The Book of Summer by Michelle Gable
Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press (May 9, 2017)
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
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People, things, times change, but Cliff House remains a comfort retreat, a tradition, standing strong until it can no longer.
A multigenerational novel based around a family’s summer retreat compound known as Cliff House. The sturdy and comforting Cliff House has stood thru many storms; weather and emotional. Woven in the story is the mostly women’s tale of life thru the summer months of a ninety-year span.
“Everything at Cliff House fell to the women. It was their work, their fingerprints, their soul.”
“..the men only come for the parties. The events. They can’t really handle the day-to-day.”
There are varying of emotions from the family members, visitors, friends, including war, drama, fun and secrets. While it is a tale mostly told in the voices of Ruby and Bess, The Book of Summer began with Bess’s grandmother Sarah and it is now Cissy, Bess’s mother, who is fighting to save it.
“I don’t make deals. I prefer to get my way.” – Cissy (really, who can’t love a go-getter like this?)
A wonderful read that grabbed my attention and had me rooting for a miracle to save Cliff House from erosion of the bluff. Well-written with substance and entertaining characters, focusing on family, comfort retreat, and tradition.
“Cliff House is a comfort. In the winter months you only need think: Well summer’s not so far away. I can last until then. Whatever happens in the real world, Cliff House remains a permanent, never-changing promise. In this big house cemented on its bluff, we can return to the people we are supposed to be.”
Thank you to the author and St. Martin’s press for the ARC.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Michelle Gable is the New York Times Bestselling author of A PARIS APARTMENT, I’LL SEE YOU IN PARIS and THE BOOK OF SUMMER. She is also a mom, wife, former finance executive, former Chargers fanatic, and tennis player. After growing up in San Diego, Michelle attended The College of William & Mary in Virginia, where she majored in accounting as most aspiring writers do. She currently resides in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California, with her husband, two daughters, lazy cat, and one very bitey rabbit.
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