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The Other Side of Summer: A Chance Lover...  A Secret Life by [Douglas, Elyse]
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Length: 378 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Great story, I give it five stars.  I thought the book was wonderful and emotional, and I loved the writing style and how the words flowed.  I was happy to fantasize about being there to watch the story unfold.  I loved this story; took me back to my young beach days.
 --Diana's Book Reviews

The writing is hauntingly beautiful, and the author has a talent for crafting believable characters.   It's heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.  An excellent book!   I look forward to reading more by this author.
--I Heart Reading Blog Review

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  • File Size: 788 KB
  • Print Length: 378 pages
  • Publication Date: May 14, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00XQGSAU2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,701 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was a great story, I really enjoyed it! One of the best I've read.
So romantic, so sad, so human. What a terrific imagination this author has.
I seldom rem my dreams, but I had a dream about this story. I was so into it and so wondering how it would go!
Anxious to read more by this author.
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For some this may be a difficult book to read. It is based on human emotions, which can be ubnpredictable and difficult to process. There are no clean black and white lines. Strength and weakness often look the same.

This is a story that covers decades and generations. It is divided into 3 distinct parts but as with life in general, there is messy overlap. As you read this very compelling drama, you will notice the descriptive passages tell you more than the words themselves. The beginning chapters ring with lonliness and longing. Don't let that stop you from experiencing it all.

Joanna Halloran is an astrology expert, following in her father's footsteps.
Wealthy Robert Zachary Harrison is a politician's son, being groomed for the U.S. Presidency.
Following his plane crash into the ocean off Long Island, rescued and nursed back to health by Joanna, a relationship develops that they cannot ignore. I believe there is much cymbolism involved in the rebuilding of the cottage.
Eventually Robert realizes he cannot just disappear to escape his previous life. He must face his family and fiancee.
Some big questions arise- how does one know when it is the time and right decision to move off the path your life has taken? Part one ends with life's most difficult questions.

Part two is anemotionally intense section, heavy with campaigning and political agendas. A vague story emerges (again) about the time of Robert's plane crash and a mermaid rescue.
Scandal and rumor are part of any political race. Who has the motive to bring up decades old suspicions?
Part three is about looking for truth and maybe even for what one needs to survive; is there ever a chance to be happy? Can life come full circle again?
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The Other Side of Summer is a decent read and it will appeal to those who enjoy contemporary women's fiction.

I really enjoyed the writing style and it's clear from the high-quality prose and very professional editing and formatting that the authors know what they are doing. The words flowed easily on the page and the descriptive text was beautiful. Pacing was good and it kept me engaged from start to finish.

I completely fell in love with Joanna's beach house - please can I live there? I could vividly picture it in my minds eye and it truly was a little piece of heaven on Earth.

This story is told in three different parts. One the one hand I liked how it was structured, but it did hamper my ability to really connect with the characters on an emotional level. Apart from Joanna and Robert, we don't see enough of the other characters to form a bond. I felt the book could have been a bit longer and allowed the reader more opportunity to get to know the characters and observe more character development.

My favorite part of the book was the first part. While Joanna and Robert fall for each other straight away, I felt it, believed in it, and was totally caught up in the whole tragic nature of their love. It's clear from the book description that it's not going to be a happy-ever-after type scenario so I knew heartache was just around the corner.

Robert was afraid of turning into his father but unfortunately that's exactly what happened. I hated how he treated Maya and by the end of the book I was really quite disgusted with him.

Joanna lost some points too as the story progressed. Maya clearly needed her to stand up for her, to fight the wealthy, powerful Harrison family to acknowledge her, but Joanna did the complete opposite.
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First of all, I loved this story, brings me back to my young beach days, I love the beach and always wanted to have a house on the beach. I loved the fact that Joanna Halloran is a writer and an astrologer, I loved how the writers brought that in, along with the story of Joanna, some of the things that had happened in her life, the relationship with her own father, and the fact that they both were astrologers. I felt made it more interesting.
The synopsis states how she meets Robert and how they fall in love, so fast and so beautiful, something she wished could last forever, but that won’t happened. He wasn’t meant to live on the beach in a relaxing style of life, no his life was in politics. Right away I loved the love story, but disliked Robert because he had to go back to his real life. I wonder what it would have been like for him to stay with Joanna. But that wasn’t in the stars.
Twenty-five years later, Joanna’s daughter finds a letter. Finds out who her Father is and plans her revenge. I can feel for her Daughter, she had a right to know him, and have a relationship with her, but he didn’t.
I can just say that I thought the book was wonderful, emotional, some twist I didn’t think would happened but did. The only thing I wished to know a little more how Robert felt at the end. What he really thought and did he really think that is past would stay behind?
Great story, I give it five stars. It could have been longer, loved the writing style and how the words flowed. I also liked that it wasn’t a long story, which it wasn’t drawn out. So it is hard to say, I am just happy to have read the novel and to let me fantasize about being there and watching the story unfold.
I did receive a copy of this book from Book Enthusiast Promotions.
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