• The Summer Retreat

  • A Moonlight Harbor Novel, Book 3
  • By: Sheila Roberts
  • Narrated by: Ann Gideon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (186 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Join USA Today best-selling author Sheila Roberts for a seaside escape to the beaches of Moonlight Harbor.

Celeste Jones has plans for a perfect summer with her boyfriend (and hopefully soon-to-be fiancé) - until he dumps her to be with the woman he’s had on the side for months. Heartbroken and furious, Celeste resolves to move on. When the going gets tough, the tough...okay, the not-so-tough go to the beach.

As soon as school lets out for the summer, she waves good-bye to her first-graders, packs up her bikini, and heads for Moonlight Harbor, where she knows her big sister, Jenna, will receive her with open arms. Jenna could probably use some help at the Driftwood Inn, and Celeste is happy to do chores around the place in exchange for a relaxing summer escape. She just needs something - or someone - to distract her from her troubles.

Finding the one can be tricky, and Jenna is determined to make sure Celeste gets it right this time around. Not that Jenna’s an expert. She’s still trying to sort out her own love life. But if both sisters listen to their hearts, eventually, they’re bound to discover that life - and love - is good at the beach.

©2019 Sheila Roberts (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Read books 1 & 2 before this one

This follows perfect AFTER reading the first two books. Otherwise a lot of the story would be list.

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Entertaining romance with a couple of negatives

Celeste has been burned her boyfriend, a man she thought would propose only to find he’s been cheating on her. In response, she ventures out to Moonlight Harbor, the seaside town her sister has settled into after purchasing an inn. Celeste, a teacher, takes the summer off to help at the inn while trying to figure out where she’s gone wrong in her love life. She had sparks and chemistry with her last beau, but that just ended in heartache so she decides to go for the safer bet, the town’s pastor, Paul. He’s good-looking and even if he doesn’t make her heart race, he’s a steady and sure bet, not someone likely to cheat on her. Not like Henry, the guest in cabin twelve, an annoying man, poking and prodding at every turn, but one that heats her up!

The Summer Retreat was an entertaining read, kind of a Hallmark movie type of romance, where lots of things go wrong and are a bit whacky. I quickly flipped (listened) through the pages, but this is one of those stories where I had mixed feelings. I felt bad for Celeste because she was duped by a cheating loser at the beginning, but I was also annoyed with her. She ignores her instincts that tell her she’s not a good match for the Pastor Paul but goes along with the “romance” because he’s the safe bet, a man who’ll never cheat. I don’t like reading a romance where the heroine is all tied up with one man while she’s meant to be with another. It was clear to me and should’ve been clear to Celeste that Pastor Paul wasn’t the guy for her, and yet the situation plays out for almost the entire book.

I was also irritated with her sister, Jenna, who kept pushing her toward Paul when Celeste didn’t seem all that hot on him. I have to say Jenna’s romantic situation is another frustration: a love triangle, that wasn’t resolved in this story. Maybe it will be in the next book?

It does sound like I didn’t really like the story after writing all of my complaints, but I did. I’m happy for how things turned out for Celeste, and I did have some laughs along the way. I switched back and forth from my e-copy to the audio book and found Ann Gideon’s voice pleasant and upbeat.

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Perfect

Another perfect summer story...now onto the next one in the series. love Sheila Roberts books.

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Awesome

Fun light romance funny romantic felt like I was in the story at the beach


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Book 1 and 3 are great reads

Addicted to this series! Loved Book 1 and 3 the most! Still waiting on Jenna

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Dumb.

I wanted something lighthearted, but this was too silly to be amusing. All the male characters are given so little depth they merely become proper names with a hair color attached.

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SO ENJOYABLE!!!

This has been a great series and I'm looking forward to the 4th release in April. I've reviewed the first two books and gave the narration a 5-star. However, for some reason, there are certain areas of this book that IMO the narration slipped somewhat. The voices of some of the "mature" adults sounded almost childish. I didn't notice that in the first two but it became very obvious in this one. But then it would clear up and resume the adult tone. But I have absolutely NO complaints about the story. This is a very light and captivating series.