The Book of Summer by Michelle Gable

The Book of Summer

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 r...

Title:The Book of Summer
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ISBN:1250070627
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:432 pages

The Book of Summer Reviews

  • Elizabeth
    Apr 20, 2017

    I started this day thinking I'd get some housework done, but I started reading Michelle Gable's new novel coming out soon and completely got sucked in! I spent the entire day reading! That doesn't happen often and I'm so glad it did!

    "The Book of Summer" is a perfect read for me. It has a lot of family between the pages, an old house, family history and an island full of wonderful characters. Cissy was my favorite. She's an older woman who is about to lose her home to the ocean and is not accepti

    I started this day thinking I'd get some housework done, but I started reading Michelle Gable's new novel coming out soon and completely got sucked in! I spent the entire day reading! That doesn't happen often and I'm so glad it did!

    "The Book of Summer" is a perfect read for me. It has a lot of family between the pages, an old house, family history and an island full of wonderful characters. Cissy was my favorite. She's an older woman who is about to lose her home to the ocean and is not accepting of that at all! The talk between her and her daughter made me laugh and cry at the same time! The storyline is full of family and moves back and forth between current time and the 1940's (mostly) and the author really plays on the reader's emotions in both time periods.

    Unfortunately, I've read all of this author's books, so I guess I'll just have to wait until her next book comes out! I'll be looking forward to it! Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books for the privilege of reading and reviewing this book.

  • Michelle
    Nov 11, 2016

    Confession time: if novels are children, this is my favorite book kid by far.

    I conceived of THE BOOK OF SUMMER after reading an article in Vanity Fair about the gorgeous, grand homes on the Sankaty Bluff in Siasconset (known as Sconset), the easternmost spot on Nantucket Island. Many of these homes have been in families for generations and are now in danger of falling into the sea due to erosion. I immediately pictured a home with ninety-nine years of history and memories pa

    Confession time: if novels are children, this is my favorite book kid by far.

    I conceived of THE BOOK OF SUMMER after reading an article in Vanity Fair about the gorgeous, grand homes on the Sankaty Bluff in Siasconset (known as Sconset), the easternmost spot on Nantucket Island. Many of these homes have been in families for generations and are now in danger of falling into the sea due to erosion. I immediately pictured a home with ninety-nine years of history and memories packed inside, a home that will likely soon come down.

    In the BOOK OF SUMMER, you’ll meet Cissy, a town rabble-rouser who’s happy to raise all kinds of hell to keep her beloved Cliff House standing. You’ll meet her grown daughter Bess, a physician from San Francisco, who’s given the unenviable task of forcing Cissy out of their family home. Cissy is but one of Bess’s problems, and it doesn’t help that her high school boyfriend is somehow still hanging around.

    You’ll also meet the the people who’ve come before Cissy and Bess, like Bess’s grandmother Ruby, who arrives on the scene as an idealistic young bride in 1939, just before the United States enters WWII. Ruby will introduce you to her new friend Hattie Rutter, a flashy, bright, modern woman who rocks the house perhaps more than erosion ever could. There is also Ruby’s brother PJ and his wife Mary, a real wet sock, truth be told. And you’ll meet Ruby’s closest ally, her little brother Topper (oh, Topper! You might be my favorite of the favorites!), as well as her sweet husband Sam.

    Through it all are excerpts from the home’s Book of Summer, its first entry written by Bess’s great-grandmother Sarah:

    As with all my novels, I hope that THE BOOK OF SUMMER transports you and has you googling the real-life stories that made up the bones of my tale. Please enjoy this journey to Nantucket and the beautiful, magical Sconset.

