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Summer Shift: A Novel Paperback – June 1, 2010
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Countess Nobody (Egmont USA) is about a tenth grader who finds out she is not going to inherit the family title like her twin brother will, all because she's a girl. Devastated, she acts out by starting a blog, and soon all hell breaks loose...
Summer Shift (2010, Touchstone/Simon & Schuster) is about a Cape Cod clam bar owner and how her past comes back to haunt her when one of her young waitresses dies suddenly. Lynn's first novel, Some Assembly Required (2008, Touchstone/Simon & Schuster), is about a woman who moves to the Cape to start over and then becomes enmeshed in the lives of the locals.
Technically a "washashore," Lynn moved to the Cape as a teen and graduated from Nauset Regional High School in North Eastham. Upon graduation, she set out to seek fame and fortune, or at least to acquire some sort of formal education (a BA in journalism at the University of Massachusetts), find love, and become an advertising copywriter, which she pursued as a freelancer once her son was born. Tethered to a family, their journey took them to Boston, then New York, eventually landing in South Florida, where they baked for ten years. It was here Lynn began to write seriously, getting her Master's degree in Creative Writing from Florida International University.
During her self-imposed exile from New England, Lynn developed an unhealthy obsession for old haunts, and began writing stories about Cape Cod and its colorful inhabitants. Now, with her only son off at college, Lynn has returned to the Cape with her dog, Kiele, to live, observe, obsess some more, and write her heart out.
Top Customer Reviews
How all of this plays out with relationships, grieving and finding happiness again is done very well with a lot of hard work, strength, humor, and letting go. However, just when one problem seems to be solved, another one crops up.
I loved this book, and read it all in one sitting. The author obviously knows the area quite well, which makes it even better. Recommended.
What turned me off was Mary. I initially found her repellant, and as the story went on she only grew more so. She is so cold and miserly, I couldn't understand why in the world she would become a restauranteer. She refuses to mingle with guests, doesn't know most of her employees names, and doesn't do any of the cooking, so I don't understand why she loves the Clambake so much. She makes a lot of money, but the nice things she is able to buy don't make her happy either. In fact, nothing seems to make her truly happy, which is what turned this summery story bustling with tourists and colorful characters into something unecessarily grim. She calls the restaurant the "love of her life," and she calls Dan, the ex-boyfriend who reappers her greatest romance. Yet, I never see her taking any joy in either of these things.Read more ›
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I enjoyed this book, it was thoughtful and well written. I am looking forward to reading another one of her books.Published on October 18, 2013 by Meredith Wallace
I enjoyed the book. Nice portrayal of the challenges a woman faces in a beautiful setting. I fell in love with the Cape.Published on January 10, 2013 by SMG
The shipping was well within the time expected. I wish I could review the book itself. Haven't had time to sit and enjoy a good book, but, I have to say the condition is good and... Read morePublished on October 25, 2012 by Val
This was a typical, light beach read. Held my interest enough, a little corny at times but OK plot and definitely great if you're in the mood for a light read.Published on August 8, 2011 by badkitty
This book was a disappointment. A very slow read (read at night to go to sleep). The ending is predictable. Read morePublished on July 20, 2011 by Helene R Law
I absolutely loved this book. It was hard to put down and also very suspenseful.
Made me wish I were on the water!! Parts of it made me cry as well. Good for
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