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The Summer Guest [Kindle Edition]

Emma Hannigan
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Perfect for fans of Maeve Binchy, a lovely, warm, Irish family saga of three generations of women coming together one magical summer in the small seaside town of Caracove Bay.

A little magic is about to come to sleepy Caracove Bay...

Lexie and her husband Sam have spent years lovingly restoring No. 3 Cashel Square to its former glory. So imagine Lexie's delight when a stranger knocks on the door, asking to see the house she was born in over sixty years ago.

Kathleen is visiting from America, longing to see her childhood home... and longing for distraction from the grief of losing her husband.

And as Lexie and Sam battle over whether or not to have a baby and Kathleen struggles with her loss, the two women realise their unexpected friendship will touch them in ways neither could have imagined.

In Caracove, there's more than a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

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A book you can get lost enjoyable read (Irish Farmers' Journal)

A thoroughly enjoyable, uplifting read. Her writing is faultless...a truly touching tale (Irish Independent)

This fast-paced and endearing novel is about friendship between women, accepting yourself and trusting your own judgment (Belfast Telegraph)

A heartwarming tale of friendship and acceptance...Fun and uplifting, Hannigan proves once again that she is the queen of Irish women's fiction (Irish Tatler)

Book Description

Perfect for fans of Maeve Binchy, a lovely, warm, Irish family saga of three generations of women, each with a secret, set in the small seaside town of Caracove.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1738 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Review (27 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EKHO5R8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,160 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Emma Hannigan is from Bray, Co Wicklow in Ireland. She is married with two children.
Writing became her passion and life line in 2006, quite by mistake. Having discovered she carries the cancer gene BRCA 1, Emma chose to have a double mastectomy and her ovaries removed.
Alas, she developed cancer a year after her radical surgery. Determined to battle and become a true cancer vixen, Emma fought the good fight! To date Emma had beaten cancer a remarkable 8 times!
'I like to keep score,' she jokes. 'So far it's cancer 0 - Emma 8
Emma's fight with cancer is detailed in her memoir 'Talk to the Headscarf.' Emma is a glass-half-full type of person and cancer hasn't changed that.
'I wrote 'Talk to the Headscarf' to show people that cancer doesn't always win. When I was diagnosed at first, I wanted an ordinary person to tell me I could live through this awful disease. This isn't a misery memoir. It's not there to scare people. It's all the things you ever wanted to know about cancer, but were afraid to ask! I laughed out loud writing parts of this book and I hope readers will too.'
Emma's writing career began in the chemotherapy unit.
'I wrote because I was bored. But most of all I needed an out let at the time. I discovered I adore creating characters and telling stories. I feel truly blessed to have found this wonderful and exciting new career.'
Emma has written six novels and is determined to keep adding to her list.
If you would like to contact Emma or learn more about her, please go to her web site:

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting 19 Jun. 2014
By Sophie
Format:Kindle Edition
The Summer Guest has a stunning cover and the writing is just as beautiful and warm to match. Although The Summer Guest touched on some serious issues, this was on the whole, a light easy read. So maybe not the perfect choice if you’re after drama but for a gorgeous, feel good read which gently covers the realities of growing up, I couldn’t think of a much better choice.

It was the people in this book that made it for me. I loved how everyone we met was kind and friendly – from the main characters to simply the taxi drivers. It really gave this book a positive, uplifting vibe which was a joy to read.

Kathleen was probably my favourite character and I loved her spirit and how she always had a great lease of life, despite some upsetting stages in her life. She teaches you to value and appreciate everybody in your life without being pushy and forcing her views onto others. Amelie was another character I loved – her relationship with Lexie and seeing her character develop were two highlights of this book for me.

Friendship was the biggest theme in The Summer Guest and I thought this was written in a stunning fashion. I loved seeing Kathleen and how she could befriend anyone! Watching the friendships grow made for a beautiful story and the direction Emma takes this novel in is faultless.


