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- Print Length: 342 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (12 Jun. 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00XJDXDYU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 166 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,705 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Summer by the Sea: a perfect, feel-good summer romance Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Summer by the Sea is a heart-warming summer read about sisters, first love and not always getting what we want – but sometimes ending up with exactly what we need. The book has a strong plot, and one that will provoke happy memories from most readers. This is the strongest aspect of the story in our opinion, the book will resonate with much of its target audience. The characters are good, but we’d have liked to have seen a little more in depth character development. In places, we found ourselves indifferent about many of the characters, and thus were not overly concerned with what was happening to/with them. The exception to this was the lead character of Faith, who WAS well developed, and helped to maintain our interest the majority of the way through. Overall, a strong storyline, with a good leading character but weaker supporting characters – Summer by the Sea gets three stars from us.
We received a free copy of this book for review.
Summer by the Sea follows Faith and her family during a holiday back to the seaside beach house where they've spent many a happy, summer holiday during the years already gone by, bar one. Jenny's descriptions of this gloriously peaceful and serene place had me wishing that I had somewhere just like that to escape to, with the soft sand and the to-ing and fro-ing of the sea. It was Faith's home away from home, but only now did she feel able to return, despite her evident love for it. Everything about the setting made me feel as if I were slipping into the world right beside Jenny's characters. It was clear from Faith's inner feelings that she'd always had a soft spot for the beach house and it was so much more to her than just a place to stay for the summer. Full of beautiful childhood memories and being surrounded by family, it sounded like a true delight. It had a real 'homely' feel to it, despite having been renovated since their last visit, and I just felt, right from the moment that they arrived, it wasn't just the beach house itself that held the magic, but the space which it occupied, the area in which it sat. Everything held memories for Faith, but not all of them good. Jenny holds back the reason behind Faith's wariness of being reunited with her sister Casey until a little bit later on into the story, which had me just dying to know exactly what had happened between the sisters all that time ago.Read more ›
Will I ever get enough of Jenny Hale’s writing?! One word – NO! Before I even started then book I knew I was going to love it. I absolutely adored Jenny’s debut novel Coming Home For Christmas! She even read an excerpt of it for me in her beautiful accent as part of our Scottish/Virginian accent challenge – yes that is on YouTube!
Onto Jenny’s latest offering then! Faith is travelling to Outer Banks to celebrate her grandmother’s 90th birthday with her family. She is our narrator throughout and quite an easy character to relate to and imagine. I actually found it really easy to picture Faith and Jake because before I’d even started reading Jenny and I had played our favourite game of dream casting her handsome book boyfriends and I managed to come up with someone to play Faith too. In my mind’s eye Faith and Jake were Silver and Ethan from 90210!
Her grandmother’s 90th birthday trip also sees the reunion of Faith and her sister Casey after years of distance and not speaking with one another. I could feel the stress Faith was feeling about their meeting and the potential altercation between them from the start of the book. Faith is a little insecure because of how Casey has acted in the past but I think she really needs a dose of confidence because when she becomes more comfortable in her own skin her confidence seems natural almost like it was just hidden before! There was one particular part of Faith that made me think of Jenny so much!Read more ›
They say there’s always one summer that changes you.
For Faith the one summer she can’t forget is when she fell in love as a teenager – only for her sister, Casey, to steal her man. Now, at the request of her beloved ninety-year-old Grandmother, Faith has agreed to a family holiday – at their childhood beach house, where it all began.
Faith hasn’t seen her sister in years but is finally ready to forgive and forget, enjoy the sunshine and relive happy memories. What she’s not ready for is meeting Jake Buchanan – the owner of the beach house – or the long-forgotten feelings he ignites in her.
Can Faith overcome the hurt of the past, rekindle the close bond she had with Casey and make this summer THE ONE to remember?
WHAT I SAY
What can I say another fab book by Jenny as I started to read I was transported to the other banks of North Carolina were the book is set it sounded so lovely it a fab summer book i loved the way Jenny describe the seaside beach houses it sounded so peacefull and a home from home kind of place I wanted to be there with them
Faith and her family have had a lot of happy times there it seem to be the perfect spot for this wonderful story .The story full of surprises, love,romance, a very strong family and a lovely plot that will pull at your heart strings
The family are here for nans 90th birthday party but faith and Casey have not spoken for years as Casey stole her boyfriend now they got to talk about it can they let the past go ?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a really good read. Taking you to warm beaches cool waters and a loving family. Spending time with one another, if only once a year, is priceless. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kate
Lovely descriptions brought this place to life. You could almost hear the waves and smell the sea. A thoroughly enjoyable book.Published 5 months ago by Cjlh
Yeah, nice book, easy read.
I really felt transported to the seaside and I love a wealthy love interest !!!
First of all I have to say that this story was an audio version that I have listened to rather than read. And I am not familiar with Jenny Hale's writing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Chelle's Book Reviews
Thank you to Bookouture for accepting my request to review via Netgalley. I have previously read Jenny’s first book Coming Home for Christmas and I adored it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Emma Poulloura
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