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Publisher's Summary

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTELLER 

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of That Summer comes another heartfelt and unputdownable 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 challenges of life during 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 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.

©2022 Jennifer Weiner, Inc. All rights reserved. (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Jennifer Weiner???

I’m not sure what happened to Jennifer Weiner but this book (the last couple of her books actually) was awful. I found most of it completely predictable and some of it so boring I forgot what I listened to and had to keep rewinding it! Also, if I’m honest I have to say I didn’t at all appreciate the explicit LGBTQ sex scene. Before anyone thinks I’m homophobic, I’m absolutely not. Everyone reads what they choose to read and that isn’t something I choose to read. To each his/her own but I wouldn’t have purchased this book had I known it was there. A warning would have been nice. Would a warning be necessary for every mention of a gay relationship in a book? No. However, for extremely explicit scenes, I believe so. Lastly, when a book spends 90% of the entire book focused on a particular character and his/her relationship (the main character in the book!), why not give us closure? When the epilogue mentions every single person in the book, even those folks you have to ask…now who was that again…but fails to give closure about THE MAIN CHARACTER and the main plot of the boom, it’s rather annoying to me. Totally annoying. I loved loved loved Jennifer Weiner earlier books. I’ve read them all. I am no longer a fan.

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To much illicit sex!

I love Jennifer Weiner books. I became a fan with Good In Bed, because I'd never read about a plus-sized heroine before! She used to be a champion of the big girls. This story, while enjoyable, lacks the soul of many of the others, and it seems to try to make up for it by much more graphic sex scenes than before. I have to say I'm disappointed. Not the Jennifer Weiner I've come to love.

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The story has too many implausible plot lines that involve too many coincidences and the writing is sooo repetitive. A good editor could have tightened this way up and made it half the length.

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38 is old??

I loved Jennifer Weiner's earlier books and I love Sutton Foster, but apparently not together! The coincidences were ridiculous plot devices that took you out of the story. The characters were often very selfish in ways that didn't fit with how they were portrayed. Then there was the slightly supernatural idea that the house was alive? I thought at first it was a metaphor, but nope.

Also, she continually referred to the Sam and Sarah as "older" and "middle aged" and Sam was out in the same category as "silver fox". I assumed they were late 40s, pushing 50. Nope, 38. Gimme a break.

Lastly, Sutton Foster had problems pronouncing pretty basic words. "Pianist", "fasciitis"and others were pronounced incorrectly and given that theyre repeated every other page, it became highly annoying. This was definitely a miss.

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Terrible

Just god awful.
Will apply for a credit/refund on this contrived and immature piece of garbage.

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Too much

The author has many characters she delves into changing perspectives of the story. Unfortunately I never got the chance to care for any of them. The sex pieces were way too explicit and drew away from the story. Not my fav. Wouldn’t recommend.

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Tedious with too many complications

After seeing this book on a morning show, I decided to give it a go.. About halfway through the storyline was so complicated I had a hard time keeping track of who was who. By the end I couldn't wait to finish it. I wasn't a fan of the gratuitous gay relationship either. It felt like it was just thrown in there, totally unnecessary.

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Unlikable characters

I really enjoy Jennifer Weiner as a person and author. But I didn't enjoy this book. I found the series of coincidences to be unbelievable and I was disappointed in most of the characters. Sure...it's good to show flaws in a character and I don't expect perfection. But nearly everyone in this book makes some EXTREMELY questionable choices. It made me dislike them to the point where I didn't really care if anyone got a happy ending...none of them deserved it.

I do love Sutton Foster, though...and her performance was great!

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Cliche

While this is definitely a summer read, and doesn’t take any thought while keeping your mind occupied, it’s one big cliche. Watch mainstream media and every politically correct topic is included in this one family story. Everything from sexuality, gender, infidelity, and more. It was to the point that in a scene the author mentions a character had his K95 mask on. All that served the purpose of doing was distract the reader from the plot. It felt contrived at best and served only the purpose to make sure everyone knows she has a social conscience. It was over-done and unnecessary.
Love Sutton Foster but only gave her a three star rating because there were points where her reading felt as though she was reading her child a bedtime story in a sing song voice.

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Waste of a listen

Worst listen in a long time. I listen to many a month. Felt as if author had a word count goal from the publisher. Extraneous characters, repetitive use of literary phrases, unnecessary descriptive imagery, contrived plot line that was predictable but unfolded late, Odd use of personification that was really never developed…the story fell flat, felt forced and aimed to be relevant in a post Covid world but just wasn’t. I have enjoyed other works from this author but do not recommend this one.

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