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The Summer House
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2000
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The Summer House is an intriguing story, filled with surprising twists and turns, which keeps the reader on-edge until the end! This is not a mush and gush romantic tale - but one of love and lost love. The heroine, Liz Adams, sacrifices herself for her father's wishes, dreams, and commands. Liz lives her life based on the decisions her father makes for her, as well as for her three other siblings. All of their lives become intertwined when Liz's husband, Michael, runs for the Presidency and even more so, when their patriarch dies and Liz is left to confront the façade and charade she has lived, and the love that she yearned for and could not have.
This tale had many characters, and all were equally interesting but not to the point of confusion - a nice mix and balance.
This story kept me guessing and I would really love to see a sequel to this book!! Too many unanswered questions and too many open-ended issues left in the book!
This is my first book by Jean Stone and I would enthusiastically recommended this book to other readers. I am now in search of her other books to absorb!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2000
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I have been a fan of Jean Stone's from the first. Her books are always wonderful and never a disappointment. She has done it again with the Summer House. The storyline very believable. The plot twist terrific. A page turner from the first. If you have not read her books before after this one you will want to read them all.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I had never read a book by Jean Stone before and was surprized with the plot. The book is a quick read and keeps your attention. If you read books as a way to relax this is a perfect book for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2003
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This is the first Jean Stone book I have read, and I was captivated by her writing, it draws you in and by the end of the book you feel like you know the family. Is romantic, funny, sad, and heart warming all in one. It took me back to my childhood memories and thoughts of first love. I would recommend this book to anyone who is in the mood for a great read. I can't wait to read more of her books.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2000
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This book was wonderful! I could not put it down. I loved all the relationships between all of the characters. I wish it was a little longer!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2000
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This was my first novel by Jean Stone, but it won't be my last! This novel is rich with multi-dimensional characters, each with their own motivations and greeds, and a storyline readers won't be able to forget. Marvelous!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2005
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This book could not have been more boring and predictable! The entire plot line has been used over and over again and this is just a sorry attempt at love lost and found again. The basic outline of the story was ridiculous, not at al believable...the two loves of Liz's life, her husband who is running for president...and his opponent, her first love. It definitely has a Kennedy-like feel with a bloodline of tragedy. I could only get about half way though, then decided it wasn't worth finishing. Every character was too extreme and cliché in their personality, it just wasn't believable...Jean Stone books may be finished for me.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2001
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After reading "Places By The Sea" I was very disappoined in this book. It's an easy read, but was too prdictable. Also I felt it was loosely based on the Kennedy's life. It is not one I will keep to re-read as I have with "Places By The Sea". However I will try more books by Jean Stone.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2000
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This is the first time I've read Jean Stone. I was drawn to the book because it is set in Martha's Vineyard, where I've vacationed at my brother's home. This book grabbed me right from the beginning, and held me captive until the end. I loved the ironic twists of the characters that shaped the main character's youth and how they came together into her adult years. I kept wanting to pick it up and read when I should have been doing other things!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2008
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The book was a good read. Nothing to surprising in the story. The characters were well written and easy to imagine. It wasn't one of those blow you out of the water books, but definitely enjoyable.
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