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Publisher's Summary

From the author of The Last Boy and Girl in the World and The List comes a bold and sweet summer listen about first love, feminism, and ice cream.

Summer in Sand Lake isn't complete without a trip to Meade Creamery - the local ice cream stand founded in 1944 by Molly Meade, who started making ice cream to cheer up her lovesick girlfriends while all the boys were away at war. Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best of friends.

Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend, Cate, have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is "Head Girl" at the stand this summer. When Molly passes away before Amelia even has her first day in charge, Amelia isn't sure that the stand can go on. That is, until Molly's grandnephew Grady arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business...but Grady's got some changes in mind.

©2018 Siobhan Vivian (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Kate is an awful character

I loved this story and really identified with Amelias love for the ice cream stand. I too fell in love with my first job in a restaurant the same way that has been a family run business for 60 years and basically unchanged. I really loved Amelias compassion and concern for the business. I love the subtle love story that builds throughout but I wish it touched on it a little more in the end, maybe with an epilogue with “one year later” or something to show how Grady and Amelia were, and how the ice cream truck turned out.
But through the whole story i HATED the character Kate. She was such a bully throughout the story. She was rude, unapologetic, and an abusive friend towards Amelia. I know you need some kind of drama and fight to an extent but i think the whole back and fourth with Amelia and Kate was awful.

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awful

it's not the best thing I've listened to it's got bad words definitely would not listen to until you are 48

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Did not finish

I knew this was going to be cheesy, I'm all for that type of book sometimes. But this was eye rolling all the time. (The girl has her hair down, so the guy now finds her attractive. )And too much tmi for obvious things.
I stopped listening when the author had to tell us that the girls used different bathrooms to go pee in the morning. Of course we know that, you dont need to tell us. It felt like the author was trying to use as many words as possible to fill the assignment.
I have too many books on my list for this one.

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Boring

Story was ok. The prelude starts out slow and uninteresting, with vague reference to the soldiers. Unfortunately, the writer got specific about other things such as the value of money, is wrong.

The present day story is about a bunch of girls who run an ice cream store started by the gals un WW2 and their summer working at the ice cream shop. Unfortunately that's it, ice cream and a few dull depressing situations. It was tough to make it through the entire book without falling asleep... zzzzzz ....

I don't like this narrator. She speaks in a weird whisper and everything she says is full of over the top, unnecessary emotion. Her voice is annoying... maybe that adds to the boredom of the story.

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Lingers like the last bite of a sweet treat.

I love this book so much. The language, relationships, dynamics, female secret business powerhouses, and self discovery. I really liked watching the development of the characters in the same work environment, it showed how each character was unique, yet tied to the same beloved place. The juxtaposition with Amelia and Molly in their lives. The dynamic in the stand and the girls was perfect. Cate and the pin were the cherry on top for me.
I don't like how many modern YANA romances are tied up with a happy ending, I want a little more hopeful realism than sugary sweet glitter that curdles. This is a great example of how there are so many more important relationships than just a guy. There are so many ways to forge a path for yourself and still stay sweet.

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A Nice Summary Read

So this book was a nice summary read, it was so simple and drama free and I liked the atmosphere with the Ice cream stand and the girls friendship in there, it made me nostalgic to things in my own high school days, the simple story was fluffy and the romance was nice .. but nothing was really happening in the book .. up until the end ..
I liked Amelia as a main character and her relationship with Grady is also nice and simple but I wish if it was all about Molly and her story how she opened the stand, it would've been much more interesting to me
overall if you're looking for a quick read on the beach to waste some time this is the perfect thing for you :)

The narration is also nice and I like how she says the name of the flavors of the Ice Creams .. it makes me want an Ice cream from Meads Creamery :D

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Absolutely loved this book

This book surprised me on so many levels! It took me through all of the feels! Must read!!!!

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Best friend is awful

Story overall was cute. A fun summer read. But the romance was meh and the best friend was the absolute worst I think I’ve ever read. Amelia was too accommodating, always thinking she’s done wrong when she did nothing but try to fix things and save what she truly loved - the stand.

End was okay. Too long overall, considering not a lot happens.

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perfect summer read!!!

the narrator was amazing!!!
so easy to finish but sad I actually finished.
absolutely loved the way it went back &forth.

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Absolutely delightful tale! 🍦

I don’t even know where to begin. This is my first introduction to this author but I was drawn to this title bc of Bailey Carr and my love for her other audiobooks. I was not disappointed! I don’t often come across audiobooks I would listen to again but this is my new summer tradition. I loved this story as a grown woman so I can only imagine how much teens would enjoy it. My one criticism is the present tense tone of the narration. That really annoyed me at first but that is just my personal preference and I got used to it fast. I think this book was the perfect length and even though there was a lot going on, it was very concise. The book focuses on Amelia’s relationships with three different ppl: Molly, Kate and Grady. So well done!

(spoilers) I was hooked immediately by the juxtaposition of Molly and Amelia. I also love flashbacks and history so this was perfect for me. I see that some readers did not like the twist at the end but I felt like there was enough groundwork lain for it that it wasn’t a random decision to mislead the reader.

I enjoyed Amelia and Kate’s friendship though I def spotted the flaws from the beginning. Kate got on my nerves a lot throughout the story but she is the perfect depiction of a beautiful, careless 17 year old girl. Ultimately, we know her intentions toward Amelia come from a good place even though she often expresses her feelings with aggressive, overreactive behavior. Again, the perfect portrait of a teen. Most writers who write about teens make the mistake of making them act and sound like 40 year olds.

I adored the romance between Amelia and Grady, their meet cute was so original and clever. I am not even a huge fan of icecream but this book got me engrossed in its process. And of course, the themes of this book are much more layered than just the ice cream itself. To Molly, it started as a coping skill and a way to cheer up her lonely friends but it ultimately came to symbolize her freedom. I think she would have been very happy that Grady gained his own freedom by selling off the land and that Amelia found confidence in continuing on her legacy in her own way. It is really just outstanding!

I loved every snippet from Molly’s diary and I love how Amelia kept that secret, just as Molly kept her own. I def pitied Molly throughout the book just like the rest of the town did. It was so beautiful and brave that she chose to use her wedding money to help the farm with her ice cream while her brothers were at war. It seemed like a good decision since we know she never gets to marry Wayne, but she figures that even if he does return safely, they will still get married without a big wedding.

I was shocked and on the edge of my seat when it was revealed that Grady did not have the secret recipes either. I loved the two of them working together to try to save the stand for different reasons. Grady’s late mother was an excellent addition and all the plots fit together and flowed into each other so perfectly. I was freaking out when they realized that she had them as a wedding gift from Molly and I was so proud of Amelia for replicating them. She truly went above and beyond as the head girl!

I was able to relate to Grady a lot as well. I know how it feels to be completely under someone’s financial control and how helpless that can seem. It was a shame he could not improve his relationship with his father in the end but I guess that was the point. His only option was to break free and he did so with Molly’s help. The father likely did not care about the stand bc of it’s lackluster business performance, but also bc it reminded him too much of his first wife. Like Kate, his feelings are valid but his behavior is not.

I was ecstatic when they discovered the secret ingredient to the home sweet home flavor. It was amazing how s

This book has everything! Romance, friendship, humor, mystery and how to cope when life goes awry. It is def not just about ice cream!

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  • sarah marrie
  • 02-01-22

Dissatisfied

I found this disappointing dissatisfying and boring. I’m glad that I didn’t use a credit o this audiobook. Cant honestly recommend this unless you are looking for an Audible Plus title to boost listening tine.