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The Book of Summer
The Book of Summer: A Novel | Michelle Gable
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The ocean, the wild roses on the dunes and the stunning Cliff House, perched atop a bluff in Sconset, Nantucket. Inside the faded pages of the Cliff House guest book live the spellbinding stories of its female inhabitants: from Ruby, a bright-eyed newlywed on the eve of World War II to her granddaughter Bess, who returns to the beautiful summer estate. For the first time in four years, physician Bess Codman visits the compound her great-grandparents built almost a century before, but due to erosion, the once-grand home will soon fall into the sea. Bess must now put aside her complicated memories in order to pack up the house and deal with her mother, a notorious town rabble-rouser, who refuses to leave. Its not just memories of her family home Bess must face though, but also an old love that might hold new possibilities. In the midst of packing Bess rediscovers the forgotten family guest book. Besss grandmother and primary keeper of the book, Ruby, always said Cliff House was a house of women, and by the very last day of the very last summer at Cliff House, Bess will understand the truth of her grandmothers words in ways she never imagined.
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squirrelbrain
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Here are the books I‘ve read for the #summer quarter of #booked2022. I‘ve submitted my Google form too!

Thanks as ever for hosting such a fun challenge Alisia, Barbara and Cindy, with special thanks to Cindy for sending me Garlic and Sapphires, which I absolutely loved!

I just have a couple of books to decide upon for the final quarter now….

TrishB Well done 👏🏻 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job!! 2w
BkClubCare Garlic & Sapphires! I read that so long ago and I still remember a lot of it. Fun read, for sure. 1w
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catiewithac
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@magyklyXdelish my #LitsyLoveSummerSwap box arrived yesterday! Can‘t wait to open it!! Thanks!! 🎆

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catiewithac
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I sent my #LitsyLoveSummerSwap box out in the mail!! @magyklyXdelish

Deblovestoread Yay! 🙌 4mo
magyklyXdelish Yay 🤗🤗 4mo
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Pigpen_Reads
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Got my #SliceofSummerSwap box sent out today. It's headed your way @alexus_sb Should arrive on Thursday!

Also got my #LitsyLoveSummerSwap box out today. It's headed your way @AmyG Should arrive on Thursday!

@Catsandbooks #soss
@rsteve388 @Kdgordon88

That's 2 out 4 boxes being shipped out this week! 😊📚🏖

Catsandbooks Yay! 😎 ☀️ 4mo
AmyG Ha! I just mailed yours. Arrival Friday. 👊🏻 4mo
Pigpen_Reads @AmyG Awesome! 😊 4mo
Deblovestoread Yay!! 4mo
alexus_sb Yay! I'm so excited, thank you! 4mo
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SilversReviews
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Thanks to these Litsy folks for today‘s prompt:

#BoundTogetherJune
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@OriginalCyn620

Today‘s Prompt: SUMMER

A summer home filled with years of memories, a book filled with years of written memories, and a home that is eroding away and about to fall off the cliff.

FULL REVIEW: https://tinyurl.com/y9fdexgt

@mgablewriter

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚☀️ 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 💗💗 2y
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Judybskt
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Pickpick

I loved this! Was expecting a light summer read but it was more than that. Thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction piece set during WWII and present day.

Judybskt @nelehelen thanks for this lovely book last summer. 🦋🌺🐝 3y
nelehelen You are so welcome! ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 3y
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Judybskt
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Loving this! Received it in a #Litsyswap Need to look to see who it was from!

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awinske
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Summer has begun!

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Bostonmomx2
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Ugh. What a disappointment. I ended up skimming the second half. I cared nothing for any of the characters at all. Super boring with no real point to the entire story.

