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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (June 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075827534X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758275349
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #715,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I live in Portland, Maine, with my husband Stephen (architect, photographer, and food writer) and our amazingly fabulous cats Betty and Cyrus. When I'm not writing, I usually can be found with my head in a book. I try to read widely; still, I do play favorites with authors such as Peter Ackroyd and Patrick McGrath.

I was born and grew up in the Bronx and later lived in Brooklyn and Manhattan. I earned an undergraduate and graduate degree in English Literature at New York University before going on to work for about twelve years as an editor in publishing and packaging at Ballantine Books, Daniel Weiss Associates, Inc., and Kensington Publishing Corporation. Mostly I developed, acquired and edited projects, usually fiction, in Adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade categories.

In 1996, I moved to Boston and began freelance editing, ghost writing, and reviewing manuscripts. I was a can-do wordsmith for hire, grinding out books on everything from the importance of shark liver oil in one's diet to feng shui for the amateur; I also worked on what seemed like a million Young Adult series installments. Eventually I decided I'd rather work on my own projects so I made a proposal to my old friend and colleague John Scognamiglio at Kensington. After a couple of false starts he signed me up to write "Living Single," which was published in 2002. Since then I've been writing one novel a year, and I've also contributed novellas to three collections John put together.

In terms of life outside reading and writing, Stephen and I recently updated an 1865 brick townhouse in downtown Portland and we love living in this old seaside town. We entertain a good bit -- Stephen cooks, I set a nice table and clean up afterwards. We're happy to live in an area so full of people who support the arts. Portland itself is alive with theatre and music, and it's the home of several museums, including the impressive Portland Museum of Art, and good independent bookstores catering to serious readers.

What's new? I'm working on another book set in Ogunquit, Maine. This story involves two women - Delphine from Ogunquit and Maggie "from away" - who met as children and became fast friends. But after college, well, very different lives beckoned and at the time we meet the women, they haven't seen each other in over twenty years. For a variety of reasons, Maggie is eager for a revival of their old friendship, but for a variety of other reasons, Delphine is not. What happens to these women over the course of the book? I'm finding out more each day!

Customer Reviews

I tried, I really like books set in Maine but it was torture.
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I barely finished it, I found myself skimming through the words just to get it done.
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The characters were not very complex, but they were enjoyable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Leslie N. Patino on June 25, 2013
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A novel about a mother and daughter who run a B&B in a summer resort town that comes out in June and has "summer" in the title. Could "The Summer Everything Changed" be anything but a classic beach read?

The somewhat dark plot isn't particularly complex or surprising. The writing isn't majestic (as compared to, say, Barbara Kingsolver, Cormac McCarthy, Mohsin Hamid). At the same time, the characters seem believable and likeable enough that I kept reading. In short, it's the kind of book that would do a good job of helping pass the time on a long flight.

Where Holly Chamberlin deserves accolades is in creating a strong story of teenage domestic abuse. I highly recommend the book to women of all ages who may be suffering from domestic abuse/ violence. Chamberlin portrays strong, intelligent women who, in spite of their strengths still fall prey to abusers. In the end, she leaves readers with a positive and hopeful message.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary E. Earle on July 4, 2013
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I've enjoyed all the Holly Chamberlain books I've read and though I have a bit of a criticism about this one, I did enjoy it overall. I was disappointed that Louise, who experienced abuse and trauma herself, and was a volunteer abuse counselor could be so easily distracted from the obvious changes evident in Isobel. Red flags and bells should have been going off. Instead, she and her friend, the otherwise very sharp Catherine would discuss concerns about Isobel over coffee and chalk them up to teenage hormones. Too many other times when Louise was trying to talk to Isobel and find out what was going on, the discussions would be consistently interrupted by the phone and not revisited immediately after the call ended. I was incredibly disappointed at the lack of consequence for the male character who behaved monstrously to Isobel as well as Louise. A former abuse victim/ abuse counselor, whose daughter has also become a victim, doesn't press charges and get this guy out of society and in prison where he belongs? Really? I felt very let-down by this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dealsharingaunt on July 17, 2013
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This is a really good coming of age story. Isobel learns real quick about "bad boys" all while learning to live in a new place, and trying to make new friends. She realizes that she needs her mother for more than just advice, but will it be too late?
Louise has found a way to make the best out of her divorce. Her husband cheated and was a loser. She uses her money to buy an inn and to make a new start for her and her daughter. She is so busy that she misses Isobel's need for help.
I really enjoyed this book and it took place near where I live in CT. I could definitely relate to the Maine weather!
I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review by Library Thing, however all pinions are my own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jbarr5 (julie Barrett) on June 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
The Summer everything changed by Holly Chamberlin
Have read most of the authors book in the past and enjoyed them as they are mostly about areas I am familiar with-Northeast coast.
This book is about Isobel and she's just turning 16 this summer. Her mother Louise runs the Blueberry Bay Inn at Maine with help from others.
She's agreed to hostess a wedding during the summer for a celebrity. She does not realize that it means a lot more than just having the event at the inn.
At times the wedding planner calls and tells her she must do things like have the right deodorant there for the bride, have a lobster boat on the lawn, etc.
Isobel's best friend Gwen takes her shopping to different places and she meets Jeff-one of the high class soceity boys who is home for the summer to help his father with the business.
She dates him and sometimes Gwen accompanies them to the movies or to a farmer's market where there are also crafts and vintage jewelry. Izzy has her own blog to stay in touch with others in her past from MA
where she lived before the divorce happened. Her father has let her down by not spending any time during the summer with her when she was to visit his new family in Newport, RI.
Jeff at times, acts weird and it's almost like he's forcing Izzy to do something she doesn't want to do. It causes a rift with Gwen. Other date Izzy sees how he treats others and it's nothing she likes to even be part of.
She talks with her mom about dating him and they talk about sex and birth control, etc. She has a lot of adult choices to make and hope she's had enough guidance along the way to make the right ones...
Love how she realizes there is a problem and how she researches at the library and we hope it's not too late to take action...
I received this book from Library Thing via Kensington Books in exchange for my honest review.
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By L. Kasseris on April 30, 2014
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Just a fun summer read-has a few relationship challenges, some laughs and a lot of feel god moments-a very positive read-not THE greatest book(5*****)but very worthy of 4****!!!
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It has been two years since Louise was divorced, two years since she packed up her teenage daughter and moved them both to a sleepy vacation town in Maine, where she now ran the Blueberry Bay Inn. All has been going well for the two of them; the Inn, if not grandly successful, was holding its own, while Isobel, now sixteen, had friends and a moderately successful fashion blog. But everything is about to change. Louise finds herself mired in a celebrity wedding, while Isobel has a boyfriend. Jeff seems like the epitome of conscientiousness and courtesy, and Isobel is deeply flattered by his attentions while her mother is impressed by his manners. But then a darker side of Jeff begins to emerge, and it doesn't take long for his controlling ways to render Isobel's life into something she no longer recognizes. “The Summer Everything Changed” will draw you in; this kind of abusive relationship truly can happen to anyone, and readers will find themselves trying to read faster and faster in order to keep up with Isobel's rapidly deteriorating relationship. Well-written and full of engaging characters, this is a great novel that is worth picking up.

This review originally written for Sacramento/San Francisco Book Review.
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