpected and now a part of me is sad that it’s over, but happy because these books came into my life. Because of these books I gained a new appreciation for the Maine authors and picked up some new books at the good ol’ Whispering Sands in York Beach, Maine (along with my new favorite pair of sweatpants EVER). Well, my mom did for a Christmas present for me, haha. Do yourself a favor and when you’re in your favorite vacation spot, pick up a book from a local author. I am so, so, so glad I did with Jody Clark (thankfully I still have 2 more books to read by him…Jody, you better be writing another book as I write this). I’m going to leave you with the best possible words he could have ended this trilogy with and if this does not make you want to read this trilogy alone, then you’re not a human with feelings…
As a matter of fact, life will probably NEVER turn out the way you plan it, but I promise you this, it’ll ALWAYS turn out the way it’s supposed to.
Title: The Ring On The Sill
Author: Jody Clark
Genre(s): Literary Fiction
Publisher: Vacationland Books (go here to get yourself an autographed copy)
Release Date: April 7, 2019