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The Summer of Us Paperback – May 1, 2011
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Gincy comes from a small New Hampshire town that she left without a look back. Currently she works as a senior editor with Boston PBS. A loner, she has doubts about roommates.
Danielle comes from a wealthy Manhattan family. She knows she is pretty, intelligent and deserves the happiness and love of an upper crust husband that she plans to catch this summer.
Clare is engaged to attorney Winchester Carrington III after a decade together. She has major doubts about becoming Mrs. the third. This summer solace she seeks to find the "vanished" Clare.
Roommates do not necessarily mean friendship. However, a support group bond forms as each of these turning geriatric women search for their inner essence while hoping to find love in the dunes.
Chick lit fans will take pleasure in THE SUMMER OF US due to the strong characterizations. The three lead protagonists, who rotate first person narration, learn over the most wonderful summer of their lives that they have much in common. Each of these slightly flawed but feisty protagonists seeks fulfillment, love and happiness, which leads to a camaraderie. Holly Chamberlin's delightful buddy tale contains depth much deeper than the surface sunburn that the sub-genre often furbishes to readers.
The characters are one dimensional and extremely unlikeable. For example, what would Rick see in a woman like Gincy? The author never tells us, yet portrays Gincy as a very unpleasant, loud, and hygenically challenged woman.
Danielle, the lone Jewish character, is portrayed in an unflattering, stereotypical manner. The JAP? Yeah, right. Perhaps the author can enlighten us as to why shrimp and bacon would be served at a Jewish wedding when both foods are not kosher.
And then there is Clare, who is supposed to be a teacher yet we read nothing about her as such. Does she love children? What attracted her to Win in the first place? Why did she feel attracted to others while in her relationship?
Very disappointing book. I won't be reading anything else by this author in future.
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Such a good book. I loved the characters in the book and how they were so different, but got to know each other in the book and became friends and relied on each other for things... Read morePublished on June 24, 2014 by Debra A. Broderick
I downloaded this book on my iCloud and I have to say I was about a third of the way into it and looking for when it would be ending. I just didn't like this one. Read morePublished on July 18, 2013 by J. Sandel
I found it hard to keep track of the people. I also had a hard time thinking that three perfect or unperfect strangers would actually rent a house together. Read morePublished on November 2, 2012 by Devoted Booker