Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Release Date: March 12, 2019
Genre: Adult Fiction / Contemporary / Women’s Fiction
Two families arrive in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. The resort town is known for its stunning views, exotic wildlife, and welcoming locals, and Jenna has organized the trip to celebrate her husband’s fiftieth birthday–she’s been looking forward to it for months. Their friends the Solomons, can be overbearing at times, but Jenna is sure everything is going to be just perfect–and the margarita refills delivered by the house staff certainly don’t hurt, either. What could go wrong?
Yet as the families settle into their vacation routines, their best friends suddenly seem like annoying strangers, and even Jenna’s reliable husband, Peter, seems to be staying up late with his friend Solly and sharing clandestine phone calls with someone–but who? Jenna’s teenage daughter, Clem, is spending an awful lot of time with Malcolm, Solly’s son, whose questionable rep got him expelled from school. Jenna’s dream of the ultimate celebration begins to crack and eventually crumbles completely, leaving her wondering whom she can trust, and whether her privileged life is about to be changed forever.
Tomorrow There Will Be Sun by Dana Reinhardt was an incredibly hard book for me to assign a rating to. On one hand, I kept waiting for something really big to happen, but what actually happened was something more relatable and realistic than what I was expecting. On the other hand, it’s a thought-provoking novel that will still give you vacation vibes due to the location. The end was also a little anticlimactic, but at the same time felt like a good way to end the story while making the reader wonder. I think this book is for a very niche market of readers. You won’t love the characters, but you can’t really hate them either, and Jenna will definitely be relatable for some people.
Even though the book is set in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico I wouldn’t necessarily call this a beach read. The location was a part of the story, but Tomorrow There Will Be Sun was really more about Jenna and her internal feelings/dilemmas along with her family. She was a frustrating character due to her insecurities and controlling nature, but I couldn’t help feeling a little bad for her when it came to how her husband and daughter treated her. Not a whole lot happens in the novel, but for some reason I just could not stop reading. I did really enjoy Reinhardt’s writing style, and she managed to keep me engaged in Jenna’s story and I also liked the fact that Jenna was a writer.
As I said right away, not everyone is going to like this book, and I think you really have to be in the mood for a slower burn where there aren’t any major reveals. If you want to be introspective though and want a book that will make you think, I would still recommend Tomorrow There Will Be Sun. I thought there were a lot of good things about it, and I will definitely be looking forward to reading more from Reinhardt.
Thank you to the publisher for my advance review copy via NetGalley. All opinions and thoughts are my own.