    Much love,

    Michelle Gable

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Apr 16, 2017

    This beauty was a bookmail surprise this week! I was in the mood for a beach read, and this highly entertaining jaunt, with plenty of substance, was perfect. If you've ever fallen in love with a house; the history, the memories, the connections to generations of your family within those walls, there is much to relate to in this book. The Cliff House in Nantucket is in danger of falling into the ocean, and Cissy Codman is trying her best to not only preserve the physical house, but to preserve wh

    This beauty was a bookmail surprise this week! I was in the mood for a beach read, and this highly entertaining jaunt, with plenty of substance, was perfect. If you've ever fallen in love with a house; the history, the memories, the connections to generations of your family within those walls, there is much to relate to in this book. The Cliff House in Nantucket is in danger of falling into the ocean, and Cissy Codman is trying her best to not only preserve the physical house, but to preserve what she thinks of as her family's enduring legacy. Bess, Cissy, Evan, Ruby, Hattie, and even old grumpy Chappy; the characters were fun, amusing, and endearing. Due out May 9, 2017, The Book of Summer certainly lives up to its title. Thanks to the author and the publisher for the complimentary copy.

  • Cindy Burnett
    Feb 19, 2017

    The Book of Summer takes place in Nantucket and focuses on the women of Cliff House, a beautiful home that is slowly falling into the sea due to erosion. The story is told in a dual timeline format with the inclusion of sporadic newspaper articles and entries in the Book of Summer, a book in which every individual coming to Cliff House writes an entry as he or she arrives at the house. The present day story revolves around Bess Codman and her mother Cissy, who refuses to leave Cliff House even a

    The Book of Summer takes place in Nantucket and focuses on the women of Cliff House, a beautiful home that is slowly falling into the sea due to erosion. The story is told in a dual timeline format with the inclusion of sporadic newspaper articles and entries in the Book of Summer, a book in which every individual coming to Cliff House writes an entry as he or she arrives at the house. The present day story revolves around Bess Codman and her mother Cissy, who refuses to leave Cliff House even as sections are eroding and falling into the sea on an almost daily basis. The 1940’s story focuses on Ruby Packard, Cissy’s mother, as she navigates family issues and the beginning of World War 2.

    As the story unfolds, numerous family secrets come to light. As Bess spends time with her mother in Nantucket for the first time in a while, she comes to understand more about her family, including her mother, and the importance of Cliff House. My favorite parts of the book were the entries in the Book of Summer and learning more about the efforts in Nantucket to combat erosion. Gable’s descriptions of Cliff House were fabulous, and I felt that I could envision the house through her prose.

    I really enjoyed this book and recommend it highly. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Judy Collins
    Apr 21, 2017

    Storyteller, Michelle Gable returns following

    and

    with her latest Nantucket summer charmer (her best yet):

    — a multi-generational story of family, home, the courage of tenacious women and

    a scandalous, emotional, and witty tale of family and saving a home. The past, loss and loves, and all the lives which connect.

    Storyteller, Michelle Gable returns following

    and

    with her latest Nantucket summer charmer (her best yet):

    — a multi-generational story of family, home, the courage of tenacious women and

    a scandalous, emotional, and witty tale of family and saving a home. The past, loss and loves, and all the lives which connect.

    of the Sankaty Bluff in Siasconset –known as Sconset—the easternmost spot on Nantucket Island, Gable was inspired by an article in

    (very intriguing) about the grand homes, passed down between generations

    Though the Cliff House bears the fictitious address of Baxter Road, it is based on

    formerly located at 87 Baxter Road.

    manor known as Cliff House is near falling into the ocean.

    However, town shaker Cissy Codman, owner of the home is determined to remain in the house, using every trick she has to keep up the fight to save her family home.

    with and determined to get the local government behind her to either move the house or continue with the erosion prevention efforts.

    Her daughter has been sent from San Francisco, California by her father to ensure her mom moves out of the house before she dies left in the house.

    a physician is undergoing a messy divorce from a complete jerk (Brandon), plus she is pregnant (unplanned) and runs into her ex-high school boyfriend, Evan Mahew.

    While tasked with the job of packing up her mom, Bess discovers the

    A guest book filled with recollections of friends' and family's stay at the house. Entries in the book are highlighted throughout the novel, with difficulties and challenges faced by other residents.

    we hear from Ruby Packard, Bess’s grandmother, an idealistic young bride in 1939, just before the United States enters WWII and Bess.

    her mom Cissy’s obsession with this house; however, the more she reads she comes to understand similarities of present and past.

    Three three generations of stubborn women who chained themselves to complex men like the house. Bess begins to understand the unspoken expectations placed on Cissy,

    At the same time, she learns something about herself.

