A summer home filled with years of memories, a book filled with years of written memories, and a home that is eroding away and about to fall off the cliff.
The Cliff House, appropriately named, has been the summer home on Nantucket for the Young/Packard/Codman family for over one hundred years. The women maintained the house, but now only Cissy is left, and she doesn’t want to give up and face the reality that the house will be falling into the ocean before too long.
To help her mother come to the realization that she cannot continue to live in the summer home, Bess comes back home after four years. The memories are pretty strong for Bess and even more so when she finds the book containing the thoughts of the guests and family members who stayed there, but she can’t convince her mother to leave.
THE BOOK OF SUMMER follows the family from 1939 to present day with flashbacks from entries in the memory book kept at the house. I actually enjoyed the present-day story more than the past.
THE BOOK OF SUMMER is a pleasurable read and a book I enjoyed because of the family drama, its secrets, and the characters. The characters are comical and lovable as well as stubborn. The reader gets to meet each generation of the women who kept the house going.
THE BOOK OF SUMMER was a bit confusing at first and didn’t grab me right away like her other two books, but it definitely grabs your attention as you meet the characters and learn more about the history of Cliff House. That gorgeous cover draws you in as well.
THE BOOK OF SUMMER is delightful, thoughtful, and a book about families that has you focusing on your family history.
ENJOY when you read THE BOOK OF SUMMER. 4/ 5
This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.