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Home for the Summer: The Chesapeake Diaries [Kindle Edition]

Mariah Stewart
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Book Description

New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart presents a captivating contemporary romance novel in the tradition of Robyn Carr, Susan Mallery, and Barbara Freethy.

Some of Lucy Sinclair’s best days were those spent growing up in small town St. Dennis—working at the family inn and enjoying summers filled with swimming, sailing, tennis, and the company of Clay Madison, her best friend. But Lucy’s darkest day, the one that shattered her innocence with violence and fear, also happened in St. Dennis. And the town she once loved became the place she gladly left behind—along with the terrible secret she’s kept for twenty years.
While Lucy headed off for college and a career, Clay remained—more than satisfied with the life St. Dennis had to offer. But now, even after inheriting his family’s thriving farm and starting up an organic brewery, he can’t help feeling that something’s missing. And when Lucy comes back to town to plan a celebrity wedding at the Sinclair family inn, she and Clay reconnect, and find themselves reevaluating their long-sleeping friendship that could blossom into something deeper. Like a bookend to those distant childhood days, this summer will be Lucy’s chance to finally confront her hidden pain, make peace with the past, and plan her own whole new future.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Mariah Stewart's Long Way Home.

Editorial Reviews


"Home for the Summer is a lovely visit to a familiar place with a number of recognizable faces." ---Romantic Times

About the Author

Mariah Stewart is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of several novels and novellas, including the Dead series and the Enright series.

Xe Sands has more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration and performance. Sands's characterizations are rich and expressive and her narrations evocative and intimate. She has also won multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for her narration of The Sweet Relief of Missing Children by Sarah Braunstein.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1896 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0749958332
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (May 29, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005O1BYNW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,353 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL STORY BY MARIAH May 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
HOME FOR THE SUMMER is the 5th book in The Chesapeake Diaries collection. I have every book by Mariah Stewart and she's one of my favorite authors. She never disappoints her loyal readers, and always writes a wonderful story with likable characters.

The four books prior to "Home for the Summer", in order are; Coming Home (The Chesapeake Diaries) Home Again (The Chesapeake Diaries) Almost Home (Chesapeake Diaries, Book 3) and Hometown Girl: The Chesapeake Diaries. The usual cast are back including, Dallas and Grant, Steffie and Wade.

Lucy Sinclair and Clay Madison grew up in St. Dennis and they were best friends. Lucy always enjoyed the summer there, at the beach, sailing and swimming. But twenty years ago, something happened, and she's carried a secret with her ever since. She also left St. Dennis to attend college and purposely stayed away.

Clay on the other hand, remained in the small town and worked on the family farm. After inheriting the farm, he began an organic brewery and things were looking up. But, he never married and always had a place in his heart for Lucy.

Lucy returns home this summer to help out at the family inn in preparation for a big celebrity wedding. Lucy and Clay reunite and sparks fly. It's as if after twenty years nothing has changed between them. But being home again, also brings back the fear and dark secret.

In a well written, captivating suspense romance, the author created a wonderful story of love and trust. I couldn't put this book down. I hope you enjoyed this series as much as I did.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much business, not enough romance June 10, 2012
By Trish
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Too bad Mariah Stewart spent so much time thinking and writing about Lucy and Clay's business details, and not enough time was spent on building and developing their relationship. When I read a romance I want the couple to be in the same place together for more than one week. Lucy constantly having to go back to LA just got old. I also don't want to know every detail of how they run their business. If you want to write a book on how to run a business, then write one, don't make a romance novel out of it. If you want to write a romance then at the very least have the couple in the same town together falling in love.

