- File Size: 1575 KB
- Print Length: 342 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (June 12, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 12, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00XJDXDYU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,786 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I suppose it's been over a year since I first read a Jenny Hale book, and was an instant fan. However, she seems to be perfecting her craft with each book she turns out. Summer by the Sea is definitely a book that is on par with some of her more popular contemporaries, like Carole Matthews, Ruth Saberton and other fab authors. And the best thing, she's an American with the writing style of a quaint Brit (I'm obsessed with Brit chick lit).
In Summer by the Sea we meet Faith as she is about to go and spend the summer at her families old summer spot (the previous cottage was destroyed and now has been rebuilt). Faith while happy to be reconnecting with her family, is also quite distraught at the thought if being around her sister Cassie after an event years ago left the two sisters at odds.
Her first stop is to visit the old cottage site (at this point it's unknown that she will be spending her summer at her old family home), where she encounters a handsome handyman in Jake Buchanon. Jake and Faith hit it off from the start and begin conversing about deeper subjects than two strangers would normally start discussing.
When Faith and her family realize that they are to spend their summer at their old family home, they are all thrilled beyond words. Faith and Cassie try to make amends, Faith is especially thrown off guard when she discovers that Cassie and Scott are headed for turbulent times and what seems to be an eventual divorce. Unsure of how this news makes her feel, Faith does so,e soul searching.
Jake it seems is popping up everywhere and Faith is drawn to this handsome handyman, but she fears that Cassie has her eyes set on him too.
This was such a delicious book that kept me hanging on to every word. Jenny Hale weaves a beautiful story and creates vibrant characters in which her readers feel an emotional connection to almost immediately.
What I found missing was the 'relaxing.' The dysfunctional relationship between Faith and Casey was intense and full of angst. Overall I liked the book very much, I just didn't like being on the edge of my chair worrying about Casey repeating history that Faith has yet to get over and stealing Faith's new boyfriend.
Faith and Casey are sisters. Faith is a kindergarten teacher and you will fall in love with her, now Casey is awful and steals Faith first love Scott and marries him. They go to their family vacation spot Outer Banks, for their grandmother's 90th birthday. Faith meets handyman Jake, is falling in love with him and finds Casey flirting with him.
Jenny Hale knows how to write a book that is like real life. This is my first book by this author, and I will be reading more.
I was given a copy by publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
When Faith is forced to attend a family reunion for her Nan's 90th birthday; she is finally strong enough to face and confront her sister, who not only stole but, married Faith's first love. Only Casey isn't really apologetic and in fact, facing her own divorce, may do it again with Faith's new interest. Enter the mysterious handy man and a wise, old Gram and you've got yourself a book.
Pick up one of her books for an easy-feel-good summer / beach read... but don't bother with a second unless you like reading the same book over.