Summer at the Cape By RaeAnne Thayne

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AN INSTANT BESTSELLER“Thayne’s characters are multidimensional people who care not only for those near-and-dear but also for others who need help, and this lovely romance offers a gentle depiction of many family challenges.”—Booklist on Summer at the CapeFrom the beloved bestselling author of Season of Wonder and The Cliff House comes a poignant and uplifting novel about forgiveness, family and all the complications—and joy—that come with itAs the older sibling to identical twins Violet and Lily, Cami Porter was always the odd sister out. The divide grew even wider when their parents split up—while the twins stayed in Cape Sanctuary with their free-spirited mother, Rosemary, fourteen-year-old Cami moved to LA with her attorney father. Nearly twenty years later, when Cami gets the terrible news that Lily has drowned saving a child’s life, her mother begs her to return home to help untangle the complicated estate issues her sister left behind.Navigating their own strained relationship, Cami readjusts to the family and community she hasn’t known for decades, including the neighbor who stands in the way of her late sister’s dream, while Violet grieves the loss of her twin and struggles to figure out who she is now, without her other half, as the little girl Lily saved pulls her back into the orbit of the man she once loved.With poignancy and heart, RaeAnne Thayne once again delivers her charming signature blend of warmth, wit and wisdom.
One of my favorite authors gives us another enjoyable book. Setting and characters in a compelling story of second chances and life struggles.
Rating: 3 – 3.5Main couple #1 – Jon & CamiMain couple #2 – Alex & VioletThis story line switched constantly back and forth between the two main couples listed above. So you are going to have to pay close attention to who is holding the literary microphone at the start of each chapter. Throw in an off screen recently deceased sister, an elderly neighbor with a medical issue, and these gal’s mama then eventually papa popping in, we become pulled into all these characters past, present, and future drama.Having two main couples interwoven into the same backdrop wasn’t necessarily a problem, but it shortened the time they had to sell us on why they should be lovebirds by the wrap up conclusion. MC #1 were slowly but surely stumbling into love (via mutual sympathy & admiration), but I felt by the end their strong declarations of love were still somewhat premature.Now MC #2 had some bad, rocky road history, which was a heck of a hot mess. My romance safe hackles were instinctively raised, and I had very mixed feelings on these two reuniting. I can’t say more, folks, least I might give too much away.All in all, I think romance readers who like sweet, non-steamy, multi-pronged/multi-dimensional emotional family drama at a very leisurely pace may really like this book. I just can’t shake the feeling some more main couple development was needed.Title: Summer at the Cape, Author: RaeAnne Thayne, Pages: 324, pub date: 4/12/22, stand-alone, two main couples, no steamy scenes, a kiss or two only, very leisurely paced, deceased family member grief, MC #2 history may not be romance safe for some.(I voluntarily read and reviewed a library edition of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not rewarded or compensated for this review.)
I really loved this book. It is an easy read. There is love, family, multi-generations, conflict, romance, etc. There were subplots that needed to be worked out. I didn’t want to put it down. I would recommend this book to everyone who likes a good contemporary romance!!! I can’t wait to read more of RaeAnne Thayne’s books!
RaeAnne Thayne’s books are always an uplifting blend of romance and women’s fiction and provide such a pleasant escape!In Summer at the Cape, we visit the small town of Cape Sanctuary off the Northern California coast. Between a charming B&B and a luxury “glampground” all nestled along the coast, I was completely swept away. We also get multiple character POVs and romances. This did make the story seem a little cheesy. While the story does deal with some heavier topics, it was still a perfect feel-good read! I would definitely recommend RaeAnne’s books for fans of Debbie Macomber and her Cedar Cove series.Thank you so much Get Red PR and HQN Books for my gifted copy. All opinions are my own.
Rating: 4.5 StarsHeart-wrenching, emotional and uplifting, much-loved author RaeAnne Thayne dazzles yet again with her latest novel, Summer at the Cape.As the older sibling to identical twins Olivia and Lily, Cami Porter has always felt like the odd one out. When their parents had separated, the chasm that had divided them only grew wider and wider as the twins stayed with their free-spirited mother Rosemary in Cape Sanctuary while fourteen year old Cami had gone to live in LA with their attorney father. As the three siblings grew older, the relationship grew even more strained – until Rosemary calls Cami with the dreadful news that Lily drowned while saving a child’s life and now needs her to come back to Cape Sanctuary to help untangle her sister’s complicated estate.Returning back is anything but easy. Cami hasn’t been to Cape Sanctuary for decades and adjusting to life back in this small town and the people she left behind takes some getting used to – not to mention the fact that her family is heartbroken and grieving. As Cami finds herself stepping up for her mother and her sister, who is figuring out who she is after the loss of her twin, Cami also finds herself needing support as she butts head with the neighbor standing in the way of her late sister’s dream while also dealing with a face from her past she had hoped never to see again: the man she had once loved.Will this summer finally bring Cami close to her family? Will she find the happiness and fulfillment she needs? And will coming home give her everything she has always wanted, which she had long given up on?RaeAnne Thayne never fails to write stories that touch the heart and speak to the soul. Summer at the Cape is a beautifully written and sensitively told tale that explores grief, belonging, love and loss that cannot fail to bring a tear to the eye. A warm-hearted, witty and dramatic tale about second chances, fresh starts and healing from old wounds, Summer at the Cape is full of characters that are so vividly drawn and brilliantly nuanced that they will feel like close friends by the end of the last chapter.As brilliant, life-affirming and enthralling as ever, Summer at the Cape is another surefire bestseller by the fabulous RaeAnne Thayne.I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This was a good read but not I don’t feel her best work. It was somewhat predictable but still a fun read. The adding of dementia and parents reuniting was a fun twist.

 

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