- File Size: 760 KB
- Print Length: 372 pages
- Publisher: Broadback (April 21, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 21, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072NXS175
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,352 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
In 1953, battered, frightened and dis-illusioned Rhonda, in an act of courage, leaves her abusive husband and runs to Brandy Beach, Massachusetts. While she's picking up the pieces of her broken heart and her life, she meets handsome and charming Hal. He's also in Brandy Beach nursing a broken heart given to him by his cheating girlfriend while he was away in the war. The two meet and begin a wonderfully intense yet at the same time fresh and hopeful courtship that is detailed beautifully in the letters that they write to each other while Hal is away doing his job as a pilot for a commercial airline. Then, Rhonda's husband finds her at the beach house and delivers a brutal beating. Hal comes in and stops him, but not before he has caused extensive harm to Rhonda. As Rhonda recovers in the hospital, it becomes clear that her mind has been shattered and she may recover physically – but never mentally. Her husband, meanwhile, has ended his own life and her parents have come to place her in a mental institution. Hal is lost, alone and in the darkness that he found himself in after the war.
In 2017, Vanessa is staying at the same beach house that Rhonda ran to in 1953 and discovers the love letters between Hal and Rhonda in the very spot that Rhonda had left them. She reads them and wants to find out more about the two lovers. Vanessa also meets handsome Matt on the same beach as Rhonda met Hal and the two hit it off. But, Matt is haunted by his past and the sudden, mysterious death of his wife. The pair seems to be on the same path as Hal and Rhonda from 1953.
As the story unfolds, the two couple's paths intertwine even further and what seems to be a tragic end for the both of them takes a different turn when history – even though it repeated itself – rights itself into what was meant to be all along.
Enter two others Rhonda and Hal Randall but let's back up the calendar to 1953. And those characters and and their past play a part our story
It's a love story that not only takes one back and forth from present to the past But also shows the similarity or parallel lives these two,couples share
It seems to bring out that maybe when a love is so right it can be repeated again and again . A love that never dies. Giving the reader two love stories and beautifully wolvened into a mystery the captures the readers love for both genres . I found myself wanting to know all the unanswered questions about Rhonda ans Hal and being a romantic at heart I couldn't t put the book down. A well done love story and in a different perspective I think the reader will enjoy it I highly recommend it
The Summer Letters has a wonderful plot that I haven’t read before, it’s about a girl, Vanessa, who finds some old love letters from the 50s and wants to find the owners of them; while doing so she ends up falling in love. It is like watching a movie in your head while reading this book, you live out her emotions and feels what she is feeling. This story is all about love and the feelings that come with it; the joy, the struggles, the pain, and after all that the never ending eternal love. It’s a great love story from a different perspective I never knew that I wanted to read.
If you are wanting to read a book all about love in a new way, definitely pick up The Summer Letters by Elyse Douglas. It will captivate you and you will not want to put the book down. The characters are written so realistic it’s like you are there with them; you are there through the joy, the pain, and everlasting.
My favorite thing about this book was the author's fluid, descriptive writing style. Especially the sections set in 1953 - I felt like I could see the scenery and hear the sounds of what America was like 60 years ago. I also enjoyed the descriptions of the fictional Massachusetts beach town, which was very similar to places I've been on Cape Cod, right down to the cottages with gray shingles. And most importantly, in both couples' stories she painted a beautiful picture of what love can look like, even between two broken people. It was heartwarming and lovely. I recommend "The Summer Letters" to anyone who needs a reminder that good people and true love do exist.
I had to finish it to see what happened, even tho I'm moving, and have soooo much going on!
Thank you so much. I really look fwd to your future books.