BiblioTori This is in my top three TBR right now 😭 Was it just lame or did the story drop out? 5y
tammysue Glad to see your review before I picked this up. It was on my summers reading list, I‘ll skip this one. 5y
Bostonmomx2 @OnlyMeJustT honestly it just never even got going. The reviews are definitely mixed and mostly not great which is a bummer. I‘ve had it on my radar since last year. To be honest, I didn‘t even finish the last maybe 40 pages because I just didn‘t care and didn‘t feel there could really be anything worth continuing for. 5y
Bostonmomx2 @whatshesreadingnow ya sadly you won‘t miss much. 5y
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Bostonmomx2
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I didn‘t do very well on day 1. So many distractions. Today after I get some homework done will be spent reading as it‘s super rainy today. I shared a pic of a tulip I have blooming. I have a very serious black thumb so having bulbs bloom is very exciting. #25infive on to day 2. Happy reading y‘all.

Andrew65 That‘s a lovely tulip! A good solid start which you can build on over the next 4 days. 😊 (edited) 5y
Eggs Gorgeous tulip! 5y
Bostonmomx2 @Eggs thanks. I literally just randomly threw some in he ground last fall too see if I‘d get anything. I‘m getting these and some gorgeous hyacinth as well. Can‘t wait to actually plan and plant a ton this fall! 5y
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Bostonmomx2
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A book and dinner. #potatocheesesoup #cornbread #fiestaware #25infive

There‘s still some time to enter my little giveaway if you‘re interested. Just head to my profile and scroll down until you see it and follow directions. I‘ll draw when I‘m done eating.

Andrew65 Good multitasking. 😊 5y
tammysue Looks delicious! 5y
mrozzz Looks good! 5y
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britt_brooke Yum! 5y
RaimeyGallant I'm too late! 5y
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Bostonmomx2
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First up for the #25infive #readathon

Andrew65 A good one to start with. 👍 5y
Bostonmomx2 @Andrew65 I hope so. 6 hours later and I‘ve yet to open it due to other stuff coming up. Adulting sucks 5y
Andrew65 @Bostonmomx2 Life does have a habit of getting in the Way! 😔 5y
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Marilyn1970 The BEST bookmark. 5y
Bostonmomx2 @Marilyn1970 so cute hu? I love it. 5y
britt_brooke LOVE the bookmark! 💚🐾 5y
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Bostonmomx2
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Picked this up at the library today. It‘s actually from last years summer reading list so happy to finally get to it.

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SilversReviews
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#​QuotsyFeb18
@TK-421

TODAY'S PROMPT: RUMOR

An enjoyable book by Michelle Gable.

Have you read it and heard the rumor? :)

https://silversolara.blogspot.com/2017/05/the-book-of-summer-by-michelle-gable.h...

GypsyKat I read this last summer and liked it a lot! I used to spend my summers on the New England coast for all my teenage years, so books with this kind of feel are always nostalgic for me. 😊 (edited) 5y
SilversReviews @GypsyKat How lovely!! 5y
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GypsyKat
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August reading stats:
1 graphic novels
2 audiobooks
7 print books
10 total

Not my best reading month, but not my worst by far. And there were a few really great books in there! 😊 Also it was my Birthday month, so it had that going for it. Goodbye, August! #ReadingStats

Ms_T 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5y
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GypsyKat
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I couldn't take a pic outside because it's raining, so my flip-flop wreath will have to do as a backdrop. 🏖

I enjoyed this book, and having spent all of my teenage summers on the beaches of New England, the setting thoroughly appealed to me. It was a very slow starter though, but it picked up about 3/5 of the way through. Reading about the two different time periods connected by one special house was interesting as well. 3 1/2 stars #SummerReads

Mommamanzi Beautiful! 5y
Redwritinghood Pretty! 5y
[DELETED] 3803335244 Is that your door wreath! How creative, love ❤️ 5y
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GypsyKat @ForeverNerdy It is, thank you! I made it a few years ago. 😊💗 5y
GypsyKat @Mommamanzi @Redwritinghood Thank you! 😊💗 5y
Bette Love the wreath! ❤️😊 5y
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GypsyKat
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Reading some of the viewpoints from the 1940's, I'm reminded of how very far we've come as a country concerning equal rights, and just how very far we still have to go. 🏳️‍🌈 #LoveIsLove

athorne Wow. 😿 5y
Cinsai 🌈❤️😔 5y
Betty I thank you for enlarging or zooming the page so that we could read that line. So often, the print is SO SMALL on Litsy posts that I can't read it 5y
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ruthemmielang
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When you get all comfy on the couch, open your Kindle, and..... 😭😭😭😭

