The Summer Place By Jennifer Weiner

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Book/Novel Author: Jennifer Weiner

Book/Novel Title: The Summer Place

 

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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTELLER From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of That Summer comes another heartfelt and unputdownable novel of family, secrets, and the ties that bind. When her twenty-two-year-old stepdaughter announces her engagement to her pandemic boyfriend, Sarah Danhauser is shocked. But the wheels are in motion. Headstrong Ruby has already set a date (just three months away!) and spoken to her beloved safta, Sarah’s mother Veronica, about having the wedding at the family’s beach house in Cape Cod. Sarah might be worried, but Veronica is thrilled to be bringing the family together one last time before putting the big house on the market. But the road to a wedding day usually comes with a few bumps. Ruby has always known exactly what she wants, but as the wedding date approaches, she finds herself grappling with the wounds left by the mother who walked out when she was a baby. Veronica ends up facing unexpected news, thanks to her meddling sister, and must revisit the choices she made long ago, when she was a bestselling novelist with a different life. Sarah’s twin brother, Sam, is recovering from a terrible loss, and confronting big questions about who he is—questions he hopes to resolve during his stay on the Cape. Sarah’s husband, Eli, who’s been inexplicably distant during the pandemic, confronts the consequences of a long ago lapse from his typical good-guy behavior. And Sarah, frustrated by her husband, concerned about her stepdaughter, and worn out by challenges of life during quarantine, faces the alluring reappearance of someone from her past and a life that could have been. When the wedding day arrives, lovers are revealed as their true selves, misunderstandings take on a life of their own, and secrets come to light. There are confrontations and revelations that will touch each member of the extended family, ensuring that nothing will ever be the same. From “the undisputed boss of the beach read” (The New York Times), The Summer Place is a testament to family in all its messy glory; a story about what we sacrifice and how we forgive. Enthralling, witty, big-hearted, and sharply observed, this is Jennifer Weiner’s love letter to the Outer Cape and the power of home, the way our lives are enriched by the people we call family, and the endless ways love can surprise us.
I’m a big Jennifer Weiner fan and have read all of her books. This book was a good read but several of the story lines were far fetched. I still love her writing but this is my least favorite of her books. Would I read another Jennifer Weiner novel? Yes, definitely.
I typically love Jennifer Weiner books and look forward to them. There are some that I have absolutely loved, and this one although enjoyable, missed the mark somewhat.1. There are a lot of characters with their individual storylines.2. Once I got to know more about the characters, I went from liking them to being disappointed by them to feeling meh about them.3. It really is a small world after all – at least it is in this book.4. Too many coincidences.Ruby is getting married to her COVID lock down boyfriend. The wedding is set to take place on Cape Cod. The family members are going to gather as are the parents of the bride and groom. Celebrations will be held. Should be a great time. But with these characters, well….There is a lot going on in this book. We get introduced to a lot of characters in this book and the events in their lives. They all have secrets and when they all gather, things become messy.Communicate. Communicate. COMMUNICATE. I kept thinking while reading this book. For characters to have been in each other’s lives for so long, it annoyed me that a simple conversation could not be had. Relationships are messy in this book because the characters don’t talk, instead guard their secrets as others are left to come to their own conclusions. Misunderstandings and hurt feelings ensue.Weiner usually dazzles me but this one, while enjoyable, failed to wow me. There were parts I really enjoyed and parts where I shook my head.Many readers enjoyed this more than I did, so please read their reviews as well.

This book just wraps you into the family with the love and drama and secrets. You get involved with the characters and situations. Rooting for all of them to find love and happiness.
Cheating, Gay, Bi Sexual, Vaccine passports, dad slept daughters with fiancé mom, he thinks his daughter is marrying her half brother. It is sick and ridiculous. Grandma isn’t sure if the paternity of her twins.
Too many characters, like a 10 ring circus, not much depth. It was like a laundry list of “whose all groups can we include to sell this book?” I have always liked her books, but this one is a waste.

 

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