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Summer by the Sea Mass Market Paperback – April 20, 2010
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Two childhood friends negotiate the rough waters of love in Wiggs's newest contemporary romance (following The Ocean Between Us), which starts out as a typical love-between-the-classes tale, but evolves into something richer. Successful Rhode Island restaurateur Rosa Capoletti seems to have her life in order. Her restaurant, Celesta's-by-the-Sea, has been lauded by the New York Times, she's surrounded by friends, and she has finally achieved financial stability. But when her old flame Alexander Montgomery, whose family name is synonymous with wealth, walks into Celesta's, Rosa realizes that she hasn't moved forward emotionally since he abruptly ended their relationship 12 years earlier. As the two cautiously renew their love, they must come to terms with the tensions between their families and the long-held secret that led to their initial breakup. Although their romance is compelling, sweeter still are the flashbacks of their burgeoning friendship. These interludes are nicely set off by Capoletti family recipes for items like Pasta Fazool and Ricotta Cheese Sugar Cookies. Wiggs excels at portraying the delicate dynamics among lovers, friends and family members, and her keen awareness of sensory detail ensures that the scents and sounds of Rosa's kitchen are just as palpable as the heady attraction between the protagonists.
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"Susan Wiggs paints the details of human relationships with the finesse of a master." -- Jodi Picoult --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Beyond that, I did like that Rosa and Alex found their way to each other after many years apart, and I loved the flashbacks to their childhood and their growing relationship as children.
Ten years after their last encounter, Alex shows up at Rosa's restaurant. How can she put him out of her mind when she gave him his heart so many years earlier? And why is he back in town in the first place?
As Rosa and Alex relive their growing up years and begin to unravel the secrets bind them makes for a haunting tale of love and redemption, of love and loss, of parental emotionalism and what really matters between men and women. Oh, and some great recipes of Italian classic foods.
“Keeps me out of trouble, anyway.” Rosa had never left home, but over the years she’d managed to sample the finest places of higher learning in the world—genetics at MIT, rococo architecture at the University of Milan, medieval law at Oxford and chaos theory at Harvard."
Yup. During her free time, she owns and manages a world renowned restaurant, takes care of her handicapped father as well as her friends.
A little unbelievable, don't you think? Someone the readers can all relate to, right?
She purports to have empathy for the "hero" who has experienced a recent tragedy but she can't put the distant past behind her, be a friend. Self-absorbed. Unattractive.
Basically, this was a terrible female main character.
Preferred the male character who was much more sympathetic.
I would recommend this book! I have moved on to read a couple of other Susan Wiggs' books! They have not disappointed!