The Book of Summer

The Book of Summer

by Michelle Gable


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The Book of Summer: A Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading about the strong women in this family. Living close to the Massachusetts coastline, I am very familiar with what Mother Nature can do to its beaches and the beautiful homes that are close by. Although I think these smart people would have moved Clifford House years ago.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Generations and two eras of time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book and interesting topic. Wasn't aware of he erosion problem on the east coast.
KatKohler More than 1 year ago
Intrigued by the story in The Book of Summer, I looked forward to a terrific read. Sadly the author’s over-the-top use of profanity caused me to close the book at page 66. However, once I start I almost never quit reading a book until the final page. So I decided to give this one another chance, but could only read ten more pages. I think the author could’ve spun a satisfying story for her readers. I understand profanity if it denotes a specific character, but in this case it involved prolific use by multiple characters. Along with vulgar gestures and references, the author chose to use the f word to J.C. & God, and everything in between. Disappointed.
FrancescaFB More than 1 year ago
The Book of Summer is an entertaining read. The family drama, the secrets, the surprises, and the delightful characters all make it a requisite read for any lazy beach day.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
I have never read a book with characters as crazy, fun, and outlandish as those in The Book of Summer. This should be a book about families during WWII, saving their beloved house in Nantucket, and love… it is about all that, but it was the actual characters that stuck with me. The present day story revolves around Bessie and Cissy. I loved Bessie and Cissy’s relationship. A mother and daughter that fight, love, and protect each other with everything they have. Imagine a mother doing everything in her power to save the family house from falling off a cliff, literally falling off a cliff. Cissy, the mother, is crazy about saving it. I loved her. She brought tears to my eyes, love to my heart, and giggling out loud while reading her story. Bessie, my heart ached for her, going through a divorce from a man who verbally abused her, trying to talk her mother into moving out of their family home, and trying to figure out her life in general was a lot of for her to deal with. The 1940’s story, during WWII, is focused on Ruby, Cissy’s mother. There are so many family secrets shared during her storyline. The family ties were once again wonderful. The additions to the story with the Book of Summer, a guest book of type for the visitors of the Cliff House, and the newspaper articles from the current time were wonderful glimpses into what the people outside of the family thought of what was happening within the family. I really enjoyed them. I felt like it was a sneak peek into the lives of the wonderful characters. The Book of Summer is a fun read. The family drama, the secrets, and the wonderful characters all make it a must read. Thank you Katie Bassel of St. Martin’s Press and the She Reads Organization for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
The Book of Summer by Michelle Gable takes us to Cliff House in Siasconset on Nantucket. Dr. Bess Codman receives a call from her father asking for her assistance. Cliff House, the family home, is slowly falling over the bluffs into the ocean. Thanks to erosion, they have already lost the tennis courts, pool, dressing rooms, and part of the veranda. It is just a matter of time before the house disappears, but Cissy Codman (her mother) refuses to leave the house. Bess’ father wants her to fly home from California and get her mother out of the house. Cissy is a force of nature. She is still trying to save her family home and is waiting for a Board of Selectman vote on Sankaty Bluff Preservation Fund (Damage Prevention Project). Bess arrives and begins packing up the house. She discovers the families The Book of Summer. A guest book started in 1911 when Cissy’s ancestors, Sarah and Philip Young moved into the newly built home. Guests and family were asked to write an anecdote or story into The Book of Summer. Bess would like to become the new caretaker of the book. Bess’ grandmother, Ruby was responsible for it until her death. Going through the book and the house will bring old stories and secrets to light. Bess will discover things she never knew about the women in her family. We journey back to the days of Ruby Young and relive her time in Cliff House. The past has a way of influencing our present lives. Will Cissy be able to save the family home? How will the family history affect Bess and her future? The Book of Summer is a novel that takes readers back in time to relive the Young family history. We are taken back to 1939 to relive Ruby Young’s life at Cliff House. There are several storylines in the book. One of them is how gay men were treated by the military during World War II. Another is Bess getting a divorce and the reason why. The writing is nice and there are some beautiful descriptions of Nantucket. The book does have a sweet ending. However, I found the pace of the novel to be slow, and I felt it needed some editing. The book was just too long. There is an extreme amount of foul language in the story and it was completely unnecessary (I found it offensive). My main problem with the book was Cissy Codman. She was an over-the-top eccentric who quickly got on my nerves (who picks up a person at the airport on a bicycle). Cissy is the most unique character in The Book of Summer, but not the only one. I believe it was supposed to come across as humorous, but I was not laughing. I give The Book of Summer 3 out of 5 stars. I just found The Book of Summer to be rather bland and unsurprising. I was never drawn into the story and did not connect with the characters. I was curious about The Book of Summer (the guest book belonging to the Young family). What a great concept. It is the type of item I would love to sit down and read through. While I did not enjoy The Book of Summer, I do recommend Michelle Gable’s A Paris Apartment and I’ll See You in Paris.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
Bess Codman returns to her childhood home after four years with one mission. To get her cantankerous mother Caroline (Cissy) out of the home that her great grandmother had built 99 years ago. It was built on a bluff high above the ocean in Nantucket. That bluff has been and is falling slowly away. There is about ten feet left before the house starts to go. Cissy is determined that she is going to save the house. The tennis courts are gone, the pool is gone, the yard is gone, everything is gone including most of the patio. Cissy continues to fight. Bess recently leaving her husband (what a guy this turned out to be) is dealing with that issue and Cissy. While fighting with him and her, she decides to go ahead and start packing. The first thing she finds is The Book of Summer. This is a book that has been in the house since the beginning and everyone who has ever been at the house has signed it, some several times. The book goes back and forth from present day and then to quips written in the book and then to the relatives that lived in the house, mostly Bess's grandmother Ruby. It is a great story about family, very emotional, tragic and everything centered around Cliff House. You can see why Cissy is fighting so hard to keep this house. I just loved this book and when it was over, it was very hard to let go of. Cissy is a feisty character, but one that you grow to love. I got lots of chuckles out of her. There were definitely some emotional moments and some romantic moments. Some moments you won't believe. It's just all in all a family saga that leaves you feeling good in the end. A very entertaining read and I thank St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for allowing me to read and review this book.
Chris721 More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful story of a house and the women who have lived in it. The Cliff House was built by Bess's great grandmother in Nantucket. Due to erosion the beautiful old house is falling into the sea. Bess has returned to the Cliff House to pack up her mom Cissy and get her moved out before the house collapses. The house also has a guestbook, the Book of Summer, that the owners and the visitors write in. Through this book, Bess learns so much about her beloved grandmother Ruby. We learn of family secrets, their hopes and dreams, and a deep love of family. I truly loved this book. It is rich in family, love, redemption, and the house that was a home. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Thomas Dunne Books for allowing me to read and review this book. I was given and ARC for an honest review.