TheBookStacker I hate that! 5y
Missusb Mine wouldn't turn on yesterday. There was quiet panic. A couple hours later a desperate reboot worked. Whew. #relief #damntechnology #gooduntilitisnt 5y
Mommamanzi The worst!!!!! 5y
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bedandabook Oh no! 5y
Captivatedbybooks Thanks this reminds me i have to charge mines 5y
ruthemmielang @Captivatedbybooks 😂 you're welcome! 5y
ruthemmielang @Missusb Oh no! Glad you got it to turn back on 🙌🏻 5y
Debiw781 Worst thing ever!! And @Missusb what a scare!! 5y
janeycanuck Situations like this are why I always keep a lipstick charger fully charged. Then I don't have to chain myself to a wall to read while I charge! 5y
ruthemmielang @janeycanuck that's a good idea! I should do that 5y
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GypsyKat
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I'm enjoying the sunshine in the new lounge chair that the hubs got me. Summer isn't over yet! 😎☀️

Cinfhen Lucky you! Weather in NJ has been bleh 😝 5y
GypsyKat @Cinfhen I'm in NY. It actually rained earlier in the day, but then it cleared up and was perfect. It's been weird weather though, lots of sporadic rain showers and thunderstorms. But I'm taking advantage of the sun when it comes out! 🙃 (edited) 5y
Cathythoughts Mornings & evenings are getting Autumny & cool here in Ireland. Looking forward to lighting a fire again 😍 5y
GypsyKat @Cathythoughts Autumn is my favorite! The hubs and I got married in October, we had pumpkins all over our wedding. 😊💗🍂🍁 5y
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GypsyKat
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It just feels appropriate to read this book while sitting in the sun. ☀️😎 #SummerReads

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GypsyKat
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I need something lighter after that last book, so maybe I'll read a chapter or two of this one before I go to sleep. #ReadindInBed

hlgreenfield That bookmark ♥ 5y
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GypsyKat
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I'm keeping my August #TBR simple, because I'm sure it will change a bit since I read based on my mood. But I've been looking forward to reading Into The Water since before it came out, and these other two books just look like fun summer reads. ☀️🏖👙 #AugustMostAnticipated #AndItsAugust @RealLifeReading #MostAnticipated #BackToReading @Tiffy_Reads

Christinak ❤️ Love and Gelato!!!!! So sweet! 5y
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MindyK59
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I liked this book. The story was good and I enjoyed the characters. The Nantucket setting makes it a good book to read on vacation, at the beach, etc. The story came together nicely and while I did guess how it would end, I really enjoyed reading it.

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SilversReviews
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Gorgeous cover, but the story line was just ok for me. It was still enjoyable. Blog review is at this link: https://silversolara.blogspot.com/2017/05/the-book-of-summer-by-michelle-gable.h...

Bostonmomx2 I just (sort of) finished it. Didn‘t like it all. Oh well tho, they can‘t all be winners 😉 5y
SilversReviews @Bostonmomx2 Thanks for commenting. It did drag a bit and wasn‘t as good as her others. Yes. They all can‘t be winners. 😍 5y
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Loving The Book Of Summer! The weather is wonderful! Canadian summers are the best! #happyplace

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Summer reading goals!

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Aquedita
Book of Summer | Michelle Gable
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Time for a quick bookish update, summer edition: http://aquedita.eu/post/162198219549/time-for-a-quick-catch-up-the-past-few-mont...

Find out what I've been reading recently and what is on my TBR.

