Published on May 9, 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books
Genre: Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction
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.
(Source: I would like to thank NetGalley and St. Martins Press for giving me a copy. This will not influence my reviews.)
Once again Michelle Gable gives a new and enthralling book that will evoke the interests of contemporary and historical fiction book lovers.
There is something about Michelle’s books, it will give you a lot of “Feels”. The Book of Summer gives me nostalgic feelings towards on the story even if I didn’t see the actual events during that time nor went on the country, Michelle’s writing is truly captivating.
The story follows when Physician Bes Codman went to their family house in Nantucket to convince her mom that there is no other way to save the house (Michelle explained on how she ended up to this topic so check this out). Like in the book “I’ll See You in Paris”, the story is set into two POV – one in the 1940’s era of United States of America and the other one is in the present day. In the year 1940, it was the time when Bes’s grandmother Ruby life is. It tells the life story during the World War II.
The character development is an average for me because there’s nothing new on this kind of story and every contemporary novel has the same problems to deal with but the turn of events is an outstanding. Even more so, it turned an amazing love affair during the 1940’s and present day.
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Read this if…
you believed in love in second time around, the love for family, friends, and country, and preserved the memories of your loved ones.
Places it was set