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Publisher's Summary

From the number one New York Times best-selling author of That Summer comes another heartfelt and unpauseable novel of family, secrets, and the ties that bind.

When her 22-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, bighearted, 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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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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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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a little disappointed

I love Jennifer Weiner but this book was too much of a mishmash of other works. No strong characters like Dru Cavanaugh or Daphne Berg.

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Exquisite!

As always, this book was exquisitely written and so relatable. I couldn’t put it down. Just beautiful.

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Meh - narrator so grating

I’ve heard this narrator before and can’t figure out the accent - I think Philadelphia? Ugh. She doesn’t pronounce the consonants.

The story is ok and I appreciate Jennifer Weiner trying to stay on top of current issues. But it has more telling than showing. Nothing compares to Fly Away Home and earlier books. Too many cliches.But a comforting read as always.

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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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Couldn’t stop listening

I truly enjoyed this! Another fun, juicy story by one of my favorite authors. So good.

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so much going on!

This book kept me engaged although i sometimes would confuse the many characters. They all had intertwining backstories that came together nicely with a nice epilogue so you are not left wondering.

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Great beach reD, and a bit more

Surprisingly engaging, with plot twists almost to the end. Might look for more by this author.