The Book of Summer

The Book of Summer

A Novel

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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New York Times Bestselling Author of A Paris Apartment

The ocean, the wild roses on the dunes and the stunning Cliff House, perched atop a bluff in Sconset, Nantucket. Inside the faded pages of the Cliff House guest book live the spellbinding stories of its female inhabitants: from Ruby, a bright-eyed newlywed on the eve of World War II to her granddaughter Bess, who returns to the beautiful summer estate.

For the first time in four years, physician Bess Codman visits the compound her great-grandparents built almost a century before, but due to erosion, the once-grand home will soon fall into the sea. Bess must now put aside her complicated memories in order to pack up the house and deal with her mother, a notorious town rabble-rouser, who refuses to leave. It's not just memories of her family home Bess must face though, but also an old love that might hold new possibilities.

In the midst of packing Bess rediscovers the forgotten family guest book. Bess's grandmother and primary keeper of the book, Ruby, always said Cliff House was a house of women, and by the very last day of the very last summer at Cliff House, Bess will understand the truth of her grandmother's words in ways she never imagined.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250070623
Branch Call Number: FIC Gable
Characteristics: 408 pages ; 24 cm


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Sep 28, 2017

This is the third book of Michelle Gable's that I have read. While the subject of erosion on Nantucket is worth exploring, I think it could be done in 300 pages or less. This book was at least 100 pages too long at over 400+. That being said, I enjoyed the characters and the danger of the house, but wouldn't have read it had I not had extra time.

Jul 01, 2017

A guest book for Cliff House family and friends to comment on their summer visits provides a link between four generations of women in one family.

This is a good story, but I found myself walking away from it after a short time which is very unlike me. The book is told using present tense though not first person which might have been part of the problem.

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