- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Trade; Reprint edition (July 7, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425230538
- ISBN-13: 978-0425230534
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 105 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,989,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Girls of Summer Paperback – July 7, 2009
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Skillfully evoking the cozy but claustrophobic atmosphere of Shelter Rock Cove, Maine, Bretton's sequel to A Soft Place to Fall (2001) tackles the familiar topics of renewal, friendship and familial bonds. The story opens the morning after Ob-Gyn Ellen Markowitz spends the night with her senior partner, Dr. Hall Talbot, a three-time divorcee and father of four. Instead of bringing the couple more tightly together, however, that night-particularly the point when Hall utters the name of his long-ago love, Annie-pushes them farther apart. Certain that Hall still carries a torch for Annie, Ellen tries to ignore her attraction to him. But unbeknownst to her and the nosy townspeople, Hall has been over Annie for some time. He just doesn't know how to convince Ellen of this truth. Then Ellen's half-sister Deirdre shows up with a dog the size of a small bear, needing a place to park him for the summer. Their complicated kinship adds another dimension to the story, as do vibrant secondary characters like Hall's best friend Susan and Scott, the laconic mechanic who fixes Deirdre's car and serves as her love interest. The denouement comes too soon, partly because the various story lines are tied up too easily but mostly because this is a book readers will want to savor.
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I hope this isn't the last book in the Shelter Rock Cove series. Between the two books thus far, great groundwork has been laid for at least one more book, maybe more. There is the Dierdre-Scott story thread, the Claudia-Warren relationship to push along, and the Susan-Jack separation to mend. Meanwhile, Hall and Ellen have more residential property than they'll ever need, but a chronic shortage of OBGYNs if Ellen wants a break to handle her duties as a Mom . . .
I will not give up on said author. There are too many stories that I loved.
After 4 failed marriages (because Annie had always been between him and his wives) Hall's starting to realize that he's finally ready to let Annie go. He and Ellen get tipsy at Annie's daughter's christening and fall into bed together. Ellen escapes early after Hall calls out Annie's name during passion. Yikes. But too late, the town has seen her car in his driveway overnight, damage done. Then Ellen's half-sister appears on the scene. Ellen has always loved Deirdre though they haven't been close in years. When Ellen was 14 her mother died, and she found out her "father" wasn't her biological father. Her biological father, Billy's, wife and kids didn't know there was a child of his elsewhere until she came to spend the summer with them that year. Everyone's lives were turned upside down and Ellen avoids most of them, except Deirdre. Good drama, touching scenes, and lessons in forgiveness. Well written, nice introspection, insight into a doctor's life, family history etc. Probably OK to read as a standalone but really adds depth to read book one about Annie and Sam.
It's a good book but for my part it went on and on too long!
Too many story lines going on and too many characters that I felt not relevant to the story.
I got board but did finish the book.