The summer house

Jenny Hale, 1975-

Book - 2019

"Callie Weaver and her best friend, Olivia Dixon have finally done it: put their life savings into the beach house they admired through childhood summers, on the dazzling white sand of North Carolina's Outer Banks. They're going to buff the salt from its windows, paint its sun-bleached sidings, and open it as a bed-and-breakfast. Callie's too busy to think about her love life, but when she catches the attention of local heartthrob Luke Sullivan, his blue eyes and easy smile ...make it hard to say no. He's heir to his father's property empire, and the papers say he's just another playboy. But as they laugh in the ocean waves, Callie realizes there's more to this man than money and good looks. Just when true happiness seems within reach, Callie and Olivia find a diary full of secrets... secrets that stretch across the island, and have the power to turn lives upside down. As Callie reads, she unravels a mystery that makes her heart drop through the floor. Will Callie and Luke be pulled apart by the storm it unleashes, or can true love save them?"--Page 4 of cover.

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Genres
Love stories
Romance fiction
Published
New York : Forever 2019.
Edition
First Forever edition
Language
English
Item Description
Originally published in 2017 by Bookouture, an imprint of StoryFire Ltd.
Physical Description
274 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9781538764176
1538764172
Main Author
Jenny Hale, 1975- (author)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

A beach house they have adored since childhood comes up for sale, so longtime friends Callie Weaver and Olivia Dixon buy it, intending to turn it into one of the finest bed-and-breakfasts on North Carolina's Outer Banks. With all of her attention focused on the cottage, romance is not on Callie's mind and certainly not with a rich playboy. But when Luke Sullivan hustles her off the street and claims her as his lunch date in order to avoid a reporter, she learns he's not what he otherwise appeared to be. Yet the house holds many secrets, and an old journal and a lockbox found during the renovations expose mysteries that could shock the island and even tear Luke and Callie's budding connection apart—or they could possibly bring closure to old wounds. VERDICT Touching, fun-filled, and redolent with salt air and the fragrance of summer, this seaside tale is a perfect volume for most romance collections. Best-selling author Hale (It Started with Christmas) lives in Nashville; her Coming Home for Christmas was adapted for the Hallmark Channel. Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Hale's rich and slow-building romance is enhanced by the allure of the North Carolina coast. Friends since childhood, Callie Weaver and Olivia Dixon pooled their money to buy a beachfront cottage in the small oceanfront village of Waves, N.C., and plan to renovate it into a bed and breakfast. Wounded by her father's abandonment of her family when she was a child, Callie is reluctant to let people get too close to her. A chance encounter with local playboy Luke Sullivan surprises Callie, as he seems much more genuine than he is portrayed by the media. As the physical and emotional attraction grows between Callie and Luke and they spend more time together, Callie realizes that Luke is unlike any man she has ever met. Their relationship is threatened when Callie reads an old diary she found during the renovation of the cottage and realizes it contains Luke's family's secrets. North Carolina's beautiful Outer Banks are the perfect setting for this sweet, poignant romance, and authentic characters and a riveting story make it a keeper worth savoring. Agent: Claire Bord, Bookouture. (May) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

After purchasing a beach house with her best friend in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Callie Banks becomes involved with a local heartthrob whose secret diary unleashes a dark mystery that threatens their newfound love. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A feel-good beach read about finding love in the most unexpected places, from the USA Today bestselling author behind the beloved Hallmark movies Coming Home for Christmas and Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses.Callie Weaver and her best friend Olivia Dixon have finally done it: put their life savings into the beach house they admired through childhood summers, on the dazzling white sand of North Carolina's Outer Banks. They're going to buff the salt from its windows, paint its sun-bleached sidings, and open it as a bed and breakfast.Callie's too busy to think about her love life, but when she catches the attention of local heartthrob Luke Sullivan, his blue eyes and easy smile make it hard to say no. He's heir to his father's real estate empire, and the papers say he's just another playboy. But as they laugh in the ocean waves, Callie realizes there's more to this man than money and good looks.Just when true happiness seems within reach, Callie and Olivia find a diary full of secrets . . . secrets that stretch across the island and have the power to turn lives upside down. As Callie reads, she unravels a mystery that makes her heart drop through the floor.Will Callie and Luke be pulled apart by the storm the diary unleashes, or can true love save them?