The Summer Place
Books | Fiction / Women
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of That Summer comes another “fun, feisty” (The Washington Post) novel of family, secrets, and the ties that bind.When her twenty-two-year-old stepdaughter announces her engagement to her pandemic boyfriend, Sarah Danhauser is shocked. But the wheels are in motion. Headstrong Ruby has already set a date (just three months away!) and spoken to her beloved safta, Sarah’s mother Veronica, about having the wedding at the family’s beach house in Cape Cod. Sarah might be worried, but Veronica is thrilled to be bringing the family together one last time before putting the big house on the market. But the road to a wedding day usually comes with a few bumps. Ruby has always known exactly what she wants, but as the wedding date approaches, she finds herself grappling with the wounds left by the mother who walked out when she was a baby. Veronica ends up facing unexpected news, thanks to her meddling sister, and must revisit the choices she made long ago, when she was a bestselling novelist with a different life. Sarah’s twin brother, Sam, is recovering from a terrible loss, and confronting big questions about who he is—questions he hopes to resolve during his stay on the Cape. Sarah’s husband, Eli, who’s been inexplicably distant during the pandemic, confronts the consequences of a long ago lapse from his typical good-guy behavior. And Sarah, frustrated by her husband, concerned about her stepdaughter, and worn out by the challenges of the quarantine, faces the alluring reappearance of someone from her past and a life that could have been. When the wedding day arrives, lovers are revealed as their true selves, misunderstandings take on a life of their own, and secrets come to light. There are confrontations and revelations that will touch each member of the extended family, ensuring that nothing will ever be the same. From “the undisputed boss of the beach read” (The New York Times), The Summer Place is a testament to family in all its messy glory; a story about what we sacrifice and how we forgive. Enthralling, witty, big-hearted, and sharply observed, “this first-rate page-turner” (Publishers Weekly) is Jennifer Weiner’s love letter to the Outer Cape and the power of home, the way our lives are enriched by the people we call family, and the endless ways love can surprise us.
Simon and Schuster
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"Very slow start, set in the era of COVID (discussing quarantining at home and pre-vax life a bit, but mostly with COVID as a recent memory). Focuses in on one family's drama that unfolds after Ruby and Gabe announce their engagement at 22 years old. Lots of odd, unlikely twists that everyone is surprisingly okay with. "
"I wanted to like this book so bad but I couldn’t get into it and it took me 2 months to read. There was a lot of political references and points of view that became a bit much. There wasn’t enough interesting, keep me on my toes, parts. In the end I only finished this book to finish it. "
"Talked about covid which I thought was over."
"2.5 stars. Too many not-believable coincidences and I didn’t care for how the majority of the characters’ stories were told in hindsight … like an entire book full of not-that-interesting backstory. It was also really hard to root for any of the family members given the massive amount of deception and selfish behavior."