The book of summer

Michelle Gable

Book - 2017

"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. The bestselling author of The Paris Apartment and I'll See You in Paris, Michelle Gable now transports readers to Nantucket"--

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Subjects
Genres
Historical fiction
Published
New York : St. Martin's Press 2017.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
408 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781250070623
1250070627
Main Author
Michelle Gable (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Bess returns to Cliff House, her family's summer home for four generations, to extract her mother before the house slips off its Nantucket bluff into the North Atlantic, victim to the passage of time and the ravages of weather and erosion. The Cliff House guest book, filled with letter-style narratives rather than simple names and dates, illuminates the near-century of lives it has sheltered. As Bess tries to protect her mother and save her family's memories and heirlooms, she also grapples with the end of her four-year marriage. Coming home is a comfort and a distraction, as are the denizens of Nantucket, including Bess's high-school love. Told through contemporary narrative interspersed with transcribed entries from the guest book and local news stories, the story of a family and its triumphs, tragedies, and secrets unfolds, drawing the reader into Cliff House from the 1920s to 2013. A sure bet for women's-fiction fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Nantucket novels. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Gable weaves a tale of generations of women who have come back to the comfort of their home in Sconset, Nantucket, time and time again. On the cusp of a difficult divorce, physician Bess Codman returns to Sconset to visit her mother, Cissy, at Cliff House, their family home on the bluff overlooking the sea. While Cissy is determined to get local government to approve erosion prevention methods. Bess struggles with her impending divorce, unplanned pregnancy, and newly awakened feelings for her high school boyfriend, Evan Mahew. Interspersed with present-day events are the musings of the past from the Book of Summer, a book started by Sarah Young, one of the first residents of Cliff House in 1914. She asked family and friends alike to memorialize their stay at the summer home with pictures or tales of their visit. Entries in the book are highlighted throughout the novel, revealing the difficulties faced by other residents, most notably Bess's beloved grandmother Ruby, who lived in the home during World War II. Gable cleverly illuminates the past, revealing how it mirrors the present. This is a splendid multigenerational novel about the strength of the women of Cliff House. 100,000-copy announced first printing. Agent: Barbara Poelle, Irene Goodman Literary Agency. (May) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Returning to the Nantucket compound where her ancestors built a once-grand family home, doctor Bess endeavors to pack up the crumbling estate against the wishes of her contentious mother, only to discover an astonishing family secret. By the best-selling author of A Paris Apartment.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"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. The bestselling author of The Paris Apartment and I'll See You in Paris, Michelle Gable now transports readers to Nantucket"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Returning to the Nantucket compound where her ancestors built a once-grand family home, Bess Codman endeavors to pack up the crumbling estate against the wishes of her contentious mother, only to discover an astonishing family secret.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

New York Times Bestselling Author of A Paris ApartmentThe ocean, the wild roses on the dunes and the stunning Cliff House, perched atop a bluff in Sconset, Nantucket. Inside the faded pages of the Cliff House guest book live the spellbinding stories of its female inhabitants: from Ruby, a bright-eyed newlywed on the eve of World War II to her granddaughter Bess, who returns to the beautiful summer estate.For the first time in four years, physician Bess Codman visits the compound her great-grandparents built almost a century before, but due to erosion, the once-grand home will soon fall into the sea. Bess must now put aside her complicated memories in order to pack up the house and deal with her mother, a notorious town rabble-rouser, who refuses to leave. It’s not just memories of her family home Bess must face though, but also an old love that might hold new possibilities. In the midst of packing Bess rediscovers the forgotten family guest book. Bess’s grandmother and primary keeper of the book, Ruby, always said Cliff House 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 imagined.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

From New York Times bestselling author of A Paris Apartment—summer in Nantucket and a guestbook that reveals family secrets.