AUTHOR: MICHELLE GABLE • CATEGORY: CONTEMPORARY FICTION • PAGES: 416
NOTE- I received my copy of The Book of Summer from the great people at Pan Macmillan Australia in exchange for my honest review. If you wish to see my review policy please click here.
Physician Bess Codman has returned to her family’s Nantucket compound, Cliff House, for the first time in four years. Her great-grandparents built Cliff House almost a century before, but due to erosion, the once-grand home will soon fall into the sea. Though she’s purposefully avoided the island, Bess must now pack up the house and deal with her mother, a notorious town rabble- rouser, who refuses to leave.
The Book of Summer unravels the power and secrets of Cliff House as told through the voices of Ruby Packard, a bright-eyed and idealistic newlywed on the eve of WWII, the home’s definitive guestbook, and Bess herself. Bess’s grandmother always said it was a house of women, and by the very last day of the very last summer at Cliff House, Bess will understand the truth of her grandmother’s words in ways she never contemplated.
What a delightful summer read. Cissy may not be the central character (this alternates between Bess and Ruby) but my word she makes this book fecking hilarious. She is so eccentric, crass and bloody stubborn. Honestly she makes the book. The woman turn up to the airport to get her daughter on a bike. A regular old push bike. You have to love that!
Bess is a warm character who is just trying her best but her ex-husband is quite beyond terrible. The exchange in Starbucks is so crazy wrong. Dead set for a character you don’t meet I hated him with a passion. Evan on the other hand is brilliant 😍
Ruby’s story is so intriguing. How the war effected her and her family was quite moving at times. I felt such compassion for her and even though you know she somewhat settled in the end I like to think her life was fulfilled by her daughter and grandchild. Her story was complex and moving. I think I may have preferred reading her parts over Bess in all honesty.
I found it awesome that the author based the book around the real life issue of Sankaty Bluff. I couldn’t imagine watching my family home slowly edge closer to falling into the sea (and not just because I grew up in the country). I wish that the ending was a bit different (without giving it away), but in saying that, it is realistic but I like my books with the story all wrapped up in a neat little bow at the end and this book didn’t give me that.
Overall Rating: ☕☕☕ 3.5/5 teacups
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