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ChrisM
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Mehso-so

The Cliffs, a large family compound, is about to fall into the ocean but Cissy refuses to leave. It is her family home and contains generations of life and secrets. Bess, her daughter, returns home to try and get Cissy to leave while hiding secrets of her own. Alternating between the past and the present long hidden family secrets are revealed. It was a little predictable and at times the jumping between time was frustrating.

Mdargusch Great photo though. 🌞 5y
SilversReviews I enjoyed this book. 5y
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GypsyKat
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Secret Santa post #4 These are two A.R.C's that my secret santa @hes7 very thoughtfully included as "bonus" books. I'm looking forward to reading them both!!! ? #SummerSantaGoesPostal #SummerSolsticeBookExchange
@BookishMarginalia

hes7 Happy to share! Hope you like them! 5y
Laalaleighh Dragon springs road is so good I immediately ordered the writers previous book the second I finished it. It will transport you! (edited) 5y
GypsyKat @hes7 They both look really good! I'm excited to read them! 😀 5y
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Chelsibeau
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"I guess because by the time you realize something truly sucks you're most of the way through it."

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ChrisM
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It's finally the long weekend & the rain has stopped!! Hope you find lots of time to read in your favorite spot!!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Looks like a relaxing spot! ❤️📚 5y
Tanzy13 🔥 5y
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ChrisM
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Happy Friday!!! Starting my day my favorite way- with a book & coffee ( in a new mug)!! Planning to squeeze out as much reading time as I can this weekend

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ChrisM
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A rainy morning is made for reading and coffee!!

josie281 Jealous of your cup! 5y
LaraReads Ahhh...love the view! 5y
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Jilljemmett
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‪The Book of Summer by @MGableWriter @StMartinsPress is a great summer read! You can check out my review! Link in bio!

#bookstagram #bookblogger #fiction #summerreading

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ChrisM
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Can't wait for the weekend when I can really take time & enjoy this book!!

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Luvtoread
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I received an eARC copy from St Martin‘s Press via NetGalley. Predictable & odd, but the characters worked their way into my heart by the end. I think some people will really like this book. It‘s got an interesting setting, on Nantucket, & I could see the fancy houses & the smell the sea as I read, but I just failed to connect to the story & the characters.

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Michelle Gable fans, her new novel is out today! Really looking forward to this one -- she was inspired by an article about beautiful Nantucket beach homes sliding into the ocean, and that image is just so powerful. Can't wait to read.

christineandbooks This sounds fantastic! I've never heard of this author... intrigued... 5y
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Bookaddict
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Current Read: "Right on time or days overdue, Cliff House gives me the same feeling every time. We pull into the drive and the gray shingles, white trim, and brilliant lilacs beckon. This is my forty-fifth summer at Cliff House, something north of four thousand days, but my stomach still somersaults with the thrill of it, the promise that our lives will change, if only for a season."

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howjessicareads
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I finished a WHOLE BOOK. Ha. It's been weeks since I've focused on a print book! Hoping this means I'm out of my audio-Only rut. {Photobomb by Juliet, doing the Hokey Pokey on the trampoline. She made me play it on repeat for about half an hour while I read... I'm sure the neighbors love us. 😜}

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howjessicareads
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Juliet and I are snuggled toe-to-toe on the couch, each with our own book. ❤📚😍 #raisingreaders

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howjessicareads
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A double option for #freshpick - one is a fresh, new book that comes out in May, and the other is the most fresh & flowery cover I own! #springflingreading 🌸📚🌼

AlaMich Ohhhh, that cover!! I want to go to there 😢 6y
howjessicareads Meeee too @AlaMich!! Google Lanzarote to see actual pics. 😍😍😍 6y
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howjessicareads
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I like this cover a LOT. The description sounds basically exactly like the book I'm reading now (a New England family saga)... but I might still take it for a spin. (See what I did there? 🚲) #bookmail1through12

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DarcysBookBlog
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There were moments in this book, mainly from the current time in the book, that I really enjoyed the book. But when it went back in time to the 1940's, the story lost me. Overall it was a cute story, but I wish I had enjoyed all aspects of the story.