    Loss is a part of life. Giving everything she had. A costly venture, "saving a bluff." The geo-tubes.

    lies, secrets, scandals, abortions, gays, alcoholism, betrayal, abuse, infidelity, hookers, divorce, marriage, life, relationships, security, and more – loss and love, mixed with tons of fun and humor and surprises (loved the part about the pecker-hilarious) and commentary and views from blogger— Corbie Tarbox, the Island ACKtion blog.

    I related to her on some many levels. What a great cast of characters, from past and present. What is not to love about Nantucket? Have had many hotel clients over the years, and almost moved there full time to run a hotel. Always a good excuse to visit.

    you to this charming coastal town by the sea, with an engaging story, resonating with the early writings of

    (which I loved), before they changed, over the past few years.

    The past and present were nicely done with many connections with highly charged topics. A perfect beach read and an ideal choice for book clubs and further discussion.

    and better. I enjoyed reading the book; however when I discovered

    was narrating the audiobook, had to pre-order. Love Cassandra Campbell (my favorite narrator).

    She was exceptional and a perfect fit for

    Engaging, absorbing, and entertaining! The audio experience, actually bumped up my review another star, making this a 5-star reading experience.

    the book and the audio. Love the subject material with the erosion problem which I am very familiar with highly relatable issues— residing in a coastal area.

    (Breakers Hotel), as well as the Southern area of Palm Beach (Phipps Ocean Park and Beach), the continued erosion along the project area threatens upland structures & recreational beaches. The sand placement and groin & mitigation construction cost millions and designed to last only three years. Very costly, temporary and ongoing environmental issues.

    Fans of

    will enjoy

  • Book of Secrets
    May 27, 2017

    Unfortunately, I'm stopping at 20%. Everything about this book's synopsis and cover appealed to me, so I don't know what happened! Well, yes I do. The bantering between characters got on my nerves - a lot of dialogue, and too much waiting for the plot to get moving. I was curious about the erosion/cliff house conundrum, so I did have to peek at the ending to see what happened. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book.

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Apr 20, 2017

    A summer home filled with years of memories, a book filled with years of written memories, and a home that is eroding away and about to fall off the cliff.

    The Cliff House, appropriately named, has been the summer home on Nantucket for the Young/Packard/Codman family for over one hundred years. The women maintained the house, but now only Cissy is left, and she doesn't want to give up and face the reality that the house will be falling into the ocean before too long.

    To help her mother come to the

    A summer home filled with years of memories, a book filled with years of written memories, and a home that is eroding away and about to fall off the cliff.

    The Cliff House, appropriately named, has been the summer home on Nantucket for the Young/Packard/Codman family for over one hundred years. The women maintained the house, but now only Cissy is left, and she doesn't want to give up and face the reality that the house will be falling into the ocean before too long.

    To help her mother come to the realization that she cannot continue to live in the summer home, Bess comes back home after four years. The memories are pretty strong for Bess and even more so when she finds the book containing the thoughts of the guests and family members who stayed there, but she can't convince her mother to leave.

    THE BOOK OF SUMMER follows the family from 1939 to present day with flashbacks from entries in the memory book kept at the house. I actually enjoyed the present-day story more than the past.

    THE BOOK OF SUMMER is a pleasurable read and a book I enjoyed because of the family drama, its secrets, and the characters. The characters are comical and lovable as well as stubborn. The reader gets to meet each generation of the women who kept the house going.

    THE BOOK OF SUMMER was a bit confusing at first and didn't grab me right away like her other two books, but it definitely grabs your attention as you meet the characters and learn more about the history of Cliff House. That gorgeous cover draws you in as well.

    THE BOOK OF SUMMER is delightful, thoughtful, and a book about families that has you focusing on your family history.

    ENJOY when you read THE BOOK OF SUMMER. 4/ 5

    This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.

  • Kathryn
    Apr 23, 2017

    Read to about 50% but just wasn't feeling it or enjoying it. Got tired of Bess and Cissie and the house problem. Didn't like the language and in many parts of the book there was too much dialogue. While many readers have enjoyed this, it may be a case of "just not for me'. I was drawn in by the title and the cover.

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