Having said all that, I have to say that I read the first 4 books of this series and absolutely loved them. I love the town and the people of St. Dennis. I do plan on reading the next in the series; I just hope Ms. Stewart gets back to what she does best, writing about romance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Home for the Summer" was lacking July 2, 2012
By Anne W
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm just about ready to give up on this series. There is entirely too much frivolous filler and not enough solid believable storyline in regards to the main characters. It took four books before we finally got Lucy and Clay's story -- and what a disappointment it was. Talk about cheating the main characters out of center stage! They spent more time apart than together and when they were together, most of that time was shared space with others. There was no feeling of a relationship growing between Lucy and Clay. Both characters made appearances in previous books and had piqued my attention from the beginning. Both were likable, interesting people with great potential for a captivating read. The author hinted at all the possibilities but chose not to write it. Even the ending was rushed and unromantic. This one was a major disappointment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Home For The Summer June 10, 2012
By Mandy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I wish Mariah Stewart could publish as quickly as I read her books. I can always shed the day's stress when I pick up Ms. Stewart's latest book. I like series as you get to know the characters and have their stories continued in the next book. Ms. Stewart does an excellent continuation in her series. Looking forward to the next installment in the Chesapeake Diaries as well other new books since I have all of her books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wedding Planning and more August 4, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lucy is in town to help plan a huge wedding at her family's inn, but cannot wait to get back to the west coast and the rest of her successful party planning business out there. There are secrets that haunt her and no one know about them. She has buried her friendships here and wants to block them out, she is just plain scared when she is here. What Lucy does not expect is to land a second huge wedding, one that will last a week, and a secondary anniversary party for a long time client who makes this a condition of moving to a different week of the summer. Even less expected is to be reunited with Clay, her long time childhood friend, and realize that she has feelings for him even though she could never live here. But maybe just made she can face her past and finally find her future.

One of the best parts of Home For the Summer the unique jobs that both Lucy and Clay have. Lucy is this amazing party planner and it was so cool to read about her interactions with her clients and making their dreams come true, not matter how big or how small. Clay is starting an organic brewery and we get a peek into that business as well. Mariah Stewart is great at giving the reader just enough information to spark thoughts and then move on to a different part of the story.

This was a great story for those who are looking for a happily ever after with some bumps along the way. I like that things were not perfect in this story. The are really and very painful at times, but really when is life perfect. NEVER! I was never expecting the source of Lucy's angst about the inn but liked how it was finally dealt with.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this series! I've read this and on to next diary! Thank you!
Published 11 days ago by Rosemarie Vianello
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good book, love the series books!
Published 18 days ago by suzanne rowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Home for the Summer
I absolutely love Mariah Stewart's books and this one was no different. In this one we get to know Lucy Sinclair and why she doesn't return to her home and family. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Chermak
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book to read!
I'm not much for a strictly romantic book but found myself loving the characters and all their twists and turns. I enjoyed and recommend "Home for the Summer!
Published 3 months ago by Kay S. Glenn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Great read, truly enjoyable. I have read the complete series and each book gets more enjoyable. Well written and makes you want to visit.
Published 3 months ago by Dddsdolls
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good read in The Chesapeake Diaries series
Very good book and great that it is part of the series. Interesting characters and a wonderful setting on the Bay.
Published 4 months ago by Jocelyn Welles
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much detail , weak story
Too much detail in this book and very little story to hook onto. Have loved this series but this book drug.
Published 5 months ago by Patti Wooten
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Great read, really have enjoyed all the books, looking forward to the rest of the series, thanks for great writing.
Published 5 months ago by JANICE J. SMITH
5.0 out of 5 stars Home for the Summer
I am so in love with this series. This is book 5 and I am getting ready to jump in to book 6, although I am a little reluctant because this is the last book and I don't want it to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jami
1.0 out of 5 stars I am barely making it to page 200
I made the mistake in reading this book first, (maybe the other books are better, but I dont think it would make this book any more interesting) I just came across this book in... Read more
Published 7 months ago by d Ball
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More About the Author

Mariah Stewart is the bestselling author of ten novels and three novellas. A RITA finalist for romantic suspense, she is the recipient of the Award of Excellence for contemporary romance, a RIO (Reviewers International) Award honoring excellence in women's fiction, a Reviewers Choice Award from Romantic Times magazine, and a two-time recipient of the Golden Leaf Award for contemporary romance. A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, she lives amidst the rolling hills of Chester County, PA, with her husband, one geriatric gold retriever and one rambunctious mixed breed rescue dog. She's currently neglecting her garden and working on her next book. In past lives, she's been a teacher and an insurance executive, but firmly believes she's found the perfect job: sitting in her sunny office in old sweats and J. Crew flip flops, making up stories and the characters who live in them, and getting paid for it. Could life be sweeter?

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