Hard to put down family drama!
The Summer Place reminds us that growing up shouldn’t mean growing apart
The Summer Place is a story about stories. Told from multiple POVs, we meet Sarah and Eli Danhauser, who are struggling to reconnect but are breaking under the pressure of the secrets they keep from each other. Ruby and Gabe, a young couple encouraged to fast-track their relationship by the COVID quarantine. Sam, who has always been unlucky in love, raising his young stepson after the sudden death of his wife. Veronica, the family matriarch, grappling with the loneliness of growing old. And finally, a beach house in Cape Cod at the center of it all.
As each member of the family prepares to celebrate Ruby and Gabe’s wedding at the family beach, they also start to realize they can no longer outrun their secrets. The wedding promises to be both cathartic and explosive for these characters, and the book takes us on an immersive and emotional journey across the decades and secrets the led us to the present. The Summer Place is about grief and regrets, resentment and longing, and finally coming back to love.
True to her style, Jennifer Weiner writes a creative story reflective of our times
As soon as I finished reading The Summer Place, I reread my last two reviews for Jennifer Weiner books. I remember Big Summer and That Summer as two completely different stories with the only commonality being that they take place in Cape Cod. But now I realize that, even though these books can be read as stand-alones, there is a powerful connection between the three. They are fun, fast, and flirty, and also insightful and meaningful. These are all stories about what it’s like to be a woman, society’s expectations, family pressures and other shared experiences.
In The Summer Place, we also discover new viewpoints and perspectives. The men of The Summer Place are tender, responsible and supportive of the women in their lives. In the beginning, the multiple voices might feel confusing, but it all quickly clicks into place as you get to know these lovable and relatable characters. In the end, you’ll feel renewed and hopeful. And this is why I will never pass on the opportunity to read a Jennifer Weiner book.
Darienne was 15 when her aunt gave her a copy of Princess by Jean Sasson, and she has been hooked on books ever since. Originally from Puerto Rico and now living in Maryland, she’s always looking to visit new coffee shops and bookstores. Her favorite genres include YA, spicy romcoms, and women’s fiction. Thanks to the Bees, she’s also now obsessed with romantasy series. Other loves include lavender lattes, sassy coffee mugs, sunrises, sleeping in, small-town charm, and big city lights. One day, she’ll write that book that lives in her head.