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A light summer read about the Bennett family in their Shore House. Author Heidi Hostetter really knew how to bring joy and springtime buoyancy with her words. The book was special, warm and spicy, just like a family.
Kaye had decided the entire Bennett family would spend the summer in the Shore House. Her husband Chase’s heart attack three years ago had shaken her up. Her daughter Stacy had a prickly relationship with her and son Brad seemed to be in a prickly one. It was their story set over 6 weeks or so.
I thought the book was brilliant. The story flowed from one scene to the other seamlessly, the emotions it brought along set my heart into a journey through the woods of life where the pebbles did hurt but the flowers around brought peace and happiness. Such was the power of the author’s writing.
As I kept turning the pages, the Bennett family became real; their problems, skirmishes, and career issues became a part of my life. The story pulled me in so much that I never knew the passage of time. I asked Siri to read out to me, and I could see that this would make a fantastic audiobook.
The only tiny niggle, almost negligible, was that I wished that some of the issues between the mother and daughter were dealt in earlier so that their love shone in the last few chapters. Nevertheless, the book was a surprise as I never expected to fall in love with it so quickly.
I think I would read any book by this author. It was one of my best feel-happy reads in recent times.
I received a ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
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When the Bennett family arrive at the shore house to spend the summer together, they bring more baggage than just suitcases…
When Kaye Bennett, matriarch of the Bennett family, summons her adult children to the shore house, she anticipates a vacation full of nostalgia. It’s a chance to relive the carefree joy of summers past: basking in the hot sun, cooling off in the surf and enjoying long, relaxing evenings watching fireflies on the deck. But when Kaye’s son and daughter arrive, late and uncooperative, it becomes clear the family desperately need to reconnect.
Kaye and her daughter Stacy have been quietly at odds for years and resentment has grown around words unsaid. Faced with spending the summer months in such close quarters, Kaye is determined to remind Stacy of happier times and why she once loved their beautiful beachside home.
But both Kaye and Stacy are holding something back… and only when a heart-stopping moment on the beach puts what Stacy most loves at risk are the two women finally able to set free the secrets in their shared past.
Publication Date: July 2020