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Summer Island [Mass Market Paperback]

Kristin Hannah
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Jun 2004
Years ago, Nora Bridge walked out on her marriage and left her daughters behind. Now she is a famous talk show host. Her daughter Ruby is a struggling comedienne. The two haven’t spoken in more than a decade. Then a scandal from Nora’s past is exposed, and Ruby is offered a fortune to write a tell-all about her mother. Reluctantly, she returns to the family house on Summer Island, a home filled with frayed memories of joy and heartache. Confronting a past that includes a never-forgotten love, a sick best friend, and a mother who has harbored terrible family secrets, Ruby finally begins to understand the complex ties that bind a mother and daughter—and the healing that comes with forgiveness.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345478932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345478931
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,910,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Hannah is superb at delving into her main characters' psyches and delineating nuances of feeling' -- Washington Post

'Kristin Hannah touches the deepest, most tender corners of our hearts' -- Tami Hoag --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A luminous novel from the author of the international bestseller ON MYSTIC LAKE about a mother and daughter and the complex ties that bind them. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another one to make you cry! 7 Jan 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Having read another of Kristin Hannah's books, I picked this one up and looked forward to a strong and expressive novel and was not dissapointed.
Kristin seems to have the nack for pin-pointing emotion and making you empathise totally, for the characters and this is a great story about the difficulties between a mother and a daughter and shows how easy it is to misunderstand people close to you or make bad judgements that can waste a lifetime.
If you want a book that will make you giggle, cry and smile again - this is the one for you! Well, it worked for me anyway! :-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars READ WITH WARMTH AND UNDERSTANDING 4 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
Mother/daughter relationships can be strained or loving. They are both in Kristin Hannah's "Summer Island," a story of relationships, of rancor and forgiveness. Joyce Bean gives a subtly nuanced reading of this family drama.
Ruby has never forgiven Nora, the mother who deserted her. Years later Nora has achieved success - she's a nationally syndicated columnist and talk show host whose advice is steeped in old-fashioned family values. On the other hand, Ruby's career as a comedian is going nowhere but down.
When news leaks about Nora's past, Ruby has an opportunity to make a tidy sum by writing a tell-all tale. However, accidents do happen, and Nora is injured in one. She needs someone to take her to the family's former island retreat. Thus, Ruby and Nora are thrown together after all the years of bitterness.
Will their physical closeness bring about an emotional rapprochement?
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Home is where the heart is most complete. 10 May 2001
By Denise Bentley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Nora Bridge is a radio talk show host that espouses the morals of a nation. People trust and love her. When pornographic pictures of her are released to the press, her carefully constructed world comes tumbling down around her and she is faced with the skeletons in her closet that have left her estranged from the two daughters she has loved from a distance for the past 11 years.
The Journey back is a tumultuous one when Nora finds herself injured in a car accident and her daughter Ruby, who has nurtured her hatred since the day her mother left them, comes to care for her at the family home on Summer Island. The memories flood back and secrets are revealed that paint an entirely different picture of a time that Ruby was so sure of. Suffice it to say, things are not what she expected.
This was a very good book with much more to the story than I have let on here. It is a tear-jerker and I spent the last few chapters with a box of tissues, so readers beware. I would give this book 4.5 stars if that option was available to me. Another book by this author that you will thoroughly enjoy is On Mystic Lake. Kelsana 5/10/01
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, Four Hankies 8 July 2001
By Mamalinde - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
What appears from the cover to be an easy beach read, this very elegant and well crafted tale turns into something far, far more important. Not just a tale of a mother-daughter struggle, but a realistic, almost voyeuristic view into the real world of families and friends and living our lives. A spiritual odyssey, full of important truths that will make the reader reassess their lives, leave them gasping and - yes, shedding a tear or too. Lives out of control, bad things happening left and right, and still a spirit of hope, of reaching out. The author exhibits a maturity that doesn't match her photograph, and presents us with a well developed tale with believable, very human, characters in an exquisite setting.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book about family forgiveness 18 July 2001
By Barbara - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Enjoyable story with characters that are so real. I love every book I've ever read by this author because she is such a great adjective artist that I feel the surroundings that she describes as well as the people in the story. This book is about a woman that starts her young life married to a man she thinks she can help and lets him have the excuse of being a war veteran to explain why he's not-quite-the-man he could be. Nora isn't the perfect mother that she wanted to be and her one daughter, Ruby, rubs salt in that wound any chance she gets. This story is so relatable for any family member because we all have done things while raising our children or to our spouse that hind-sight would've saved a lot of hurt feelings. I certainly think this is a wonderful book to read and I guaranty will be enjoyed. The setting of Summer Island is so refreshing and peaceful---a great place for Eric to be as well as Nora and Dean and Ruby; all for their own special needs.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars READ WITH UNDERSTANDING AND WARMTH 4 April 2001
By Gail Cooke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
Mother/daughter relationships can be strained or loving. They are both in Kristin Hannah's "Summer Island," a story of relationships, of rancor and forgiveness. Joyce Bean gives a subtly nuanced reading of this family drama.
Ruby has never forgiven Nora, the mother who deserted her. Years later Nora has achieved success - she's a nationally syndicated columnist and talk show host whose advice is steeped in old-fashioned family values. On the other hand, Ruby's career as a comedian is going nowhere but down.
When news leaks about Nora's past, Ruby has an opportunity to make a tidy sum by writing a tell-all tale. However, accidents do happen, and Nora is injured in one. She needs someone to take her to the family's former island retreat. Thus, Ruby and Nora are thrown together after all the years of bitterness.
Will their physical closeness bring about an emotional rapprochement?
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT MOTHER/DAUGHTER STORY! 24 May 2001
By JJ Stark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is the first book I've read by Kristin Hannah and if she continues to write stories like this, it will surely not be my last. This was a wonderful story about the realtionship between a mother & daughter and how recent events in their lives affect their realtionship which has been badly bruised since the mother walked out on her family 16 years earlier. The writing was beautiful and on every page, the characters came to life inside my head. As a mother and daughter myself, I easily identified with both characters as will many other readers. It is a definite MUST-READ for every mother/daughter out there. I guarantee that you will see yourself as the child in one chapter, then as the parent in the next. Congratulations on a wonderful book - if the word is spread, this will definitely be a Best Seller. Hope to see more work like this one from Kristin Hannah in the future
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