*Book gifted for honest review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Warm Bath of a Novel 26 Jun. 2014
By elsie purdon TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I have really enjoyed this lightweight novel, though I would say it is rather on the easy and comfy side. It's not going to scare or challenge you and as far as I am concerned there are times when this is exactly the type of novel I need to be reading.
Set in Ireland on the coast, a happily married couple Sam and Lexi buy their dream home and spend years renovating it.
A Visiting American, Kathleen wants to take a peek inside the house as she had lived there as a child. She is on a summer visit to Ireland as a way of coping with a very recent bereavement, a fact she tries to hide at first.
Sam and Lexi invite Kathleen to stay with them for the summer as they all get along so well and thats the kind of friendly nice people that they are. This is not a crime story so this doesn't lead to any premature deaths, please note. No-one is sinister or creepy.
Amelie is Lexie's niece and has entered her teens with a vengeance and is full of rage at her parents for all their shortcomings. Lexie was one character I did recognise and is possibly the most realistic. She's a nice enough person but her self centred behaviour is very spot on.
There are bumps in the road, it's not all light and love, but it is full of light heartedness and a basic optimism in life that the a tonic I need just now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For fans of Maeve Binchy 6 Jun. 2014
By Stella TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I've heard that this will appeal to fans of Maeve Binchy but I've never read any of her stories so I can't compare the two. It's set in Ireland though so they have that in common.

I wasn't gripped or hooked by this one but it's a solid story and an enjoyable one. It's the kind of book I think of as 'Women's fiction' and deals with the issues of three women, all at different stages in life who are trying to find out what and who they are while each work through their problems. They offer support to each other and each woman can offer insight from their own particular generation. It's a light read and would be perfect as a beach read as it's fairly easygoing.

I lost patience with it at times as it's overly descriptive in places with regard to the minutiae of life: How a cushion feels, what brand of coffee maker is used, how long trousers are... But I didn't really get a taste of Ireland itself. This is the sugar coated Ireland but mostly it could have been set anywhere and I forgot at times what the setting was.

It's a good story but a little too twee for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book full of beautiful characters 21 Jun. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I defy anyone who reads this book not to warm to the characters within the pages, this is a book to read for the pure pleasure of meeting some lovely people, to worry with them as they try to sort out everyday problems a book where even when things are difficult there is hope that on the next page that all will be resolved.

The characters include Kathleen Williams who is returning to Ireland for a three month stay. Her first visit since she left as an eight year old girl. Instantly she meets the friendly people and sets about tracking down the house she lived in as a child. Number 3, Cashel Square is owned by Lexie and her husband Sam who welcome their guest with open arms. During her stay she gets to know the couple’s family and friends including Lexie’s niece Am̗élie who is supposed to be studying but is keener on her boyfriend. The chapters are interspersed with excerpts from Am̗élie’s diary making this a truly multi-generational novel.

Perfect for a summer read which is billed for lovers of Maeve Binchy which I endorse. This isn’t a book which is all lightness and fluff, there are some serious issues explored but overall I closed the book with an overriding feeling of hope.

I'd like to thank The Lovereading Review Team who gave me a copy of this book in return for an honest opinion.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyable read.
Published 10 days ago by maryp
2.0 out of 5 stars Extreme over-use of the word 'gorgeous'
The publishers compare Emma Hannigan to both Maeve Binchy and Cathy Kelly, but, certainly with this book, she falls far short of those two far superior authors. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Basement Cat
1.0 out of 5 stars None
i found this book very twee too much useless detail and the charcters not very believable not a patch on maeve binchey
Published 1 month ago by georgina farley
5.0 out of 5 stars ... read this one yet but I'm sure mum will love
She'snot read this one yet but I'm sure mum will love it
Published 1 month ago by katybarstool
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book without being too sentimental
Lexie and her husband Sam line in the tiny seaside town of Caracove Bay. They have spent many years restoring their lovely home at No. 3 Cashel Square. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read.
Published 1 month ago by Liz Verrinder
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent as usual
Published 1 month ago by Mitzi Sinclair
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A feel good book!!!
Published 1 month ago by A COSTOMER
4.0 out of 5 stars The Summer Guest
Not sure what to say as it is not my usual of reading material but, it was a very moving tale that had me gripped from the beginning.
Published 1 month ago by katymay
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I loved this book!
I'd read Emma's previous book - which I also enjoyed - and I like her relaxed writing style, so bought this one too.
The characters are well written. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Blossom
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